eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Terry Klafehn

Available Survey Results

JPNS101, Spring 2014
JPN350, Spring 2014
JPN101, Fall 2013
JPN301, Fall 2013
JPN301, Fall 2013
JPN350, Summer I 2013
JPN102, Spring 2013
JPN350, Spring 2013
JPN102, Fall 2012
JPN350, Fall 2012
JPN202, Summer I 2012
JPN102, Spring 2012
JPN201, Spring 2012
JPN101, Fall 2011
JPN350, Fall 2011
JPN202, Spring 2011
JPN451, Spring 2011
JPN699, Spring 2011
JPN730P, Fall 2010

Terry Klafehn: JPNS101, Spring 2014

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Languages, Linguistics & Lit
Course: JPNS 101 - Elementary Japanese I Crn (Section): 34351 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 9 1.5 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 9 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
great at explaining and knows that language is tricky. really enthusiastic teacher.
He's really good at giving tips to remembering certain rules of the Japanese language. He's enthusiastic and never lets the class get boring.
He REALLY pushed student involvement in the class, but in a good way so that we could learn for ourselves and not really just be excluded and struggle.
He is good at role playing as a Japanese person in our oral lectures.
Great knowledge of the material and enjoyable teaching style.
details
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
none
Terry Klafehn should slow down lectures and not rush through it. We covered a lot during one hour of lecture however, we didn't thoroughly go through it unless he knew the class did a bad job on the quizzes.
Spend a little time teaching/ reviewing katakana.
Ask if anyone has questions or maybe ask where people are struggling and go back to the area because people may not understand some parts and are too shy or embarrassed to ask for help.
More help for those less familiar to the language.
none
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
occasionally met person to person and would say what needs to be worked on and what was good.
He showed concern by giving each student his individual attention during class time.
constantly making them involved in class and giving us homework and practice after practice...
He will email us homework everyday and come to check each person's homework.
Provided handouts and prep work.
He could see who were struggling and picks on them to read whats on the projector for practice.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
yes. very good japanese teacher.
I would recommend Mr. Klafehn because ultimately, he's a patient teacher and makes learning fun.
Yes I would recommend him! Anyone who is completely new to learning Japanese will easily learn the basics with how fun he makes his class.
yes, he was a good instructor, knew his area well.
Yes. He is a good Japanese teacher.
Yes, a great teacher with lots of experience. Very enjoyable and interesting.
yes. made learning a second language easy for me.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
none
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Terry Klafehn: JPN350, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 350 - Intro to Japanese Linguistics Crn (Section): 82809 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.1 21 0.91 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 7 (33%) 8 (38%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 21 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 15 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 21 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 14 (67%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 21 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 6 (29%) 10 (48%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning similarities and differences between Japanese and English or languages in general.
being able to understand all aspects of what the teacher is trying to teaching during the days lesson
The quizzes that we took after class everyday to see if we understood the material was very helpful and valuable to the course. I feel like I gained a better understanding of the Japanese language.
I liked that there were daily quizzes and that they were based off the homework. It motivated me more in actually doing the work and at the same time which helped out a lot during the exams since all I had to do was look back at the homework and the quizzes to study. I also like how specific page numbers were given for what we had to know from the textbook/readings.
Everything. The material helped open another door for understanding how a language works.
Looking at Japanese from a different perspective. I heard that it is often hard for native Japanese speakers to understand Japanese from a linguistic point of view, and I had a hard time understanding some concepts as well, but it was interesting to think in a new way.
I like that he went into detail with words we would have a vague understanding of.
The daily homework that was ungraded really aided my learning.
It all was generally useful.
The daily quizzes kept the material fresh in my mind and made me truly learn the concepts right away. This made studying for midterm exams a lot easier since I already understood the main ideas.
The concepts were broken down so that they were easy to understand. More advanced concepts built on earlier lessons. Homework/quiz/exam questions were very straightforward.
Class discussion and in depth review of the homework each day
The daily quizzes helped me better understand and continuously forced me to learn the things that we learned in class, and it was very helpful.
I found it very interesting to learn and value the commonalities and differences among many different languages.
I like being able to learn about the Japanese language from something different than a language class. I really liked learning how Japanese is different from English in the linguistic way.
Very lively presentations of the material made learning easier
The use of PowerPoints were very interactive and up to date.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing
I found the class extremely valuable. The class was great and there isn't any thing that I didn't find of value.
I didn't really find any aspect invaluable in this course.
N/A
N/A
The class time is never enough. There is so much content shoved into each lesson that there is not time for students to really ask questions... Also, there are no activities in the class, there was only lectures and tests in each lesson session. I think some activities might get students to understand the material better. Every class is exactly the same, some variety might be nice.
Although we had to buy a textbook, I never used it because the homework was not mandatory. The lecture and PowerPoints gave me everything I needed for the tests.
The book was not a necessity and was a waste of money
I can't really think of much.
None. Everything was helpful.
Daily quiz were difficult. Continuous pressure on students and hard to average an A with the daily quizzes.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 21 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (38%) 11 (52%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 21 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (38%) 12 (57%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 21 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (24%) 14 (67%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 21 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 9 (43%) 9 (43%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 21 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (38%) 11 (52%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 21 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 5 (24%) 14 (67%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 16 (76%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.57 21 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (43%) 12 (57%)
18. Other comments:
love the teacher!
I had heard scary rumors about Japanese 350 and I was very afraid to take the class, but Klafehn sensei is an amazing teacher and I understand the information even beyond that classroom.
I loved the lectures. They were very fun and the powerpoints were helpful.
Great teacher. Always available and willing to help. Very enthusiastic about teaching and has great teaching tactics.
I love his class, I like the way he teaches and his attitude to Japanese and its linguistic aspect. I wouldn't mind taking his class again!
Overall I learned about Japanese linguistics and feel that I have a decent general understanding of it now. I feel prepared for more advanced classes on the topic.
I generally thought the class was fun, flexible, and enjoyable.
Awesome instructor! I learned a lot from taking this class and Sensei was always engaged with us in a way that made us focus and keep our attention.
Great Course. However, at times it was a little confusing since Professor Klafehn would at times proceed in a very speedy manner, and students would come out to less comprehend the course material.
Keep it up. This was actually kind of fun.
Course itself is difficult. There is nothing to say about Professor Klafehn, excellent teacher, just hard to get an A with the daily quiz.

