3101 Latin-American Culture--Conversation

Dec 2002

This 2-credit "discussion" class was a total disaster and was the worst thing I've ever taken at Columbia. THere was little discussion at all; the instructor merely disagreed with whatever anyone had to say and then lectured (on stuff like the origins of superstitions in South America), as though the point of the course was actually to learn material (we all took it to improve our speaking!!!). To her credit, she was patient with those who had trouble speaking, and my skills did improve a bit, but she was so intimidating and arrogant that I was afraid to speak and left every class sweaty and gross. What a disappointment this class was. Also--why should native speakers be allowed to take a discussion course like this? It doesn't help me to improve my oral skills when half the class already has mile-a-minute speech.