May 06, 2004

Platt, Jonathan Silver_nugget
Second Year Russian I

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

I agree with the previous reviews, both about the strength of the Slavic Department TA's in general, and about Jon's excellence even among this elite group. The third Grad Student instructor I've experienced in my Russian Language course history, John has been the best of the bunch. He is an excellent teacher for all the reasons mentioned in the other reviews; he knows how to teach the language to non-native speakers, he prepares extensively for each lesson, knowing exactly what he wants to get accomplished...but most of all, he keeps the pace of the class moving; it's not so much that we're covering material at a faster rate, but rather, that we're covering the same material from a wide variety of alternating approaches, and through different sorts of excercises. As opposed to simply having us read through the examples in the no good, poorly organized text book, John brings in his own excercises, which are always much better, and always include a healthy dose of that peculiar slavicist irony that keeps the class moving. Great teacher, I have no complaints at all. Highly recommended.

Workload:

To learn a language, it seems, one has to practice speaking it.