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I took this class as a requirement for Linguistics major. I had taken Ling 1 before so a lot of the information in this class was already covered in that class. Ling 1 taught a lot of specific things, whereas Ling 20 teaches the more general concept, but a lot of the exercises you do will be similar. Homework is the biggest part of the class I'd say, and it's due during lecture. You'll definitely want to try and get the most points as possible because this is the bulk of your grade 40%! The problems covered in the homework are also similar to what will show up on the quizzes and tests. Quizzes are very easy, and midterm and final are part multiple choice, but mostly written and definitely reflective of what is covered in class. She also offers extra credit for sona studies which is great to have but I honestly don't think you will need it.
I think she is one of those cases where she is so specialized in one field that she sometimes doesn't know how to explain certain things or forgets basic ideas. This can be frustrating when it seems unclear what she is trying to say, and sometimes she might sound like she is contradicting herself. Honestly not that big of a deal, but if this is your first linguistics class, some of the back-and-forth she does might get confusing.
She posts slides and I think bruin casts, so it's not imperative to go to lecture except to turn in homework, and I definitely skipped a few. I'd say the lectures on syntax might be a good one to attend if you're planning to skip a lot (especially if yours is at 8am like mine was), as she sometimes has a certain way she wants the answers presented.
The textbook is helpful for sure just to have a point of reference, and it's where most of the homework will come from. There is an accompanying workbook, but it's definitely not necessary as I barely used it, and on the rare case that there is a HW problem from it you can ask a friend.
Overall, this was a very easy class and I would recommend it especially to other Ling. majors and maybe even as a GE :)
Taking Ling 20 with Professor Rasekhi was very interesting, and not too difficult! She is a fantastic lecturer, tries to engage the class with questions and discussions, and is very helpful if you go to her office hours! You can tell she genuinely cares about her students, on both academic and personal levels. I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking about taking Ling 20 as a GE or major pre-req. I'm also selling the study guide workbook (required), very lightly used, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
This class was really easy unlike what everyone else, who has taken Ling 20, has told me. The professor is really clear in her explanation of the material and doesn’t give you any false expectations about what will be on the quizzes (2 of them), midterm and final. That said, I only prepared minimally for the midterm and final and wound up with A’s for both of them. The only tedious part of the class was the homework, but she gives you an entire week to do them. And the homework would only take up—at most—an hour to do; however, the homework ended up being a great study tool for the assessments, so make sure to try on them. Overall, the quality of the class was incredibly valuable, and it gave me a good taste of future linguistics classes. Definitely worth taking this professor, despite being an 8 AM.
This class was more of a mixed bag - not necessarily based on the content, which was pretty interesting, but mostly based on how the content was presented. The professor explained the concepts in a pretty plain and boring manner that did its job most of the time, but often I felt that self-studying through the homework exercises was more useful than listening to lecture sometime. It definitely was sort of disappointing knowing that the material could be much more engaging, especially with more discussions about other languages, but instead, the end result of the teaching was sort of average. The weekly homework, taken from the textbook, is rather tedious and does its job in forcing you to learn the concepts, but is not really engaging, doesn't expand on the concepts in linguistics at all, and is almost only English-language based. For someone interested in linguistics, this class was disappointing, but not necessarily bad or too difficult.
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