Laurence Denie Higney
Department of French
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4.1
Overall Rating
Based on 23 Users
Easiness 3.1 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.1 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Issues PTEs
  • Useful Textbooks
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42.9%
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27.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
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Dec. 4, 2020

Ok I just needed a place to vent about this class's week 9 MindTap homework. Like it was going well for 8 weeks but then they decide to pull this bullshit on us. Normally homework would take like 10-15 minutes but without warning it all of a sudden take 1-2 hours and is far more difficult. I don't think anyone besides suffering students have taken a look at these questions. French 4 is aight an I don't think anyone who is going to take it really has a choice, but the format of the class rests somewhere between bullshit and clusterfuck. It's pretty easy and straightforward if you already know French from high school or you're French, but if you're new to French I wish you the best of luck cause you'll need it.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 13, 2019

Laurence is one of the best French teachers I have ever had in my French studies. She is incredibly knowledgable about all French culture and lingiustical analysis. One of my favorite things about her teaching style is that she is open to breaking down certain grammatical structures to make sure we are all up to the same page. If you want to succeed in this course, make sure you participate and try! You're in this course to LEARN French, not only show a mastery of it. Make sure you read over the textbook to review grammar structures and utilize the extra practice on Cengage on topics you're unfamiliar with. Overall, 10/10 course and I can say both my verbal and written skills in French have vastly improved.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: B
April 5, 2017

I first met professor Denie Higney in the le Circle Francophone (The French Club) the first quarter 2014 when I transferred in to UCLA. You get extra class credit for going and it can help although I found many of the female undergrad French students to be stuck up like ooh I speak [a little French] and people are just either intimidated to try or who knows what hey're problem is. You can't learn if you don't try and immerse yourself. Who cares if you make mistakes - that's how you learn. I regret not starting out in Fall taking French 3 or 4 but I started my French classes in Winter quarter and continued with le Circle. She is the adviser for it and always very engaged with students. She is easy going and seems patient. When I took French 4 a few quarters later she remembered me. I was actually relieved to have her teaching rather than one of the TAs [but side note, I did learn and really like Thea Cecil- Frosman who I had for French 3.] Anyway, I've taken other foreign language classes here and elsewhere and they are always everyday and intensive. All the work for the quarter was laid out on the CCLE and you just had to keep up and not fall behind (key to success!). Since she is a native French speaker it was fun to ask her what's the word for this and that and she would add little pearls of French language wisdom and talk about her children speaking French to her... Maman ....... so cute how she relayed it to us. Not annoying at all. She is funny, patient, kind, and certainly commands respect. I really like her. I remember we got into talking about the word dégoûtant - degouté (disgusting) and she would tell us about other French words not commonly known or tell us, "oh no don't use that word for that and shake her finger and make that tsk tsk sound etc. no no no.

One thing I don't really like is having to break into groups or with the person next to you to practice your French which is what you have to do here. I just want to learn from the instructor and not my fellow French students who may or may not know less than me! I get the reasoning behind it but it's not what I am used to - not my cup of tea. And the schedule! go Mon - Tues -Wed - off Thurs- go back Fri! Why not Mon thru Thurs with Friday off? And no afternoon classes - all morning until 12 ish. I never got to ask why they do that. Can't anything be easy at UCLA?

So its three or was it four papers to write with topics given . They were cool topics. A test after each chapter. The usual format dictation, an essay, a few classic poems or readings and you go over them in class, the usual memorization of verb charts, vocab, the exercises in each chapter. We did three chapters in the book, Sur le Vif and then you use the same book for French 5
Keep up (that's any class though), know your verbs and their conjugation which she is really thorough in teaching you. I thought Professor Denie-Higney made it fun. Very important to keep up with the ilrn online homework. Don't leave it to the end and try to knock it all out a day or two before it's due. That's why she gave me a B or was it a B+ either way she said it was because I didn't finish the ilrn work! boo! I wish I could have had her for all my French language classes at UCLA.

