Professor Schumann is very engaging and always loves to get his students involved with the material he is teaching. Because this class is about second language acquisition it is really easy to relate with the students. As for the class, lectures are pretty easy to understand and it's really not difficult. I took APPLING C155, which Schumann teaches, 2 quarters before taking this class (APPLING 102W) so I already knew everything he was lecturing on. He teaches the exact same things as C155 and uses pretty much all of the same handouts except that this class is about writing on your experience and integrating what you learned into your writing. Despite Professor Schumann being an easy professor, the grading is based on your TA. My TA graded more fairly compared to the other TA's but he did not help with improving my revisions. His comments were vague and were not detailed. I received more comments from the peer reviews than my TA. On almost all my final drafts I received no comments although he . Even when I made the changes, and more, to what he pointed out, my essay grade did not change or it only went up 1% on the final draft. There are 3 essays total (each essay requires a rough draft and a final draft) and the grading is: 10% rough drafts, 20% final drafts, 10% participation (attendance, participating in section, peer reviews). Also, attendance is taken in class and in section so be sure to go! The TA's change it up by either passing around the sign in sheet at the beginning of class, halfway through, or near the end of class. Because people started leaving class during the break the TA's would check off the names on the sign in sheet to only give credit to those that stay until the end. Overall, the material was relatively easy but the grading depended on your TA. I received an A- at the end of the quarter. I recommend taking both APPLING 102W and C155 (Ling 20 prerequisite).
Professor Schumann was very enthusiastic about what he taught, especially when it was about neurobiology. He always made jokes to keep the class interesting and had a dry sense of humor. Also, his outfits each day were very interesting! Now, about the class itself, he tends to like his classes in the evening so they do seem to drag since it is 2 hours long but he gives a 10-15min break. Sometimes I was lost with what he was talking about since he would bring in all these examples or stories that related to the material and the either continue what he was saying or not finish. I took notes every class, but they weren't very vigorous of detailed notes. And, there are no required books to buy but an optional one (and it is really unnecessary to buy it). The class consisted of 3 exams (mainly fill in the blank or listing things) and it only took about 30min-1hour to finish. We also had to submit our own 5 test questions with the answers before each exam. He would go over all the questions in the classes before the exam and literally make the exam out of the questions we submitted (but not exactly word for word) with maybe a few of his own questions. So basically if you study the test questions everyone submitted you will know about 95% of the answers. The exams were therefore easy and getting an A in the class is not a hard thing to do at all. Despite the ease of this class, I still took away a lot of information about second language learning and the course material. Definitely consider this class whether or not you are an Applied Linguistics major (although there is a Ling 20 prerequisite)!