eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Sean Forte

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JPN102, Spring 2014
JPN102, Fall 2013
JPN101, Spring 2013
JPN101, Fall 2012

Sean Forte: JPN102, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 81355 (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  
2.69 13 1.75 Freq(%) 4 (31%) 4 (31%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.35 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 7 (54%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked that we did a lot of oral speaking practice in class and that the presentations were posted online.
Learning Japanese words and how to properly use them.
The in class activity and the practice; The teacher reads the readings and we translate.
We had access to what we were doing before class, plenty of practice, he kept the course interesting and entertaining, even at such an early hour of the morning.
The homework problems because they were similar to structures that were on the test.
The lesson plan were most valuable to me because I could prepare myself prior to coming to class. I loved that I knew what was expected throughout the lesson. The actual handouts for each lesson, lesson review games, and all the study guides were extremely helpful. I really like the way he conducts his oral exams. To me, having the student try to participate in small talk is a good gauge of their oral skills. In other classes I had to memorize a script for oral exams. That was not a measure of oral skills but a measure of memorization.
both the in class and out of class practice was very useful.
The course materials were superb; Sensei was extremely knowledgable, enthusiastic, and helpful. It made a huge difference that Sensei was always available for questions. He really seemed to care about us students and that we were getting the best education possible. He was also always well prepared, articulate, and extremely well versed in his field.
All the required worksheets and information were provided online on Laulima. This made access to all classwork easily available. The quizzes and tests also made mastery of the material efficient.
The structure of the class. It is extremely organized. The interaction part with classmates. It helped remember new grammar and words. The kotowaza part and the commercial part before class, a very interesting glimpse into Japanese culture (if there's such a thing as culture.)
Kanji
The actual oral practice
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
There were many daily quizes and it was really difficult to miss one day of class.
If you mean by constantly learning grammar, vocabulary, and incredibly little practice on how to speak and create sentences then I'd so those were all least valuable.
The early morning time. Having to use personal electronics for viewing all of the course material in class as opposed to having worksheets that you can write on.
The daily conversations with our partner were least valuable to me because sometimes I would have a partner that didn't bother to read the lesson prior to coming to class. It felt like a whole day was wasted cause I didn't learn anything. It was very frustrating. Other times we were unsure of the new grammar structure we just learned but we are immediately expected to have a conversation with our partner. Sometimes in this instance we would have two people trying to have a conversation without knowing if we were doing it right or not. Again, I felt like I didn't learn anything.
I found all aspects to be valuable.
The daily renshyuu with fellow students, only because if you get stuck with someone who was unprepared or didn't really care, you were never sure if you were on the right track.still, I understood the logic behind these daily activities.
The daily homework was often tedious and the lack of several oral exams.
While the organization of the class is fantastic, I do not think Forte Sensei needs to tell us, before each class, what he is going to cover. In my opinion, we as student are just so lazy as to only learn what the teacher is teaching, and do not care about the general organization of the class before it is actually being taught. But of course it's wonderful that Forte Sensei organizes his class perfectly.
Not sure
9. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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 course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 13 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
14. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 13 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
16. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
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  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.38 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
20. Other comments:
Very organized and clear teacher. I highly recommend students to take this course from this teacher.
Learning Japanese phrases, grammar, vocabulary, etc, is all find and good. However there is no point in learning any of those if we can't speak or say proper sentences. The course is pretty much throwing grammar, vocabulary, and counters at the students and expects them to speak and produce sentences with very little practice. I've received tutoring from my manager's at my work place (Tanaka of Tokyo) that moved to Hawaii from Japan and even they question the teaching method in my class. I've asked Sean Forte why he's teaching in this manner and he explained to me that he has to cover all the materials that JPN102 provides to students in one semester. I feel as though 4 days a week is not enough to learn a language properly. The teacher's rush the materials and the school expects the students to study enough on their own time to fluently understand. In my opinion a more proper way to learn a language is to teach the material to the students, and have students write their own sentences related to the material covered. The student can ask the teacher how to write words and ask if the sentences they wrote is correct. The teacher can help students more directly and explain corrections. After they finish writing they can read it out loud to practice speaking.
No.
Good job on teaching such an early class.
Sensei puts out excellent products for the students. I really appreciate that. It shows that he puts a lot of hard work in. The gradebook, timely grading of exams/quizzes was very much appreciated. Although, it would have been nice to get our quiz back at the beginning of class instead of at the end because the anticipation distracted us. I think my grammar skills could have gotten better if we were told to hand in sentences of the new sentence structures that we learned. All in all this was a very enjoyable class. It didn't start out that way but quickly grew on me. Forte Sensei's dedication to teaching shows in his enthusiasm and the hard work he puts in for his students. I would definitely take another class from him.
Excellent teacher and very knowledgeable on subject. Easily relates to students as he has gone through the same things in the past.
I'm grateful to Sean Forte for all of his help in this course. It was very challenging but he was very thorough and understanding.
Forte Sensei was getting better and better throughout the semester. There was more class activity, there were more speaking opportunities, and there were more interactions as time went by. The last 3 quarters of the class are significantly more enjoyable than the 1st quarter. And Forte Sensei's teaching style is effective helping me remember what is being taught. In summary, good job Forte Sensei.

