Review of French Fundamentals

Feb 2021

Madame Stephan is a very sweet woman. She made french a low-stress but still engaging class during the entirely virtual Fall semester. I will say she is a bit disorganized; we deviated from the syllabus often and it was at times unclear what was due and when. Although I didn't make leaps and bounds in my French ability during this semester, I did enjoy speaking in French twice a week over Zoom.

Sep 2020

I was fortunate enough to sign up for Professor Lazur when I was a freshman, and it was honestly one of the best decisions I made in college. She's really sweet, and works hard to make a welcoming classroom environment. It's super easy to get embarrassed with class participation when learning a foreign language by pronouncing words wrong, etc. but she honestly just wants you to enjoy learning French. The only issue I had with her is that she takes FOREVER to grade -- I even had to take a test before getting the one I had taken previously back. Other than that, she's extremely kind and easy to talk to if you're having a hard time with the material (or anything else)!

Jun 2020

I had Sarah Lazur for French for my entire first year. Overall, she's a pretty chill teacher who's really warm and kind to her students. She really doesn't like technology in the classroom, so she won't let you type your notes and explicitly states at the beginning of the semester that she will confiscate your phone if she sees that you have it out (this never happened in either of the semesters that I had her). She has weekly office hours that she will encourage you to go to. I only went a few times, and she wasn't super helpful with my questions. She usually would just give me additional exercise worksheets for whatever problem I had. I ended up just getting a peer tutor to help me. One of the times I did go to her office hours, though, I expressed interest in a French minor and in attending grad school, but admitted that I know little about it as a first gen college student. She helped me learn more about the classes I would need to take to get a French minor and recommended when I should take each course. She also stayed late (as in the janitor opened her office thinking it would be empty, but we were still there. HOURS late!) to talk to me about different grad school programs, give me advice about picking a program, grad-PhD programs, etc. which meant a lot to me, and I don't think I'll forget how helpful she was for a long time. She did all of this out of the kindness of her heart, and completely willingly too. She told me that she was also a first-gen college student herself, and told me about some specific programs on campus that cater to first gen students. Overall, I'm really glad I had her as a teacher. Workload was pretty light, she always came to class with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to teach us, and genuinely cared about us as her students.

Apr 2017

Hadley (she lets us call her by her first name) is so sweet and kind. I am never too intimidated to speak up in class. More so than anything her encouragement fostered my learning. This is my second time being in her French class. Last semester I was so nervous to be in a college level French course. My high school French teacher was judgmental and instilled fear in all of her students. After taking Hadley's class not only do I love studying French but I am leaning towards making it a part of my degree. I never had this confidence with language learning before. In the past, I would have never been brave enough to practice my French with native French speakers but now, when I run into someone that speaks French I have the courage to open my mouth and at least try. I say this knowing that I am not the best French student out there. It is just amazing to have a professor who sees potential in all of her students. I wish I could take French with her again. If she was teaching intermediate II I would take it with her. She is also knowledgeable about French cultural and philosophical movements which she sometimes incorporates into the curriculum.

Sep 2015

I honestly hated this class. The professor was disorganized and unhelpful. We spent basically 80% of the time talking about our day and never got to really learning any grammar. Honestly, I wouldn't have cared because he is a very relaxed and nice professor, but the quizzes/examinations were really hard! I don't think that I would have found them challenging, had I been taught the content in class. I basically had to teach myself - a big disappointment because I've had great experiences with the other french professors at Barnard!

Apr 2015

I seriously don't understand why this man doesn't have a gold nugget! He is one of the most understanding and comforting teachers at Barnard and he really helps to make sure that every student in his class understands the material. He never assigns too much work that is overwhelming and will go out of his way to help students understand whatever is confusing them. He's a very generous grader and prepares you incredibly well for the tests. The homework is never collected, but you should do it anyways since you'll go over it in class and look a little silly if you don't know the answer. His classroom is very very relaxed and he immediately puts the class at ease.

Jan 2012

This was an excellent course, the best language class I have ever taken. Prof J-F is truly engaged and engaging--its kind of impossible to space out when she is teaching because she is so charismatic. I feel much more confident in both spoken and written French after taking this course and I understand French grammar in much more depth. Overall I feel this course laid a very strong foundation to continue learning the language and really inspired me to write and express myself in French. The course was paced well because, it never felt too easy or too hard

Jan 2010

I absolutely adore this woman! She is extremely kind, funny, and helpful. She focused a lot on improving oral skills, which was really beneficial, while remaining organized. She made sure everyone participated but in a non-threatening way so no one was ever afraid to get it wrong. She assigned a lot of exercises in the workbook but didn't really check to see that you did them. She taught every subject comprehensively with a smile on her face all the while. She went at a great pace, not too fast, not too slow. I would recommend taking any french class with her. She's such a cutie!

Jan 2009

Professor Jouanneau-Fertig... what a great professor. She is lively and enthusiastic which helps you get more involved, and that's important in a language class. She is the sweetest person, and is always approachable and eager to offer outside help as necessary. She really helps students remember the material by getting you to talk aloud in class. She likes to have lots of cute activities and watching her dance to her Carla Bruni music is priceless. She's extremely organized and sticks to the syllabus. She makes class a lot of fun and very productive at the same time.