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TA Armando Guerrero:
This is probably the best class you can ever take at UCLA. Armando is the best TA. He knows his stuff and is dedicated to teaching his students. I wrote this before receiving my final grade so my opinion would not be bias. Definitely take this class!
I took Spanish 7A with David Ramirez Prieto, under the supervision of Falce-Robinson, J. The professor is a grad student but he's basically as knowledgeable as any other professor.
I loved David's teaching style and personality. He was very kind and welcoming to everyone, regardless of their level of Spanish. The class consisted of interactive activities during class and for homework we had only mini assignments on Quia. You do need to buy a brand new textbook and access code from the UCLA bookstore. I did not find a way around this.
The midterm is online through a lockdown browser. It was simple and straightforward, at least for someone with a fairly good knowledge of Spanish. We did have to write a small essay in it, 1-3 paragraphs. The final was a bit difficult because the vocabulary was more challenging. We did have 2 group presentations, one as a midterm with 2-4 people. And again, a final presentation that required us to go visit a museum.
This class was fun with David and I would recommend him to anybody looking to strengthen their Spanish.
This is one of those classes where you don't meet the instructor and everything is conducted by your TA. My TA was Madison Panagotacos (I think that was her last name...Madison for sure) and she was great. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and considered it to be a strength of mine, but it had been 3 years since that before I took this class. Even so, everything came back pretty quickly and it wasn't difficult at all. But this is because I was proficient enough to not have to take Spanish 1 and 2 at UCLA, so that probably contributed to my performance in the class. There were a lot of people with different speaking and comprehension abilities in the class and Madison was well aware of it. She made herself very available for anyone who needed extra help. There are a lot of annoying homework assignments in this class but it's just busy work, nothing is actually difficult. That would be my only complaint for this class. Otherwise very easy and fun.
Take this class for a Letter Grade! I'm a 4th year who took Spanish in high school about five years ago and I decided to jump straight into Spanish 3. I was intimidated during the first week or so as the class is completely taught in Spanish, however, if you have taken Spanish before it does come back relatively fast. This class mostly teaches preterite and imperfect tense. Essentially all you have to do is learn how to conjugate correctly and you should be fine. Oral exams and writing exams are graded very leniently so don't sweat it if you feel a little unprepared because there's not a whole lot you can do to study for them. If I took this class for a letter grade I would have received a solid A.
What I recommend is to take the class for a letter grade and see how you do after the week 5 midterm (and overall how you feel about the class). If you believe that you will not get the grade that you want simply change the grade to Pass/No Pass before the Friday of Week 6.
The professor really cares about the students understanding the material. The course load is focused on the online textbook workbook which is easy/busy work. The only annoying thing is the speaking portion of the midterm and final, but those are in all language classes.