LING 170

Language and Society: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Description: (Formerly numbered M170.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 20. Study of patterned covariation of language and society; social dialects and social styles in language; problems of multilingual societies. P/NP or letter grading.

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Fall 2019 - Most of the final grade depended on the group project, which wasn't too bad to do. It was broken down into a research proposal, presentation, and final blog article. Every other week a different part of the project was due so by finals week there wasn't much to do but put it all together. So in that sense, Bahtina's assignments helped with overall time-management so you wouldn't procrastinate and be super stressed out near finals. But other parts of the class were less organized. There was a quiz on the assigned reading for every class, and they were pretty difficult. Since they were out of 3 questions, you either passed or failed. But after you're done with the quiz, you could basically leave the class because she just goes in depth about the reading you just took the quiz for. I mean, she was really funny and what she talked about was always interesting and relevant, but you didn't really need to be there anymore since the group project and other assignments were done outside of class. The class was pretty lax besides the quizzes. But since everyone in class did so poorly on them, she bumped everyone's overall quiz grade by like 21% so there were a lot of 100%. There was also 5% of extra credit you could do which was really easy. So I think in the end, nearly everyone got like A's and A+'s. Anyways, Bahtina is really nice and easy to approach. She's young and makes a lot of references to pop culture which was fun, but overall, the class was kind of stressful, there were a lot of assignments, lectures were kind of pointless because you just came to take the quiz, but since grading was easy you just have to do the assignments and you're good
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