Sean Forte: JPN102, Fall 2013     Back to top

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?
Kept class alive. Kept it upbeat and interesting
Everyone was easy to talk too and the information was well presented
The enthusiasm of the instructor was something to look foreword to.
Forte Sensei, provided clear and exact explanations of all materials and made learning enjoyable and fun.
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.
It was fun and interesting, never boring
i liked how he would really explain the grammar structures in class and do examples so we understood the content.
Teaching style practice
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
A little more time on each section
do a little bit more in-detail reviews
Possibly having students use spoken skills in class more often, time permitting.
He was great, I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone wanting to learn Japanese
I honestly can't think of anything.
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.
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 oral
the mini quizzes
The class as a whole.
the amount of practice provided with the lessons. I found the in class exercises very valuable.
A lot of time was spent helping the students practice the material learned.
Practicing with partners after every new concept was introduced--immediate reinforcement.
Speaking, listening, and writing in Japanese
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.
All contents, tests, quizzes, practices were valuable
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Conjugation quiz
everything was good
NA
n/a
none
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, 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?
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.
He was really patient with us. That being said I really enjoyed the examples that he used and the context of the program.
Everything
It was fun and interesting, and it moved at a good pace.
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.
I really enjoyed the discussions with Forte sensei. He was clear and got right down to the point
That it was fun. And that he did a good job explaining the language.
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.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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.
Having review sessions before, I felt that having to put everything that we learned together was slightly intimidating.
Not much because you got everyone involved and tried to help the students. We all are at different levels and Sean understands this.
No improvements needed
I have no complaints on his methodology. My only issues are with the department and their ways of handling second language education.
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?
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.
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.
Everything
Practicing communication skills and communicating with peers.
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.
Discussions, group practice, oral practice
The grammar
Grammer certainly.
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing that I can think off. Everything pretty much had value to it when learning a new language for the first time.
I thought that some of the movies and clips were old and I could not relate to them.
Nothing because all aspects were valuable. The writing, speaking, and reading is something Japanese learners need to become efficient.
None
Nothing was invaluable; as it shouldn't be in a language course.
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:
Excellent class and teacher.
Good Job Sensei and ã?©ã??ã??ã??ã??ã??ã?¨ï¼?
I would love to take more classes from Forte Sensei in the future
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.

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?
The vocabulary and grammar
We were given lots of opportunities to practice the different sentence structures, vocabulary, and grammar.
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.
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 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.
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.
Grammar, communication, pair work, Kanjis, and particles.
- 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
Learning the vocab and kanji.
Japanese is second language to him he knows perfect way to teach the language
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
SD Homework. I learned much more from the worksheets than I did from those things.
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.
All aspects of the course were useful in daily Japanese speaking situations.
nothing.
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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?
he can add some field trip and add some extra credits
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.
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!
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.
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.
He was excellent, it would be hard to improve.
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Do some more kanji practice in class.
more fun way. do some activities. confidence :)
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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.
Why can't we choose our teachers for Japanese 102...
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!
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.
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.
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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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