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Alain Nganang

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Subject: Satisfied  (Jan 14 2006, 01:08PM)
Student: Ellen Gunther (Sociology)
Class:German I (A-)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 I have read others comments and my suggestion to you is to ask for help and show up to class. Why anyone would get a C in his class if they were doing the required work, is beyond me. This Professor is extraordinary. His teaching style is to keep students interested and engaged with various activities and assignments. His accent is perhaps thick to some, however, the only time I had trouble understanding him was when he was speaking in german. As a student of the subject just learning, I was not surprised or dissuaded by this. I hope to achieve the same level of prowess with the language that he has attained. I think his classes will afford me this opportunity. He is a patient, enthusiastic, understanding and accommadating Professor. His intelligence can be evidenced by his various writings in various countries... I suggest you google him. I look foprward to working with him on my German Minor... I hope we watch Fritz Lang movies :)
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Subject: Good Prof  (Dec 21 2005, 11:57PM)
Student: Anonymous (Political Science)
Class:German II (B+)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 He may have one of the strongest accents at Ship, which makes it hard to learn, especially a foreign language. But regardless he will try to help any student get a good grade in the class. You probably should go to his class often, I didn't but thats what kept me from an A. He's understanding and willing to help with those who don't want to speak in front of people or just hate languages. Def a good professor
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Subject: Nganang...one of Ship's finest  (Dec 21 2005, 07:07PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:German 101 (A-)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Nganang is an excellent teacher! He is ALWAYS very enthusiastic and he is ALWAYS pleasant. He does a nice job actually teaching...he varies the way in which you learn so much, it never gets boring. He does have a rather thick accent, but he knows this and he will admit that his English is not the best. Please do NOT let that disuade you from taking him, just ask him to repeat himself-he does not mind! He is very intelligent and very accommodating. Take him...you will not regret it!
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Subject: Nice guy  (Mar 31 2005, 01:56PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:French Civilization (B)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 This professor is an extremely nice man who keeps the class very interesting. Yes, he does have an accent but you just have to listen closely. His class is not very challenging as long as you make an effort to show up to most of the classes. He'll work with you to get a good grade.
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Subject: Work with him  (Mar 25 2005, 04:06PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:German Civ & Cult (A-)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 Everyone who says he has an accent that is impossible to ignore is correct. However, he makes an amazing attempt to relate extremely boring material to concepts that even the dimmest of students can understand. Work through the accent and he will educate you.
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Subject: He's great  (Mar 23 2005, 05:56AM)
Student: Jackson (Spanish/2nd Ed)
Class:German(s) (A-)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 Here's what you need to know: Dr. Nganang is amazing, and like you've already seen - extremely nice. SHIP doesn't exactly run the gamut on German professors, however, even if they did I would always take Nganang. He will do what it takes for you to get a good grade, and he will always be around to talk to you and help. It's one of my favorite professors here at SHIP, and I hope to take two more classes with him before I graduate. TAKE HIM!
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Subject: Good elective  (Oct 30 2002, 03:10AM)
Student: Anonymous (Comp Sci)
Class:French I (B)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 This class is a good elective and you get to learn a new language. He is an EXTREMELY nice guy. Even if you're in a bad mood he'll put you in a better one with how stinking nice he is. Learning a new language is hard, so you may be frustrated with the course, but it's not because of him. He does different things to get you to learn. He grades easy as long as you do what you're supposed to. He's very understanding and will work as slow as you need him too. Definite recommend.
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Subject: Super nice, but can't teach for beans  (May 22 2006, 03:29AM)
Student: Aj (MIS)
Class:GERMAN I (F)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 First off let me say that my grade is not an indicator of a lack of effort, at least not until the last part of the semester. Dr. Nganang is a really super nice professor. He always cheers you up with his amiability and he makes you smile no matter what. Attitude goes a long way with a prof, but that doesn't mean much if the prof can't teach. First off, everyone in the class hates going. I talked to almost every person and they absolutely despised coming to class as I did. Next, the book he uses is crap. The II and III levels use the same book and it is mostly in German. So how do you know what is what unless you look up the words in the glossary, which he doesn't want you to do because "then you are not learning your German". All the homework is online and from the same book. He wants you to learn to write German and such, but doing all of it online sucks and is not very effective. The class is poorly structured in my opinion. He tries to teach you basics of German, but even then it is all super confusing. He said the basics are always confusing and scrambled, well no they aren't, they are basics. He just skips back and forth and expects us to learn it. All the german that I know I have taught myself using a learn german book and learn german cd's. Unfortunately that isn't what he covers in his class. I would rather have taken German in high school. His testing methods are comparatively easy when looking at other classes, but if you don't learn anything, then they aren't so easy. I do not recommend this as an elective at all. Just take art or music instead. You will have a lot less stress and annoyance in your life.
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Subject: Erm...wow.  (Dec 12 2005, 10:10PM)
Student: Anonymous (Art)
Class:Germ 3 (B)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 Well...it's over. Thank goodness, but hopefully for the rest of you someone else will teach you or he'll change his teaching style. We learned zilch. I kid you not. We never knew what we were being tested on, there was no real structure to our classes...we were just encouraged to speak better and write. That's really what he seems to be after (and on tests he nicely overlooks some glaring grammatical mistakes for that very reason). Maybe I did speak and write more, but again...zilch, zilch, zilch. That's what I've retained from his class. He's definitely nice enough and patient with my lack of lang skills, don't get me wrong. He just needs to revamp his teaching...and actually teach us. Good luck. You'll pass fine...but your head might be empty at the end of it.
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Subject: Nice guy, but... wow  (Apr 28 2004, 02:09PM)
Student: Red (English)
Class:Beginning German II (C-)
 12 of 45 students found this review helpful.

 Ok, let's get it clear right off the bat that this is a helluva nice guy. However, his class poses problems. Firstly, he speaks about four languages, so he has a VERY thick accent. Understanding him is very difficult, and his teaching methods are done verbally. I basically had to teach myself German this semester through the book, the learning center, and study groups, and I still got a C. It's obvious that he really cares about his students, and I feel kind of guilty pegging him with a negative comment, but the fact is that it's hard to learn from this guy.
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