Yan Shen

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CHIN 4
Intermediate Modern Chinese See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.8

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Shen laoshi is a great teacher! She tries her best to make the class enjoyable and easy, though still making it necessary for the students to study and keep on top of the subject material. Homework is graded by effort and completion, so you don't have to worry about being right all the time. And she gradually increases the difficulty of the class so that you're not overwhelmed right off the bat. If you're diligent with memorizing the vocab, do all the assignments, and understand the grammar enough to use it somewhat, you've got an easy A.

(Dec. 11, 2007)
CHIN 5
Intermediate Modern Chinese See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.5

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Shenlaoshi is honestly one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. She's super helpful and overall just a very nice lady. Her lectures were straightforward and clear. The workload consisted of weekly homework assignments and quizzes, oral recordings and occasional group projects. She's a pretty lenient grader so as long as you put some effort into the class, you'll end up with an A.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
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CHIN 6
Intermediate Modern Chinese See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Shen is a very dedicated teacher. The entire class is taught in Chinese, even when you ask for clarification. This usually isn't a problem, since intermediate-level classes should be taught in Chinese anyways. So I don't take it as a negative.

However, it seems like learning vocabulary outside of the class material is necessary to do well on exams and take-home essays because of how much has to be written and the limited scope of the textbook. If you don't go beyond the textbook vocabulary, your essays will seem very contrived.

If you aren't enthusiastic about learning Chinese, this class can get annoying. But if you do care for the subject, then Professor Shen is great.

Attendance is mandatory. On Zoom, Breakout sessions usually take up about 15-20 minutes per class. Homework is graded for completion rather than correctness. Purchasing the workbook is not needed, since she provides the homework worksheets online to be printed. The midterm and final will be most of your grade. This class uses the Cheng & Tsui Integrated Chinese series textbooks.

(Spring Quarter 2020)
ASIAN 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.2

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Courses taken: Chinese 100 A, B, C

I really like Shen laoshi. She's probably the best UCLA professor I had so far because she is always so willing to help students. Her lectures are well organized and generally easy to follow. I understand that this is an upper div Chinese, so students with a heritage background like myself would have a easier time to understand the material. This may be challenging for non heritage students, but she always tries to slow down to answer any questions. Though her lectures can be sometimes dry but students are always welcome to join in the discussions. I have to admit my Chinese had improved over the three quarters. I will continue to stay in the Chinese dept since they just have nice and kind professors.

(June 16, 2013)
CHIN 100A
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CHIN 100A
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CHIN 100B
Advanced Modern Chinese See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Shen is great. She's definitely concerned about student learning and wants to see you succeed in her class. She's very understanding when it comes to turning in assignments late and making up quizzes (although try not to make it a habit if you don't have a good reason...). She's been teaching Chinese for over a decade and her experience really shows in her lectures and class structure. And she always writes up these really nice handouts that include a lot of new vocabulary or elaborate on grammar points. This class is understandably difficult for anyone who is coming into her class without a background in Chinese, but she encourages students to see her at office hours. She's always willing to help you learn and if you just want to chat or practice speaking anything in Chinese, she'll help you with that as well.

As for her tests, she'll always tell you exactly what's going to be on the test beforehand. I think they can still be pretty tricky to study for since they're quite comprehensive. I would focus on knowing the texts and grammar points, the translations from homework, as well as familiarizing yourself with whichever exercises she mentions. The tests do get progressively harder as you progress through the series, as she started asking us to write short paragraphs in 100B, and my test grades have been steadily dropping from the first one in 100A :( My Chinese has definitely improved since I've taken her class.

Fun fact: she wrote the Barron's AP Chinese book!

(Winter Quarter 2017)
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CHIN 100C
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CHIN 100C
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CHIN 100D
Advanced Modern Chinese for Heritage Speakers See Full Profile

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CHIN 100E
Advanced Modern Chinese for Heritage Speakers See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Lovely and caring lady but very intense Chinese course. She teaches the class almost entirely in Mandarin and covers a ton of material. It's very fast-paced... You will learn a lot but will fall easily behind if you don't keep up. The exams are brutal. Make sure your schedule is flexible and dedicate much time to studying otherwise you will burn.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
CHIN 100F
Advanced Modern Chinese for Heritage Speakers See Full Profile

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