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Pretty easy, overall.
This course was paced out perfectly for a 6 week summer course, so I never felt overwhelmed or stressed. The course is taught in English but some of the reading is in Spanish. Although this worried me at first, you learn translation exercises at the beginning that will help you understand the readings that are in Spanish later in the course.
This course teaches a foreign language in a way that I have never encountered before, but it really works. The focus is mostly on just understanding words in another language because the more words you are able to read and understand, the easier it will be to actually be able to speak and understand the language later on. While furthering my knowledge of the Spanish language, I was also able to learn more about the culture of hispanics, especially in Latin America. Lastly, I learned how to respectfully discuss issues other cultures face by putting myself in their shoes and trying to discuss the issues from their viewpoint rather than my own.
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Advice for students:
Because this is a summer course, you have to be self motivated to learn on your own. This course is a good pace; however, you still have to plan ahead and dedicate about 5 hours each week to the course. In addition, you should truly try to understand and practice the translation exercises given at the beginning of the course because if you skip over these, the last half of the course (when the reading is only in Spanish) will be very difficult.