January 25, 2011

Crepon, Pascale Silver_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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

Pascale is very sweet and seems to genuinely care about her students. She comments amusingly on franco-american relations, cultural differences and the virtues of Swiss chocolate (she is in fact Swiss). She occasionally lectures us on how we should not binge-drink and how we need to get more sleep. She is easy to understand (doesn't speak frustratingly fast like some language instructors) and clear when explaining grammar. She often gives us lists of questions which we then have to ask our classmates, circulating around the classroom having short conversations, which is a very helpful exercise if you take it seriously. Language classes are always rather boring, at least for me, but Pascale tries to make them less so as much as possible. She's very friendly and accommodating if you need to go to a different class on the same day because you have something to do during your scheduled time-- don't take advantage of that opportunity. Go ahead and take the class if you can, really!

Workload:

Fine. She does check your workbook but only on test day, so you can push it off till the last minute if you want. Exams standard for the department, short chapter quizzes that are likely to help your grade, not hurt it. Compositions not too difficult and she's flexible on the due date of the revised version (less flexible on the first draft but if you have a good excuse and ask in advance she'll probably put it off a day or two). We were supposed to have a 10-min oral presentation at the end of the class but she decided it was going to be too stressful for us right before finals and told us we didn't have to do it.