All Ratings and Reviews for Xiaoxin Sun
A great teacher who's always willing to help you outside the classroom. She also places emphasis on effort so if you work hard, there's no problem getting a good grade.
Prof. Sun wasn't hard but the workload was pretty demanding. It's basically homework everyday, very time consuming.
Sun Laoshi is a bit of a mixed bag. She initially appears genuine and kind, but I began to see her as tubborn, meticulous, sometimes superficial. By the end of my third quarter with her, I wanted to get out of that class. Hearing her voice four days a week, three quarters in a row was one of the most depressing things in my life.
She does an okay job teaching, but there is very little variety from day to day, and her class generally loses interest really fast and nobody talks. And don't be fooled by her apparent sweet demeanor, she is very choosy in who she favors. Too traditional of a Chinese thinker as well, some of her ideology is absolutely ridiculous. Hearing her talk about politics made me want to vomit. Tolerable only to an extent.
Sun Laoshi is very concerned about her students' learning, and she goes out her way to do what she thinks is best for us. We do have quizzes and homework often, but I thought it really helped improve my Chinese. Her lectures may get a little boring, but her personality is very vibrant, which is sure to keep you awake.
She's also a fair grader. Even if you don't do so well on the tests, she grades on how much effort you put in. I usually got As on my quizzes, but they're only worth 10% of the final grade. I never got an A on any test, which are worth 30% of the final grade. Also, on homework, which was worth a substantial amount (I can't remember), I only received A-s and B+s. But once she came up to me all happy and glowing and told me that I've improved a lot. When she asked me why, I told her that I study Chinese every day (which is kind of true). In the end I got a solid A.
Taking Chinese courses with Prof. Sun was an experience not to be forgotten.
As a Japanese native, my Chinese reading and writing skills are quite good, but my listening and speaking skills fall far below those of Chinese-Americans. I was assigned to the "A" series, simply because my reading and writing skills were considered "too good" for the regular series. Now that I have taken 4A and 5A, I feel that perhaps, I should have taken the regular series.
The reason is as follows: everyone in the "A" series is a native speaker of the Chinese language. Some speak very fluently; others speak with less fluency. Yet, overall, everyone uses Chinese sometime in their daily life; either at home or with their friends. What these native speakers lack are the reading and writing skills. Ironically, this is where I really shine, since my knowledge of Chinese characters is vastly greater than most Chinese Americans.
In regards to Prof. Sun's teaching method, I believe that her method is appropriate for native speakers of Chinese who do not read and write very well. This did not apply to me, since I was actually the other way around. I felt that I was being isolated in class, since I was one of the few non-native speakers of Chinese there.
Furthermore, I felt that she did not assign homework assignments which were meant to improve reading and writing skills. She only assigned weekly essays; they were to be written on relevant topics from the textbook. Perhaps assignments which emphasized grammar instead of just writing would have been more helpful.
Last but not least, she has daily "Ting Xie" (dictation) quizzes. She reads out 20 Chinese words; you write them out, either in Traditional or Simplified, whichever you prefer. Also, she has weekly "Wu Ge Ju Zi" (five phrases) quizzes, consisting of five sentences which you must write as she reads them. These definitely helped out my listening skills.
In conclusion, I would say that she is definitely helpful for those who speak Chinese natively but do not read and write very well; however, if you are like me, then I would recommend taking someone else.
I hate this class. Sun laoshi makes this class harder than most premajor or major classes out there. The amount of work that most students put into this course is ridiculous. Expect to spend at least 5 hours a week of your free time on this class. Every week there is an essay + a workbook packet due, as well as two quizzes. Two fucking quizzes every week, so be prepared to memorize a lot of shit. But the workload for this class isn't even the main problem, what sucks the most is that participation is mandatory. YOU CAN NOT DITCH THIS CLASS. Every time you ditch class she marks it and this affects your participation grade which is either 15 or 20 percent of your overall grade. One absence results in -1 point in participation(thats one percent of your overall grade). So be prepared to wake up everyday at 7AM to go to your gay 8AM chinese class... 4 days a week. Sucks. I am so glad that I'm almost done with this course, do yourself a favor and try to get into regular Chinese. The A series with Sun Laoshi is a nightmare
Worst teacher ever. I've never disliked a teacher at UCLA as much as I dislike Sun Laoshi enough to write on BruinWalk. I do not think she should be teaching here at UCLA. I can see how some people like her because she can be very energetic and enthusiastic. But Sun Laoshi can be very fake and ignorant. Extremely ignorant. She's too much of a nit-picky grader, she grades her essays really randomly, favors students, and she also seems to discriminate against Taiwanese people.
Sun Lao Shi is a wonderful teacher, despite her eyes beaming at you when you grammatically say something wrong at her. Overall my experience with her was wonderful. We had quizzes that were twice per week, every week and it correlates with the lesson every time. Each week is one lesson, so it's very structurally stable and efficient. She is always available for office hours and he lectures are quite entertaining for me. She teachers you a elementary understanding of Chinese culture and it is a efficient way to learn more into the Chinese language. However it is highly suggested that you have a strong background in Chinese languages. Either if you speak with your parents in Chinese almost every day or if you have Chinese classes in a younger age. The homework are easy and the essays are quite difficult, but are manageable. My advice is to constantly practice Chinese characters and prepare for the quizzes and tests. These are what makes up your overall grade in the class. I ended up with an A-. Furthermore, this class keeps you on track as long as you are willing to do the work. Let me tell you, I believed this was going to be an easy A for me, but I ended up doing work each day practicing Chinese about 30 minutes per day. Honestly, I did not worry too much in this class, but I worried enough to keep my A afloat. You just have to realize how to balance your major core classes with this foreign language requirement and remember, this course is offered on a time table. Fall is only Chinese 1...Winter is only Chinese 2....Winter is only Chinese 3. So plan ahead and make sure it doesn't interfere with your core classes...or hope hahaha
If you intend to take an intensive summer Chinese course that will rip the blood from your veins and send you howling mad in the middle of the night, make sure you take Professor Sun. Her teaching style emphasizes participation in all respects. Should you need help, she will help you, and is always happy and willing to. I took a summer class, so we all had to work like oxen just to keep up with the momentum, though we only had one or two assignments a week. Everyday there's a 20-word vocab quiz\363if not, it means that you're taking a test. KEEP UP WITH THE CLASS. (Even Prof. Sun started to look a little pale by sixth week.) Our textbook was well chosen, and Prof. Sun did well to stick with it and explain words and structures that the authors had overlooked. She is fair and helpful, but best of all, she makes you learn the language. Take Prof. Sun and you won't regret it\363you'll even be confident enough to say it in Chinese.
Sun Laoshi is one of the best professors I've had. She always has something interesting and funny to say, and she always makes the class laugh, it really makes learning Chinese fun. However, she really expects you to know the material. Be prepared to know the vocab and grammar, because you'll definitely have to participate in discussions. If you spend the time to learn each chapter it shouldn't be too hard to get an A in the class. She's very understanding and very fair grader, and she'll definitely help you if you need it. Definitely take this class, highly recommend Sun Laoshi!
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