Review Comment

Advanced Seminar in Language Development

November 19, 2013

Hoch, Hannah
Advanced Seminar in Language Development

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Hoch seems nice and pleasant. And she is. But this class seems more like a student-run club, filled with babysitting anecdotes, maybes and "I don't know, but"s. Each class is led by two students who do some extra preparation and try to answer everyone's questions with what they "feel like" the answer might be. Hoch only taught the first class. I don't feel like I've learned anything concrete in this class, and that which I have learned has come from a very elementary text book with sentences like "cognition is something that happens in the brain" and "bilingual speakers all share being exposed to two languages." Truly fascinating, right?

Hoch's participation in class is minimal, and her contribution I swear to you is 49% "huh, I'm not sure" and 49% "I don't know..." 1% of the time she'll offer a very vague clarification and 1% of the time she'll share a marginally intriguing tidbit of information. Otherwise she sits there with her eyes squinted and mouth slightly dropped, as if she herself is in a static state of confusion.

The quality of this class ultimately depends on the previous experience of your classmates. If you do end up taking this class, make sure you have a good foundation in language development already, or else you will wind up utterly mystified and dissatisfied.

Workload:

Discussion questions every week that don't get graded or commented on. Opinion paper, 3-5 pages on any theory we discussed in class. Final paper on a topic of our choosing, 15 pages.

March 03, 2004

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
Advanced Seminar in Language Development

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She's a gem. Extremely bright and funny and always eager to help you understand. I agree that she might humor the questions in Developmental a bit too much for a large lecture course (my brother's friend's niece does so and so, is that normal?) but she tries to keep things moving. In her language seminar she's even better. She really knows her stuff and does some of the most interesting and compelling research in the field. Amazing.

Workload:

3 midterms. Not bad if you study, though some found them overly detailed.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC G4272: Advanced Seminar in Language Developmnt: Advanced Seminar Language Devel Ann Senghas 2002 Fall T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1