As Dr. S reminds me every time I am in his office, I need to learn French. I was going to take it this semester, but on the advice of my adviser (why do I listen to him?) I did not. I would really like to take it this summer and get all of the basic stuff out of the way. Rice University offers language courses in the summer and anyone can enroll. I’ve more or less decided to do that, but I have to figure out which to take.
Option 1 is to take it over 8 weeks. It’s 3 hours of class per week (2 classes) spread out over 8 weeks.
Option 2 is to take it over 8 days. It’s 3 hours of classes per day for 8 days. (Plus another 2-3 hours of studying.)
Option 2 sounds a bit daunting, but everyone says you can learn a lot more when it is more intense. I took Spanish in summer school and feel that I retained more of what I took during the summer session than what I took during regular classes. I’m leaning towards option 2. Not only does it take less time (I’ll be done by June 12th!), I really think that I will learn more. Plus, I know this will sound elitist, but it’s at Rice and I have to assume that their language program might have an edge over Houston Community College (UH isn’t offering French this summer as they are going to France to study instead -lucky bastards).
Which brings me to option 3, which would be to take it over 10 weeks there. Option 4 would be to take the summer off and just take something in the fall.