LING 20

Introduction to Linguistics

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Vahideh Rasekhikolokdaragh Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.3 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 1.7

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I'm a little surprised by the bad reviews, she wasn't bad at all. The lectures were pretty slow and she always took the time to answer every student's questions (even annoying ones). I actually really enjoyed her as a professor, she tried to make the class interactive.

I've heard a lot of bad things about this course and if you're reading these reviews thinking it's not for you, I definitely encourage you to just try the class for yourself. I'm glad I went into the class not knowing anything because I came into the class not expecting it to be terrible and it turned out to be so interesting that I decided to double-major in Ling.

I will say that while the homework and quizzes were do-able, the final was ridic. But it was open book and open note.

My TA was pretty much useless, by the way.

April 22, 2013
Ryan Sandell Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Carson Schutze See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.9

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This class is very interesting. Schutze is a good professor but most of the learning comes from doing homework assignments (and reading) independently and asking questions in office hours and discussion sessions. If you go to every class and ask questions when you are confused, you can succeed in this class. A lot of my class understood the material and a lot of my class DID NOT. In order to make sure you understand and learn the material, you have to communicate with your TA and Schutze. I started to slack and therefore earned my letter grade of C when all I needed to do was go to office hours every week and I could have done just fine. You must also read the book! The book will save your life and teach you everything you need to know.

I started to struggle after the midterm...the class is long and I would nod off because Schutze does not have a loud or attention grabbing voice. If you can stay focused easily, you'll be fine.

Spring Quarter 2016
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Brian Smith See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Honestly didn't expect to like Professor Smith as much as I did—initially, he makes it seem like the class will be extremely difficult and that he'll be a stickler about everything, but that isn't the case. He's really friendly, has a great sense of humor and sarcasm (not everyone gets it, but he's a funny guy), and really seems to care that we learn the material.
A lot of the teaching can seem hand-wavy in the first half the class because this is just an intro class, but he does his best to explain things without getting overly complicated.
The class does cover a *lot* of material, but Professor Smith did a good job of connecting back to old material when relevant.
Really enjoyed the class and I hope to take another linguistics class with the professor.

Weekly homework + quizzes in discussion (and the occasional lecture quiz), but only the top 10 quizzes count. Homework is sometimes difficult but not unmanageable; same with quizzes.
He makes the class sound a lot harder than it will be (just check the grade distribution!)

Also high recommendation for Adeline as your TA if she's an option!

Winter Quarter 2016
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Martin Walkow See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.7

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Walkow is one of my favorite professors. Most people think he is hard. That's true. His midterms are quite challenging and his final takes the full 3 hours to complete. But on the other hand, he explains concepts very clearly. His lectures are very well structured and his voice is loud and clear, so you can easily follow the lecture without getting asleep. Also, he gives you extra-credit opportunities. And you don't have to buy a textbook, all material are given on slides in clear and understandable manner.

Jan. 15, 2015
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