September 02, 2010

Meere, Michael
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

Confession: Professor Meere was so good I didn't want to write this review until after I had secured a spot in his Intermediate I class. I took this class over the summer so it was quite intense, but it was an excellent way to finish Elementary I and II in less than three months. Not recommended for the faint of heart, especially if you're taking other summer classes as well.

Professor Meere is also not recommended for the faint of heart, but in a good way. He was meticulously organized (refreshing) and provided chapter quizzes that don't count, but provide helpful feedback before the tests. I didn't realize how helpful this was until my Elementary II teacher (who was also awesome) didn't do this.

He brings in lots of interesting exercises, music, and film clips. He was a stickler for pronunciation, which is all kinds of helpful. He is not a hand holder and the class can be a bit scary at times, but he is very responsive and patient if you ask for help. He is a challenging teacher, but will leave you very well prepared for whatever's next.

Workload:

I took this as a 6-week summer class, along with a reading-and-paper heavy other class. The phrase "Dear God, make it stop" comes to mind. But in truth, the assignments were interesting and satisfying since I was excited to start learning French. Very straightforward, if voluminous.