This class was tough.
I would highly recommend this course because (1) its content effectively teaches the basics of the Spanish language, (2) it prepares students who are planning to visit a Spanish country, (3) it covers the dialect differences between various Spanish-speaking cultures, and (4) it is taught by Professor Baker in an engaging and fascinating way.
The highlights of this course included: 1. An interesting look at Spanish culture/tradition in more than one country 2. A thorough study of the Spanish language 3. A clear presentation of the material 4. A sense of camaraderie between students 5. A caring, challenging, and professional teaching style on the part of the professor. Through this course, I learned information about the Spanish language and customs that I never heard of before. None of my previous Spanish classes had dug as deeply into culture and history as this one. In addition, I am remarkably more fluent in Spanish now than I was at the beginning of the semester, and am inspired to continue my learning of the Spanish language.
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Advice for students:
The best recipe for success in this class comes in 3 simple steps: 1. Be diligent. (Being diligent means paying attention to your professor and resisting the urge to "space" out, studying each section thoroughly, and completing your work on time. Making colorful flashcards is also a great way to study vocab words!) 2. Ask questions. (If you're interested in something your professor said, whether it was about Spanish culture or quirks in dialect, ask to hear more about it! By the same token, if your professor hasn't gone over something to your satisfaction, ask. Chances are, your professor will be impressed that you're taking the extra step to ask. Plus, you'll benefit from the clarification, so it's a win-win!) 3. Use it...or you'll lose it. (The #1 most effective way to learn any language is to speak it on a regular basis. So, when you're setting aside study time for this course, make sure you repeat the words aloud to yourself and get accustomed to the way they sound. Using what you've learned when speaking with classmates is also a smart way to stay on your toes. Reading newspapers or articles in Spanish is also a big help; the more Spanish you incorporate into your life, the better! Whatever you do, don't lose the progress you've made throughout the semester. Instead, use what you've already learned to push you further and further forward. Good luck!)