Terry Klafehn: JPN101, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 79934 (014)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.33 12 0.78 Freq(%) 10 (83%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning basics of katakana and hiragana and structure. Also introducing kanji.
Speaking outloud and doing oral practice drills during class was most helpful to me
The daily quizzes really helped to seal the information from each lesson. It kind of forced me to pay attention because I knew a quiz was coming. And the pressure wasn't as high considering the quizzes weren't worth that many points. Also, Klafehn sensei was very happy and friendly and I appreciated his energy a lot!
The teaching method was good. Also, he made an effort to get to know his students and create a bond.
He was extremely well in instructing us about the basic parts about the Japanese language and culture.
How to make basic conversation and how to read and write.
Although they seemed like a nuisance at first, the daily quizzes were surprisingly very helpful in the long-run because it kept the material fresh in our minds and made sure we were understanding the content being presented in class. It also helped for long-term memory purposes because otherwise the material may have been lost shortly after the class ended.
Oral communication practices
The most valuable aspect of this course includes learning how to make conversation in Japanese and how the grammar differs in the context of who you're speaking to. In example, you must speak in "polite" language to teachers, elders, or strangers.
learning how to speak conversational Japanese
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A.
Not being able to really go over the homework during class did not help with my comprehension of the language-
Big tests were kind of hard and might have some aspects not learned throughout class. Also, class moves VERY quickly but that's understandable. Honestly, I do not have much complaints.
The usage of textbooks weren't really required.
None
I think the fact that the homework was not enforced, nor collected, made it the least valuable because there was no incentive to complete it. Nonetheless I should have done the homework everyday and it was my fault if I didn't understand something because I failed to do it.
nothing
N/A.
none
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
18. Other comments:
At first I was a bit skeptical about this class but I really loved it. I learned so much and enjoyed being in class.
The content of the daily quizzes, i feel, were not discussed enough during class and therefore left students like me struggling to keep up with the interpretation of new phrases. Perhaps if the work assigned to the students were thoroughly explained in class then the language content would have been easier to understand/learn. Otherwise, when the work content is not explained, then its like we are moving on to a totally new subject in Japanese without learning the other.
I liked this course a lot for my first Japanese class in college. It really did help me learn a LOT more than I ever did back in highschool and the course was 1/4 as long! I'd want to take this instructor again if he was available for 102.
n/a
I really enjoyed this class. I had a deep interest in the Japanese language beforehand but Terry Klafehn deepened my interest even more. He was an excellent teacher, he's well organized and he knows the material he's teaching.
I can honestly say I really enjoyed this class and that I actually learned something useful. I have learned more during this one semester than I have during all my years in high school. I can even use some of what I learned at my job and it makes me really proud!
Need to do more practice with listening comprehension
Although Sensei Klafehn is very easy-going when it comes to attendance, and grading, etc. I would've liked for him to offer up more extra credit opportunities. I thought I was doing well in the class until he gave us the pink slip of grades, that said I'd need to get over 100 points on the final, in order to get an A, which is impossible. And I feel that wouldn't have been a big deal for me if he'd offer up extra credit for me to make up for it.

Terry Klafehn: JPN301, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 301 - Third-Year Japanese Crn (Section): 71783 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.54 13 0.78 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
He knows a lot, great powerpoints.
Learning the grammar forms and the in-class readings
The reading portion of the course was most valuable to me because it helped me practice reading aloud in class because it is definitely different when you're reading in your head. It really helped me learn many more things.
Everything was generally really helpful
The daily quizzes
His speaking in Japanese throughout class. It helped me with training my ears to listen and comprehend Japanese.
The fact that the whole class was spoken in Japanese and the casual/conversational aspect of learning was very much helpful for everyday life versus a deeper knowledge in formal communication.
The grammar structures were important and I feel I learned a lot of them that can prove useful.
Every aspect taught in this course were valuable to further one's learning of the Japanese language.
I think that it is great that professor speaks in Japanese throughout the class. It gives me an easier time to understand what he is saying due to the situation and actually helps my listening skills. I also like how when we do have trouble understanding he knows how to phrase things in away we would understand.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
N/a
I did not find anything not valuable.
I don't think anything was invaluable, time was pretty evenly divided in an efficient way. Maybe except the workload, i thought the workload was too easy and not enough for the course level.
Sometimes the notice of our oral assessments were a little last minute. I liked how he gave us little sheets with all of our grades on it so we can see how we're doing in the class. I think he was really good about it in the beginning of the semester.
The presentations.
Nothing.
In my opinion everything taught was valuable!
None of the aspects were least valuable, because every aspect taught in this course were valuable.
I think that there was a lack of verbal application. There are a few speaking quizzes, but it would be more effective to have in-class practice. I do understand that the time crunch is partially the problem though.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
18. Other comments:
He is a great professor. Just keep how it is.
I really enjoyed this class! But maybe it was a little too easy.
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Very nice professor. :) I wouldn't mind taking more classes from him.
I enjoyed Klafehn sensei, he is very easy to talk to and makes the class environment comfortable and stress free.

Terry Klafehn: JPN301, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 301 - Third-Year Japanese Crn (Section): 80168 (007)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.67 9 1.41 Freq(%) 3 (33%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 9 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 9 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The use of strictly Japanese language alone during classes greatly helped me to think in the language as opposed to many other Japanese courses I've taken up to this point that were mainly conducted in English.
I feel like the fact that he made sure everyone in the class was on the same page and he always sits down with you and asks you one-on-one instead of in front of the whole class.
Translating sentences from the textbook and going over them
Sensei was always willing to help his students
His class is simple and theres much to learn daily. Hr has a lot of organization and his method of speaking Japanese daily allowed my hearing skills to become better.
Every day Sensei would have a powerpoint of the day to explaining how to use the sentence patterns properly and conversationally. His powerpoints were very well done and explained the concepts clearly and concisely.Also, his daily quizzes were very helpful in applying what we learned that day in class. Also, reading the text in class helped me to understand how to translate sentences, and also taught me the steps to take when approaching a difficult sentence.
His practical explanations of sentences, customs, and text in book. Introduced new words since he usually explained it in Japanese.
The well structured daily presentations, and constant usage of Japanese.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
N/A
Everything he uses is needed to fulfill the standards and topics for the class.
I understand that 301 students are required to learn through immersion (the teacher speaks only in Japanese). However, it is difficult to learn a challenging concept when I sometimes only understand half of what the teacher is trying to say. With this said, Sensei does his best to rephrase until we understand and uses class participation to help explain the concept as well.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
18. Other comments:
Klafehn-sensei is a great teacher! I appreciate a teacher that has some humor and can be lighthearted at 7:30 in the morning. Also, he knows how to phrase things (in Japanese) so we can understand what he's saying during class.
He is a very passionate teacher and his excitement keeps the class interesting. The class runs at a good pace and the repetition of his methods help me to understand what is expected of me in his course. I enjoyed his class, and I hope to have him as a teacher again.
Took the class because all other sections were full, early mornings were hard to attend due to commute times
The class was excellent and Professor Klafehn was an outstanding instructor. Although next time, I think I will take a class like his later in the day, considering attendance is paramount and can be devastating to students if they are unable to consistently preform morning commutes.

Terry Klafehn: JPN350, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 350 - Intro to Japanese Linguistics Crn (Section): 91220 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Daily quizzes and self-tests were good for testing to see if we could retain what we learned.
Daily Quizzes because it kept us stressed out throughout the session.
Professor's class notes as well as the 'self-test' study guide and homework were the most helpful resources available. I really appreciated them.
Daily quizzes and hw
The homework
Everything. Learned something new or interesting everyday.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The fact that it was a summer school course, it felt like it was going 100mph, and I was at around 85-90mph. It just went by so fast, it felt like everything was jam-packed into a schedule that we could not deviate from or slow down to fully absorb.
None.
None.
Some of the stuff I already learned before but it was a good review!
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.11 9 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 2 (22%)
18. Other comments:
The first part of the class was really confusing because it blended linguistics with Japanese. I've never learned the phonetic alphabet before, so having to learn it in about a day or two was a bit overwhelming. I think this class would have been easier to take in a full semester, when the schedule isn't so fast-paced and two semester days aren't crammed into an hour and 15 minutes.
Since this is a summer course I feel that you graded a little tough. Since we have had a much shorter time to grasp the information given to us; I feel we should have had a little wiggle room in grading. Instead of taking of points for minor mistakes.

