All Ratings and Reviews for Nina Hyams
Tons of homework in which they took your points off simply based on something minor and irrelevant. The midterm questions were poorly written and structured. Ling1 taught by this professor is by far the worst ling class I've taken. The other ling uppers are way better than this. However, the final was pretty easy.
I thought this was an extremely manageable and relatively easy GE. There is a midterm, a final, and 5 or 6 homework assignments. The homework assignments also take the place of an essay (so there's no essay!). You do need to have very basic knowledge of a second language for the homework, since the last question on each one requires you to compare English and another language.
If you have questions on homework, you can go to any TAs office hours for help. The answers are mostly standardized and graded exactly the same by all TAs.
The final mostly covers the second half, although it is cumulative. Both exams are multiple choice and if you study the slides and understand the concepts they are not difficult. I did not use the textbook at all after the first two weeks because I realized she covers everything you need to know in lecture. It's easier to get help on homework from TAs than from the book. I got the textbook and Hyams follows it closely (she is one of the coauthors). It can be humorous though. I highly recommend this class as an easier GE.
If you have already taken LING 20 and still need to fulfill a GE requirement (surprisingly enough, LING 1 counts as one of your Life Science GEs), then take this class. It will be a very easy A with a few new topics that you'd need to read up on in the textbook. Both the midterm and the final are all multiple choice. You only need to show up to section to turn in homework, so they won't grade you on participation. You can also earn extra credit by participating in up to 2 psychology experiments/studies, where each study you complete will result in 1% added to your final grade.
Ling 1 with Professor Hyams definitely gave me a better insight into how language works and I enjoyed taking this course. The homework was often confusing, but the workload was very light with there only being 5 homework assignments all quarter. Truthfully, a lot of people who attended the lectures would just be on their phones or laptops doing other things because they know that professor just posts the lecture slides on CCLE. I think that after the midterm, the content became less interesting and the lectures felt like they just dragged on, which lead to fewer people paying attention in class. The midterm and finals were not too hard, they were both multiple choice exams. There is no Section participation grade, but going to section can be helpful and they don't post Homework solutions so that's the only way to check your answers. I wouldn't say this is an easy class, though the workload is light and all the slides are posted online, it's easy to get behind on readings and lecture slides. I think Professor Hyams was kind of funny and sweet, I'm glad I took the class with her.
Professor Hyams is one the finest lingustics teachers I have encountered at UCLA. Anyone who would say otherwise likely enrolled in Linguistics 1 for a GE course and discovered they did not like Linguistics. It is true that Professor Hyams cannot make up for your disinterest or unwillingness to give 100% to her class. However, for those truly interested in what Professor Hyams is teaching, she is an excellent resourse. Her forte is first language development and bilingualism (Linguistics 130C and 140C). If you desire patronizing grading, by all means avoid her classes, Professor Hyams will give you the grade you earned. If you want someone to preach the textbook to you, avoid her classes, she will engage you in indepth discussions on materials you were expected to read and pique your interest in a miraid of research topics. She's available in office hours and anxious to be visited with questions, very kind and accomodating to those with genuine interest and a willingness to TRY. I can't wait to take 130C next winter.
I took Developmental Linguistics with Hyams, and she was an extremely competent, excellent teacher who was always fully prepared for lectures and has provided us with a variety of good study materials. I agree that Hyams is not an easy teacher, but she is reasonably challenging and students can learn so much from her.
SHE GRADES ON STRAIGHT SCALE.....ACTUALLY WORSE THAT GRADE SCALE....
LISTEN TO ME, ANY POINT U MISS ON ANY EXAM GETS DEDUCTED FROM THE OVERALL 100 POINTS....
HOMEWORKS, MIDTERMS AND FINALS ARE ALL THE SAME...
u lose 1 point in homewor, 3 points in the midter and 4 in the final....that is 8 POINTS RIGHT THERE
100 - 8 = A -
she gives out exactly 100 questions, about 55 for final, 35 for midterm and 10 for homework.....
if u can handle losing tiny miny points and dropping a grade each time, then good luck. even if u know 90 percent of this materail and lose a coupel of points u might end up with a B or B-!!!!
SHE IS EXTREMELY UNFAIR
i took her for ling 1; do not taker her; i was one point
away from the next grade and she did not even give it to me
even though the TA, who was dope, said that i was
her best section student and that i should be
given the benfit of the doubt. and we all know that your gpa can drop significantly
with one grade, so i got scerwed over. all
my other friends took easy ling prof and aced their classes.
DO NOT TAKE HYAMS
DO NOT take linguistics this professor!! She's gives pretty boring lectures and she has a very unfair grading scale. Missing a few points really drops your grade. If you want a good grade in intro to linguistics, take ANY other professor. She's also hard to get a hold of... she left me waiting outside her office for over an hour three times!!
i wouldn't say the class is hard, but she is not an efficient teacher...the lectures are boring as hell...the T.A.'s r cool, but not that great either...the book...BLAH!!!...and if u do not go to lecture u can look at the slides online...so basically the class is bad...i wouldn't reccommend it at all...if u need a GE...take somethig else..philosophy..anything..not ling 1...and if u do...not w/ hyams...espeically if u like the subject
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