Review Comment

Elementary Czech I

December 23, 2010

Harwood, Christopher Silver_nugget
Elementary Czech I

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Great class, great professor. I came into the class not knowing any Czech, and left with a remarkable understanding of grammar, culture, and composition. I recommend this class to anyone remotely interested in learning the language. Harwood describes the material with engaging class exercises and assigns challenging assignments. Very demanding workload, not to be taken lightly, but pays off big time. Harwood knows all there is to know about grammar and can answer any question that comes up in and out of class. In addition, he encourages attending Czech conversation hour, where discussion is practiced in live situations.

Workload:

Demanding hands down but very fair and worth wile. No busy work. Class runs in a pattern of two weeks. Week one: Composition A and exercises in the workbook. Week two: Composition B and studying for the chapter test. Very challenging chapter tests every two weeks that come faster than desired. Compositions are short paragraphs, applying the grammar learned in class.

December 01, 2005

Barreith, Jeffrey
Elementary Czech I

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Unless you've steeled yourself for the challenge, and/or somehow know you have latent linguistic ability, Czech is probably not a good first foreign language to study (because of its complexity). But Jeff is an EXCELLENT teacher: organized, focused, patient, witty, and genuinely interested in seeing his students wrap their heads around the language. The homework is light but effective for getting repetitive practice of the concepts, which are reinforced in class before and after assignments. Occasional pop quiz on vocab. No surprises on the exams.

If you want to learn Czech, count yourself lucky to be at an institution that teaches it and teaches it well. Absolutely take this class.

Workload:

Light for fast memorizers and those with a bent for languages, light-to-medium for normal smart people

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Christopher Harwood 2012 Fall TRF / 10:10-11:25 AM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Christopher Harwood 2010 Fall TRF / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Christopher Harwood 2009 Fall TRF / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Vera Dvorakova 2008 Fall MWF / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I 2007 Fall MTR / 12:40- 1:55 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Marcela Rydlova-Erhlich 2006 Fall MTR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Jeffrey Barreith 2005 Fall MTR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I 2004 Fall MTR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Kirsten Lodge 2003 Fall TR / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Karin Beck 2002 Fall R / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1
SLAL / CZCH SLAL CZCH W1101: Elementary Czech I Marcela Ehrlich 2001 Fall MTR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1