Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Span 326 is an excellent course for Spanish speakers seeking to improve their pronunciation and integral understanding of the language. The professor is a trained linguist and phonetician and knows the material well. Questions are treated with respect and are given full attention during the class. Studying beforehand allows the students to come prepared and gives the professor something to work with. It is not a Mickey-Mouse course, but it is worth-while and will challenge those who really want to have a better grasp of the Spanish language.
The best part of the course is the comparison that Dr. Fails always draws between English and Spanish to help the students gain a better understanding of difficult concepts. Students are required to be prepared and to participate in class and, because of said preparation, the learning atmosphere is warm and inviting. I learned throughout this course that preparation is essential to understanding and getting the most out of a class period. There is only so much a professor can do to help a student understand the material if the student has not prepared by studying the material.
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Advice for students:
There are three things a student should know in order to succeed in this course: 1. Prepare for every class period by studying the assigned reading material, 2. Take advantage of office hours to talk to the professor, and 3. Always come to class. If a student is willing to do those three things, they will find satisfaction and success in taking this course.