C'est ça. Je souhaite bonne chance mon camarade d'étude avec vos études françaises.

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Jan. 3, 2016

Selling the textbook Sur le Vif for French 4 and 5, which is a required textbook for these two classes. The book is in very good condition with no marks. Buy this used one and purchase the code separately on their website(the code is also required, which costs like 100 bucks), and you can still save money by not purchasing the 200-dollar bundle from UCLA store.

Contact me if you are interested. Text me by 310-910-4205 or email me via willsong@ucla.edu

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June 5, 2013

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PROFESSORS EVER. She is an absolutely lovely and down to earth professor. And she's hilarious. She tells us anecdotes about her family and two children. I really enjoyed taking French 4 with her and would love to take another French class with her in the future. She is very concerned for her students and teaches the material at a comprehensible pace. The material is not too difficult at all, and I'm on the brink of an A-/A. Take her class if you have the opportunity!!

We have light homework from the text book, 3 compositions in total (one from each section) and a written+oral comprehension test for each of the sections. We also have a final oral exam in addition to a written exam.

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Dec. 31, 2012

Laurence is incredible! She is an extremely effective teacher that left me truly able to speak french fluidly and confidently. When I first got to class (3 days late) I was overwhelmed by the amount of homework, a few workbook grammar assignments and a small composition but you slowly get used to it. The frequent compositions really help improve your writing. We watched a few cool films in class as well as studied big themes such as politics, family, education.

Laurence is extremely punctual and easy to communicate with. She answers emails immediately. There are 3 compositions and 1 optional one... if you take time and apply what she discussed in class you will get an A-/A. There are 3 midterms which are very simple (a few grammar sets, a vocab section and a composition). The final was a little more challenging because there was so much writing on it! 4 short answers and one long composition along with grammar and vocab.

Overall Laurence ROCKS! Take her if you can. I got an A.

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Dec. 31, 2012

Laurence is incredible! She is an extremely effective teacher that left me truly able to speak french fluidly and confidently. When I first got to class (3 days late) I was overwhelmed by the amount of homework, a few workbook grammar assignments and a small composition but you slowly get used to it. The frequent compositions really help improve your writing. We watched a few cool films in class as well as studied big themes such as politics, family, education.

Laurence is extremely punctual and easy to communicate with. She answers emails immediately. There are 3 compositions and 1 optional one... if you take time and apply what she discussed in class you will get an A-/A. There are 3 midterms which are very simple (a few grammar sets, a vocab section and a composition). The final was a little more challenging because there was so much writing on it! 4 short answers and one long composition along with grammar and vocab.

Overall Laurence ROCKS! Take her if you can. I got an A.

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Dec. 14, 2009

She is one of the sweetest, most caring, and most understanding people out there. On top of that, she's funny and is a highly effective professor. You do get homework every night, but they're usually short, simple grammar assignments from the work book. Otherwise, it's a composition or a 100-200 word response to a question. Her tests are easy, given that you actually study. If you do the homework, talk in class, and know your grammar, you will get an A. Plus, there are extra credit opportunities (watching movies and writing a paragraph about them).

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April 3, 2004

The most wonderful teacher I've had at UCLA. She puts all other teachers to shame. She's very sweet, caring, and energetic. She motivated me and made me want to learn the material. I took french 4 with her a year ago, and am still in amazement of that class. Her english is just fine, she doesn't put anyone down...in fact she's great an encouraging students to do better. There's something refreshing about her that I can't quite describe in words...all I know is that I consider myself lucky to have had a class with her and I highly HIGHLY recommend her to everyone.

