Johanna is easily the best German professor I've ever had. She is an immensely brilliant and kind person who wants nothing more than for her students to learn. She assigns a lot of homework, which I was never too happy about, but she always goes over it in class the next day. I was lucky enough to have a very small class (about 8 people or less) so everyone always had an opportunity to talk (even though it was an 8:40am class which I don't think anyone was too enthusiastic about), but Johanna fostered a very comfortable environment where making mistakes was ok. She made it a point to write on the board a lot, which was helpful and allowed for her corrections to turn into more meaningful lessons than just calling someone out.
Johanna is also a very opinionated (but understanding) intellectual. She expects a lot from her students in terms of content for the essays and discussions, but at the same time does not expect graduate level vocabulary. The course has a very heavy emphasis on German culture. We watched two movies, looked at art, and read a short play. We also took a trip to the Met on a Friday which was enjoyable, but all the discussion was in German.
The final project was to create a short comic book, changing the end of the play we read.
Overall, it was definitely one of the more challenging German classes I've taken simply because it was not just about memorizing vocab, but actually THINKING in German. This made the experience that much more rewarding and Johanna is definitely the reason for that.