November 19, 2009

Skippon, Samuel Silver_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

Samuel is a FANTASTIC professor and I highly recommend him. He is nice, funny, charming, and always entertaining. More to the point, it’s obvious he loves what he does and he is truly a wonderful teacher. His class has been an immensely enjoyable learning experience for me; there is not one thing I would change about his teaching style. He’s flexible with deadlines and he makes himself extremely accessible (and approachable) to his students. He consistently goes out of his way to make sure the students understand the material and he always seems to be aware of individually needs. In short, he will do everything possible to help you learn the language.

Most of the class is conducted in French, which can be a little frustrating at first, but it’s the best way to learn. When needed, he will answer a question, or explain a difficult concept in English.

When the class began I was a bit overwhelmed as I had never taken a language class before and really did not know how to go about learning French. The class covers quite a bit of material, and if you don’t stay on top of the homework / vocabulary you will be lost. That being said, if you are willing to put in the work, you will learn a lot and have fun while doing so.

Workload:

Standard for the section: 4 tests, 5 short compositions, and a final. Weekly homework assignments in a workbook – he checks it once in a while to make sure you are keeping up. Class participation.