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March 15, 2002

Laurence is a great teacher!!! I came into French 4 dreading the class because my French 3 experience wasn't so great. After the first couple of classes, I knew that I would like this class. She makes class interesting and fun and explains everything really clearly. She's incredibly understanding when it comes to turning in assignments late; she understands that you have a life outside of her class. I highly recommend her :o)

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
Dec. 4, 2020

Ok I just needed a place to vent about this class's week 9 MindTap homework. Like it was going well for 8 weeks but then they decide to pull this bullshit on us. Normally homework would take like 10-15 minutes but without warning it all of a sudden take 1-2 hours and is far more difficult. I don't think anyone besides suffering students have taken a look at these questions. French 4 is aight an I don't think anyone who is going to take it really has a choice, but the format of the class rests somewhere between bullshit and clusterfuck. It's pretty easy and straightforward if you already know French from high school or you're French, but if you're new to French I wish you the best of luck cause you'll need it.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
July 13, 2019

Laurence is one of the best French teachers I have ever had in my French studies. She is incredibly knowledgable about all French culture and lingiustical analysis. One of my favorite things about her teaching style is that she is open to breaking down certain grammatical structures to make sure we are all up to the same page. If you want to succeed in this course, make sure you participate and try! You're in this course to LEARN French, not only show a mastery of it. Make sure you read over the textbook to review grammar structures and utilize the extra practice on Cengage on topics you're unfamiliar with. Overall, 10/10 course and I can say both my verbal and written skills in French have vastly improved.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: B
April 5, 2017

I first met professor Denie Higney in the le Circle Francophone (The French Club) the first quarter 2014 when I transferred in to UCLA. You get extra class credit for going and it can help although I found many of the female undergrad French students to be stuck up like ooh I speak [a little French] and people are just either intimidated to try or who knows what hey're problem is. You can't learn if you don't try and immerse yourself. Who cares if you make mistakes - that's how you learn. I regret not starting out in Fall taking French 3 or 4 but I started my French classes in Winter quarter and continued with le Circle. She is the adviser for it and always very engaged with students. She is easy going and seems patient. When I took French 4 a few quarters later she remembered me. I was actually relieved to have her teaching rather than one of the TAs [but side note, I did learn and really like Thea Cecil- Frosman who I had for French 3.] Anyway, I've taken other foreign language classes here and elsewhere and they are always everyday and intensive. All the work for the quarter was laid out on the CCLE and you just had to keep up and not fall behind (key to success!). Since she is a native French speaker it was fun to ask her what's the word for this and that and she would add little pearls of French language wisdom and talk about her children speaking French to her... Maman ....... so cute how she relayed it to us. Not annoying at all. She is funny, patient, kind, and certainly commands respect. I really like her. I remember we got into talking about the word dégoûtant - degouté (disgusting) and she would tell us about other French words not commonly known or tell us, "oh no don't use that word for that and shake her finger and make that tsk tsk sound etc. no no no.

One thing I don't really like is having to break into groups or with the person next to you to practice your French which is what you have to do here. I just want to learn from the instructor and not my fellow French students who may or may not know less than me! I get the reasoning behind it but it's not what I am used to - not my cup of tea. And the schedule! go Mon - Tues -Wed - off Thurs- go back Fri! Why not Mon thru Thurs with Friday off? And no afternoon classes - all morning until 12 ish. I never got to ask why they do that. Can't anything be easy at UCLA?

So its three or was it four papers to write with topics given . They were cool topics. A test after each chapter. The usual format dictation, an essay, a few classic poems or readings and you go over them in class, the usual memorization of verb charts, vocab, the exercises in each chapter. We did three chapters in the book, Sur le Vif and then you use the same book for French 5
Keep up (that's any class though), know your verbs and their conjugation which she is really thorough in teaching you. I thought Professor Denie-Higney made it fun. Very important to keep up with the ilrn online homework. Don't leave it to the end and try to knock it all out a day or two before it's due. That's why she gave me a B or was it a B+ either way she said it was because I didn't finish the ilrn work! boo! I wish I could have had her for all my French language classes at UCLA.

