Fall 2018 - 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.
Winter 2021 - Honestly, I liked the class in the beginning but as time passed on, it became a bit difficult and taxing. This was his first time teaching during COVID and it's understandable that he wouldn't have a good grasp on how to pace his lectures online, but he expected us to write a term paper while giving out weekly homework AND a final exam. The pace of the class wasn't terrible, but it was an overload of work, and if you go to Office Hours to ask for help, his help is very vague and I understand it's because he doesn't want to give out an answer but it confused me more than anything. The nice thing about the final is that it was a take-home exam, so I had time to complete it but even then, it was draining. I really enjoyed the professor and think the professor was nice company and you can tell he's passionate about linguistics and teaching, additionally, the class was lenient with extensions which were super nice of them. Overall, I enjoyed the class but it took a lot out of me.