Winter 2019 - Man this is my guy. I used to never be comfortable going to office hours but when I did go it was like I was speaking to a friend thats just trying to help. This class was really hard for me because I was never really a good writer but I wouldn't have made it without the support of the professor. He understood my situation and tried to accommodate as much as possible. He's really great at lecturing and he really knows how to engage the whole class. There aren't really assignments its mostly papers and whats really great is that the drafts are reviewed by peers and the professor and not just one or the other.I highly recommend taking this class if you are advanced in writing research papers because it is challenging trying to write a research paper on linguistics and humour but also if youre a beginner it helps you think critically in a creative way and you will get the help you need to pass and succeed.
Fall 2018 - Trevor Kann is super personable and I enjoyed his class. The rapport between him and the students is light and entertaining, unfortunately my class was a bit quiet so his witty remarks and attempts at engaging his students often went ignored. He is really understanding of tardiness, just be prepared to be put on the spot if you walk in late (in a lighthearted way). This class relies a lot on discussion so it is to the benefit of everyone to participate. This course covers a wide range of topics tackled by applied linguistics, and it was interesting to be exposed to all of these different areas. The workload is very manageable - weekly discussion posts, reading assignment (75-100 pages per week), weekly assignments and two papers, no exams. The papers aren't too challenging and you can use the assigned readings as sources as well as for topic inspiration. He brings in a lot of guest speakers which also keeps the class entertaining. Discussion was also very interesting and thought-provoking, sometimes I even felt as though I learned more in discussion than in lecture. Overall this is a worthwhile class and I would recommend it to ling majors and anyone else who has an interest.
Winter 2018 - This is a review for APPLING 101W. The class itself is a very interesting subject and Professor Kann was a good lecturer. However, I would not recommend this class because of how difficult it is to get an A. Here are some reasons why: 1) Flat scale. Every point matters. It's still possible, but I wasn't aware it was so strict and not very clear on the syllabus. 2) rough drafts for written assignments are graded (pretty harshly as well) and a considerable part of your grade. (16%) There's also a different rubric for the final draft, so if you do well on the rough draft, it doesn't mean you'll do well on the final draft. 3) The group project can be hit or miss and requires a lot of effort/office hours. (10% of grade) 4) attendance matters! You can't miss a SINGLE lecture or you lose points(unfortunately the class was at 8 am)! If you're not paying attention you also lose some points. Unfortunately, lecture isn't that important for the class either yet you are expected to pay attention (readings much more). Not clear on the syllabus. (10%) 5) 4 different types of essays of nuanced essays with different expectations. Wasn't very clear at times and based on what TA you get. TA office hours for the rough draft is very important. 6) Grades came in very late (cause essays take a long time to grade!) so you won't know what you got until the very end, and you can't really do anything about your grade.
Spring 2018 - This class was so annoying. The class is unorganized, TA doesn't know what is going on in the class. The TA and the professor do not communicate well, they say different things. I am a straight-A student, worked my butt off, but still ended up with B+. Took this for my last quarter, and I regret it very much.