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Instructor: Sean Forte

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JPN102, Fall 2013
JPN101, Summer I 2013
JPN101, Spring 2013
JPN101, Fall 2012

Sean Forte: JPN102, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 77045 (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  
2.18 11 0.87 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 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  
1.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
Forte Sensei, provided clear and exact explanations of all materials and made learning enjoyable and fun.
The enthusiasm of the instructor was something to look foreword to.
i liked how he would really explain the grammar structures in class and do examples so we understood the content.
It was fun and interesting, never boring
Everyone was easy to talk too and the information was well presented
Kept class alive. Kept it upbeat and interesting
Forte Sensei gave us lots of opportunities to practice with each other, and explained concepts and constructions very well. He used the computer resources very well and was really good at breaking down parts of sentences into understandable chunks.
Teaching style practice
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He was great, I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone wanting to learn Japanese
Possibly having students use spoken skills in class more often, time permitting.
possibly do more variety of practice demonstrations such as games or practice reading online websites so we can do more "real life" applications of what we learn in class.
do a little bit more in-detail reviews
A little more time on each section
I honestly can't think of anything.
Moves to quickly, maybe spending a little more time on each content. Hard to engrave the info into my brain since we moved so quickly
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the amount of practice provided with the lessons. I found the in class exercises very valuable.
The class as a whole.
learning basic stuff such as department store ettiquete and small talk topic ideas because being college students, there will be many times where we may have to apply this knowledge.
Speaking, listening, and writing in Japanese
the mini quizzes
A lot of time was spent helping the students practice the material learned.
The oral
Practicing with partners after every new concept was introduced--immediate reinforcement.
All contents, tests, quizzes, practices were valuable
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
NA
none
everything was good
Conjugation quiz
n/a
N/a
11. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
12. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
13. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
14. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
15. 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 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
17. 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  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
20. Other comments:
very good teacher, i would recommend to any other student taking JPN

Sean Forte: JPN101, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 90219 (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  
4.0 3 2.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
I liked doing the various activities with my classmates; that really helped my speaking skills. It was a different way of learning, but very fun. I also liked the smaller class size.
I think it is always important to have a non-native speaker who is enthusiastic about the subject matter to lead 101/102 level language courses. I believe that teacher enthusiasm is critical to student learning outcomes for initial exposure to a foreign language. Sean Forte represents some of the best enthusiasm for the subject matter I have seen, and it shines through in his approach towards the course and the students.
I liked how encouraged we were to speak in his class, and how respectful and comfortable the class environment was.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Keep doing what he's doing.
There are a number of ways the course could be improved upon. (1) Print outs. I would suggest that either a course packet complete of the handouts and printouts be made available to purchase at the start of the semester or that all course content be posted online at the beginning. The daily printing out of content was cumbersome for organization and did not provide for a material that could be easily reviewed if not pursuing the next level Japanese course. (2) Grading methodology. Currently the grading methodology is such that one can ensure that all students who pursue the next level of Japanese will have a standard ability across all elements of language. However, perhaps for a 101 course, an objective should be to keep introductory students interested in the material and continue on with additional courses. The current methodology does facilitate the secondary point given individual student concerns over GPA and workload. I would suggest that the grading methodology be modified for 101 to be more heavily influenced by course participation, homework and lesson quizzes, less so weighted to a final examination. Weighting more towards a final examination (40%) seems as though an appropriate grading methodology for a more advanced course. Perhaps I would say that in the methodology the final examination be weighted with as 2.5 times as important as the regular quizzes and that homework/participation to be moved up to be 30-45% of the total grade for 101. For 102, I would change the percentages away from participation and more towards exam outcomes. For 200/300 level I would continue to modify the rubric towards testing. In short, for the Japanese program I would say that grading should be a funnel, narrowing towards higher levels. Right now this funnel is more of a cylinder where I think that many who would be initially interested in Japanese would not pursue further education in the subject. (3) Timelines. Much less important in a Summer Semester but very important during regular semesters is making sure that classes end as scheduled and so the teacher is not rushed at the end to ensure that the class knows of expectations for the next day. Even though all students understood expectations, those expectations descriptions were often given after the end of scheduled class time (again, not an issue for Summer, potentially one for regular semesters).
8. 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 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I think the speaking activities/practice and also the multiple grammar worksheets were valuable. I got to practice both my verbal and written skills!
What was done excellently for a 101 course: (1) storytelling to encourage student active listening, (2) introduction of new vocabulary and structures early only to learn more how to use them later (however, they must be introduced very briefly as to not distract the learning of current vocabulary and structures), (3) requirement to learn Hiragana and Katakana immediately and prior to the course , (4) teacher-created handouts and translation exercises. Its obvious a lot of time was spent on developing translation exercises and handouts to review an array of vocabulary, verb tenses, and concepts. It would be much better if they were bound in one text (perforated edges for turning in homework). There is a reason why UH has one of the best Japanese programs in the country - I do think that other language departments could learn quite a bit from looking at the approaches used in the Japanese program (i.e. given the similarities in grammar, it would make sense that Korean classes follow the same lesson plan).
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
I didn't see anything that was really not valuable. Introduction of cultural components is important as it reminds students of one reason why they are studying. I didn't necessarily like the focus of vocabulary to a university setting. It would be much more beneficial to begin learning things related to work, life, etc and lean more on those points of vocabulary more than university-centric ones. Even though vocabulary is only intended to reinforce grammar structures through direct application, I think the usefulness of the vocabulary that is used could be improved upon. Likewise, understanding that Hawaii-centric Katakana is used to reinforce reading skills, it would be more useful to have Katakana that is would also be applicable to any environment. (perhaps using a real map of areas around an actual UH study abroad location would be more useful -- then adding locations to the map over the course of 101, 102, 201, 202 -- it would accomplish the same things and be applicable for a student who could study abroad in the future).
11. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
12. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
13. 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 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
14. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
17. 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 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
20. Other comments:
Thank for teaching me these past six weeks. They were fun and I'm glad I finally learned some Japanese! :D Arigatougozaimashita.
Note on instructional materials: Sean Forte's handouts were useful. Less useful were the materials in the actual textbook. The Kana/Kanji book would have been improved upon with the inclusion of Sean Forte's translation handouts. For the Kana/Kanji book, I would recommend some revisions to make sure that the Kana is written above Kanji throughout. Note: I understand the approach but I didn't necessarily like it where students did preparation before concepts were introduced. This created an environment where the potential for bad habits increased. Instead, I would approach it through - (1) In class concept introduction, (2) homework review of concept, (3) In class use of an review of concept. Attempting to self-learn a concept only resulted in wasted student time if they are not able to grasp it and commit a wrong approach to memory.

