English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
English Composition: 3 - Spring 2010
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Literature, Culture, and Criticial Inquiry
English Composition: 5W - Winter 2010
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Interdisciplinary Academic Writing
English Composition: 100W - Spring 2006
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The best teacher I have had at UCLA. You only have 3 papers and they are very manageable. He really appreciates the students who participate in class and we always had the best class discussions. I would definitely recommend him. I don't think i'm a good writer at all and I got an A in the class.
Randy is one of the best teachers I have ever had and recommend him for any class that he teaches! I took English Comp 3 with him to satisfy my Writing I credit and I was really nervous. My roommate recommended him and I am so happy she did! He doesn't give pointless or busy work. Everything he assigns as meaning and actually helps you write. Most of the time it is student examples for the papers you are about to write so it is actually relevant and really helpful. His class discussions are fun, he cares what you have to say, and he is far from boring. He is engaging and funny and makes this more like a discussion between friends than a lecture. You will not be disappointed if you take Randy. He doesn't assign too much work at all, it is really fair. He had us write three papers, one of which you just write a 2-3 page rough draft and turn into credit. And the others are 6 pages each but one of them is a really fun and creative essay! His class is awesome, you don't write 5 paragraph essays, he encourages creativity and putting your voice into the pieces and he helps you every step of the way! Randy is the best teacher ever! Take him!!!!
Incredible professor, very chill class, make an effort and you will get a good grade
If you have the chance to take him then do it.
He is the best english professor ever. His class is fun and not too bad. 3 essays and he will make you think about them. Not being a great writer myself he made me want to do better and I did with an A in his class.
One of the best at UCLA.
I had Professor Fallows for College Summer Institute, a transition program for incoming freshmen, and at first, I didn't like his curriculum at all, but eventually I changed my mind completely because his essay assignments actually had me thinking. His first essay is a formal literary analysis essay, but it's not like the AP English style essay. This essay requires your personal input, which thus requires much critical thinking when you have transition analysis to your personal anecdotes and thoughts and back. His second essay was called a Grammar B essay. It's clash of art and writing because you have a chance to write an essay but in the most creative way possible on Microsoft Word. He even provides examples for the Grammar B essays in his course reader to give you an idea. The readings for the class consisted of plays, including the famous "Waiting for Godot." Since the plays were well selected, you should expect some interesting discussions in class. As for grade, it is based on two essays (three if it's during the regular school year) and participation. You can revise your essay over and over again until you get the grade you want since the final drafts are due on the last day of class. So, take advantage of that since he advised that there are no other professors like him who does that. English 5W should be the class for you if you want to fulfill the Writing II requirement and the Literary/Cultural Analysis GE requirement.
Gives you the whole quarter to write 3 essays. Your essays can be very opinionated and you can even add some cuss words. He is a verrrrry chill professor and tries to make the class entertaining. if you are looking for a chill eng comp3 class, TAKE HIM!
I really enjoyed his class. I thought that a writing II class would be more difficult but he's very open to creative ways of writing, so that makes it easier to express yourself. I would recommend him for any writing class, but you've got to be willing to say your opinion in class... and also not mind a little bit of liberal politics talk in class. My only real complaint was that he is one of those professors who is willing to bend over backwards for athletes - even when they don't deserve it. He naturally calls on them more, so you have to be a little more assertive to speak up if there are a lot of athletes in your class, which there probably will be.
Prof. Fallows was really great. His class was really the highlight of the day; I always looked forward to going every time. I have never been so excited to write before, and I honestly have never willingly worked so hard on a paper before. He wasn't an easy teacher but he has a really unique teaching style that makes you understand what you should write about and enables you to easily put your thoughts together into writing. He not only teaches his students how to write- and he does a great job of doing so- but he also lets his students write in their own style and use their own unique ideas.
He also teaches you really helpful ways to edit your papers. His group discussion was pretty intimidating since you read your paper in front of 25 or so people, but I found that I caught a lot errors that I wouldn't have caught before, and the suggestions from all my classmates were really helpful on expanding the rest of the paper.
