This class was tough.
There were five main compositions we wrote in our notebooks throughout the semester focusing on subjects like descriptive writing, news articles, narratives, persuasive essays and literary analysis. The professor would critically grade our writings for proper Spanish grammar and content. Dr. Rosa was not an "easy-grader", but he challenged us and provided numerous opportunities for us to succeed. The professor offered five scheduled office hours per week and encouraged us to come or to set up other times to meet with him and discuss our work individually. Our final paper was at least six pages critically analyzing the works of Borges or Vallejo with an annotated bibliography. As daunting as the project may seem, the professor dedicated the last few weeks of class to discuss methods of analyzing the authors and providing numerous sources that could be used as citations in our papers.
Receiving so much detailed feedback from my professor really helped me to succeed in this class and to substantially learn more about Spanish grammar and effective writing techniques. The professor provided comments for each of our compositions in addition to grading rubrics indicating the areas that needed improvement. He also marked our grammar errors in the compositions and would allow us to earn extra credit if we corrected the mistakes. The best part of this course was meeting with the professor one-on-one to discuss ideas for my compositions, have him proofread my drafts, and hear instant feedback. He truly wanted to help us learn and be successful.
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Advice for students:
Do not be lazy when writing the compositions. Reread your drafts a few times and make the necessary changes before submitting the works for grading. Have other classmates edit your papers and put effort into your writing. Go to the professor's office hours! He wants to help you do well, but he can only do so much during the three hours of class time per week. He is grading your papers after all, and he can tell you specifically which parts need to be improved.