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    Dec 15, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    For someone who's learning Spanish as a second language and is looking to become a Spanish major or minor, grammar is essential. The course goes slow enough where you can keep up with it and I found it a good review class for the grammar I've learned for so many years. Also good if you're not a major!

    Course highlights:

    There was a lot of practice involved and the powerpoints were very helpful to explain concepts students may not understand. Handouts and packets helpful and a good idea to take with you to higher levels.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure your know your conjugations, as the course doesn't cover them. If you know them, then you're set!

    • Fall 2016
    • Elizabeth Castro
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Dec 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this class simply for the professor. More involved and caring professor JMU has ever offered. The class is difficult. Requires alot of practice and studying. The professor is very reasonable and the course is set up for you to succeed.

    Course highlights:

    The professor and the conversations created in class to promote discussions are great. The focus of this class is the different conjugations needed to become a successful and fluent spanish speaker.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to practice alot outside of class. Also, ask all the questions needed until you understand. The professor will not give up on you no matter how much you struggle with any concepts. He will never shut you down or make you feel stupid.

    • Fall 2016
    • takc
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    Aug 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I took this course as part of a Spanish major in the spring of my freshman year of college. Seven years later, I remember how much I enjoyed it. This is a grammar course that hits the finer nuances of writing and speaking--spelling, reading dates and times, and other aspects that are challenging for non-native speakers.

    Course highlights:

    While writing and speaking in a non-native language is challenging, and may not always be the most interesting topic for a course, the professor made sure to integrate many different types of material into the classes, so that there was something for everyone--music videos, video clips, songs, stories, poems, group discussions, and presentations. He really made an effort to try and reach students with a variety of learning styles and interests. This could really be said of the Spanish department at JMU as a whole.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't be afraid to speak! Practicing out loud can be intimidating, but everyone is in the same boat, and practicing speaking really is the only way to reinforce what you've learned.

    • Spring 2009
    • Tkac, J
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