Illan is the man! I started liking him from the first day when he said that we have to address him by his first name, which I believe shows his mutual respect towards the students. In general, he is a very good teacher and knows how to teach a language. I can honestly say that this is my favorite class overall at Columbia and Illan is my favorite professor. The classes are MTWR and are about 1 hour. The material is not difficult as Hebrew is not that difficult in my opinion.
i love this dude. funny, relaxed, understanding.
Illan is the perfect combination of knowledgeable and kind, patient, and energetic. He is more than willing to meet with students outside of class, and genuinely wants his students to learn. I have taken Hebrew with him for years. He fosters a sense of community and camaraderie while still maintaining control over the class. It is truly a pleasure to take Hebrew with Illan (both 1st Year and 2nd Year). He is committed and intelligent and has been one of the best professors I've had here.