April 16, 2010

Skippon, Samuel Silver_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

I really liked Prof. Skippon. He's pretty easy-going in class, speaks French beautifully, and is a fair grader. He speaks French 90% of the time, but he will break into English if the class is totally lost during a lesson--which is great. He stuck to the syllabus, it was always clear what was expected and when. He rarely assigned additional work and when he did, he didn't spring it on us last minute (no BS late night emails asking us to prepare something extra). That made life easy for those of us with lives outside school. I learned a lot and I felt like I was graded fairly. You can't ask for much more.

Workload:

Standard for French I: about 5-6 half-to-one-page comp.'s; periodic chapter quizzes every 1-2 weeks, 3-4 multi-chapter tests, fairly difficult exam. He gave 2-3 unannounced quizzes which weren't counted very heavily but reminded you to keep up. Most of the work is outlined by the department, so generally the workload for different sections is pretty similar.