Fall 2022 - LECTURE + DISCUSSION Lecture was definitely a weak spot of the class. Professor Jun lectures using handouts instead of slides. She repeats the material on these handouts in extreme detail and gives lots of supplemental examples which is great. But, she speaks very quietly and her microphone isn't that great so if you are sitting in the back half of the class sometimes you just don't hear her. Discussion is once a week and you practice the material you learned in lecture that week. The workload for this class was definitely manageable until around Week 7/8 (also when the strikes hit). There is a point where you're simultaneously studying production, transcription, spectrograms, and writing your final paper at the same time. There were many moving parts and you really can't slack on any aspect. Professor Jun was very accommodating and ended up extending our paper's due date. Even though this class was very challenging at times, it really confirmed my interest in my major and I learned A LOT... HOMEWORK The homework points in this class is definitely used to pad for some of the more challenging assignments. There were 3 assignments in total. Usually consisting of a ~20 question BruinLearn quiz with three attempts and sometimes a written submission. EXAMS There was a midterm week 6 and one "quiz" week 10. The midterm covered all of the material learned up until that point. The average was 18.1/22. The final quiz only covered spectrographs, the average was 5.2/7. At both exams there was also a transcription test. Jun's exams are definitely very challenging and require an extensive understanding of IPA. PROJECT The final project is spaced out throughout the quarter. You choose a language you are unfamiliar with and find a speaker and do a detailed phonetic analysis. The language you choose is so important. Make sure the sound system isn't simple or too complex and that there are a lot of resources on the languages phonetics. GRADE DISTRIBUTION Homework (3) - 21% Written Midterm - 22% Midterm Transcription Exam - 5% Spectrogram Quiz (Week 10) - 7% Final Transcription Exam - 5% Final Production Exam - 10% Final Project Preliminary Report - 5% Final Project Wordlist - 5% Final Project - 20% (1% EC with SONA Study)
Winter 2019 - This is the most useful class I ever took at UCLA. If you want to go into technology with your linguistics degree, especially something in the engineering, data science, or acoustic realm, this class will teach you things about the science of phonetics that will almost certainly come in handy (they did for me in the workplace in several ways). If you truly love performing scientific experiments, and you love acoustics or the acoustics of phonetics, Sun-Ah is the best professor for you. It is a demanding course, but you can get by without the textbook because the packets Sun-Ah provides are very thorough. Just make sure to go to lecture always and pay attention! You'll know if you have grasped the material or not, and as long as you stay engaged you should be fine. The exams don't pull any surprises; it's all material covered in lecture and written in the packets. You will have to perform a couple of phonetic experiments, learn to synthesize speech, and learn how to segment waveforms and read spectrograms, but these should be fun for anyone interested in the subject. Fantastically interesting science too.
Spring 2020 - I could always rely on Sun-Ah to explain anything easily and simply. This class will involve learning MAE_ToBI, which is used to transcribed intonational phonology for English. If you are interested by phonology or phonetics, there is a good chance this class is for you.