All Ratings and Reviews for Veronica Cortinez
I took Spanish 44 with Cortinez. I would say the same as everyone else-- it's clear that she's very passionate about the material. She's helpful and very approachable. Lectures are never dull. Don't be afraid to ask questions when you don't quite get something. She'll gladly explain things to you.
I took this class as a GE and would recommend it. She tell you in the beginning that she selects the best selections to read. Slides are not uploaded. Coming to lecture counts as participation and you'll want to come to class. Take good notes and you'll do well!
Professor Cortinez is very animated and makes all her lectures interesting (she even includes guest lecturers for Spanish/Portuguese M44). She is very energetic and teaches you something worth learning.
She's a toss-up. I enjoyed her classes and her material but there are some major perks about her! For example, she makes a point of singaling people out if they're late to her class (very humiliating), she doesn't allow you drink or food even though she can bring her own. But besides treating you like a child she can be okay...I guess.
Professor Cortinez is one of the best professors at UCLA. She is very concerned about her students' education. She is passionate about her work and it shows through her enthusiastic lectures.
She's wonderful. She packs her lectures full of animation and information. She really cares and is a fair grader.
Pro.Cortinez has very interesting lectures. The class followed the history of chile from the early 60's to the 80's. I do agree that this class has a big commitment because of the films that are schedule outside of the lecturer (Your sometimes forced to watch the movies in the media lab on the weekend when the showing clash with your schedule). And there are only 2 small essays (2pages long) that were pretty easily graded by the TA.
I would recommend the class for the material itself. She also brought in directors of some of the movies that were showed, which was pretty interesting. I would just warn though, that Cortinez is kinda full of herself sometimes, saying how many famous people she knows and blah, blah, blah. Her book is assigned to the class, which kind of bugged me because it wasn't that good and it was super expensive.
Take this class if your really into history, because that is what the class is basically about.
I loved her. Very knowledgeable. Looking forward to taking other courses with her. Good sense of humor.
*Course is now called Span 44*
If you can take any course with Dr. Cortinez, TAKE IT! You will not regret it!
I took Span 44 with her as a GE and it ended up being my favorite class all quarter. Lecture is NEVER dull, as Cortinez's passionate, energetic demeanor makes a two hour class perfectly manageable.
Tests and quizzes are based off of both assigned readings and the historical background Cortinez would cover in lectures. Provided you so much as skim the material, you should do well on the tests.
Tests themselves, full of questions that test your general understanding of the material and not on super specific dates and whatnot.
Loved the class. Loved, loved, LOVED the class
Don't let this class fool you- although the course was originally titled Film and Lit in the Spanish Speaking World, it turned into Chilean Film and Lit. Professor Cortinez has a wealth of knowledge about Chile, but tends to ramble on about her own pet projects. There's no break during the two hour class- and your grade depends entirely on the TA. The bottom line is that if you show up to class and sign in (mandatory attendance), and do a little bit of review before the final, you'll easily pass with flying colors.
Profesora Cortinez will tell you from Day 1: "Nothing in this course is meant to trick you." Many professors take pride in making this statement but this is the only one I've ever had who stayed true to these words. She is very passionate about the material that she has put together in this course about Chilean literature and history. She clearly wants everyone to learn as much of it as possible, and therefore does not need to punish you with her grade-book. Do not be fooled, there is a ton of material to read and watch as others have mentioned here. But if you listen to her and pay attention, you will find that she does not test on details, only major themes from the movies and the literature. Realistically, you only need to watch each movie once to be able to write the final exam. However be certain to highlight in your notes the major points about the significance of each piece of lit that she points out. I am not a native speaker but I am a Spanish minor. YOU WILL be floored by the speed of her Spanish speaking the first week or two, and may have trouble understanding her at first -- but compared to most Chilean speakers she is very clear and thoughtful about how she speaks. By the end of this course I know for a fact that my Spanish skills have at least doubled, my listening comprehension has soared and has given me much more confidence when speaking in Spanish. I am grateful in so many ways for taking this course. The T.A.'s that Cortinez has working under her wing are marvelous as well. The readings and films are long and numerous, however they are very interesting both artistically and politically. You will be cheating yourself to not go through them. I highly recommend this course and this professor.
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