June 11, 2003

Palumbo, Patrizia Silver_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

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I loved her! Even though she is an easy grader and has a lax attitude about departemental busy work, I still learned a lot this semester. She explains things much better than my teacher last semester, perhaps because she isn't afraid to speak in English. But that isn't to say that Italian is not spoken in class. The class is more like conversational Italian, which is good at this stage of the game. Some people chose not to speak any Italian during the semester, answering all questions in English, and Patrizia did not object. However, it was more beneficial and became increasingly easier to just answer in Italian. We also got to go on some cool field trips since the class meets at 6-8 pm. I guess the only thing about this class is that the student is responsible for learning a lot of the material because it is easy to get away with slacking off. If you don't need someone to hold your hand through the foreign language requirement and are a mature, self-driven student interested in learning Italian in a relaxed environment, this class should be perfect.

Workload:

Very little. We were supposed to have a quiz every other class, but we usually ended up having one every two weeks. She assigns homework, but doesn't check up on you. Doing the homework will definitely help you understand concepts, but doing all the homework is probably not necessary. Easy midterm and final.