Review Comment

First year Russian

July 06, 2008

Beck, Karin Gold_nugget
First year Russian

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Karin is amazing! She made a very challenging course enjoyable and fun. Keeping up with the workload was quite challenging, but she was sympathetic and and very understanding. She is funny, extremely entertaining and wildly knowledgeable about languages and literature. Karin really went above and beyond for the class, if you get to take a class with her consider yourself lucky!

May 11, 2003

Williams, Timothy
First year Russian

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Tim was a great teacher, although too often hard on himself. He taught the evening section which met just four times a week this year. The class atmosphere was consistently relaxed, playful and a lot of fun. Though this probably owed somewhat to the happy and congruous nature of our class itself, it certainly was aided by Tim and his great sense of humor, etc. I recommend him to everyone who's looking to start down the russian road. Oh, and also, two of Columbia's four winners in the national writing contest for first year russian students, were products of Tim's excellent teaching (including the one first prize winner). That makes him, by some standards, the best russian teacher in the country...take note!

Workload:

It's standardized by the department; chapter test every two weeks or so...no midterm. Oral and regular final. Homework from the workbook everynight.

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