Winter 2021 - Prof. Edmonds is super nice and compassionate in regards to COVID and any personal situations you may have. She and her TAs are very generous regarding extensions. There is a lot of reading for this class. There is a required book by William O'Grady called How Children Learn Language, which I'm selling (408)-881-2503. This is just the beginning of many, many articles and papers you will have to read additionally. The grading is based on 3 10 point quizzes and 3 written assignments on readings. I attended all the lectures and did all the readings and got 60 or 65/65 on the assignments. Section is mandatory but you get 2 free misses and can skip section and instead complete a reading prompt each week. She's a nice professor and it's an interesting class from a more anthropological perspective (since its also cross listed as Anthro 152) but it is a lot of work IF you do everything properly and care about your grades. She also offers a make up quiz at the end of the quarter.
Winter 2021 - The lectures and lecture slides were straight to the point. Everything you need to know for assignments/quizzes is in the lecture or readings. There are no surprises! We had 3 quizzes and 3 assignments. In final's week, we had an optional make-up quiz that would replace your lowest quiz score and it was entirely questions from previous quizzes. The quizzes have about 10 questions of true/false or multiple choice. Sometimes they are worded tricky but if you put some thought into it you'll realize it wasn't very tricky at all. The assignments were mini essay questions. Each had a different amount of questions on relevant topics at the time. Usually, it was 2-3 questions of multiple parts. Students have the opportunity to go to office hours with a draft and ask "is this ok? what should I do?" so it isn't difficult to do well on the assignments. Attendance was not required in lecture but it was in discussion. We did have 2 free sections that we could miss without penalty, but we also could submit a reading response to our TA as alternate credit instead of showing up. Sections were really helpful tho, so I'd say if you can go, go. She offered extra credit for course evals. If 60% of the class completed them, we'd get an extra .5 points; 70% is an extra 1 point; and 90% was an extra 1.5 points. We got about 74% completion so we all got an extra point. It doesn't seem like much but there aren't much places to get points, so it is worth. She is extremely caring and understanding of the current situation. She made discussion optional during inauguration week, that type of understanding. They offered extensions for those who had good reason. I personally got 2 extensions and my TA and prof were very understanding about my situations.