Summer 2022 - I took this class during summer, it was my first English class at UCLA. Talking about the instructor she was so sweet and her explaining its so good, I truly recommend to take this class with her since for me she was the best instructor ever. And about course work, I highly recommend to go to every lecture since every lecture its something different, and also going to class is part of the grade so be sure about it. So, do not scare about this class the instructor its amazing, and she wont let you fail.
Fall 2022 - Dr. West is one of the best writing teachers I've ever had. The course's subject is hip-hop, so we did lots of analysis of rap lyrics and artists in class discussions. We had two essays, one about a hip-hop song and the other about an artist of our choice, and a final essay about an aspect of our identity. The last essay didn't relate too much to everything else we had been learning, but it wasn't too hard for a final assignment. The peer reviewing is a lot of work (3 essays with 2-3 peers each with about an hour on each peer's essay) but it is definitely worth it for all the feedback you get on your own essay. Throughout the course, Dr. West weaves in various writing techniques and exercises that genuinely improved my writing as someone who already had a somewhat strong writing background in high school. This class is definitely a lot of work but very rewarding in terms of growth as a writer and student, and Dr. West is a very engaging professor who obviously cares a lot about her students. I would 100% recommend this class and Dr. West for a writing GE.
Winter 2019 - I was so butthurt about taking my writing II so I just picked 5W with West and I had such a good quarter! The material is interesting and engaging!!! Sure there's a pretty heavy workload but as long as you talk to Professor West she is sosososo clear on what she wants and how to do it. I would honestly take this class again. The papers we wrote were interesting and West is always engaging and made class fun.