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Denis-Jacques Jean
Professor in the Languages department
at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
4.0
Easiness
2.6
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44 Student Ratings
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10/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
FREN004 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent teacher. He's tough, but if you put the work in, you'll get more than you expected out. Textbook required, and it's not easy, but I've never learned more from any class in my life than from his. He cares, he's funny, he wants you to succeed. 110% recommend him.

06/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
FRN002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Such a nice guy! Helped you out as much as he could and realized if he was going too fast with the curriculum. Gave you a syllabus with all of the homework so you knew what was going on. Even went as far as to allow the entire class to retake a section of a test because he realized it wasn't fair.

06/01/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FREN4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Jean was one of the best professors I've ever had. He is intelligent and inspiring. Highly recommended.

01/17/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
fren001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I was a poor French student as a freshman- graduated as a French teacher! Dr. Powell was also awesome- went to University of Nice on Dr. Jeans suggestion.

11/21/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Fren1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I love this man! He is a big teddy bear! He makes you learn French quickly, so you have to keep up. Great sense of humor. When I go to class feeling down I come out happy. I recommend him not just because he's a great teacher but also because he's a person worth knowing and the things you learn from him will stay with you forever.

10/19/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
FREN4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

TAKE HIM. He's a really great teacher and just a genuinely nice person. The work load isn't extremely easy, but he's really understanding. As long as you pay attention in class, the tests are easy. He really cares about you learning the material, and keeps it interesting. I'm taking another class he's teaching next semester.

07/27/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Fren004 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I his class two semesters in a row and I absolutely love him. He is by far one of the best professors Hofstra has to offer. He is hard but he knows how to teach and if you are willing to learn and do the work he will love you. There's a lot of work but you can always negotiate with him if it gets to be too much.

11/07/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Fren111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Jean is difficult, but you can learn a lot. Just make sure to do the work, and expect to give answers. Moves very quickly, but will slow down if you ask him to explain something. Over all good for your education, but bad for your stress level.

06/28/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Fren03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Challenging, but bearable. A lot of work, but the man really knows how to teach. He does like it when the class is predominately spoken in French, but will GLADLY take it slow if you get confused. Doesn't like bs. Be honest and he'll be lenient.

02/20/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
FREN004 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was a fantastic professor. There is a lot of work involved but you learn a lot as well. Make sure to prepare ahead of time for class and he will notice. He gives you the opportunity to redo assignments until they are perfect and offers a lot of extra credit points on tests. Very helpful and a clear speaker (in french). Highly recommended

04/15/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
FREN044 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tactless jerk. Really not worth the frustration. Seek your french education elsewhere.

03/19/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
FREN004 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. I love this teacher so much! He is a bit demanding and sometimes can seem like hes in a bad mood but he is a great guy! he isn't boring and he makes you learn the materials. I would HIGHLY recommend him! The class isn't that hard either, if you do the work and pay attention then you will get an A

03/01/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
FR101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Had Dr. Jean as an undergrad at Hofstra majoring in French in the '90s. Most inspirational teacher I've ever had, and the most influential. He kept it fun, engaging, interesting, and encouraged multiple revisions of the same homework assignment, allowing you to learn from your mistakes -- and correct them. Liked his system.

12/25/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FRENC001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a very good professor. You don't just learn the basics, you learn to how survive in a French speaking country. We learned the basics about wine, etiquette, government, tourism, and also a million questions that will save us if we are ever stuck without a translator.

11/08/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
fren004 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I'm taking french 4 now as a freshman. French was a breeze for me in high school, so the workload i'm being assigned now i never could have imagined. He's an awesome professor and a truly down to earth guy but dont think you can get an easy A in this class without trying. No way. Makes you work your ass off but in the end it's worth it.

02/01/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FRN 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING TEACHER. LOVED HIM. TOOK HIM DURING WINTER SESSION. EASY A.

01/04/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Elementary Fren Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Scary class, only speaks in French - kinda cool though. I learned alot.

12/24/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
French 4, other Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The guy will teach you French for sure. He spends more time getting lessons planned than most students do on homework. He really cares and tries hard to keep things interesting. He seems like a hardass only to encourage hard work. The only way to learn a language is practice and thats what he does, lots of work, but so worth it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

12/17/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
FRE 4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely amazing. Comes off as being a hardass, but will help you if you put the effort in. One of the few professors who honeslty TEACH. rock on.

10/21/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
French3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is one of the best teachers here at Hofstra. If I had more room in my schedule to take class with him, I would. You do need to be interested in the subject and do your work, but how else do you get through a higher level language course? Great teacher, great class. Always trying to help students out.

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