Terry Klafehn: JPN102, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 87868 (011)     89228 (013)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.56 16 1.41 Freq(%) 5 (31%) 3 (25%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.86 16 0.36 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 8 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (17%) 13 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (25%) 14 (88%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 10 (63%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The homework helped me a lot, and it took off a lot of pressure because it wasn't graded. The daily quizzes were extremely helpful and pushed me to study a lot and memorize the content; it also took care of any misunderstandings that I had about sentence structures. Asking questions was also really good because it cleared up confusions.
Klafhen sensei's constant help and clear lectures were most valuable .
The interactivity with both the teacher and students was very helpful and helped me make new friends of my fellow peers. I also found that the daily quizzes kept me on my toes and taught me Kanjis better than just studying them before midterms or tests.
Daily quiz good for remembering content
The homework and daily quizzes were valuable drills.
Plain/Polite forms/Past/Present
the language
That Professor Terry was able to understand our english questions and find equivalent answers in Japanese. The homework and daily quizes are great practices for the content covered in class.
I liked how we did daily quizzes that tested our kanji, structural, and vocabulary skills.
I feel like our teachers commitment to helping us understand the material that we had to learn was the most valuable.
The daily kanji quizzes. Helped me learn the kanji effectively.
The fact that Professor Klafhen was understanding of the Japanese language in a very comprehensive way.
The daily homework and quizzes, really helps with retention.
The quizzes and class lectures were most helpful to me.
Klafehn-sensei is very knowledgeable and renewed my interest in Japanese because he's very good at spreading his own excitement about the topic
ungraded hw and daily quizes
The most valuable were all the reading and writing. I learned all my kanji too as well, I think he was a great teacher and helped me when I didn't understand. Also, he was able to help me catch up in my classes when I had to miss any.
Everyday he gives us a quiz on what we learned, very helpful.
Sensei has a passionate teaching ability. Makes class way better.
The tests help memorize weekly kanji.
Professor going around the class to help us individually on homework and quizzes.
his teachering
All. Professor knowledgable and kind. Made learning this very difficult language fun and possible.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing was invaluable.
Nothing in the course was least valuable
I thought everything was pretty valuable, I was not left wanting.
Orals not too useful for grade
None. All were important.
nothing
Everything in this class went by rather quickly. Even with the 10 hours of extra studying a week I felt some concepts I couldn't grasp. Also on the homework there would be mistakes in the given sentences every once in awhile, that my tutor would point out.
No aspects were least valuable.
Nothing at all, everything was valuable to help us exceed our own expectations.
Nothing
None that I can think of
none
The written exams weren't all that helpful. It didn't really test all the things that I learned and studied and seemed to only ask about the things that weren't really emphasized in class.
I liked this course and don't have much to complain about
There is nothing that isn't valuable his class was fun and energetic.
Nothing is invaluable when learning a language
None
Role playing.
Nothing.
Wish it was mon-thurs like Korean language does
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 15 (94%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 14 (88%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (100%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 13 (81%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
18. Other comments:
Best Japanese professor ever! Fun and attentive with offering help, he also created good ways to memorize particle usage.
Would definitely recommend this class with this instructor to anybody, very easy to understand and very straight forward
I would recommend this class to anyone taking Japanese 102 because I felt like the daily quizzes always kept me knowledgeable and never allowed me to slack off or skip class.
Prof. Klafehn was very organized and enthusiastic. He made sure you understood the material and was available for consultation. He gave quick feedback on quizzes and kept you up to date on your grade for the course. Excellent teacher.
I felt like Homework should have mattered more and incorporated the drills book into homework more so such as writing them out and turning them in even if they weren't graded. Possibly a credit no credit policy and they amounted to 5% of your grade or something along those lines.
nice professor
Thank you Sensei for a wonderful and enlightening semester. I hope you'll teach 201!
My favorite class!
I highly enjoyed the class and feel more confident in my knowledge of the Japanese language.
The self made brochure is fun and innovative, and allows students to somewhat tailor the second oral exam to their strengths
This was my favorite class this semester.
more practice sentences with actually examples on hw....to know if doing work correctly....and not practicing the wrong thing because bad habits die hard....
an awesome teacher
This was a fun class with u sensei.

Terry Klafehn: JPN350, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 350 - Intro to Japanese Linguistics Crn (Section): 83205 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.2 25 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 8 (32%) 11 (44%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.72 25 0.46 Freq(%) 7 (28%) 18 (72%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 22 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 25 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (28%) 17 (68%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 18 (72%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 25 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 5 (20%) 15 (60%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the structure of Japanese grammar
How Sensei Klafehn went over the homework effectively during class. I could never understand what I was reading in the textbook so even when I tried I got really confused and didn't do the homework. By the time he was finished with the lecture I fully understood the material and was ready for the quiz... most of the time
Why japanese sentences and phrases are the way they are
Since there are both Japanese students and American students in the course, we can actually make sure that the materials from texts are really acceptable or not.
Easily understandable. Interesting topic. Daily quizzes were helpful
It was interesting to learn about the structure of Japanese from the inside-out so I can explain the rules of Japanese grammar and language if I were to ever teach a learner of Japanese. Klafehn sensei's organizational system through weekly grade checks made it helpful to stay on track throughout the semester.
The whole class was full of new information!
Going over the readings and homework with a powerpoint is very valuable. It was very helpful for me to get a better understanding of the topic/lesson I am suppose to learn.
He teaches not only Japanese linguistic but also the linguistics in general. He uses a lot of examples to attempt the students to comprehend as much. Also he himself is a Japanese language learner, so he knows what techniques to be used in learning other language. He is very knowledgeble.
Homework and reading, were helpful in preparation for each class. They complemented each lesson and powerpoint well.
This course really helped me understand more about Japanese; the accent locations, the difference between intransitive, transitive, and ditransitive. I think this helped me the most in learning new verbs.
Linguistic aspect on Japanese
I liked how the homeworks were posted ahead of time allowing me to do the homework for the week in advanced. I also liked that the exams were closely related to what was on the homework and on the lecture slides and that there was no ambiguous questions on the exams.
Everything.
I especially liked the material that covered "rendaku" AKA sequential voicing because it helped me gain a better understanding of the underlying "rules."
Having a quiz everyday forced me to show up to class and allow me to have something to study from for tests.
Going over the homework during each class as well as having daily quizzes.
case by case explanations
Helped to understand some of the background of Japanese when analyzing spoken language.
The examples used were good, and explained well.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
It seemed like this class was very high paced. I know there is a lot to cover in this class and in a short amount of time. Everyday we learned a new material and if there was a material I was unsure about but had to quickly learn the new lesson the next class it became quite overwhelming to catch up. I know you are open to help us when we are having trouble but it'd be nice if after you passed out the quiz you would at least go over a question or two that you saw that a good amount of students had a error on, instead of going over the entire quiz so you have enough time to go over the lesson and quiz.
Nothing. I think that everything that I've learned in the course is really valuable.
The textbook wasn't really useful.
The course seemed a little rushed due to the constant daily quizzes but I did learn a lot. The textbook was hardly used and it didn't clarify some concepts that were to be on the quizzes.
None~
I thought everything in the course was very valuable.
Nothing...everything seemed perfect and well organized and well prepared.
None.
Group activities were weak. Some of the more important aspects were explained to me by my classmates.
Nothing
n/a
Everything was valuable
i don't think the homeworks are necessary; instead, perhaps a short reading with the information we need for the next day would be enough
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 25 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 6 (24%) 14 (56%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 25 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (36%) 14 (56%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 19 (76%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 22 (88%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (20%) 20 (80%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.74 25 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (24%) 17 (68%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 25 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 5 (20%) 18 (72%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 25 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (24%) 17 (68%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.72 25 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (28%) 18 (72%)
18. Other comments:
I thought it would be nice if the quiz is take home.
Made learning something that initially seemed so boring really fun and interesting
This course makes me more interested in Japanese linguistics. The way of his teaching this course let me understand the materials that we covered easliy.
Interesting class. Relatively easy to keep up with assignments and quizzes.
The course gave me a different perspective on the Japanese language. I feel more acquainted and ready to learn more about Japanese with my new found knowledge. Cheerful and organized teacher too.
I liked how the instructor provides the class with many examples to better understand the things we are going over.
I feel like there should be some credit for doing homework. It would help those on the borderline.
I can see his passion in languages in general and also Japanese. That is very contagious to his students. He uses a lot of materials to reach every student comprehension. He is an excellent linguistic teacher.
I wish I could have more time to study before I take a daily quiz. I think as long as you give us a daily quiz, students will show up (if not, that's their problem and probably they are likely to not pass any classes).
Klafehn is an excellent instructor. He's well organized, clearly lays out what's expected from the students, and has a genuine enthusiasm for his subject.
I would definitely recommend Professor Klafehn to students who want to or need to take Japanese 350.
Fun professor, great class. Thanks for the semester!
Thank you for the great class!

