Mme Dufresne is genuinely prepared for each lecture she gives, which is great. She also grades fairly but critically - she points out each mistake you make, giving you as many opportunities to learn as possible. Therefore, her grading is essentially fair. However, sometimes she seems uncaring. It was definitely a class in which I subsisted on self-motivation. She brought a lot to the material, and provided ample opportunities to engage in the texts; but, for me, her distance made it hard for me to be excited about French.
My experience with Dufresne was great. She is challenging, quick, and expects you to come prepared to class. She is also very accomplished at assessing where you are in terms of your comfort with the language, and is patient. She may appear to be a little harsh, but that's only because she wants you to participate and TRY!!! She won't penalize you for saying something wrong in class, it's the effort that counts. And trust me, you will speak in that class. My French improved so much in her class. She does assign a lot of homework, but most of it is pretty easy if you know the concepts and pay attention. Just stay on top of your assignments, DON'T MISS CLASS if you can help it, and go to her office hours. She can seem intimidating in class because she is forward, but in office hrs, she's , well, its just you and her. She is actually French, too, so she brings a great perspective. Exams are cool, you always know whats going to be on them. You read a novel in the class (all in French) and she walks you through it. Just try not to fall too far behind. Bon chance!
What a lady...strong, sharp, witty and elegant. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of literature assigned as well as her approach to explaining the texts. The readings were almost always short, which I personally like, because we were able to read so many different authors without falling behind. The novels were fantastic---Le Pere Goriot, Madame Bovary and the Lover were some of my favorites. Regarding tests---Madame couldn't be more helpful. She breaks down the format and includes not only page numbers for possible quote choices, but possible IDs and essays---all with choices so your work can be at its best. You do have to work fast (50 minutes) but it is definitely do-able. Madame Dufresne is academically and personally solid---no B.S. with her. I can't wait to take her again!
Madame Dufresne is an amazing professor. I learned so much about French theater in her class. What I loved about her teaching style was that she never scolded you if you mispronounced something if you were trying to express an idea. Rather she always helped you complete your thought and ALWAYS engaged the students in class discussion. We studied existentialism mostly and it was very interesting to read these amazing pieces in French. Take her if you can!!