December 20, 2009

Hubert-Leibler, Pascale Silver_nugget
French Elementary II, accelerated 6 weeks

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

How Does Professor Pascale Hubert Leibler not have a gold star already?! Pascale is definitely one of the best professors I've had at Columbia. Not only does she have an incredible command and ability to teach french, she is incredibly sincere and actually cares about her students well-being. By the end of the semester I could have a legitimate conversation in french (albeit not fluent but considering we started from scratch, not bad). If you have the opportunity to take a class with Pascale I highly recommend it. Even though our class met at 9am-11am M-TH she was always full of energy and made the class interesting and fun. On a side note, I would not recommend Accelerated French (1 and 2) for those who have no prior foreign language experience (specifically with the romance languages) this class moves very quickly because of the amount specified to be done in the syllabus, and to prepare us for intermediate 1. There is not much time to process information and the workload can be overwhelming if you fall behind. Most importantly, Pascale understands that this class moves too fast for new language speakers to be able to process all the information we're given, and as such she is a very fair grader.

Workload:

weekly, sometimes bi-weekly quizzes, tests either every week or every other week, compositions due once every other week and nightly reading, vocabulary and oral exercises