Phenomenal instructor. Admittedly, I chose this seemingly random language since everything else was full, but I am totally engaged in Russia and I changed my major to Russian Studies after this class. At the end of a single quarter I am able to converse and write detailed blog entries about my life, and I learned more than I did taking four years of another language in high school. I am definitely continuing beyond the university requirement and will take all her available classes. She teaches most Russian classes, and is also a Ukrainian teacher. Grading is almost a non-issue, because you will know the material so well it's impossible to get a bad grade. Russian is actually her second language, yet she got a MA in it. Amazing.
THIS IS FOR RUSSIAN 1 and 2: I am currently taking Russian with Naya Lekht, and she is amazing. Probably one of the best teachers I've had here at ucla thus far. If you're looking for a foreign language requirement, and can't get into spanish cause of sucky enrollement times, this would be the class. It's easy as the class stresses more of participation and showing up to class rather than tests and quizzes. I got an A+ in Russian 1 and probably will get an A in Russian 2. This is for Naya Lekht as I couldn't find her on here. Take Russian with Naya if you can!