Intermediate French

French department

Laurence Denie Higney

Intermediate French

French department

Laurence Denie Higney

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Overall 4.4
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Easiness of class 4.0
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Workload 4.0
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.8
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Grades

Fall 2016
27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
31.0%
25.9%
20.7%
15.5%
10.3%
5.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
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C
C-
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D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
52.8%
44.0%
35.2%
26.4%
17.6%
8.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
32.6%
27.2%
21.7%
16.3%
10.9%
5.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
40.0%
33.3%
26.7%
20.0%
13.3%
6.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
38.7%
32.3%
25.8%
19.4%
12.9%
6.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
39.6%
33.0%
26.4%
19.8%
13.2%
6.6%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
42.1%
35.1%
28.1%
21.1%
14.0%
7.0%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
47.6%
39.7%
31.7%
23.8%
15.9%
7.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
46.2%
38.5%
30.8%
23.1%
15.4%
7.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2006
35.3%
29.4%
23.5%
17.6%
11.8%
5.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: Winter 2015 Submitted April 5, 2017 Grade Received: B

I first met professor Denie Higney in the le Circle Francophone (The French Club) the first quarter 2014 when I transferred in to UCLA. You get extra class credit for going and it can help although I found many of the female undergrad French students to be stuck up like ooh I speak [a little French] and people are just either intimidated to try or who knows what hey're problem is. You can't learn if you don't try and immerse yourself. Who cares if you make mistakes - that's how you learn. I regret not starting out in Fall taking French 3 or 4 but I started my French classes in Winter quarter and continued with le Circle. She is the adviser for it and always very engaged with students. She is easy going and seems patient. When I took French 4 a few quarters later she remembered me. I was actually relieved to have her teaching rather than one of the TAs [but side note, I did learn and really like Thea Cecil- Frosman who I had for French 3.] Anyway, I've taken other foreign language classes here and elsewhere and they are always everyday and intensive. All the work for the quarter was laid out on the CCLE and you just had to keep up and not fall behind (key to success!). Since she is a native French speaker it was fun to ask her what's the word for this and that and she would add little pearls of French language wisdom and talk about her children speaking French to her... Maman ....... so cute how she relayed it to us. Not annoying at all. She is funny, patient, kind, and certainly commands respect. I really like her. I remember we got into talking about the word dégoûtant - degouté (disgusting) and she would tell us about other French words not commonly known or tell us, "oh no don't use that word for that and shake her finger and make that tsk tsk sound etc. no no no.

One thing I don't really like is having to break into groups or with the person next to you to practice your French which is what you have to do here. I just want to learn from the instructor and not my fellow French students who may or may not know less than me! I get the reasoning behind it but it's not what I am used to - not my cup of tea. And the schedule! go Mon - Tues -Wed - off Thurs- go back Fri! Why not Mon thru Thurs with Friday off? And no afternoon classes - all morning until 12 ish. I never got to ask why they do that. Can't anything be easy at UCLA?

So its three or was it four papers to write with topics given . They were cool topics. A test after each chapter. The usual format dictation, an essay, a few classic poems or readings and you go over them in class, the usual memorization of verb charts, vocab, the exercises in each chapter. We did three chapters in the book, Sur le Vif and then you use the same book for French 5
Keep up (that's any class though), know your verbs and their conjugation which she is really thorough in teaching you. I thought Professor Denie-Higney made it fun. Very important to keep up with the ilrn online homework. Don't leave it to the end and try to knock it all out a day or two before it's due. That's why she gave me a B or was it a B+ either way she said it was because I didn't finish the ilrn work! boo! I wish I could have had her for all my French language classes at UCLA.

C'est ça. Je souhaite bonne chance mon camarade d'étude avec vos études françaises.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 5, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PROFESSORS EVER. She is an absolutely lovely and down to earth professor. And she's hilarious. She tells us anecdotes about her family and two children. I really enjoyed taking French 4 with her and would love to take another French class with her in the future. She is very concerned for her students and teaches the material at a comprehensible pace. The material is not too difficult at all, and I'm on the brink of an A-/A. Take her class if you have the opportunity!!

We have light homework from the text book, 3 compositions in total (one from each section) and a written+oral comprehension test for each of the sections. We also have a final oral exam in addition to a written exam.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 31, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Laurence is incredible! She is an extremely effective teacher that left me truly able to speak french fluidly and confidently. When I first got to class (3 days late) I was overwhelmed by the amount of homework, a few workbook grammar assignments and a small composition but you slowly get used to it. The frequent compositions really help improve your writing. We watched a few cool films in class as well as studied big themes such as politics, family, education.

Laurence is extremely punctual and easy to communicate with. She answers emails immediately. There are 3 compositions and 1 optional one... if you take time and apply what she discussed in class you will get an A-/A. There are 3 midterms which are very simple (a few grammar sets, a vocab section and a composition). The final was a little more challenging because there was so much writing on it! 4 short answers and one long composition along with grammar and vocab.

Overall Laurence ROCKS! Take her if you can. I got an A.

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