Definitely take his class! You will not regret it.
Prof Fallows is by farrrrr one of the greatest English professors. He has a unique teaching style and class just seems to fly by. Just as it is stated, there are 3 papers, and all involve being creative and personal in your writing. He is beyond helpful and gives every attempt ot be available. Even if you don't need to fulfill any English requirements, I would stil recommend taking atleast 1 class with him at some point of your ucla careers... now thats saying something! lol. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!
Professor Fallows is one in a million. His teaching style is unique and fosters a type of learning that requires inter-disciplinary thought and A LOT of effort. I don't know why everyone thinks his class is easy... I think having to revise your papers two, three, four times each is much more difficult than turning in a standard paper and receiving a grade. Randy asks his students to work beyond his expectations and for this reason his students excel by the end of the quarter. I personally went in to see him about my papers periodically throughout the quarter - but it's typical for students (myself included) to procrastinate when so much freedom is given [three papers are assigned and the final drafts are due 10th week]. You really have to stay on top of your stuff to earn an A in his class, and there is a limited amount of reading - but most of it is assigned in the first half of the class and it's really important to read the plays because your papers will need to incorporate the main themes. I had a lot of difficulty with the Grammar B style essay (see reviews below to find out what that is), but Randy really helped me to formulate my ideas and he does this unique kind of "group conference" where the whole class gives you comments and constructive suggestions for how to develop your paper. His classes are REALLY fun to attend since his humor and personality really shine through. Randy hates the standard perception of "professor" and on the first day he will tell you to call him by his first name, and he also sits at a desk just like the rest of us students so that we all feel like we're equal. His classes are more like group discussions and often they become discussions about the absurdities of life - and that's when you feel like you're really learning about the world around you and how different media outlets (tv shows, movies, theatrical plays, literature) exaggerate the absurdity that we see. I thoroughly enjoyed his class and I highly, highly recommend it to anyone interested in developing their writing skills in a low-stress environment.
I agree with all of the other posts! Randy is definitely one of the greatest instructors in the English department. The course consists of 3 papers all due by 10th week of the quarter and is based on the analysis of literature as well as other medias you would like to choose (TV, Movie, etc). The class itself was quite interesting and all of the assigned reading were easy to become drawn into so it never felt like too long or boring to read. The class is an easy A only if you work towards revising your essay. He will literally tell you what grade he feels your work is at and what revisions you should make to make it better. This class is great because he allows you to express yourself by using "I" as well as the creativity he allows you to explore using the Grammar B format. Randy is a great guy and insists that you talk in class to provoke discussion as he is not one to lecture you for 2+ hours. He is easily approachable and always makes times to see his students. If you hate writing the standard 5 paragraph essay, I highly recommend you to take this course with him.
You'd be crazy not to take Randy's class. He lets you turn in as many drafts of a paper as you want until you receive the grade you want. However a large portion of the class receives A on their first submitted paper. Randy lets you write in a very personalized way, that lets you use any type of expressive language. If you want to write fuck or "I" a thousands times in your paper he thinks it's great. Very easy A if you put the time in, and even then it's not very much time. The only reason I wouldn't recommend him is if you are an introverted person who has trouble outwardly expressing yourself. You have to talk a lot in his class, so be prepared. Finally, if you aren't creative I'd also tell you to stay away, because you have to write at least one paper in a very non-conventional way, making pictures out of words and combing poetry within prose. But if you aren't creative, why are you at UCLA?
he's an overall really likeable guy. i definitely recommend him. he tries to keep class interesting and likes to do impressions of just about anyone. his class is exactly what everyone has said. he assigns three essays the whole quarter about pretty interesting topics i think. you brainstorm for the first day (which is not an outline), then you write a rough draft which is about 3 out of the 5 pages you'll end up writing, and you finish it whenever. the essays are due on the last day of class. you can finish your paper and give it to him to look over and make suggestions and you can do it as many times as you want. i really liked him a lot.
hes really funny and the class is fun to go to. I thought turning in my essays at the end of the course would be really bad but it was really good because he looks over them as many times as you want to and if he gives you an A, you dont have to turn them in at the end. Plus, you get to do interesting topics like songs and advertisements, and not boring things.
