May 21, 2008

Blumberg, Martha Silver_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

this was my second semester with blums. i'm devastated that she doesn't teach intermediate 1. i loved her classes because she teaches in a style that's geared towards learning rather than just repetition, grammar, and test taking (i did fine on everything though). she was more into comprehension than the specifics, and wanted us to learn the tools to communicate in real life situations rather than completing a test.

definitely take her for spanish (or at least a barnard instructor; i hear they have similar teaching methods).

Workload:

don't let her easygoing demeanor fool you. if you want to do well, you have to make the effort. she doesn't check up on you, so you have to be responsible in your work.
assignments and quizzes were easy; midterm was departmental.