SPAN 119

Structure of Literary Work

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Adriana Bergero Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Profesor Calderon was overall a great professor! He is super sweet and his lectures are pretty engaging and very helpful for the course material and understanding, although were sometimes hard to follow (there are no slides, there were some occasional tech problems as is understandable given it was the first quarter online and I found it a little bit harder to understand a second language in particular over Zoom rather than in person). All of the grade is based on two essays and two midterms (half essay, half vocab terms that he gives you in advance you just have to construct your own definitions in Spanish). If you do the readings and, more importantly, take notes during lecture you will be prepared to write the essays (he goes over the prompts for the two essays during class, and gives some hints on what readings the midterm essay prompt choices will cover), although one thing that could have been hard for people during COVID-19/Zoom was that his lectures were not recorded or posted anywhere so if you were unable to make it and didn't know anyone else that would be a problem. Also, his midterms were set for the time slot of regular class so again could be inconvenient if you were on a different time zone. I was initially worried about this class as I am not a very strong speaker but participation in class is not part of your grade, just if you want to. I was shocked at how well I did on the first essay/midterm, so it seems he is pretty understanding of some small grammatical/vocab errors at this level still because I am sure I had some! In terms of textbook, it is a course reader from a place in Westwood not UCLA and he emails the details- I found it to be helpful and it wasn't too expensive, although some of the readings could probably be found online.

Spring Quarter 2020
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Jamie Fudacz Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SWEETEST Professor ever! Really just wants you to participate and try your best to learn some Spanish literature. The vocabulary of the stories can get pretty advanced but don't get intimidated because he is aware of that. Other than that, the stories were super interesting and I loved this class!

Fall Quarter 2020
Alvaro Molina Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jimena Rodriguez See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.3 Workload 4.7 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I adored this class and I loved the professor. She was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this class although there was 1 or 2 snobby pants in the class, but the teacher made sure that EVERYONE was involved in the class. I was very insecure at first to talk out loud since participation is KEY in this class, but after time, I became comfortable and loved sharing in the class. In the first exam, I got a 90/100 and in the second I got a 100/100- however, this class is NOT easy. You MUST study and dedicate time outside of the class to understand the poems/ narratives/ essays/ plays in order to pass the class and the exams. Although some were complex, the Prof. Rodriguez always dedicated time to the most confusing readings and made sure we understood it before moving on. It is also a good thing to talk to your peers and form bonds with them- which you will since it involves a lot of talking and sharing with your peers. The exams were a bit hard considering that the questions were often subject to your interpretation, meaning, you might interpret it the wrong way and get it wrong. However, I dedicated time to understand the readings and always asked questions no matter how simple of a question it was. Also, this class is 100% in spanish so that is also something you may want to consider.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Sandra Ruiz Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jesus Torrecilla See Full Profile

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I felt as though I learned a lot through this class but I must say that I was frustrated at the way the class was run. He didn't tell us that we would have a final until the second half of Week 3 (and the final was Friday of finals week!) which is unfair for people who have already made travel arrangements for winter break. He solely relied on discussion during class to relay information (like if we had an essay coming up, he would talk about it in class but we could not find information about it on the course website at all). This puts non-native speakers at a disadvantage as they have to pay complete attention at all times during each class to ensure that they don't miss any information. In addition, your class participation comes from his random calling on people during class to answer his questions. This was successful at forcing people to pay attention and not work on other assignments but it was stressful as it can be hard to follow everything going on.
Your grade is based on participation (his random callouts during class, attendance, daily hw assignments, and a 5 minute presentation), midterm, final paper, and a final (cumulative). If you work hard and pay attention, you can succeed in the class.

Fall Quarter 2019
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