I took this class last quarter and Randy is amazing. He expects you to work hard in his class, but it is totally worth it. I've never felt more motivated by a professor at UCLA. You will not regret taking a class with him... But show him respect and work hard, professors like him are few and far in between...
I took this class in Fall Quarter of my Freshman year and at first I thought it was pretty hard. He tells you to participate in class (but I rarely did) and there are times when you go into groups to discuss the readings. Even if you're lazy and don't do the readings, you can sort of go along. We watched clips of several movies/tv shows and he's always interesting. Even if you're really tired, his class is pretty easy to stay awake in.
Most students find him funny (and he is). He talks naturally and treats the students very well. Sometimes he seems hard to approach, but he's really very nice. And watch out for Grammar B, that's such an awesome essay to write. You'll have fun!
When I got the grade for my first paper back, it was way lower than I expected and I thought he would ruin my interest in English. However, he lets you revise your paper until you get the grade you want. Be sure to make revisions AS SOON AS you get your first draft back. (If your revisions are good, he'll bump you up from say a B- to a B. Then after that you'll just have to revise until that B becomes a B+, then B+ to A- and so on). I'm a procrastinator so I only turned in a few revisions.
He likes to have group discussions and peer editing. After reading some essays, I can pretty much say that not everyone can write, but they still did well in that class.
However, he was very generous in the end. He gave out majority A's, then like 4 A-'s and 3 B+'s. He's so awesome in his grading! Take him... if you can even get in his class!
Randy is a great professor, and English Composition 3 with him first quarter is the perfect transition into college work. Although I learned nothing from his class, the assignments (3 essays due at the end of the quarter) were not a pain to write. He was boring to me, always referencing to Family Guy, Star Trek, South Park, and lectures seemed useless to go to, but required or else your grade drops. The homework was reading boring articles from the course reader, but he never checked. My only suggestion is to start early on the essays, and spend time writing them. If you get them early, get the grade you want, then you can relax at the end of the quarter. A 'B' is easy to get, and an 'A' is certainly possible if you put time into rewriting drafts. I spent about 7-8 hours on each essay (Writing and revising) and got As on all of them. Overall, pick Fallows for Eng Comp 3 if you want a professor with a light workload, relatively lenient on grading, but a bit boring (actually this depends on your interests). His classes fill up fast!
as a south campus major, i went into this class with the expectation that i would hate it. because of randy, this ended up being my favorite class of the quarter and i definitely learned a lot about myself as well as persuasive writing styles. i definitely would recommend him to anyone.
Randy is awesome! I LOVED the class, and wish there were other professors that taught with the same style as him. He is very free formed with his expectation for the writing, it makes you think for yourself, and not have to spit out some preformulted answered that a teacher expects from you. His teaching style is very open and engadging. I enjoyed writing the papers for this class, and our homework was always relevant to what we needed to write. The course reading (aka our homework) was not only interesting, but helped you to improve your own writing when used as a reference. This class helps you to think for yourself and break out of the box, no pointless busy work. Again, I loved the class, and would recommend it to everyone, even if you don't like to write, its a wonderful class.
Randy is awesome! You will not only learn and enjoy his class, but you will learn so much about yoursel. His class is so different from any other class at UCLA mainly because he dosnt mark down when you write your own ideas, he enourages free thinking, which is a value that is lost not only in the u.s. society but in academia in general. thats what i really loved about it, write on whatever you feel is important. He's a great guy! you wont regret taking his class. Three essays , on whatever topic you want,(turn in as many times!!! SWEET!!!) by the way if you come from a different background and bring in new ideas to the table, that just makes your essays 100 times more kick ass. Again, great class. you truly get what you deserve. getting an A is simple. Just write your ideas and feelings and BANG!