Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This class significantly improved my Spanish Pronunciation. It helped me realize errors that I didn't even know I was making. Most Spanish classes focus on grammar and usage, but this class was helpful because it helped me to be better understood when I speak Spanish. In this class we learned about hundreds of different sounds in Spanish, and how to correctly enunciate each one. For those who plan on majoring in Spanish or other related areas, I would highly recommend this class.
One of the highlights of this course was making recordings. Each week we had to record ourselves speaking Spanish. At first, I didn't like listening to my own voice. Who does? After a few weeks though, I enjoyed this assignment because it was so helpful. Before we recorded, we were told what sounds we had to focus/improve on. Usually there were 5-7. We recorded with a small group, and discussed any topic we wanted in Spanish. Then, we had to honestly evaluate ourselves. Going back and listening to the recordings really helped me recognize where I needed to improve. Another highlight of this class was the reading assignments. Each day we had to read out loud in Spanish. It didn't matter what we read, or when, we just had to do it 15 minutes a day. Even this short amount of time gave me the practice I needed. Last of all, but not least, was the country project. This was my favorite highlight of the course. For this project, we formed small groups, and each one decided which Spanish speaking country they would represent. We would then research all about the way this country pronounces certain words, phrases, and the unique local lingo it has. Each team presented their project, and it was always shocking how much one language could differ around the word.
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Advice for students:
Read the lectures before class. When learning about pronunciation, phonetic symbols are used. If you haven't studied these symbols a least a little before class, the lectures will be confusing. Some are very similar. Memorize all of the symbols early on in the course because they will be used constantly. Almost every week we had a quiz. Also, finish the recordings at the beginning of the week so there is enough time to evaluate them afterwards. Also, in order to excel in the class an extensive background in Spanish is needed. Apart from 100 and 200 level classes, I recommend taking Spanish 321 and 322 before taking this course.