All Ratings and Reviews for William Harold Torrence
This class is worth taking. Not only is it a fairly easy A if you study all the material and NOT SLACK OFF, but the material is also well-presented and very interesting. I had always heard about linguistics but always thought it was some complicated and boring topic. However, this is not the case as it is easy to comprehend and delves into an important aspect of life that we take for granted at times. My TA Gabriel Teixeira was amazing at explaining more challenging topics of Linguistics such as Phonetics and Morphology, so I recommend taking him if you guys have the opportunity to do so. Lastly, Professor Torrence is passionate about what he teaches and it is evident in his mannerisms and voice in his sophisticated pre-recorded lectures. As long as you guys watch the lecture videos and take very good notes, you will get an A in this course. Do not be intimidated by the weekly 3 hour lectures as this is not a lot if you split it up throughout the week. DO NOT leave the lecture videos for the weekend before the mid-term or final as it will be overwhelming and you will not grasp all the information you need for the exam well enough. That's all folks! Take care and do consider taking Professor Torrence for this class as he makes it manageable and getting an A is very much possible.
Going into this class I didn't know what to expect, but I actually really enjoyed it and learned a lot. You are supposed to watch 2-3 recorded videos ranging from 30 minutes to a little over an hour each week. There are 6 homework assignments which aren't bad as long as you watch the videos. The lowest homework score is also dropped. There are two essays, which were pretty easy. You discuss the use of your native language and use some concepts learned in the videos. The midterm was not bad. There were a few tough questions, but doable if you paid attention during the lectures. Time was also not an issue. Most of these concepts are self-explanatory. I don't know how the final is because I was able to opt out of it, but I'm sure it will be like the midterm only longer. There were three extra credit opportunities : fill out a survey (pre and post) and take the respondus practice quiz (respondus was the software we used to take the midterm and final).
This is the most I've ever felt engaged while watching recorded/asynchronous lectures. Highly, highly recommend !!
I highly recommend this class for interesting content and an easy workload. The lectures are super engaging and I liked that we only needed to attend 20 minutes of a nearly 2-hour-long discussion to get participation points (and participate in polls, not even speak or anything). I didn't watch any of the screenings and I got through the class fine (some of us don't have enough time for that and I think the professor knows). End of term paper was graded very leniently, and the final exam is very similar to homework questions.
Professor Torrence is a really great professor, who definitely knows what he's talking about. I had Adam Chong as my TA and he was phenomenal -- he really cared about the subject and the students.
Grading was pretty fair, with two (very very easy midterms) and 5 or 6 homework assignments spread through the quarter. There were also "pop quizzes" almost every discussion session that were actually really easy (they were just one or two problems on concepts learned over the last week).
Overall, really easy GE and I would highly recommend this professor specifically.
I feel like this is one of the easy GEs I've taken. The lectures of this professor is clear and engaging, and the workload is rather light, only multiple choice questions each week. The content is not the easiest, but it is pretty enjoyable. The final paper is released very early so you'd have plenty of time to work on it. The final exam are like the homeworks, not easy, but predictable. Overall this is a great class to take!
The class was really easy, the midterm and final really determine your grade in the class. Just get an A on both and you're golden.
The class was really interesting and easy. I came into this class not knowing anything about Linguistics and I thought it would be boring. But Torrence was engaging, funny and made me really like the material. The first midterm was a little disorganized but the second midterm and final were fine. He does listen to students and does care about student learning. He gave a couple REALLY easy pop quizzes during lecture to reward those who showed up and every time there was an actual quiz, he told us exactly what we needed to know and gave us more than enough time to learn it. People complained that he didn't give them enough time but he literally gave us two weeks to learn one sheet. Those people weren't paying attention/didn't show up to class. Even then though, he did push the quiz back so he really does listen to students and is concerned about student learning. Likewise, with the exams, he literally went through the slides and told us exactly what we needed to know and that was accurate. He didn't put anything on the test he didn't tell us to know. The homework was fine and was actually really helpful in preparing for the exams as the exams mimic the homework structure.
So overall it was a really fun and interesting class and I would definitely take Torrence again. It was a little more work than I was expecting but if you go in knowing that you're going to have homework and you'll have to study a bit, then it's actually pretty easy material.
This class was the trifecta: easy, interesting, and not time consuming. I took it as an online class in spring 2019. It's a standard online format, with lectures and homework on CCLE. He also gives the option for you to buy a textbook, which I suggest not to do, because it's the exact same information in the lectures but in a more systematic format. The textbook is not required.
Torrence's video lectures are very well organized but are quite long. I fixed this by putting them on either 1.5x or 2x speed. He also gives summaries periodically throughout and at the end of the lectures to make sure you're registering what you're supposed to be learning. Study the homework questions! They're honestly harder than the exam questions. Both exam were so easy that I was able to point out errors in the questions to Torrence and his TA's. As long as you take minimal notes on lectures and do homework you'll be set for the exams
This class is usually taught fully asychronously, and honestly, it's pretty great. Torrence is a pretty solid lecturer, and he does a good job of making the content engaging + relevant to stuff you might encounter in day-to-day life.
Workload is not too heavy - there's a few quizzes, and a pretty light midterm + final + essay. I think the hardest part is just memorizing the relevant sounds for consonants/vowels; everything else is pretty intuitive if you watch all the lectures + do the readings.
Def would recommend as a GE, and/or if you're interested in Ling! Torrence is a solid prof too!
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