March 28, 2003

Thomas, Andrea Silver_nugget
[FREN W1101] Elementary French I

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Andrea is definitely a good reason to learn French. She is incredibly energetic and her personality gets the class to participate without the usually required force. Her easy-going but professional demeanor takes away your fear of making a fool out of yourself by talking like a child in another language and allows you to really experiment with speaking French. Andrea will surprise you with a new and generally pretty quirky daily activity that is aimed at getting the class to interact. She expects her students to do some preliminary studying as well as complete the assigned workbook exercises since she does not lecture the grammar and the vocabulary during class but rather applies it after only a short introduction. To make a long story short, be prepared before you go to class! All of the tests and the compositions are graded fairly; she is also very readily available outside of class in case you ever need help. Andrea will generally allow the class to participate freely, unless she feels that certain members are not really giving their part, at which point she will call on them. So, there's no way out of participation in this one. Conclusion: Hard work, but you learn French.

Workload:

Workload: High. ALL oral and written workbook exercises are done in each lesson and are assigned daily, four departmental tests, a midterm interview in groups of two with the teacher, and a departmental final. Oh, and don't forget the half-dozen compositions due throughout the semester either!