Sean Forte: JPN101, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 81506 (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  
1.9 10 0.99 Freq(%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 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  
1.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
It was fun and interesting, and it moved at a good pace.
Forte Sensei had an extremely agreeable manner. I enjoyed his lectures and discussions. Frankly, he knew what he was talking about and had the excitement to get us interested at 7:30 in the morning, which is commendable on all levels really.
I like working with partners in class. It really helps me gain more in terms of speaking Japanese and it reenforces the material we go over.
Everything
That it was fun. And that he did a good job explaining the language.
He was really patient with us. That being said I really enjoyed the examples that he used and the context of the program.
I enjoyed this class and just about everything about it.
The instructor gave very helpful descriptions of what to do and helped the whole class work on their grammar and reading throughout the class. He did not leave out anyone and helped each person with anything they were struggling to do.
I really enjoyed the discussions with Forte sensei. He was clear and got right down to the point
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I have no complaints on his methodology. My only issues are with the department and their ways of handling second language education.
Not much because you got everyone involved and tried to help the students. We all are at different levels and Sean understands this.
Having review sessions before, I felt that having to put everything that we learned together was slightly intimidating.
He was cool, he is a good listener and not judgmental. He is a good teacher.
I think he just has to continue what he is doing.
No improvements needed
8. 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 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
10. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
11. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Practicing communication skills and communicating with peers.
Grammer certainly.
I think the cultural aspects were most valuable. Learning when to use a word for different types of situations helped me understand the material better.
Everything
The grammar
Learning the grammar was interesting, I also enjoyed learning about adjectives and verbs towards the end of the class. With that said, the lesson about food and how to order was the most fun for me.
Understanding everyday conversations with Japanese tourists at work and signs around Hawaii.
The grammar help and learning of new words and phrases not already in the textbook.
Discussions, group practice, oral practice
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing was invaluable; as it shouldn't be in a language course.
Nothing because all aspects were valuable. The writing, speaking, and reading is something Japanese learners need to become efficient.
I thought that some of the movies and clips were old and I could not relate to them.
Nothing that I can think off. Everything pretty much had value to it when learning a new language for the first time.
None
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
14. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
15. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
16. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
17. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
18. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
20. 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  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
21. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
23. Other comments:
Forte Sensei has done an exceptional job. If he is reading this, I want to personally thank him for his help this semester and for his constant upbeat attitude.
Good Job Sensei and ã?©ã??ã??ã??ã??ã??ã?¨ï¼?
Excellent class and teacher.
I would love to take more classes from Forte Sensei in the future

