Fall 2019 - Hayashi sensei is such a nice person who cares a lot about her students. The class is relatively easy. The workload is also very small. A few pages of workbook each week. Also her tests and quizzes are very easy because she just chose random questions from the practice tests.
I took Japanese 1, 2, and 3 with Hayashi- sensei. She is an awesome professor! She has a very Japanese style mindset, having lived and worked in Tokyo for quite some time, so you definitely need to be able to maintain a level of professionalism in her class or she won't be too pleased. However, even though she seems a bit intimidating at first she is also very friendly and funny. Her class moves really fast (though I'm assuming all Japanese language classes move fast at UCLA) but you will be surprised and impressed by how much you learn. Her class has many components filled with lots of practice and it she integrates TA discussion sections so well with lectures that you are constantly having Japanese language skills drilled into your head. Her class has lots of components (quizzes, kanji quizzes, tests, oral recordings, oral presentations, skits, sakubuns, etc) but they never take that long to complete nor are they particularly difficult to complete. Plus all of these different components simply give you more and more practice and make you feel like you truly are learning Japanese rather than doing busy work and not feeling like you're really learning a language. If you make sure you do all of your assignments on time and study for all of the quizzes and exams (ESPECIALLY kanji quizzes) it should not be that hard to get a good grade. After taking her class I knew for sure that I wanted to minor in Japanese and I feel lucky that UCLA has such a great Japanese department right now.
Maybe it's because I'm a heritage speaker so I didn't have much trouble with the course, but I still liked her very much both as a teacher and as a person. She can seem a bit disorganized, but I absolutely loved how she ran the class, and I am hoping to take Japanese 102B (with Hayashi-sensei, of course) in the fall even though I am a CSE major and I've already fulfilled my foreign language requirements in high school. Oh and as for that one review that was complaining about how Hayashi-sensei didn't tell you what was going to be on the tests (final, midterm, or whatever it was)... professors are by no means whatsoever required to tell you what's on the exams they give out... I am personally very grateful everytime a professor tells the class the contents of any test, and whoever complained about her not feeding you the answers to the test should get his/her ideas straight, no? Maybe it's just me...
j1: (for some reason i have only east Asian course options) Her ability to teach and her integration with TA's teachings make J1 easier than it really is. Just pay attention and come to lecture and you'll do fine. She'll do all that she can to help you like talk to you after class about this or that and making time available for extra practice. The TA discussion sections are real helpful depending on who you get. Also, the textbook is real good/ helpful.