Shoichi Iwasaki

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JAPAN 1
Elementary Modern Japanese See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Iwasaki Sensei is an above average lecturer. The tries his best to keep it funny and lively, and tries various techniques to interest us in the subject at hand. Since the grading for Japanese 1 is so special in that it is straight forward following a guideline, his personal difficulty isn't factored in at all. His native Japanese nature also makes him extremely knowledgeable of the topic. Excellent communicator as well.

(Dec. 30, 2002)
JAPAN 2
Elementary Modern Japanese Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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JAPAN 2
Elementary Modern Japanese See Full Profile

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ASIAN 30
Languages and Cultures of Asia See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.1 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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TLDR, easy GE that really isn't worth it. I did enjoy lectures and learnt a lot of fun and engaging stuff, but this is one of the classes where hard work isn't really proportionate to the grade you receive. The TAs, however, are immensely involved in your learning and are very approachable, which I am really grateful for.

So why did I call it easy then? The tests are easy, and the homework and projects are easy credits. However if you look at the grade distribution, the median is an A-. Apparently the grading scale requires at least 95% for an A. There is also a huge emphasis on participation, which I received a 14/22 despite going for all lectures, participating actively in classroom discussions (which I recall even being one of the more active ones), posting on CCLE and going for office hours. This really isn't fair at all.

The course also requires an immense amount of work put in, which really is a pain in the ass. Half of the amount in your homework is material that you will never touch again for the rest of the weeks. Sure, they are fun and really promotes cultural learning, but they do take up a lot of time and I do have other classes and commitments as well. To top it off, I had to memorise an 800 word essay to write for the final, prepare for other questions on the final itself, prepare for a group presentation and also write a final report for the group project.

This is a relatively new class. I think that statement speaks for itself. If you want a fun and easy GE (which is rather contradictory because lots of work and fun are not synonymous with each other), but aren't busy enough to mind a lot of work, go for it. Otherwise, you will find yourself putting in an unreasonable amount of time just to receive an "A-" and below on your grade report.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
LING M116
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics See Full Profile

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JAPAN M120
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics See Full Profile

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SEASIAN 120
Field Methods in Asian Languages and Cultures See Full Profile

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JAPAN CM122
Japanese Phonology and Morphology See Full Profile

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LING M176A
Japanese Phonology and Morphology See Full Profile

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JAPAN 191B
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Modern Japan See Full Profile

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JAPAN 224A
Seminar: Selected Topics in Japanese Discourse Linguistics See Full Profile

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