Introduction to Study of Spanish Grammar: Syntax
Winter 2019 - Prof Ji is a phenomenal professor, although her 2 hour lectures can get a bit boring and tiring. However, there were moments when her class would end an hour or even half an hour early. In some lectures, she would make us do dozens of syntax trees as practice and although I do understand why she would make us, at the same time, I felt like it caused some students to get bored and doze off. I have an issue with my writing hand and it would sometimes cause my hand to get into a lot of pain. Her exams were also quite difficult and required a lot of studying and they were quite long as well. I got a B average on both of them but someone got a perfect score on the first one so it is definitely do-able but you do have to put effort to study and practice and ask any questions if you are struggling. She is an extremely kind and patient professor who listen and answers every single question you have. The individual project was quite stressful but at the end, it turned out to be a great learning experience. Also, if you are worried that your Spanish isn't the best, Prof Ji allows you to communicate in English and will translate a word or phrase you need help with. I would give this class a 7/10 because it did cause me stress in a few moments when she would be somewhat vague and because the exams were quite hard at moments. However, the professor deserves a 10/10 because she always replied to emails in less that 24 hours, stayed after class if anyone had any questions, always open to clarify and was a kind-hearted woman. There are not many professors like her so it's awesome to have such a fantastic professor such as her.
Winter 2022 - This class is basically an advanced version of SpanM35 that is taught in Spanish. There are no required readings, just biweekly assignments, a midterm+final, and a research project. Prof. Mateu is always so organized and is a very clear lecturer. She has very useful slides and her homework assignments, though sometimes difficult, are very effective in terms of familiarizing yourself with the material and prepping for the exams. She is a very fair grader and makes herself available outside of class if you have any questions. Take this class if you are interested in linguistics!
She's a super nice and cute professor, but I studied super hard for her test, took extensive notes, asked her for assistance, etc, only got an A- . Her midterms and finals are hard to get an A like 95%. Every little mistake that you do on the tree is 1 point off and it is very easy to make a little mistake. Especially when you dont have a background in linguistics and have no interest in it. she's nice and approachable. what I hated about this class is that there were grad students who knew everything and got 100% , while others pretty much just suffered. there were like 3 other undergrad that got 100% but they were actually interested in this thing. I got an A- even though I studied super hard. linguistics is actually very mathematical. didn't enjoy this class, but kind of iteresting I guess