Van Order is a super engaging teacher. Though cold calling is hard to get used to at first, his teaching methods are extremely effective and I feel like I've learned more Italian in the past few months than I did in 6 years of Chinese pre-college. There's a lot of material and it's very fast paced which makes it difficult, but the pay off is super worth it.
I was scared to learn a new language but lessons were engaging and Van Order's teaching style made it easy to grasp new material. Homework offers practice. I did not need to study much outside of class.
Professor Van Order was extremely nice and enthusiastic throughout the entirety of my first semester here. He made learning a brand new language fun and exciting. His class was super engaging and I looked forward to it every day.