LING 1

Introduction to Study of Language

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Felicia Lee See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.6

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I really enjoyed her as a professor. Class was a little dull at times because the material was so easy, but she was extremely clear and made sure everyone understood everything. The midterm and final were multiple choice, and weekly assignments were pretty easy. I feel like I learned a lot in the class, and it made me really interested in Linguistics. If you're going to take Ling 1, I suggest taking it with Lee!

Nov. 21, 2008
I Lofstedt Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jessica Rett Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
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Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.0

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Hannah Sarvasy Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Russell Schuh See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.4

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Selling two years of old quizzes/essays and other materials that will help you get an A. Very cheap message me

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Winter Quarter 2016
Yael Sharvit See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 4.8 Workload 4.9 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.4

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Forget scand 50. This is by far the easiest class you can take. Literally two weeks worth of material taught during the whole quarter.

Fall Quarter 2019
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Giuseppina Silvestri See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.4 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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I took this class during the COVID-19 pandemic in an online format.
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This class is managed by Professor Silvestri, but the vast majority of the actual material comes from asynchronous, prerecorded lectures from the department. There were about 1-3 hours of these lectures to watch on any given week. While that seems like a lot, they were very interesting and very helpful for the midterms/finals, so I didn't mind them too much.
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The workload of this class is extremely light; there are 6 short homework quizzes (MC), and two longer essays that are really easy (and fun) to write about languages. Both the midterm and final were multiple choice, with much more time given than needed. (3 hours for 50 multiple choice questions that are basically vocabulary recall/application). Overall, the difficulty of this class is quite low AS LONG AS YOU KEEP UP WITH LECTURES! If you fall behind on lectures, you will be missing material, as all the material is "either you know it or you don't." The textbook is also recommended, but not required (and you can find it online anyway). I found reading the textbook to be the most effective way to study vocabulary, and sometimes something would ONLY be mentioned in the textbook, though that would only cost you a couple points if you didn't know it on a test.
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Professor Silvestri does host one live lecture a week for an hour, where she usually looks at a specfic case study of a topic we learn about in the recorded lectures that week. They are pretty interesting and attending them is required for a participation grade. They aren't super helpful for the tests however. TAs also host various sessions, and the discussion you sign up for is NOT the one you must attend (you can choose any session at any time by any TA, so long as you attend at least one session per week). Discussions are mainly review of the online lectures and supplemental — they are somewhat useful for tests but I didn't personally enjoy them much. (Results may vary with various TAs).
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When it comes to communication with the professor, at least during this online format, it was quite minimal. Professor Silvestri is very approachable during office hours and lectures though, and overall is very nice. One thing to note is that she is quite unforgiving when it comes to things outlined in the syllabus; i.e. do not ask her a question that is answered in the syllabus.
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In conclusion, this was a pretty fun and interesting class. An excellent choice for non-bio STEM majors to get their Bio GE, or for anyone to get their Linguistic Analysis GE. The class is easy, engaging and enjoyable so long as you put in the minimal effort of keeping up with the lectures. I would definitely recommend this class.

Fall Quarter 2020
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Dominique Sportiche See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.2

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This class was hard! Everyone says that it’s an easy GE but it was very tough for me!! I should have taken it as Pass or No Pass and I regret it!! If you’re gonna do Ling 1, take it with another Professor!

Winter Quarter 2021
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