Terry Klafehn: JPN102, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 78189 (008)     79326 (009)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.33 15 1.05 Freq(%) 4 (27%) 3 (25%) 5 (33%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 7 (58%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (17%) 12 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (60%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 7 (47%) 7 (47%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Daily quizzes, review of previous daily quiz, group discussions about homework and quizzes with instructor.
I feel that every part of this course was valuable for someone such as myself who would like to eventually become fluent in Japanese.
Daily quizzes were a good way of showing progress and accurate standing of the course.
Everything, of course!
Power Point slides are very useful for reviewing!
Klafehn Sensei was very organized in teaching this course. It is very clear that he is knowledgeable about Japanese culture. His enthusiasm made coming to class 4 times a week enjoyable. This semester helped by build a strong foundation for my future Japanese language studies.
Interactions between the classmates and teacher.
Speaking in japanese to us as much as possible.
Everything was pretty valuable. I learned a lot more on the language and feel like I can put it to use in the future. It is, however, still a beginning course so we didn't go THAT in depth into the language.
I liked the homework the best. It helped me learn a lot. I just wish it were graded so we could get credit for doing it. Even though it wasn't mandatory, it kinda was so I would've liked it to help my grade.
It is great that he uploads the power points every single day about what was taught in the classroom. You can always refer back to the PP if you dont remember what he was teaching on a particular day. It is good he had lesson quizes everyday because it helped to memorize the kanjis so it wont be overwhelming for the Chapter Tests.
The fact that he goes over all the work he gives us is very helpful. He is available for questions and help whenever needed.
Professor Klaefen has a great command of the language of Japanese. I have taken 102 before and was completely lost but he has helped me immensely.
The daily quizzes were very helpful.
Conversational practice.
The orals were valuable, it helped me use the skills i learned under a situation where I had no time to think.
I thought it was good that we kept going over the lessons because then it kind of implements into your head.
I felt that the aspect of learning only a few new kanji a day helped me learn all of the Kanji.
I liked how he had the whole day planned out and we always knew what we were going to be doing. I like that he would go to us individually and help us with the homework and go over the quizzes.
The homework
all of it, i need this for travel
The most valuable aspect in sensei's class is that he is always available for office hours everyday. Also, he explains everything very clearly and if you don't understand it he will go over the material again. Finally, he has daily quizzes which are helpful instead of one or two difficult tests because we won't forget what we learned in class.
Going over quizzes and homework were really effective. It allowed me to learn my mistakes and allows me to improve. I really enjoy pairing up with my class mates to create conversations.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None.
All aspects were valuable to me.
Nothing that I can think of.
In a language, nothing is invaluable, okay.
None
None.
Having us teach ourselves course content.
I feel like everything was valuable.
I think everything was helpful. The homework helped us to learn the material. The quizzes reinforced what we learned. The lesson quizzes recapped what we learned. The midterm & final oral help us to incorporate what we learn. I just didn't enjoy how fast the class went. Sometimes I wish we could keep learning one part if we didn't understand, but the way the language classes are structured, we can't fall behind. The lesson quizzes were helpful but they were hard. Everything this semester seemed a lot harder than last semester in 101.
Just reading straigh out of the PP without going into details about it.
None.
The fact that we had quizzes everyday and we constantly reviewed the lessons as to refresh our memories.
none
The tests.
It all seemed very valuable, we didn't have much downtime in class, and everything was useful.
n/a
I found some of the reading out loud part the least valuable, but I still think that it was very useful.
I don't like all the kanji.
The daily quizes
none
The least valuable things in this course was nothing really. Everything that sensei taught was relevant and valuable for future Japanese classes.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 13 (87%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (60%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 9 (75%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (13%) 7 (58%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 11 (73%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
18. Other comments:
This is by far one of the best Japanese instructors I've ever had. He takes the time to teach his students with an interesting approach and never ever embarrasses or puts down students (unlike other professors!). He is always there for help and is more than willing to meet with you one on one and will always try to work around your hectic schedule. I really wish that more professors at Manoa were like him. I hope he is teaching 201 and 202 because I would love to take another Japanese course from him. Totally awesome!!!!!
Seeing as how Klafehn Sensei probably had to learn Japanese from the very beginning level, it inspires me to keep going until I can learn how to speak fluently.
He did a good job, and doesn't need much improvement.
This class should be worth more... I did so much work for this class. I enjoyed it, but it was really really really fast paced too.
HE ROCKS!!!
The jump from 101 to 102 is very extreme, I think ramping up the work near the end of 101 would help students know what they're getting in to. Maybe have them go on a 102-like schedule for the last 2 weeks.
I really enjoyed this course. I feel like I learned a lot about the Japanese Language.
Klafehn sensei was a great professor, and made me feel less anxious about Japanese. I wish I could take him for my next Japanese class.
Nope
great teacher, very knowlegeable
I enjoyed this class because my instructor would add some humor while he's teaching which makes the class less boring. He is really willing to help each of us and he is really patient when teaching.

Terry Klafehn: JPN350, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 350 - Intro to Japanese Linguistics Crn (Section): 71879 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.48 23 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 6 (26%) 12 (52%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.82 23 0.39 Freq(%) 4 (17%) 18 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 23 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 20 (87%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 23 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 17 (74%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 23 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 5 (22%) 13 (57%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning why the Japanese language is the way it is and how it works.
Lecture
Daily quizzes really helped to strengthen my understanding of the material.
Daily quizzes.
I like that there were quizzes everyday, it helped to reinforce my knowledge throughout the semester.
Everything seemed important.
The in-class lectures helped me the most with understanding the material.
I found the section about idioms to be particularly interesting because after learning about it, I witnessed one of the people that works with exchange students practicing english at the library, and they were talking about idioms. So, while the subject matter can be potentially dull in the class, I learned real life relevancy and it makes me understand better aspects of learning a langauge, which is quite insightful.
How the linguistics topics we covered were applicable specifically to the Japanese language, rather than just language in general. I already had a strong base in linguistics before this class, and so learning the basics wasn't as helpful as how they apply to Japanese language.
The quizzes, exams, and homework. All of them were valuable and important.
The in-class lectures helped clarify some of the harder concepts from the readings and homework. Working through each problem made the course material much easier to digest.
All were of most valuble
Learning about the structure of a language
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
N/A
Nothing really.
N/A
Nothing.
It would be nice if the UH Bookstore stocked up on the version of the book we used, so that we wouldn't have to get it ourselves. Otherwise, no complaints.
In general, I'm not a fan of doing the homework/readings before the in-class lecture. I learn better by learning in class first, then doing follow-up homework based on the lecture, not the other way around.
Going over basic linguistic concepts that I was already aware of and comfortable with, such as structure trees.
The textbook wasn't really needed. While I did go through it only the first few time in the beginning of the semester, Mr. Klafehn taught us well and I didn't have to go to the textbook all the time.
Maybe the overall pace of the course--I've taken other linguistics classes before, so the quick pace doesn't bother me, but I know some of my classmates have been struggling to keep up and understand everything.
None
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 23 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 10 (43%) 10 (43%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 23 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 18 (78%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (22%) 17 (74%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 23 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 17 (74%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 23 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 15 (65%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.7 23 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (30%) 16 (70%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 23 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 14 (61%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (22%) 17 (74%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.52 23 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (39%) 13 (57%)
18. Other comments:
Lecture Powerpoint should be revised.
I highly recommend this teacher.
Awesome Professor.
Perhaps for the quizzes, even though the it is the student's job to fix it themselves, maybe there could be some corrections on them. But otherwise the class was very enjoyable and I would recommend anyone to take it with Klafehn Sensei
Awesome.e class, awesome professor. Just awesome!
Having the daily quizzes and the midterm tests helped me be confident in knowing what to expect on the final exam.
The teacher was very good at explaining and making the course material seem interesting, which I think is particularly commendable considering how dry a course on such material could otherwise be taught. My one complaint would be that I would've liked the homework to have been posted a bit earlier sometimes so I would have time to print it out.
I took this course because I needed credits, so I didn't expect it to be interesting or enjoy this class. The instructor was excellent in many aspects. He had a great knowledge in Japanese language and linguistics, and although the content was difficult he explained things very clearly and easy to understand, and most importantly, he was humorous and made everything very interesting. Overall, I enjoyed and learned a lot in this class and I am so glad that I took this course.
This was a very strong course. I would recommend this class and professor to other students both in the Japanese major or just interested in furthering their knowledge of the Japanese language.
Thanks for making this class so interesting, Sensei!

