I signed up to take this class with Jannette Amaral, who was there the first day but was replaced by Dale. I should have switched sections. Dale was uninspiring, unpleasant, and the class was underwhelming. She would basically spew random facts from the assigned historical background, lead an awkward discussion about the selected literature/images, and hand back graded assignments at the end. The grading was harsh and her comments were completely unhelpful. For a Spanish class, she needs to lighten up, especially when it comes to judging content. She was very nit-picky and inflexible, and also chose clear favorites. Her Spanish was sometimes difficult to understand. She would make very awkward comments in class, sometimes revealing random personal things no one cared to hear.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the course, and definitely not her section. The syllabus and the accompanying website are a train wreck that the department needs to sort out. This class dabbles between language, history, literature, and art with no clear focus or thematic takeaways. Too bad this is the first half of a required sequence for the concentration/major.