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.
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.
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).
I wouldn't take this as an online SUMMER class. Since the videos are edited, he can fit in so much information into one video.
My friend who took this in class in Spring 2019 showed me the work he had to do. Come to find, the 6 week summer course and 10 week regular course have the exact same content. So they shoved 10 weeks of stuff into 6. It can be demanding (4-8 videos a week, each over 1 hour) but if you're good with your time, you can do it. I was taking another class along side this one and found problems juggling it all.
Online summer class has a final paper, final exam (cumulative), discussion sessions and homework. The class can be difficult in certain sections and it's hard to ask questions in discussion since it's online. There will be hundreds online at the same time with like 80 questions and they only have their allotted time to answer while also covering the lectures. I'm sure this class is fine in person. Professor Torrence is very charming and engaging. But as an online class, it can be just too much at times. Plus you have to pay to take the test online or go in person, which isn't ideal as a Summer course since many students are away and don't have $40 to dish out on a final. Overall not bad, would take it again but not over the summer.
I absolutely loved this class! I honestly find myself using the concepts I've learned almost every day in multiple different areas of my life. The first midterm was super straightforward, and I got a 98% from taking detailed notes (which was relatively easy because of the online lectures) and just a few hours of review the night before. The final was a bit more challenging because the material was a little tougher. There's also a 5 page paper due at the end of the quarter where you apply the concepts you've learned to your own personal experience with language, and you have to participate in a Psych study for 2% of your grade (don't wait til week 10 like me lol). Overall, the professor is extremely thorough and I'm happy I took the course!
This class was a terrible experience. Torrance was extremely unclear in his lectures and his homework was confusing. In addition, his TA's grading was inconsistent and homeworks that had the same answers as other classmates often scored differently. Finally, his tests were all unfairly scored and worded in a way that sought to confuse the students. I would NOT take another class with Torrance.
Would recommend taking this class as a GE. Ultimately, it was a pretty easy class, with weekly homework and about 2-3 hours of weekly lectures. Homework is straightforward, and good practice for the midterm/final that were also pretty easy. Lectures are a bit boring, so I would recommend watching on 2x speed or even skipping them and just reading the textbook. Case studies are mostly optional, but there were 1 or 2 questions on the midterm about them (out of 50 questions.) Two analysis papers are also very straightforward and graded easy (at least by my TA).
Close to no work a week, probably spent about 3 hours a week on this class total, including discussions.
This class is NOT an easy A. You actually have to put in some work! But this class is actually pretty interested. The tests are easy IF you take the time to learn like some of the material. The essays are pretty straight forward too. I am lucky I am a native english speaker, which is a definite perk to this class
Linguistics is an interesting yet challenging discipline. For newcomers, it will probably be unlike anything you've seen before. You learn about the commonalities between the world's languages, how we acquire grammar as a child, the sound patterns of languages, how sentence structure is conceived, how to perceive meaning, and more. This class will make you think. Ling 1 fulfills the life science GE or the philosophical/linguistic GE.
I am currently the book: Pinker's "The Language Instinct" as an iBooks version for $4. I would recommend using this electronic version as you can easily find keywords by using command F, which is very helpful when doing the homework.
Also, I am selling all of the answers to the homeworks (I got 100% on all of them), $2 per homework. Feel free to text me at 7149870551. Good luck with this class!
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