Terry Klafehn: JPN202, Summer I 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 90246 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.0 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 7 (41%) 5 (29%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning how to communicate (what to say, gestures, facial expressions, intonation) in real life scenarios.
Klafehn Sensei's Experience of having lived in Japan.
speaking
The daily quizzes were a great way of avoiding procrastination. By preparing daily, it made it easier to study for lesson tests and orals. I had a better understanding of grammar as well as vocabulary. Lastly, it really helped with memorizing and retaining kanji learned!
I really liked his organization. Last semester I had a Japanese Professor who was completely disorganized and then blamed us for not being prepared, which made me weary of taking Japanese again. I highly doubt anybody got an A in her class. Professor Klafehn a huge improvement. I loved how organized he was and how available and willing he was to help.
The power points and going over homework and previous quizzes daily. Also being able to know what particular kanji to study for
practicing little dialogues with partners in class using colloquial. Sensei did a great job of making us more aware of what is actually used in Japan versus the formal way of speaking, which is usually what is taught first.
The daily quizes and repetition of grammar and vocabulary topics.
Everything taught in the course; kanji, grammar, oral practice; was excellent and was taught more thoroughly this session than JPN 201 in spring 2012.
The communicating
He knew fluent English, was very engergetic, and entertaining. Not boring at all. Also the course was very well organized.
daily quizzes made you keep up to date on the material
I liked how all of the work we did in class was done with a partner or sometimes 3 people. It really helped understand the content when you get to talk with someone else. I also liked how the sensei goes over any questions we have, checks our homework, and the daily quizzes. It really makes me feel like I can ask him anything if I have doubts. It also makes me learn the material better.
Learning the different vocabulary and grammar in the japanese language were the most valuable aspects. Also how Klafehn-sensei made it easy to learn and remember all the course material.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing
I do not think there were any aspects of the course that were not valuable!
Perhaps the only criticism that I could offer is probably small in comparison to anything. However, I must admit that I did have difficulty understanding his Japanese when it came to tests and he would read out the listening portion. This is probably just a small personal problem because some of my other classmates felt that he was easier to understand than the recorded Japanese conversation. I disagree, and I felt that this summer course was to short to get used to the sound of his Japanese. Although, I must admit that recently I have begun to understand it a bit better.
none.
Everything had some value to it, so there really isn't anything that deserves mentioning here.
Nothing really
Nothing
I didn't use the CD very much. But I don't think there's anything in the class that wasn't valuable for me.
Nothing comes to mind. All the things we did in that class and how Klafehn- sensei carried them out made it all valuable assets.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 16 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (50%) 8 (50%)
18. Other comments:
Klafehn Sensei was great. He is so enthusiastic, knowledgable, energetic, and fun. He makes class enjoyable and interesting so his students want to come to class rather than dread it. Though it was a fast paced class, I learned a lot and was able to keep up with the course work. Learning a second language is not easy, especially Japanese, but Klafehn Sensei made the experience worthwhile as well as enjoyable.
Klafehn makes this class interesting with his enthusiasm and down to earth nature.
Klafehn Sensei was extremely accommodating and went out of his way to help or make sure a concept was understood. Questions were always encouraged and answered well. When the class seemed to be having a hard time understanding something he would take some time out of the class to concentrate on it until everyone understood.. This unlike most professors who move on regardless of fact that the entire class is lost, was wonderful! Overall, Klafehn Sensei is a great teacher and I would definitely take another class from him!
Great sensei. Really wants his students to understand how to use the Japanese language. Teaches relevant idioms and expressions and things that are very useful. He's very aware of nuances in the Japanese language and is sure to differentiate those for the students
Klafehn sensei speaks perfect english and perfect japanese, so it's easy to understand a japanese translation without having to translate the translator. Klafehn sensei is one of the best japanese instructors I've ever had.
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Great class
I greatly appreciate the lenience sensei gave us with the midterm oral. I feel that he understands what is appropriate to ask of students. It makes me feel accomplished and not overwhelmed. I also like his teaching style, humor is a good thing to include in the classroom. He is also very experienced and knowledgeable in the course content. Very good job, and thank you for being a great teacher! Best of luck in all your future endeavors :)
Japanese 202 is a good, challenging way to finish the two years of second language and Klafehn-sensei makes it as easy as it can be while still learning all the course objectives.

