June 05, 2007

Usher, Phillip Silver_nugget
Composition and Conversation

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Phillip Usher is the best French prof IÂ’ve ever had at Barnard/Columbia. He is extremely good-hearted, extremely accommodating and friendly, and does his best to stimulate discussion in a class without any real topic. The focus on this class is definitely not too heavy on writing, so donÂ’t worry about the workload because it is not very hard. He seems timid at first but by the end we were all great friends and had little cheese parties for our presentations. The class is good if you just want some opportunities to speak, though I didnÂ’t learn very many phrases or much colloquial French. I was taking French in preparation to go abroad, and now that IÂ’ve been I think this type of course was better preparation that the subject courses I took since you are forced to speak. If youÂ’re taking this course (or any other level he teaches), take it with Usher!

Workload:

small assignments throughout, one long presentation. very doable.