Comment: If you take le franÃ§ais with Blanca, you're in a for a wild ride. She is an amazing instructor. Taking her class as a freshman was an excellent choice for me as I feel that I got what I truly believe to be a "Berkeley education." We didn't only discuss the bread-and-butter stuff of language classes - la grammaire, les lectures, la vocabulaire - but we also went deep into the society that is behind it. From the feminist movement to the 1968 student movement in France, from the sensitive topic of French colonialism to unrest in the Parisian banlieues, we discussed several thought provoking subjects. Also, she is very political, and is actively involved in the campus movement as well. Take of that as you will, but I definitely appreciated the time we took in class to discuss the Californian budget crisis in French! Her assignments followed the topics we discussed, and were far from boring to do. She was also a great user of media - by the end of the course we've watched quite a few movies and clips and learned more than 10 French songs, and they're not just the typical chansons from the black-and-white days we usually think of in French class - but everything from Marseille rap to kitsch pop. In other words, songs from genres that most of us have never been familiar with before. Did I mention that she comes from Spain but teaches perfect French? Take her section if you're ready for the experience.
FRENCH 4 (Fall 2013)
Comment: Blanca is amazing! You are unlikely to have many teachers more enthusiastic than her, or as fun to talk with. Expect existentialism and lots and lots of songs in French - in completely different styles, too. She's a very political person and loves discussing current issues in French, but quite respectful if you disagree with her. Somehow I don't even have a problem with her making us watch "Le Gai Savoir" in class. Don't look it up. Take her class instead.