I took Honors Collegium 84: Conflict Between Languages with this man, and while he is very nice, he is completely incompetent as a professor. He is not prepared, organized, and will not tell you what he expects. His classes were a waste of my time and a waste of UCLA money. He has several complaints against him, bombards your email with Dutch propaganda, and is pretty sure everyone speaks Dutch. Once again, he is a very nice man, but very misguided. You will constantly worry about your grade in his class because you're never sure what it is.
Though listed under German studies, he also regurgitated his tangents in other foriegn language/literature courses. Already warned and criticized by the dept. chair(s), he continues his 99% babble and 1% course related lectures. In a classroom that started out with 15+ people, size says it all in one now of 6, including an old 65 year cracker who "Has nothing else to do." In lectures that sound more like AA meetings centered solely on him, his autobiographical sprees explicate more about his own shattered marraige, love of Star Trek, and fundamentalist Christian friends than the assigned material your assignments, tests and grades are based on. Based on the philosophy that lectures clarifying his various irritatingly thick, serotonin triggering novels is the equivalent of him doing the reading for us, he justifies and continues his routine tangents.
This class requires a lot of reading, and a 12-15 page paper about a conflict between language. The lectures are not organized, its mostly Kirsner sharing his own experinces with language. Its very informal, and during class very little is asked of you. I think if you are a linguistic's major you would enjoy this class more.