Isabelle Fernbach

Dec 2006

This prof is new to Barnard, but that's no excuse for her seemingly utter lack of familiarity in teaching the French language. On several occasions she would say "I know/understand this in French, but I can't explain it in English". You'd think that the ability to move with ease between the two languages would be a must for a French prof. She's a very nice, soft-spoken woman, but not assertive enough in the classroom. She seems to wilt when asked many questions. Her explanations of grammatical concepts are unclear and she often does no real teaching but rather blunders through various topics.