Foundations of Language Acquisition


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Overall Rating 4.3
Easiness 2.8/ 5
Clarity 4.2/ 5
Workload 2.7/ 5
Helpfulness 4.5/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Professor Schumann was very enthusiastic about what he taught, especially when it was about neurobiology. He always made jokes to keep the class interesting and had a dry sense of humor. Also, his outfits each day were very interesting! Now, about the class itself, he tends to like his classes in the evening so they do seem to drag since it is 2 hours long but he gives a 10-15min break. Sometimes I was lost with what he was talking about since he would bring in all these examples or stories that related to the material and the either continue what he was saying or not finish. I took notes every class, but they weren't very vigorous of detailed notes. And, there are no required books to buy but an optional one (and it is really unnecessary to buy it). The class consisted of 3 exams (mainly fill in the blank or listing things) and it only took about 30min-1hour to finish. We also had to submit our own 5 test questions with the answers before each exam. He would go over all the questions in the classes before the exam and literally make the exam out of the questions we submitted (but not exactly word for word) with maybe a few of his own questions. So basically if you study the test questions everyone submitted you will know about 95% of the answers. The exams were therefore easy and getting an A in the class is not a hard thing to do at all. Despite the ease of this class, I still took away a lot of information about second language learning and the course material. Definitely consider this class whether or not you are an Applied Linguistics major (although there is a Ling 20 prerequisite)!
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