Beginning Spanish 1
Prof: Danielle Spivey / Summer 2022
Jul 30, 2022
Do not take this class (or any foreign language course) over the summer. They are definitely 5 credits for a reason, I was doing 2-3 hours of homework for this class alone every night. I also had class for over an hour every weekday. It was not too difficult in terms of material, but learning Spanish is something that has always come easier to me than for most people. It was just very fast-paced, as I took it during SumB, and we were doing a chapter a week. It was just a lot to handle in 6 weeks. It also says on the syllabus that the class is supposed to be 90% in Spanish, and my prof. really took that to heart. Listening to lectures that were completely in Spanish definitely took getting used to.
I would say that this is very focused on the basics of Spanish. Through the textbook, you learn a lot of grammar and vocabulary, and the next day in class you learn how to apply it. Participation in class is a grade. The midterm and final are called IPAs, and they are three parts. The first part is reading a paragraph in Spanish and answering questions about it, the next is getting a prompt and having to write a paragraph in Spanish, and the third is conversational. You get two minutes to plan with your partner (you cannot write anything down, the planning has to all be verbal), and then you have to have a conversation completely in Spanish for 5-6 minutes and cover all aspects of the prompt. Both of these together are worth 36% of your final grade. There are also LinguaMeetings (for me th...read more
My professor (I believe she was a grad student) was very kind and was a very nice person, but I was not the biggest fan of her teaching style. Most of the information and activities in her lectures were pulled straight from the textbook, and it was just boring and hard to pay attention, especially when I had class every single day. I would not say she was a bad teacher though, and she graded quite fairly.
How much work it was for no reason, especially over the summer. No one even told me to reconsider taking a 5-credit course over Summer B, and I wished they did. I also wish I knew that the class was majority in Spanish, at least to mentally prepare a little.
Prof: Valeria Pageli / Spring 2022
Mar 31, 2022
Her class was super fun and easy. As long as you keep up with the textbook, you'll understand what's going on during class meetings. Shes very understanding and helps each student with corrections.
The textbook is where you'll find most of your material. I found all of it useful as this is what you're tested on and use during class time.
I loved my professor. She was great. Very understanding and nice. She rarely calls on people if they didnt volunteer to share.
I wish I knew how much spanish would be spoken in class. I thought there might be some english during class time but it's mostly spanish.
Prof: Sabrina Cohen / Fall 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Do not take this course here. Period. All the professors are grad assistants and just aren't real teachers. Exams are made by the head of the department, which is BS because they have no idea what we've been doing in class. My professor straight up apologized to us because the first part of our first exam was over literally nothing that we had learned. Exams are 3 parts with a midterm a week later, as well. They expect you to be able to read a full page of Spanish and answer questions about it, hold a convo for 10 min, and write a paragraph in Spanish 5 weeks into the class (these were all parts of the exam). It's insane. The homework is just a lot. They want you to dedicate 15 hours a week, but realistically, what college student with a life has time for that.
Honestly, it wasn't super useful because it just wasn't structured or taught well. I can understand Spanish a little, but can only low key speak it.
Cohen was nice, but she just has no control over the class. It's frustrating when your professor has to constantly tell you to contact the head of the department with late work issues or something along that line.
I really wish I would've known to just take this at Santa Fe and transfer it. I somehow got lucky and just did good in the class, but I know a ton of people who didn't. Also, pro-tip, they don't tell you this until a couple weeks in, but you have to teach yourself the chapter material using the textbook, and you just review what you taught yourself in class.
Prof: Zane Price / Fall 2020
Oct 11, 2021
As long as you put thought into the assignments, the class is pretty easy, they are not tough on grading. Make sure you review the vocabulary and grammar. There is definitely a high workload, so make sure you have good time management!
Learned the Spanish basics. Don't worry too much about grammar, only covered the present tense and a little more near the end, but not much. If you took high school Spanish, you have covered all the grammar in the class. Some vocabulary topics include colors, numbers, vacations, school, directions, and family.
Great teacher. Was taught by a graduate student, but he knew what he was doing.
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