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russian III

August 01, 2006

Smyslova, Alla Silver_nugget
russian III

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I was not a typical student in third-year Russian. I lived in Ukraine for two years, but had never formally studied Russian (sort of self-taught,immersion, etc). I took Russian III to fill in some blanks, work on my grammar, writing,etc. I can not stress this enough, but Alla is an amazing professor. If you are serious about improving your Russian then you need to take her class. She is fantastic.

Alla held office hours above and beyond what is to be expected. She would often ask me to stop by her office to review certain topics that she did not have time to address in class. She spends a lot of time 1-on-1 with students. In the classroom, she makes even for most mundane topics interesting. Don't get caught spacing out during class because she will bring you back to reality!

In summary, Alla is an excellent professor and a true resource of the Slavic Dept.

Workload:

Anywhere from 1-2 hours a day. The workload is fair.

December 18, 2005

Smyslova, Alla Silver_nugget
russian III

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Alla is a great teacher. I found that just by paying attention in class and doing the homework I ended up knowing all the vocabulary necessary for all the tests and the final as well. She really encourages students to play with the language and to try to use words they know to communicate their thoughts. You'll get great practice with the language in every assignment given and she really stresses reusing things you've already learned on each new assignment, which does wonders in helping students to retain all the information!

Workload:

a lot of homework each night, but no midterm, easy final if you have been doing the work all year

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