LING 20

Introduction to Linguistics

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Dylan Bumford Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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Attendance is mandatory in both lecture and discussion, but if you're not one who loves to participate, just focus your participation in discussion and you should get full points. She passes a sign-in sheet around lecture, but you kind of have to go anyway because she doesn't post her slides online (so lecture is the only place to get the handouts and notes). It's not always the most interesting material, but I thought it was fine most of the time, and the weekly HW was always manageable. The tests are just a packet that you have to fill out, so pretty much all question types can and will be asked. The tests weren't super easy, but it was also hard for me to find a way to study linguistics. I learned that paying attention in lecture, especially when she's going over her worksheets / handouts, prepared me well enough for the tests. There's one midterm and one cumulative final, so at the end of the quarter I just reviewed all the worksheets she gave us throughout the 10 weeks and I was just fine.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Peter Hallman See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Had him for Ling 20 and Syntax. I thought he was a great professor. There's no textbook. Just study the lecture notes and understand the homework, and you'll be in great shape. I recommend taking him.

June 25, 2010
Bruce Hayes See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.1

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I would say that this class is a great class for laying a foundation for your future linguistics learning. I admit that Hayes' class is extremely demanding, and sometimes it does take a lot of time to finish the homework and stuff, but I think he is really good at lecturing. I seriously don't understand why people would say that his class is not organized, I strongly argue that it is not true. It is hard, yes, but if you do the reading and do the exercises in the reading, the lecture really is easy peasy(btw I love the textbook he wrote).
The lectures are really great, but I would say that Hayes is not really helpful if you ask him questions in person. I feel like sometimes he doesn't really understand what the students want to ask. I asked him if he could talk about the homework a little bit in class because it was extremely hard, but he somehow thought that I wanted him to postpone the deadline and he told me to just read the textbook. He did acknowledge that he misunderstood me later, but still, it was kind of hurtful. Nevertheless, I would still recommend his class because you can really learn a lot from his lectures.

Fall Quarter 2018
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