The first class was intimidating and made me almost drop the course. I didn't -- mostly because I had already bought the textbook -- and decided to stick it out for the rest of the semester. Clément was patient, understanding, and made the course content easy to digest -- everything you want in an instructor. He really made an effort to make the class enjoyable and help each student learn French through class participation/individual feedback. I also think he made the class environment very relaxing and fun, and was never condescending or negative towards students, even when correcting them. Overall, it was one of the best classes I have ever taken at Columbia, and the fact that I decided to stay in the class -- despite it meeting on Friday evenings -- is a testament to that.

I wouldn't say it's the easiest class, but if you put in the effort, you will do well.

Workload:

daily assignments on iLearn
4/5 compositions
4 tests
1 presentation
1 final exam