Advanced Modern Chinese
Prof Huters wasn't that hard... he is a pretty chill guy... the problem was that sometimes he was a little too chill and so it seemed like classes were very disorganized. He wanted us to be prepared for class but the problem was we never knew what we would be doing in lecture because he never told us beforehand. Sometimes we read the text, sometimes it was the movie, sometimes it was doing translations. He didn't really communicate with the TAs so they didn't really know what to tell us and the TAs often didn't even know if we had an essay and what that topic was. Even if they did know the topic he did not provide instructions so everything was pretty vague. He would tell people in one class something and then not tell the other class so we had to piece everything together in discussions... his tests mostly consist of incredibly long translations that aren't hard but are time consuming... i might also mention that he can also come off being slightly condesending at first... but all in all, it wasn't too bad of a class... at first i was a little bothered by the fact that there didn't seem to be much structure to the class but i got used to it and it wasn't so bad...
Winter 2017 - Professor Shen is great. She's definitely concerned about student learning and wants to see you succeed in her class. She's very understanding when it comes to turning in assignments late and making up quizzes (although try not to make it a habit if you don't have a good reason...). She's been teaching Chinese for over a decade and her experience really shows in her lectures and class structure. And she always writes up these really nice handouts that include a lot of new vocabulary or elaborate on grammar points. This class is understandably difficult for anyone who is coming into her class without a background in Chinese, but she encourages students to see her at office hours. She's always willing to help you learn and if you just want to chat or practice speaking anything in Chinese, she'll help you with that as well. As for her tests, she'll always tell you exactly what's going to be on the test beforehand. I think they can still be pretty tricky to study for since they're quite comprehensive. I would focus on knowing the texts and grammar points, the translations from homework, as well as familiarizing yourself with whichever exercises she mentions. The tests do get progressively harder as you progress through the series, as she started asking us to write short paragraphs in 100B, and my test grades have been steadily dropping from the first one in 100A :( My Chinese has definitely improved since I've taken her class. Fun fact: she wrote the Barron's AP Chinese book!