Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I love Italian as a language. Professoressa Montgomery isn't always the most friendly person, but she genuinely wants everyone to succeed in her class and know the material. If she notices you're having trouble, she makes sure to pull you aside and check up on you. She prides herself on teaching us the way native Italians speak their language, rather than how to be Americans speaking Italian. If you're looking to be coddled, turn back. If you honestly want to learn the language and are dedicated, Professoressa Montgomery is wonderful.
You don't just learn fundamentals first (colors, months, numbers, etc.). You learn how to ask the people around you questions, and the rest of the knowledge follows suit. It may not be the easiest way to learn the material at the time, but it makes sense in the long run and makes it easier to learn the language as a whole.
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Professoressa Montgomery is a little rough around the edges, but she cares about each and every one of her students. I took ITL 101 the spring semester of my freshman year with her, and took ITL 102 the spring semester of my junior year, also with her. She remembers me, and checks in with me frequently to make sure I'm doing alright and keeping up because I was gone from the language for so long.