Don't let her seemingly unorganized teaching style deter you from taking the class--she does a great job exposing students to what the field of Linguistic Anthropology has to offer...I left the class more interested in the field of Linguistic Anthropology than before I took it. The material is quite interesting. As long as you do the readings (especially the articles) and fill out the studyguides she gives, you'll ace the final. She really sets everything up so that you can slam-dunk the tests. Very concerned about student learning, good about making herself available in office hours. And a very sweet person :)
Professor Goodwin is by far my favorite professor at UCLA, and her class is an eye-opening experience. The class itself is a quarter long project that allows you to apply the concepts learned in class to a field site analyzing how language is used in everyday interaction. This class makes you apply the knowledge to the real world rather than just memorizing facts for an exam, which is how college should be. Goodwin is there every step of the way to help you and encourage you to do your best. Her lectures were very interesting, and her fieldwork is fascinating and expansive. She is so sweet and a caring professor, I highly recommend any anthropology major to take a class with her at least once, she is the best thing to happen to your college experience.