O'Keeffe's class is a usually a one-man show, but no one seems to mind. Sometimes I wish that he would make more of an effort to stimulate class participation and listen to our ideas. My confidence in speaking French did not improve. Oral skills are targeted in Composition and Conversation, which I will take next semester.

I valued O'Keeffe's passion for the French language, literature, art and history. He sparked my curiosity about linguistics, since he'd tell us about how words were formed. For example, the word "mayday" in English evolved from the French "m'aidez" or "help me."

Writing about artworks in French vastly improved my writing skills as an art history major. It is helpful to copy the model of O'Keeffe's sample essays, handed out in class, because they are very straightforwardly and poetically.

O'Keeffe is obsessed with literature and fables. Many of the paragraphs that we completed in class (by inserting the correct verb conjugations) were excerpted from Baudelaire, Baudrillard and other French authors. This made the usual painfully boring grammar exercises more fun and engaging.


Extremely light. O'Keeffe rarely assigns worksheets of homework in the workbook.