Terry Klafehn: JPN102, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 81616 (001)     81617 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 11 (92%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 9 (75%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning how to say things in Japanese that I can use in my everyday life.
the daily homework and quizzes. it really helps to see what you do and do not understand with a particular lesson and/or grammar/sentence structure
the kanji book was helpful and the daily homework.
I liked how we practiced various situations in class. They really helped my comprehension and retention of the information.
The daily quizzes and oral practices
I liked applying the learned material in the practice dialogues.
Learning the small details of the culture and how natives may speak the language. It gave insight to what we should expect if we speak to a native speaker.
Speaking aspect of the class.
I enjoyed the kanji learning and basic's in grammar as well as knowledge of Japanese life styles.
The multiple avenues for success, as well as the consistent extremely supportive and positive learning environment. This combined with Klafehn's expertise in the area, and understanding of how to teach a language class too what used to be one of my worst subject grade-wise, and turned it into an enjoyable leaning experience. The consistent immersion in the language, from the speaking contractions (that you would only know if you were experienced with the language), as well as the daily homework and quizzes which help you to prepare for the lesson quiz are excellent tools for study and learning. Immersion in a language is pertinent, because there is such a limited amount of time each day that you are exposed to it. With Japanese, The 4 hours each week is the only time that I have with a experienced speaker. So the consistent homework, and quizzes help to cement the most important parts of that day's lesson in your mind.
Developing different perspective about different culture Importance of language
I think learning the grammar structures were the most valuable. The different forms of verbs were also very valuable.
The explanations and interactive activities were very valuable parts of the course.
Daily quizzes, you should test yourself on material of a new language as frequently as possible!
everyday we had an activity that involved us to work either individually or as a group and to solve a problem or present that what we know of the material. this way we can go over anything we dont understand.
I liked the overall style of the course. The workload also was not overwhelming.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Everything was valuable.
nothing. all parts of the course helped in understanding the language
I liked all aspects of this class.
Nothing
I think we lost a lot of time every class by first going over the quiz and homework with our neighbor, then discussing the quiz and homework with the entire class and the having the new quiz at the end of class. I'm not sure about the added value of the discussion with our neighbor, and since the quiz and homework are often similar it becomes rather repetitive. Maybe skip the discussion with neighbors or make us hand in the homework for grades and skip the quiz?
The speed at which it was taught at.
Nothing
--None.
The romaji in the daily quizzes and homework sometimes lessen the critical thinking of students.
There really was no least valuable part of the course.
nothing really. i thought that every bit of class had great significance in some way and was important to reach the class goals.
They were all pretty relevant.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 10 (83%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 9 (75%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 8 (89%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (58%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
16. Other comments:
I feel that there should be quizzes that are dropped. If we miss a week of school, we miss a week's worth of quizzes which significantly impacts the grade.
Your class was very fun. I enjoyed learning Japanese this semester.
I realize there are teaching goals to be met, and that some aspects of the class are the way they are for practical purposes, but here are some ideas/suggestions/comments: - Out of the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), there was a strong focus on the former two or three, with very little practice listening. I would have like to do some more in-class listening exercises. - The classes overall were a bit monotonous; their structure was the same every day and we were often learning from the same sources (SFJ notes, kanji book). Also, the texts at the end of each kanji chapter precisely reflect our knowledge up to this point, which is of course nothing we will ever encounter in a real-life situation. Maybe we could mix it up by also e.g. listening to Japanese songs, watching Japanese movies/tv shows (for kids), or try reading manga/(children's) books. This will build vocabulary, teach students how Japanese is used outside the class room, and it's fun too! - I'm not a big fan of the text book. In terms of grammar it is very unstructured and it's hard to use it as a reference guide. - There was not a very strong focus on vocabulary building; we weren't really tested on the vocabulary lists provided with each chapter. I feel that I learned many new sentence structures, but not the words to fill them with. This may come across as a lot of negative comments, but overall I enjoyed the class and I think you're a great teacher! Thank you!
Thanks for a great semester
It would be good if there were other activities--such as being given a picture and creating a story using grammar or vocabulary learned in this and previous lesson--in addition to the writing homework.
By far, one of the most experienced and well spoken professors I have worked with at UH. His ability and knowledge of how to teach the subject is demonstrated daily, through the exercises, and explanations of the subject matter. I would wholeheartedly recommend this professor to anyone starting Japanese. His kind and nurturing personality helps immensely in a class where people are often unfamiliar with speaking in another language. Since I entered the class, I have never felt afraid to speak out in class, or make mistakes. He is able to generate such a positive atmosphere in the classroom that this class is, by far the most enjoyable of all the classes I've taken here at UH. Terry Klafehn seems to honestly want students to not only succeed, but learn and take away something from the experience. I've run into professors who lack this ability to inspire students to do their best, or to want to improve. I hope that I have the opportunity to take more classes from this professor in the future.
Excellent professors. Very knowledgeable about Japanese.
This was a very fun class and it was a very interesting to take, even though it was a lot of work it was worth it.
It was a very enjoyable experience in learning a new language and culture. I may want to minor or perhaps even major in Japanese as a result of taking this and Japanese 101 previously.
Terry Klafehn is an outstanding teacher and i would recommend him to others wishing to take a japanese class.
I think Klafehn realizes that an overwhelming majority of students in the class are taking it because it's required and his grading reflects that. Fair grader. I would take another class from him.

Terry Klafehn: JPN201, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81632 (006)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 1 (7%) 11 (79%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning kanji and doing exercises.
Various verb forms/modifications
The oral practice sensei does when he goes around the room talking to two people at one time, giving pointers and strategies to keep a conversation flowing.
The power points of each class lecture were provided on laulima for our benefit.
none, all were equally valuable
The daily quizzes were very helpful for my learning, and they helped me to remember the patterns and kanji.
When he would give us worksheets and daily kanji quizzes. Also when he posts Powerpoint lectures online, that really helped me out a lot.
The everyday quizzes were excellent. Although it could be stressful at times to study before every class, the daily quizzes prepared me very well for the chapter tests. The conversation practice in class was also very good and taught me to speak more fluently.
Daily quizzes forced us to keep up with the new kanji characters every day.
Learning Kanji and the lessons quizzes everyday.
Learning kanji and grammar.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
The fact that I only know the people who sit next to me. I would really appreciate it if he split the room up and made people move around, so that everyone knows each other, and not by just our last names. Otherwise I think Klafehn sensei does a good job teaching japanese.
nothing
none, all were equally valuable
Kanji. Memorizing how to write kanji should be optional. I think it is critical to be able to recognize kanji, but writing kanji is not really necessary.
None.
N/A
Would have preferred more mixing of conversation partners throughout the semester to get I know more people and have the opportunity to interact with different styles.
N/a
I don't really feel like daily quizzes helped me as much as I expected.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 1 (7%) 11 (79%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 14 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 10 (71%)
16. Other comments:
Orals and Lesson Quiz Listenings very difficult
The fact that the quizes were predictably everyday was nice. They weren't too too hard if you did the homework. The thing I was unhappy about in the class was that we didn't do to much speaking and when it came time for our oral tests, they were ungodly hard. He used grammer and vocabulary that we didn't learn before and said it really fast, leaving me feeling dumbfounded. I don't know if I would take his class again if I had a choice.
See you this summer sensei. -Aasaa Deibisu
This class meets four times a week, and there is a midterm oral and a final oral plus every lesson has a test. Maybe it should be worth 5 credits, because there are classes that only meet for 150 minutes per week that provide 4 credits. A lot of work for the credits earned.
Excellent Japanese class. I learned a lot and feel more confident in Japanese.
Made the content of this course easier to understand because he taught it to us in a clear and concise way. He made sure we knew what to expect daily and what to study ahead of time.
Very nice and understanding sensei that tries hard to help students. Suggestions: Personally I retain what I learn more by learning the material in class first and then doing the homework, rather than teaching myself. I also think it's best to engage the class as a whole, especially for oral practice instead of only talking to partners. A good method for oral practice is asking questions everyday and calling on a few students (or going around the whole room) to answer. The question can be directed to use current grammar points and the answer is something that they come up with on their own, usually about themselves. Since students are called on to answer, everyone is translating their own answer in their head incase/when they are called on next. Doing this is a good way to not only practice speaking, but also to get to know everyone and their personalities. Having some kind of closer connection with everyone makes class more fun. To practice orals it's important to have students think of their own sentences. In class we had a basic script and I think it automatically makes us try to follow that and memorize it more than applying the material to our own answers.

Terry Klafehn: JPN101, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 77408 (010)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Great teacher
Simply learning a second language holds value in itself.
The way I was taught was the best part about the class.
Being quizzed everyday on the newly learned material not only helped me understand little mistakes, but helped me retain information after studying.
Having this class four days a week helps to learn the language. Small class made it easy for teacher to teach indiviually as well as a group. Review of homework and quizes everyday helps to understand the concepts. Group work also teaches oral instead of just written.
I like how we had quizzes everyday. It really helped to keep on task.
togetherness
The fact that he took the time to go over what the class was unsure of, made sure we all participated on as much hands on learning as possible, and that he was always on task.
Sincere, individual attention to students; encouraging & relaxed class atmosphere; daily quizzes
The homework covered what was needed for the class for that day. This made it easier to follow along.
He helped me and even tried to get me additional help outside of the class. He is a very nice teacher and he made my want to go to Japan even greater.
textbooks
Klafehn Sensei made the class very enjoyable. He made it fun to learn Japanese.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Can't think of any.
The Kanji/ Kana book we used had small practice squares. For beginning students who have never written Kanji before it would have been good to have larger squares to practice tracing the Kanji.
none
none
none
None.
N/A
The listening CD.
none
daily quizzes
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
16. Other comments:
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I felt that there could have been more oral feedback. We would practice a dialogue every class but we rarely received individual corrections because the hole class practiced at once. This would be asking a lot of the professor but I think more oral examinations would be beneficial.
Sensei Klafehn is an excellent teacher. Very involved with the class and tries to understand each students difficulties. Makes students feel comfrtable and confident by talking to them as equals instead of someone from a higher stature.
GREAT SENSEI!!
Best Sensei ever! Made me remember why I wanted to learn Japanese in the first place.
Such an enthusiastic and devoted instructor. Very knowledgeable and gives students personalized attention. Uses humor and cultural representations in a creative way to facilitate learning. Daily quizzes are a great method to force memorization of the material. Overall, one of the best professors I've ever had.
I really enjoyed this class as it was a good "break" from other more rigorous courses. Our instructor was a very likable and made this class fun.
the class was difficult but that's because it's japanese he helps in every way.

