January 11, 2011

Palumbo, Patrizia Silver_nugget
[V1121] Intensive Elementary Italian

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

Professor Palumbo is, in short, amazing. Ideal. This woman deserves a gold star. Honestly, there's absolutely nothing more you could want in a language teacher. She genuinely cares about her students and, above all, LOVES to teach-- which isn't so common at Columbia. Additionally, she's very lenient with grading, which is a relief in a language class-- it allows you to relax and to let yourself to make mistakes, take linguistic risks. And she has an adorable accent (even if most of the class is conducted in Italian.)

Although she assigns a lot of work, I wouldn't stress about it. Do it if you think it helps you, but Prof. Palumbo won't force you to do what you don't want to do-- or think that you don't need (if you really don't need it.)

Overall, this class was a joy. You'll definitely reap what you sow. If you don't participate or do the work, you won't learn Italian (very well.) But if you have a genuine interest in learning Italian, this is as good as it gets.

Workload:

Heavy weekly textbook work (after all, it's intensive), but it's not actually required; weekly quizzes; semi-frequent compositions; an oral presentation; midterm; final. For a 6 credit course, pretty reasonable and light.