Advanced Spanish Composition for Heritage Speakers
Brizuela is the most excellent teacher I've had at UCLA! Yeah she is strict and yeah she demands allot but in the end she does it because she really cares about her students learning! She doesn\355t want her students to just take the class to get it done, she is truly concerned with each students understanding of the material. Email is the best way to contact her. Over all, Brizuela is one of those challenging teachers that you just LOVE because she challenges you to grow as a student. Not an easy class but a Worth While class! I consider the material learned in her class valuable for a life time.
If you are a native speaker and are looking for a Spanish class to take this is the one. Professors Chuquin posesses one of the kindest personalities you will ever encounter. She is a real breath of fresh air when it comes to teaching. I found the fact that she is one of the the few native Spanish speakers in the department EXTREMELY alarming...you'd think that vbeing in the hub that is Los Angeles there would be many native Spanish speakers but that's besides the point. She tends to not follow her syllabus and her homework assignments can be nebulous at times but don't let that fool you. She is an excellent professor, an excellent grader, and an extraordinary person. I'd recommentd her in a second!
Fall 2016 - This course ended up being a course in Latin American history with a heavy focus on social justice issues. While any composition course does well to have a theme, the course description should be updated and perhaps count for GE credit. This course was not focused on what I would consider to be the important writing skills that many heritage Spanish speakers lack. We did not learn grammar rules, Spanish language-specific writing structures, or anything else specific to writing in Spanish. The class was largely focused on extremely basic writing skills, such as how to write a formal letter and how to write a thesis. I did not need a history course, and if I had, I would have signed up for one. It was extremely disappointing that the range of topics to write about in this class was so clearly biased and limited. That, added to the fact that we were learning skills that are taught to students in middle school, resulted in a very poor experience in this course. If you are interested in the struggles of women and the Latin American population, I highly recommend this course . If you are looking to improve your skills in writing and speaking the language, this course is practically useless.
Dr. Fleck is an excellent professor. Not only is she very caring, friendly and approachable, but she teaches with such an ease and understanding of the material that you doesn't even know you're learning, when in fact, you are mastering the material. Tests are fair, she's a lenient grader. She is definitely one of the factors for me deciding to minor in spanish linguistics. I only hope the entire spanish dept. is as awesome as her.