Terry Klafehn: JPN350, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 350 - Intro to Japanese Linguistics Crn (Section): 72061 (001)     72062 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 18 (90%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (23%) 14 (70%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 20 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 8 (40%) 7 (35%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The homework, powerpoints, and discussions in class
Quizzes and going over the homework every class
Weekly progress reports. Being able to access the lectures online.
The daily quizzes.
Most everything learned in this class was beneficial to those studying Japanese.
An interactive and fun teaching style which helped make the concepts easier to grasp and learn. Provided a weekly progress report, which was extremely helpful for keeping up with the class, and also motivated me to improve.
his slides reviewing topics made it it easier to understand hard topics
Going over the homework in class helped me understand the content better, and the daily quizzes ensured that I put the knowledge into long-term memory.
Going through the homework together as a class.
Professor Klafehn was very enthusiastic about class. It made me feel like going to class was worthwhile.
Learning about the structure of the Japanese Language was a really valuable part of this course.
I think having the PowerPoints and the quizzes after most classes were valuable. It prepared us, the students, for class and the midterms/tests/exams.
Homework and quizes
The instructor shows good and interesting examples to us to understand the concept every time. His lecture is organized very well.
The daily quizzes made me come to class and pay attention
I think the daily quizzes are a great way to make sure you're keeping up with the class content. I also really like that Professor Klafehn gives weekly progress reports to show how one's grade is doing. Professor Klafehn also uploads all the lectures, homeworks, study guides, and content from previous semesters to Laulima, which is a helpful reference.
The teaching method, the powerpoints, the lectures were easy to understand, and the daily quizzes.
The powerpoints and Klafehn-sensei's input.
Going over the homework in class was most valuable because even though I already completed it, it would help me comprehend it more and allow it to sink in. Daily quizzes were also very valuable because it helped us learn and get us prepared to be tested on things one day at a time.
Lots of quizzes and exams so you don't have to worry about one test ruining your semester grade.
I thought the course was very interesting and it helps for students learning Japanese to understand the right pronunciation or how the language forms their sentences. Klafehn sensei did a great job with coming to class enthusiastic and trying to get the students more involved. I think it was good how he taught the course.
the homework assignments and daily quizzes were very helpful
I liked that everything was organized and geared to us being able to comprehend the material such as through power points and class participation.
Daily quizzes
Everything!
He is very into the subject so his enthusiasm helps during lectures.
lingistic of japanese
Daily homework and quiz
As a Japanese native, I learned many rules and patterns that I never thought of.
The lectures were well presented and all resources put together concisely.
Going over homework in class is a good idea, but it would be better if students were more motivated to actually do it. Even allowing students to turn it in for a fraction (1/100th even) of an extra credit point might motivate more to actually do it. Just going over it in class is sometimes not enough, from what people tell me.
I learned a lot about the subject taught and my interest in the subject is now much greater than I was before I took it.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
A textbook that wasn't geared toward Japanese linguistics, but is suitable as an introductory book for linguistics.
None
Textbook was not very useful. Maybe instead of buying the textbook itself, if the important sections of the book was copied and attached to the homework, it would be better.
The textbook.
I felt everything was equally important
all aspects of the courses were valuable
Nothing.
I despise the book very much.
It was all pretty valuable, I think, though some parts, like the general linguistics section at the beginning of the course might have lacked interest.
N/A
None
The textbook is complicate for me.
Doing the homework did nothing for my understanding
n/a
I wouldn't say they were least valuable, but I think the homework should have been graded...
N/A
N/A
I personally didn't need all the Japanese vocabulary but it probably helped other students.
Everything was great!
Midterm exams
nothing
Japanese
sometime, his lecture is too first.
I didn't find anything least valuable.
n/a
It's hard to simultaneously introduce students to topics in Linguistics as they pertain to English and to Japanese at the same time. The study guides were often a little sparse. Maybe having one sample question on the study guide (to demonstrate what kind of question is being asked) would be better.
If you are not interested in linguistics, this class isn't very valuable.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 8 (36%) 13 (59%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (32%) 11 (55%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 16 (80%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (18%) 17 (77%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 15 (68%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.68 22 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 3 (14%) 15 (75%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 11 (55%) 6 (30%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 3 (15%) 17 (85%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.45 22 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
16. Other comments:
I liked how even though the book didn't go very much into Japanese linguistics, added information from the teacher or other sources still taught me a lot about Japanese linguistics.
I'm very glad I took this class. Wasn't too hard as long as you keep up with the homework.
The Introduction to Language textbook was good as a supplementary learning material, but I feel that the in-class lectures and the Tsujimura readings were far more valuable and informative.
mr Klafehn is an awesome and energetic teacher, who is very knowledgable of his field.
This is a solid course with a solid professor.
The subject matter in general isn't interesting, but the professor Klafehn made it interesting. He also made it easy to understand and explained most things pretty well. I think he should spend time a little more on certain things, or have one class dedicated to studying what will be on midterms/finals, but otherwise, I liked the class.
I like this course, and I recommend other students to take this course.
Professor Klafehn is a terrific professor because he is not only knowledgeable,organized,and approachable, but also very enthusiastic and helpful. The class is structured in a way so that the content is not overbearing, and yet one seems to learn more material than one realizes. I would highly recommend this class to anyone studying Japanese because of the professor, class structure, and the content itself is quite interesting.
It was a very good class and I would recommend it and the teacher to other students.
Professor Klafehn was a great, enthusiastic teacher that made the concepts very easy to understand.
Klafehn-sensei is a wonderful, wonderful professor! He teaches with a passion that is rare nowadays. He always had his powerpoints prepared, always had quizzes ready for us, he was on the ball the whole semester. He is not the kind of teacher who demands a lot from students. He gives you simple instructions: do the homework, and come to class. If you do that, you should do well on the exams. This course could have been a lot more complicated and stressful, but he has discovered a way to teach students the content at a comfortable pace in a clear and straightforward fashion. I wish I could take a class from him again, but I'm graduating in the summer!
Thank you very much, Klafehn Sensei. I really enjoyed the course this year and I hope to have you again as a teacher in the future. Take care.
I would love to take Klafehn-Sensei's other classes. I love his personality and teaching style!
I think the way the course was structured was perfect. The amount and type of material covered was ideal: just enough to teach us and just enough to whet our appetite for future learning. I strongly believe that the professor makes or breaks the course. In my opinion, Professor Klafehn definitely did a very good job.
nice teacher
Some aspects of the course were relevant to my educational goals (ie. developing language skills) but in many ways I felt frustrated with the course content of JPN350. This is in no way Kalfehn-sensei's fault; in fact his efforts to keep the course well organized and energetic were some of the only things that helped me motivate to grasp many of the more esoteric aspects of the course content. I appreciate being exposed to many of the ideas presented in the class, and as I stated earlier there were many useful grammar tips including in the course material. I simply feel like a large portion of time spent in class was devoted to memorizing abstract linguistic concepts with little real world application. I sincerely doubt I will encounter most of this terminology again and feel frustrated that the majority of energy I devoted to this class was to there memorization. As a departmentally mandated intro-level course I wish that JPN350 was more devoted to broad concepts rather than to the memorization of technical linguistic vocabulary. I am not a linguistics major and have no desire to pursue this field of study further. I wish that there was more Japanese language education integrated into the course. With all that being said I would like to express my gratitude towards Terry Klafehn. He always gave his all in the classroom, always came well prepared, and was always extremely generous and gracious about accommodating students. He is an excellent educator. Thank you.
I really enjoyed this class, thank you!
I took this course while studying abroad in Japan and failed it spectacularly. Taken here, I feel that due to the influence of the teacher's instructional style that I was able to succeed in the class.
I enjoyed the course. I especially like that there were no reports, projects, presentations, or any kind of experiments required for this course. Just learn the material, study the material, be tested on the material, and done. I think more courses should be like this.

