Introduction to Study of Language

William Harold Torrence

Introduction to Study of Language

Linguistics department

William Harold Torrence

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Ratings

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Overall 4.5
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Easiness of class 4.2
Easy
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Workload 3.7
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.3
Clear
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Helpfulness of professor 3.9
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides

Grades

Spring 2020
71.8%
59.8%
47.9%
35.9%
23.9%
12.0%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2019
35.5%
29.6%
23.6%
17.7%
11.8%
5.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2019
34.1%
28.4%
22.8%
17.1%
11.4%
5.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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C
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
38.9%
32.4%
25.9%
19.5%
13.0%
6.5%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
C-
D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
28.0%
23.3%
18.7%
14.0%
9.3%
4.7%
0.0%
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A
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D+
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 25, 2017 Grade Received: A

I really enjoyed this class, and Torrence made the class so easy. He really has a passion for the subject, and this is evident through the way he teaches and interacts with his students. His lectures did seem to drag a bit, but I would recommend going to lecture just because he explains the subjects so well.

Class consisted of weekly hw assignments, a midterm, and a final. The midterm and final were very easy (I think the class average was a 93% on midterm). They are just multiple choice and questions come from powerpoint, so study these and you'll do fine.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Sept. 17, 2020
Grade Received: A

Professor Torrence's lecture is really clear and interesting. I personally like this topic so I found the lectures very engaging even though they are recorded videos. However, like other reviews said, the course is impacted and heavy in workload if you take it during summer. 8 hours of videos every week and lots of materials to learn and remember. You have to actually spend time understanding and memorizing some of the concepts to do well in exam.
All in all, I recommend this course if you are interested in linguistics and willing to work hard.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2019 Submitted July 31, 2019 Grade Received: A-

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.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted Dec. 21, 2019 Grade Received: A-

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!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Oct. 12, 2018 Grade Received: C-

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.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Feb. 6, 2021
Grade Received: A+

The content was super interesting and the professor was very engaging making the lectures easy to follow even though it was a virtual platform. The content was very heavy, however, and I remember spending a long time creating a midterm and final study guide as the professor used a lockdown browser for our test. Not the easiest class you can take, but fairly interesting and a medium workload.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 13, 2020
Grade Received: A

I took this class during remote learning and it was very interesting. Most of the reviews on here stress that you cannot slack off, but honestly I started learning the material a few days before the exams and wrote the papers the day they were due and have done well above average. Professor Torrence's lectures are GREAT, interesting, and thorough. This class was a lot more work than it needed to be, though, as lectures were pretty redundant and the material could have been conveyed effectively with half the amount of work required. I would recommend this class ONLY to those looking for a easy, interesting GE that requires a little bit of work. It definitely is more work than some of the other GE's out there.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Oct. 19, 2020
Grade Received: A

This class was more difficult than expected. However, if you put in time , you will get an A. The course was online and pre recorded lectures which were easy to follow.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Aug. 11, 2020
Grade Received: A+

This class is a little challenging over the summer with up to 5 lectures per week since they put in 10 weeks of lecture into 6 weeks. However, it's definitely doable and interesting. The grading is 15% discussion participation, 40% weekly homework, 25% final paper, and 20% final, though I think that there's a different grading scheme if you take it during a regular quarter. The workload seems like a lot but it's manageable and lectures are engaging. I think that this class is a good start for those who are interested in learning about linguistics, and this is definitely one of the best GE's I've taken.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 2, 2020
Grade Received: A+

This class was much easier than I expected it to be. The lectures were engaging and the information was useful and interesting. Definitely one of the easiest GEs I have taken in my time at UCLA. Would recommend!

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
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