Madame Loselle is a true intellect. I've had many passionate professors so far, but even so she really stands out. What I liked about Madame Loselle was that she really cared about expanding our ideas and introducing us to the philosophical aspects of the literature. In the three papers she assigned I tried my hardest to make sure I didn't have any grammar mistakes, but a few would always end up in my final draft. Madame Loselle understands that we're not fluent yet, so while she, like any instructor, would get disappointed when students make careless mistakes by not bothering to check their work, she's sypathetic to people who show improvement and effort over the duration of the course. I really got the impression that the content as opposed to the technical aspects of our work is more important to her than anything else. Even though her office hours attrated many students, she always made time for all of us and she would generously and eagerly extend her hours when we had paper deadlines or tests approaching. Before Madame Loselle's class I couldn't care less about poetry. Thanks to her I now know how to interpret it on a new level and I've grown to have a great appreciatation for the art. I felt extremely comfortable participating in the class. No matter how out there my ideas were, Madame Loselle always encouraged me and kept an open-mind. I highly recommend Madame Loselle to anyone who wants to master language and learn from a kind-hearted professor with a philosophical and profound edge like no other.
I would definitely recommend taking French 114C with Professor Loselle. Some of what the other reviewers have said is true--she has an absolutely brilliant and innovative mind when it comes to literary analysis. This can often mean that she is sometimes hard to follow in lecture with regards to her out-of-this-world ideas and understandings. Nonetheless, she was very organized and clear in her curriculum, and did a great job introducing the background and genre of each author that we read. I have to say that I have greatly improved my literary analysis skills as a result of taking this class with her. The requirements are not too bad either--two papers (the topics of which she gives at the beginning of the class), and two take-home finals which are extremely easy if you pay attention in class. The SECRET to succeeding has to be going to her office hours about the assignments--she is extremely concerned with helping you learn and is more than willing to spend one-on-one time going over any questions you have. Office hours are a definite must to succeeding in this class! Reading is pretty medium--not too light or heavy. Reading before the class definitely helps so that you don't get lost during class time. Overall, I would recommend this class to any French major finishing up their 114's. Just make sure to use her office hours often when it comes to the assignments and be careful with your grammar and you're bound to do great.