Sean Forte: JPN101, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 71847 (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  
2.46 13 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 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  
1.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 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  
4.31 13 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
We were given lots of opportunities to practice the different sentence structures, vocabulary, and grammar.
Grammar, communication, pair work, Kanjis, and particles.
Learning hiragana and katakana.
The in-class practice, he really made us interact. It was always for better. The random pairing allowed us to strengthen our skills in speaking Japanese. We got alot of practice for most of our oral exams, which really helped, this is something that should be continued.
The worksheets with the grammar points on them were very helpful. Sensei also gave very good examples using words and grammar pertinent to the material.
Japanese is second language to him he knows perfect way to teach the language
The lectures and in-class practice and activities were all great. I also enjoyed the small class size and that the people in the class were all friendly.
The vocabulary and grammar
This 101 course summarized what I learned in 3 years of Japanese back in high school. While the speed was relatively quick, I still maintained a good grade in the class. I think all of the materials in the Jap101 course were valuable.
Forte sensei was very effective in teaching the basics of Japanese language. If there were any subjects that students had trouble with, he spent the time to thoroughly explain it.
Learning the vocab and kanji.
- Helped evaluate my interest in the Japanese language and culture - Helped strengthen my understanding of other cultures and languages - Helped me communicate with my peers
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing.
Everything was valuable.
There should be practice lesson quizs that shows the format of the actually lesson quiz to avoid shocks. Class was too short 50 minutes is not long enough, it should be 75 minutes.
The extra side notes were a nice addition, but they could be overwhelming at times. Also, I felt that there was very little time spent in trying to memorize the vocabulary outside of verbs or adjectives. I sometimes felt like there were too many grammar points at once as well. The textbook wasn't very relevant either.
n/a
SD Homework. I learned much more from the worksheets than I did from those things.
None
All aspects of the course were useful in daily Japanese speaking situations.
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9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
10. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
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%)
11. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
12. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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%)
13. The course objectives were clear.
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%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
15. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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 amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 1 (8%) 8 (62%)
17. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think he did a wonderful job in teaching this class. I can't think of anything that he could do to make this class any better.
He was excellent, it would be hard to improve.
Learning new material at a slower pace. Not moving on to the next lesson so quickly.
There should be practice lesson quizs that shows the format of the actually lesson quiz to avoid shocks.
Jump from grammar point to grammar point less. Maybe keep it to one grammar point at a time before mentioning others and then coming back to the original one. Over all I thought this course was very good. A little dry sometimes though. I had grown accustomed to playing games and learning silly pneumonic devices to learn vocabulary and grammar, so I think including some of those would also be beneficial. They would also engage the class more.
more fun way. do some activities. confidence :)
I liked the random things that made going to class everyday different and new. The presentations that were done were all interesting. Do more of them! Other than that nothing. Good Job!
he can add some field trip and add some extra credits
Perhaps set a firm time limit in midterm/final oral evaluation. Also, for lesson oral evaluations, since every pair of students are speaking at the same time, I think it's hard for the instructor to realize if the pair of students did all the requirements from the oral evaluation. For example, if the oral evaluation asked student A to act as person X in the dialogue in round 1, and then act as person Y in round 2. It would be hard for the instructor to realize if student A has only been acting as person X in the dialogue, and totally omitted person Y's role.
Do some more kanji practice in class.
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18. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.54 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
19. 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  
4.23 13 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
20. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 13 1.54 Freq(%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%)
21. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.38 13 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
23. Other comments:
Forte Sensei is a wonderful teacher who helped re-ignite my interest for the Japanese language. He is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Japanese language, as well as the culture. I kinda wish he could be my teacher for all the Japanese language classes. If anyone had to take this course I would absolutely recommend Forte Sensei's class.
Great communication, the emails to student who weren't at class saved them when they were sick or couldn't make it to class. He was also very attentive to his email answering questions via email all the time.
Sean Forte was a good instructor with strong knowledge of the Japanese language.
There should be a grading scale for late homework, obviously significantly lower credit. Is what I first thought. However, I realized the homework reinforces preparedness for class. Therefore, homework should mostly be accepted on time.
Hmm I think I said everything already. Thanks for the great semester!
Why can't we choose our teachers for Japanese 102...
I would say I was focused in the class 90% of the time. The other 10% I was either too tired since it's a 7:30am class in the morning, and/or the materials in a certain lecture wasn't interesting. I would give Sensei Forte a 9.9/10 in teaching the Jap101 class.
Sean Forte did an excellent job in encouraging his students to learn and to practice. He was an entertaining teacher and kept us well engaged in the class.
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