Fang Laoshi is a new, young teacher who's teaching part- time here and at NYU. I like her a lot- she's not the most fun teacher, but she's an easy grader and very organized. She also always lets class out a little early, and never takes attendance. A lot of studnets gave her a tough time, but I really liked her teaching style. THe one complaint I have is that she wasn't very flexible- if someone didn't understand a concept she wouldn't spend much extra time explaining it, and would just continue the class as scheduled.
Really nice, energetic professor. Explains material especially the different word usages/similarities well. Wrote his own textbook, pretty intersesting topics (i.e. One-Child Policy in China, online dating, Starbucks in Forbidden Palace, young couples choosing between career vs. family, etc.) First (fall) semester pretty standard, getting you used to the material and his teaching methods, but second (spring)semester a lot of fun: after every chapter is a review class where you have partnered activities, competition games, a movie, online videos, etc. Overall a great class, a great professor.
He's actually a really good teacher, but not an easy one. He makes class fun and always looks for new ways to engage the class in discussion. He tries to change his teaching style so that the students benefits more, such as having a day of review instead of moving through all the chapters day by day. I really enjoyed his class because it's challenging and you learn quite a lot at the end. If you don't like class participation, however, don't take his class. He calls on people at random to answer questions (but they're usually simple ones everybody can answer). All in all, good chinese class. Totally recommended!
Shi Laoshi is a fantastic instructor! He conducts class efficiently but will always stop to answer questions; he is also very knowledgeable. He is flexible, which some people might think is a fault in a language teacher, but which I found to be helpful, seeing as the class is not particularly easy. Finally, he is funny and sweet (and cute!), and just a very likeable guy. He brought energy to the class and kept things moving, so that he was almost able to make up for a class full of people not very interested in answering his questions. You will enjoy Shi Laoshi's class.
don't know why she has a silver nugget next to her name (indicating that she is recommended by culpa). from the reviews, she's a great elementary level teacher, but not much beyond that. BEWARE! I'm no longer in her section for the second semester and boy am I glad I made the switch. The style of my new teacher is much better and more organized and structured like what I'm used to from elementary and intermediate Chinese courses at CU. The class atmosphere is very friendly now as opposed to the tense lecture style Qi Laoshi facilitated.
Yeah, she's nice and great as a person. Yeah, she's a nazi as a teacher. Really demanding and over-challenging. Cares a bit too much about us for her own good. Gives so much work because she wants us to learn that it got quite out of hand. Don't take her unless you plan on studying late just for this class.
She has a good heart and good intentions, but she should really be teaching the W track. You get far more work than the department syllabus lists. This really becomes a 5 credit course, not the usual 5 credit chinese class you might be used to. She definitely has a Chinese Nazi type of strict teaching. Yes, she will hunt you down if you don't hand in one hw or you are 1 minute late. Chinese is no longer an easy A.