May 23, 2014

Perisic, Alexandra Silver_nugget
[FREN W3131] Third Year French Conversation

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

As a non-French major who just wanted to have a way to keep up my French, this class was exactly what I wanted. Every week we had a new topic (e.g. cuisine, art, film) and we basically just came into class and had discussions about those topics. If you put a decent amount of effort into your oral presentations (*and made sure all of your vocab and grammar were correct), getting a good grade was easy enough. Participation in this class does count for a good portion of the grade (it is a conversation class, after all), so making sure to participate in the discussions every class is a good thing to do.

Alexandra is a really great professor. She made sure to correct us on our grammar and pronunciation—and especially on our “anglicisms”—and was always helpful in class when we were lost for words and didn’t know how to say things in French. She also took the time to make up a bunch of helpful grammar practice sheets for us when she thought we needed a brush-up with specific grammar concepts, which was great because it made the class really tailored to our needs. Her grading was always fair, and her feedback on our presentations was great and really helpful.

Workload:

1 voice recording every two weeks, just reading a passage she gave us (completion grade, as far as we could tell)
2 oral presentations, 15-20 minutes on a topic of your choice (20% each)
Very short homework grammar exercises every few weeks