All Ratings and Reviews for J Marturano
Professor Marturano is one of the best lecturers in the Spanish department and at UCLA. He is very easy going and super helpful to students that need it. This was the second time taking a class with him and I have loved how he sets them up. He has readings that you must write a short 1-2 page comment on once a week, a 5-6 page midterm, a 5-6 page final, that's it! Nothing that you can't complete in the quarter with a heavy load of other classes. I would strongly recommend taking a course with him at least once.
Professor Marturano is by FAR my favorite Spanish professor at UCLA. Every reading he picked was super interesting and we discussed them in class in a way I had never thought about when I first read it! like these are stories I would have definitely liked to read outside the scope of this class as well. His midterm and finals are very fair and he genuinely loves what he is teaching. I 100% recommend taking him for any class you can at some point while you're at UCLA!
He's not as good as previous comments would lead you to believe. I've taken 3 upper division Spanish classes here and all the other professors have been significantly better, including Roberta Johnson, Francesca Denegri, and Torrecilla (Denegri was outstanding). The content of his lectures isn't comparable to Denegri or Johnson and the grading is similar (granted these are both guest professors, says something about UCLA I think). I fell asleep in almost all his lectures, he tends to make much ado about nothing.
Professor Marturano's lectures were truly amazing! Besides having a captivating argentinian accent, he is very knowledgeable and clearly explains course material. If you love Borges, Julio Cortazar, and Gabriel Garcia Marques, I recommend you take this class!
I just want to say that professor Marturano is the best professor I've ever had as a student in UCLA. His lectures are clear as water and all of the readings assigned are very interesting. He covers the best and must-read short stories, including those by Jorge Borges, Julio Cortazar,Juan Carlos Onetti, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is awesome. He manages to make the 1:50 min class feel like it was 30 min one. I definitely recommend everyone who can take his course to do so.
Professor Marturano is an okay professor. I really enjoyed the readings he chose for our class, but it was hard to stay awake in his class. He does not utilize a power point he stands and lectures for a whole hour and a half. I personally learned more from our discussion section and my TA. He basically retold all the main points the professor discussed in class and helped us be analytic of each reading. I feel professor Marturano said the same thing over and over again for the whole lecture. (Or sometimes would talk about something else; repeat the same thing many different ways) Overall, it's an okay class. It would be better if he had a power point or something to help us follow him. I do, however, like the structure of the course. It was a midterm and a final but he gives you the format ahead of time so it's easy to prepare for it. As long as you're analytical you'll do well on both.
Professor Marturano does a great job at keeping his lectures interesting - he is a great entertainer. The most challenging part of the class is understanding the readings - they are definitely not the easiest. Even if you do not understand the full reading, make sure you can speak to at least one part you found interesting or grabbed your attention and you will be fine. Professor Marturano dissects each of the readings thoroughly in class. The workload is somewhat on the heavier side - there is a reflection due once a week, a 5-6 page essay (midterm) and a 6-8 page essay (final). I would definitely recommend this class for anyone looking for a Spanish upper division class.
Prof. Marturano is a really kind and patient professor who makes the class very engaging. He really emphasizes participation but doesn't necessarily dock off points for it if you don't participate a lot. The best part of this class was definitely checking out the "Cuba Is" exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography where different artists' photos are showcased and one can watch a documentary about the photographers and how Cuba is today.
The workload itself is pretty decent - weekly reading responses, 2 short essays, and 1 final essay. As long as you keep up with the readings and invest enough time into your essays, it's pretty easy get a good grade in the class.
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