Giuseppina Silvestri

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LING 1
Introduction to Study of Language See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.4 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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I took this class during the COVID-19 pandemic in an online format.
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This class is managed by Professor Silvestri, but the vast majority of the actual material comes from asynchronous, prerecorded lectures from the department. There were about 1-3 hours of these lectures to watch on any given week. While that seems like a lot, they were very interesting and very helpful for the midterms/finals, so I didn't mind them too much.
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The workload of this class is extremely light; there are 6 short homework quizzes (MC), and two longer essays that are really easy (and fun) to write about languages. Both the midterm and final were multiple choice, with much more time given than needed. (3 hours for 50 multiple choice questions that are basically vocabulary recall/application). Overall, the difficulty of this class is quite low AS LONG AS YOU KEEP UP WITH LECTURES! If you fall behind on lectures, you will be missing material, as all the material is "either you know it or you don't." The textbook is also recommended, but not required (and you can find it online anyway). I found reading the textbook to be the most effective way to study vocabulary, and sometimes something would ONLY be mentioned in the textbook, though that would only cost you a couple points if you didn't know it on a test.
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Professor Silvestri does host one live lecture a week for an hour, where she usually looks at a specfic case study of a topic we learn about in the recorded lectures that week. They are pretty interesting and attending them is required for a participation grade. They aren't super helpful for the tests however. TAs also host various sessions, and the discussion you sign up for is NOT the one you must attend (you can choose any session at any time by any TA, so long as you attend at least one session per week). Discussions are mainly review of the online lectures and supplemental — they are somewhat useful for tests but I didn't personally enjoy them much. (Results may vary with various TAs).
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When it comes to communication with the professor, at least during this online format, it was quite minimal. Professor Silvestri is very approachable during office hours and lectures though, and overall is very nice. One thing to note is that she is quite unforgiving when it comes to things outlined in the syllabus; i.e. do not ask her a question that is answered in the syllabus.
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In conclusion, this was a pretty fun and interesting class. An excellent choice for non-bio STEM majors to get their Bio GE, or for anyone to get their Linguistic Analysis GE. The class is easy, engaging and enjoyable so long as you put in the minimal effort of keeping up with the lectures. I would definitely recommend this class.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
LING 20
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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LING 20
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis See Full Profile

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LING 20
Introduction to Linguistics See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Something to watch out for this class: the professor provides a digital copy of the textbook for free at the start of the class, don't go buy the textbook at the bookstore because it is a waste of money and is actually a different textbook, IDK why they even have it there still on the shelf. For the class itself, sit near the front because its easy to miss something the professor says because she can be too quiet sometimes. The class is trickier than you might think and for those that are Ling. majors out there who think they already know a lot don't make the mistake of slacking off because the class is mostly about the formal representations of different structures in linguistics and is actually quite tricky. Overall she is a very helpful professor and the class isn't too hard as long as you pay attention from the very beginning.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
LING 120C
Semantics I Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.5 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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LING 120C
Semantics I See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.5 Workload 4.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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LING C140
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 4.8

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this was a cool class. professor had an interesting point of view being from a bilingual background in italy. never thought about a lot of the material, helped give me a different perspective.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
LING 165B
Syntax II Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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LING 165B
Syntax II See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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LING 170
Language and Society: Introduction to Sociolinguistics See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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LING 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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LING 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

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