Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course to students who are unsure of what foreign language they would like to take for the required credits. What makes this course stand out is the welcoming atmosphere that the teachers provide. I have had Spanish courses before and I had no true stance as a beginner because Spanish is my first language; this made the classes easy for me and so I did not have to be afraid of whatever work would come my way. With French 1001, I had now learned what it was like to not know anything about a foreign language at all. I was thus unsure of what to expect of the workload and the pace of the class. Thankfully the course proved to be so much less daunting than I anticipated and encourage those who are interested in learning the French language that it is possible to learn. Effort must be put into anything and everything one does.
The highlights of this course where the instructor and the environment of the class. For most students, a foreign language class seems scary because of the fear of being criticized by the teacher or their peers. I did not have this experience at all. My instructor was always willing to help us during class, after class, through email, or during her office hours. Any student in her class can succeed if they are truly intent on doing so. I learned that making that step is not as difficult as it seems personally. I learned that through this course there are multitudes of supplements throughout the book that help me better understand French culture, history, and casual speech. This last point is extremely important to me because "grammatically correct" speech is important when learning any language but it is equally important to learn colloquial/casual speech.
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Advice for students:
To those students who are considering taking this course, I recommend creating flashcards to study the vocabulary. Some points of the course may be difficult such as forming questions with inversion or remembering irregular adjectives. Personally, I found online flashcards to be most effective. Also, if you feel comfortable with one topic of the chapter you are studying in class, continue to study anyway! You would be surprised how easily you may forget something. As long as you do these things, the course will be a lot more enjoyable.