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with Thomas Prestonlast month

Compared to other two beginning German classes (101 & 102), 103 is MUCH more fast paced and there are a lot more writing & reading assignments in this class (also with the same fun in class from 101 and 102). Quizzes and Tests are in a weekly basis, which make people feel that they are constantly preparing for exams and it adds some pressure to make the course less chill and fun. Both professors are nice and chill but it doesn't mean that they have demand for class takers to actively participate in class and follow their pace. After all, this class will definitely improve German ability and worth taking as beginning German learner.

Compared to other two beginning German classes (101 & 102), 103 is MUCH more fast paced and there are a lot more writing & reading assignments in this class (also with the same fun in class from 101 and 102). Quizzes and Tests are in a weekly basis, which make people feel that they are constantly preparing for exams and it adds some …Read more

Lots of HomeworkFast-PacedFair Grading
11hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would take again
with Viola Huanglast year

I want to preference this by saying: I absolutely love the German department and they're all so sweet and helpful. Viola, especially, is like the love of my life. She is extremely kind and chill. Although I greatly enjoy my German class, I would warn people: it is a lot of work. I do feel like it could be slower-paced without compromising the teaching, but the level of difficulty is to be expected of a Middlebury language class. I feel like I have learned a lot of German in the year that I've had taking it here, and can often get through basic conversations without much difficulty. There was always nightly homework, which I would say to count for about an hour-ish per night. Some nights less, some nights much more, especially if you're really trying to improve your German skills. The professors are usually pretty chill about homework though, and they give you 3 free extensions a semester, so long as you ask before the assignment is due. Depending on the circumstances, they are also likely to give you a few more if you ask before the deadline. This class requires you to be mentally present in every class, and you should expect to be cold-called. You usually are given 2 drafts of the essays we write, the first of which you'll get corrections on, and the second of which you'll be graded on. The class is pretty fast-paced, and there are tests and quizzes almost every week. These can be difficult, and be warned: they definitely count off for spelling mistakes. German language tables once a week are required (though if you miss one week, you can make up for it by going twice the next week) and a few extra events required throughout the rest of the semester. All in all, while it is a lot of work, I love this course and am planning to continue on with German. Were I to have had this class with a professor who was not as amazing as Viola, I might not have continued with my German learning, but I do not feel judged in her class when I make a mistake or simply do not know an answer.

I want to preference this by saying: I absolutely love the German department and they're all so sweet and helpful. Viola, especially, is like the love of my life. She is extremely kind and chill. Although I greatly enjoy my German class, I would warn people: it is a lot of work. I do feel like it could be slower-paced without comprom …Read more

Fast-PacedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
10hrs / week Very difficulty Very high value Would take again