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
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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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Dominique Sportiche See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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This class was pretty easy for me. Homework 45%, final 45%, paper 10%.

The paper was pretty easy (it's not a real essay, essentially just 5 short answer questions broken up into parts) that was comparing English with another language you speak. It wasn't too hard but I can see difficulties for people who are not very fluent in their second language.

The homework was a bit more time-consuming but overall fairly easy. There was usually 1-3 extra credit points (with a cap of 100% possible on each individual homework, so no 110% grades) that would help make up for anything confusing. The homework on trees was definitely the hardest for everyone, but by the end of the course they were pretty easy--at least, with the sentences we were given. The lowest homework grade (of 7) was dropped.

The final was not very hard, and was open note because it was an online final. We had 2 hours to answer I believe 59 questions. I missed I think 2 questions and I don't know which ones it was but there were a few tricky ones on there for sure. I think 10 of the questions were on trees, which is a significant amount. There were some questions on different speech-related disabilities/diseases as well. I don't remember the other questions, they were kind of broadly related to a lot of things we discussed but there were definitely a lot of tree questions so take special note of that.

I was lucky to have a pretty good TA, I think this class tends to have about 50% good TAs and 50% not-so-good TAs so it's worth shopping around if you are intimidated by the course at all. Attendance was mandatory because it was the only way to turn in/pick up new homeworks.

Sportiche himself is an okay lecturer, I fell asleep a lot in his class but his online notes are a pretty okay substitute for his actual lecture. However there are things in his lecture that are not on his notes that were on the exam (and vice versa). So I would definitely recommend attending lecture still. He was kind of rude in his emails about how if you email him he won't email you back (a lot of people were emailing him asking for an optional final because of COVID-19 I believe) and he just sent out a mass email with a few sentences then the bolded sentence that he won't email you back individually because of the """"size of the class"""". It just seemed kinda standoffish for no reason, like, "no, I won't address your concerns." Honestly though it's not a big deal because the class isn't too difficult. Definitely worth taking for the Life Science GE for engineers if you hate biology like I do.

Winter Quarter 2020
William Harold Torrence See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.3 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I wouldn't take this as an online SUMMER class. Since the videos are edited, he can fit in so much information into one video.
My friend who took this in class in Spring 2019 showed me the work he had to do. Come to find, the 6 week summer course and 10 week regular course have the exact same content. So they shoved 10 weeks of stuff into 6. It can be demanding (4-8 videos a week, each over 1 hour) but if you're good with your time, you can do it. I was taking another class along side this one and found problems juggling it all.
Online summer class has a final paper, final exam (cumulative), discussion sessions and homework. The class can be difficult in certain sections and it's hard to ask questions in discussion since it's online. There will be hundreds online at the same time with like 80 questions and they only have their allotted time to answer while also covering the lectures. I'm sure this class is fine in person. Professor Torrence is very charming and engaging. But as an online class, it can be just too much at times. Plus you have to pay to take the test online or go in person, which isn't ideal as a Summer course since many students are away and don't have $40 to dish out on a final. Overall not bad, would take it again but not over the summer.

Summer Quarter 2019
Martin Walkow See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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Fabulous professor. Time is a little rough sometimes. Luckily, the professor is extremely knowledgable. Very respectful to students and a great person overall.

Dec. 5, 2013
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