January 04, 2009

Bauman, Rebecca Gold_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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

What a fantastic professor! From the moment you step in on the first day of class, Rebecca immerses you in the language. This is a little intimidating at first, as you don't know what she's babbling on about, but she's so good at engaging her students and helping them to learn the material that just a few weeks into the semester you'll feel how much of the language you've already learned. You don't just memorize in this class and then spit out the answers on exams - you have to really use what you're learning. The 6:10-8 PM time slot can be a little tiring and the length can definitely find you getting bored towards the end, but this class is an easier A so long as you do the work.

Workload:

Textbook reading and workbook activities for every class. A chapter in the laboratory manual for listening exercises, which you can access from your computer in your dorm without having to go to the language lab. Weekly compositions of 150-200 words in Italian, with grades from the two drafts of each being averaged for your final grade on each composition. A midterm and a final that are both short and about the same as any of the weekly chapter quizzes. Participation counts towards the grade and part of the final is an oral exam, which consists of a 5-minute oral presentation in front of the class.