C'est ça. Je souhaite bonne chance mon camarade d'étude avec vos études françaises.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Jan. 3, 2016

Selling the textbook Sur le Vif for French 4 and 5, which is a required textbook for these two classes. The book is in very good condition with no marks. Buy this used one and purchase the code separately on their website(the code is also required, which costs like 100 bucks), and you can still save money by not purchasing the 200-dollar bundle from UCLA store.

Contact me if you are interested. Text me by 310-910-4205 or email me via willsong@ucla.edu

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 5, 2013

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PROFESSORS EVER. She is an absolutely lovely and down to earth professor. And she's hilarious. She tells us anecdotes about her family and two children. I really enjoyed taking French 4 with her and would love to take another French class with her in the future. She is very concerned for her students and teaches the material at a comprehensible pace. The material is not too difficult at all, and I'm on the brink of an A-/A. Take her class if you have the opportunity!!

We have light homework from the text book, 3 compositions in total (one from each section) and a written+oral comprehension test for each of the sections. We also have a final oral exam in addition to a written exam.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 31, 2012

Laurence is incredible! She is an extremely effective teacher that left me truly able to speak french fluidly and confidently. When I first got to class (3 days late) I was overwhelmed by the amount of homework, a few workbook grammar assignments and a small composition but you slowly get used to it. The frequent compositions really help improve your writing. We watched a few cool films in class as well as studied big themes such as politics, family, education.

Laurence is extremely punctual and easy to communicate with. She answers emails immediately. There are 3 compositions and 1 optional one... if you take time and apply what she discussed in class you will get an A-/A. There are 3 midterms which are very simple (a few grammar sets, a vocab section and a composition). The final was a little more challenging because there was so much writing on it! 4 short answers and one long composition along with grammar and vocab.

Overall Laurence ROCKS! Take her if you can. I got an A.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 31, 2012

Laurence is incredible! She is an extremely effective teacher that left me truly able to speak french fluidly and confidently. When I first got to class (3 days late) I was overwhelmed by the amount of homework, a few workbook grammar assignments and a small composition but you slowly get used to it. The frequent compositions really help improve your writing. We watched a few cool films in class as well as studied big themes such as politics, family, education.

Laurence is extremely punctual and easy to communicate with. She answers emails immediately. There are 3 compositions and 1 optional one... if you take time and apply what she discussed in class you will get an A-/A. There are 3 midterms which are very simple (a few grammar sets, a vocab section and a composition). The final was a little more challenging because there was so much writing on it! 4 short answers and one long composition along with grammar and vocab.

Overall Laurence ROCKS! Take her if you can. I got an A.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 14, 2009

She is one of the sweetest, most caring, and most understanding people out there. On top of that, she's funny and is a highly effective professor. You do get homework every night, but they're usually short, simple grammar assignments from the work book. Otherwise, it's a composition or a 100-200 word response to a question. Her tests are easy, given that you actually study. If you do the homework, talk in class, and know your grammar, you will get an A. Plus, there are extra credit opportunities (watching movies and writing a paragraph about them).

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Quarter: N/A
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April 3, 2004

The most wonderful teacher I've had at UCLA. She puts all other teachers to shame. She's very sweet, caring, and energetic. She motivated me and made me want to learn the material. I took french 4 with her a year ago, and am still in amazement of that class. Her english is just fine, she doesn't put anyone down...in fact she's great an encouraging students to do better. There's something refreshing about her that I can't quite describe in words...all I know is that I consider myself lucky to have had a class with her and I highly HIGHLY recommend her to everyone.

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March 15, 2002

Laurence is a great teacher!!! I came into French 4 dreading the class because my French 3 experience wasn't so great. After the first couple of classes, I knew that I would like this class. She makes class interesting and fun and explains everything really clearly. She's incredibly understanding when it comes to turning in assignments late; she understands that you have a life outside of her class. I highly recommend her :o)

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Easiness 3.1 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.1 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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