November 03, 2007

Baker, Steve Gold_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

Take Steve Baker's class if you can.
Please, do it. He is amazing. He makes class enjoyable, efficient, and just awesome. He is extremely approachable and accomodating and creates a great classroom environment. Because he is a native English speaker, it is very easy for him to follow his students' train of thought if there is confusion about translation, and he is generally very good at presenting new material in an understandable way. We begged him to ascend to the ranks of Intermediate with us, but alas, he braves Elementary still, and has amazing patience even with those who are not so gifted with foreign language. I will take it personally if you don't appreciate him as much as our class did. The casual conversational excercises, along with Steve's open and helpful demeanor, ensure that you'll be speaking fluent Italian at parties in no time (not to mention bragging to your friends how cute he is!)

Workload:

Regular Italian, workbook/lab chapter per week, 1 quiz per week, midterm/final, and bi-weekly compositions. Pain in the butt, but definitely manageable.