English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
Winter 2019 - Originally, as an international student, I am extremely afraid of writing. However, after this class, I love writing so much! He makes the class very interesting by introducing you interesting questions. There are three required essays, which are Black Mirror episode analysis, documentary analysis and Grammar B, which I like the most. He wrote his own book Own Your Perspectives and taught us how to incorporate our own perspectives into writing. And Grammar B is a truly free space for you to express your creativity. He always encourages students to write and to think. He likes to share his own lifestyle in class, which makes this class more interactive, and those life stories are also funny. The workload is doable. It is not that easy because you still need to revise again and again to improve your score. But he provides the one-on-one session as well as class publication in order to let you revise your essay from multiple angles. Go to the office hour earlier and begin revising earlier! He really opens up my mind and I would like to think more about the world around me!
Fall 2016 - Professor Frankel was my first and without a doubt the best professor I have had at UCLA. He truly, truly cares about his students and passionate about the subject he teaches. A lot of freedom when it comes to essay topics and he will give you all the guidance and resources that you need to do well in this class. You simply have to meet him halfway and put in the effort. The T.A. I had was also an incredible, wonderful human being. 20/10 will take his class again.
Dr. Fretz is honestly one of the nicest teachers I have had in college. If you treat her with respect and actually try in this class, she will give you the respect you deserve as a student and I promise you will gain so much out of english comp! I can't even explain how much this class taught me! I considered myself a good writer before college, but taking this class made me a great writer. I have improved SOO much with my essays (from building a strong thesis, to making my transitions flow, to forming conclusions, to making quote sandwiches that support my argument, etc) that even though the work load may have been heavy, it definitely paid off in the end. Knowing how to write a powerful, well-written essay is one of the most valuable things to know in college, so I say definitely take Dr. Fretz's class because you WILL learn and grow as a writer. Just some words of advice coming into the class though: -manage your time (there will be three essays in this class, write them well and make sure you have lots of time to spend on them while also making time for your other classes.) -participate in class (you will get so much out of it) take the reading logs seriously (they will help you so much with your essays) -visit a writing tutor for all of the three essays -trust Dr. Fretz's process, it may seem tedious, but she is a very intelligent woman with lots of knowledge and knows what she is doing -keep a positive attitude! the class can be so much fun if you get into it, stop freaking out about the workload and just get excited about the work you are doing. After all, we are in college to learn new things -Visit office hours! Dr. Fretz is so nice and you can really see that during office hours. Get to know her! She has an amazing life story. -Take advantage of the journal Dr. Fretz has you write in. It may seem like a hassle at first, but writing in my journal was one of my favorite parts about the class. Making time for you and your thoughts is so important, especially in college, so definitely take advantage of that freedom you have to explore your mind as you write. Write lists, goals, your worries, what makes you happy, free writes for essays, and even doodle. It is the best. Going back to Dr. Fretz as a person, regardless of what these other reviews say, Dr. Fretz is so sweet and truly cares about the betterment of your writing. Not only that, but she loves all her students and wants them all to succeed. All of the classes are valuable, and Dr. Fretz goes above and beyond in supporting her students. She is in no way a racist, and I am really confused about what these other reviews are referring to. If anything, she is genuinely interested in learning about other races and cultures since her theme for the class was "love stories in different cultures," which I found really interesting. So yes, the workload will be heavy, but remember the things I said earlier, and it will all pay off. At the end of the quarter, Dr. Fretz bought us all pizza with her own money (what other teacher does that?!) and had us give compliments to one another on our essays that we had worked so hard on. It was so thoughtful, and really reveals how much she cares about us. She also said that she is there to help her students even after they leave the class (with written statements in job applications, graduate school essays, etc) so I feel really lucky to have had her as a teacher. As I left the last day of class, a group of her students and I were talking about this and they all agreed with me. However, most people who write reviews are the people with negative things to say, so I thought I needed to say how I felt. All things considered, take the class if you are willing to put in the time. You will learn so much. :)
Winter 2016 - She's a really nice professor. We only had 3 essays total and the topics were very relevant to our generation. We talked about social media and the pressure of colleges on younger children. She will take time out to help out and really tries to make the class engaging. Definitely would recommend taking english comp with her