Terry Klafehn: JPN202, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81765 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the sentences he gave us for homework everyday were way better than the generic ones the text boook offered! i liked how he had slides with the sentences and translations the following class, very helpful! the weekly grade updates were AMAZING!!
The whole system in which he grades, assigns work, and includes class participation is very effective.
The daily quizzes forced me to keep up with the readings and the lessons, and reinforced the material in the chapter
Daily quizzes, it encourages students to do the homework and somewhat helps to memorize the ridiculous amount of kanji students need to know.
Activities during class allowed us to practice the subject matter Homework assignments, and reviewing those assignments made the material easy to remember.
Daily Quizzes (excellent practice!) Constant practice in writing in Japanese with quick feedback
I really liked how he went over what we needed to know for the lesson quizzes and the daily quizzes. It made studying much easier.
quiz and homework reviews
The homework assignments (especially when they referenced specific grammar lessons and kanji needed) were helpful in preparing for class. They were useful guides for studying for daily quizes and chapter quizes.
- Daily quizzes, which helped to force us to study the grammar and kanji for the lesson currently learning and to help reinforce the material in our knowledge. - Power points which made it clear to see things.
introducing new grammar and vocab
The lesson/daily powerpoints.
The ability to show us how to communicate effectively instead of by the book.
The daily homework and quizzes really made me remember the kanji, I was able to remember more kanji from this one class than I was able to retain from the past three semesters combined!
He was able to communicate clearly in English as well, which made translation and explanations much easier to understand.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing
None of it.
n/a
Some of the oral practice seemed really short. Due too the 50 minutes of class every day it made practicing these things sort of hard. Maybe dedicating a couple classes to practicing the speaking would help out more.
speed reading
- NA
none
All of the daily quizzes
I don't think there was any aspect of this course that was least valuable, every component of this class was vital to my learning experience.
n/a
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
16. Other comments:
i really like Klafehn Sensei. He made it easy for students to succeed if they WANTED to. If they didn't want to, he wouldn't punish them, it was up to them. I like that because it doesnt bring the students who want to do well, down. He is a fair grader and understands that sometimes students have hard times and other things to do, and takes it into consideration when grading and evaluating hard work.
One of the best, if not then the best Japanese language teacher that I've had.
Would recommend this instructor to other students interested in taking Japanese. Awesome teacher.
Klafehn Sensei is a very good professor and has a passion for teaching Japanese. A+++
Awesome teacher and a very fair grader. I would recommend any class taught my Professor Klafehn to anyone who needed to take a Japanese course.
I thought the organization and structure of the course was very conducive for learning situational and functional Japanese. It made it much easier to learn.
- I think it would be good to change people in groups for everyone to get to know each other since it is a small class.
just the right amount of work.
He has been my favorite Japanese teacher in my college career and I learned the most in his course.
The way you taught this course was very fun and made learning easy. Before this class, I never actually bothered with the paragraph reading or kanji practice, which is probably why I'm a bit behind in my kanji. However, you made participation easy and we were all able to learn together.

Terry Klafehn: JPN451, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 451 - Structure of Japanese Crn (Section): 89553 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Presentations on the overhead where clear and help me understand the course material much better.
I felt that the kniowledge of sentence strucutre will be of great use for me
Daily quizzes
Learning the basics of Japanese linguistics and the rules that linguists have found.
Daily quizes helped to solidify the materials learned in class. Lecture slides were also useful to clarify the information presented in the book.
Having a small class size so that the teacher could individually help each of us and daily quizzes so that we could assess our knowledge of material being taught.
The daily quizzes that kept everyone up to pace for the course material.
The clear structure of the class.
The play by play method using power point slides to explain course content was good. It would be good to slow the presentation down a little to give room for questions. Often times I felt that the answers to student's questions were rushed to continue the lecture presentation
The daily quizes helped me prepare for the midterms.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
Some old expressions, which are not used in modern Japanese. In contrast, including some recent expressions into considerations from time to time. No understandable explanation provided even upon our requests. Inconsistency of the arguments performed by the instructor. Lecture is given but no clear explanation is given. The students get confused but the instructor is focusing only on "finishing the material," not "help students learn."
All aspects of the course were helpful to me.
Felt like overall there was too much information crammed in so there was not enough time in class to explain to students the material.
Unique student ID used for quizzes and exams?
The homework and the course text. I am getting an A in this class so far strictly from the class lectures. I feel that the book is not necessary since the slides are so well organized. I have not opened the book all semester!
none
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.23 13 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.17 12 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
16. Other comments:
The professor's explanation to the materials weren't clear to me, and I asked him questions personally but I still didn't understand. He seems preoccupied with other classes or something, not this class.
The instructor is not fair to all the student. Also, he doesn't explain when we need his explanation. Again, he focuses too much on finishing the material and quiz as he has planned, which prevents us from understanding the content well. He doesn't seem to have willingness to help students to understand. Although the daily quiz influences our grade, he doesn't even care if we understand well while he is lecturing. Some of us seem to have more linguistic knowledge or better sense in understanding the structure of Japanese, but it doesn't necessarily mean we don't need any further explanation. He tends to ignore students' need. He seems to have the linguistic knowledge but he is not good at explaining to students or at realizing how we feel when he ignores the request of the further explanation. He also seems to hate when someone points out his mistakes. When he finds his mistakes on slide, he changes them immediately. On the other hand, when someone points them out, he ignores them and post the slides which still have mistakes. I doubt if he is helpful. He may be helpful to those who, he thinks, need help to pass the course. He is not really helpful to those who don't have difficulty passing the course. I don't think it is fair. I believe that ignoring those who want to learn is not something that teachers should do. Although he has humor, it never determines the teacher's quality.
I have taken this course with another instructor before and struggled greatly. This instructor made the material easy to understand and helped me to get a much beter grade this time around. Perhaps one of the best college professors I have ever had.
It was a well constructed course.
I hate trees.
the slides were very organized and effective. the examples are clear almost always (few exceptions were mentioned as questions by students). course text is not necessary in my opinion

Terry Klafehn: JPN699, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 699 - Directed Research Crn (Section): 89533 (018)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
No survey responses were found.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
No survey responses were found.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
16. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Terry Klafehn: JPN730P, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 730P - Res Sem in Jpn Ling: Pedagogy Crn (Section): 78624 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
N/A
Being introduced to, and experimenting with how to use CORPUS data such as the CHILDES program.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Reading/presenting articles irrelevant to cognitive linguistics/pedagogy/SLA.
Going over the same concepts over and over again(although sometimes this was helpful).
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
8. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%)
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.8 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.6 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%)
18. Other comments:
Thank-you sensei! The course material was very interesting and informative.