eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Masumi Hamada

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Masumi Hamada: JPN202, Spring 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81769 (006)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 8 (73%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 1.45 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Everything because I forget everything.
The communication aspects of the course, which I would imagine will be helpful in real-life situations.
The grammar structures we learned.
EVERYTHING!!!! Kanji, New Vocabulary, Grammar Structure, Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Presentations... everything we learned was crucial to passing the class. Even though Hamada sensei gave so much homework, it was actually preparing us for upcoming test and orals. Hamada sensei made sure that we put the yellow japanese book that we bought at the book store into good use and thus enforcing homework made looking in the book and looking at notes and drills meaningful. Not only did she discipline and care for everyone in class but she also encouraged everyone to do their best. Therefore, in her class I tried to do my best all the time.
Using a lot of group work during class to help each other learn, doing mini quizes that helped us remember things
I liked the Kanji workbooks because they gave me a chance to practice the kanji.
Grammar and Vocabulary
The Orals
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
nothing? there's so much i need to learn!
n/a
Everything taught in the course had value.
I didn't care for lots of homework or kanji/ vocab quizzes almost everyday but having done them helped me pass the class.
The textbook is terrible. There are better textbooks out there (Genki) which are easier to navigate, potentially allowing us to cover more ground in less time.
None
The notebook associated with the reading material is really confusing. I understand that book has been used for years and years, but the way that it's worded doesn't spark any interest to me.
none
The Mini Kanji Quizzes
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
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%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
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  
4.36 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 7 (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  
4.36 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%)
12. 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%)
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  
4.36 11 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
16. Other comments:
Best teacher ever! Buy her a new car or something!
Thank you for all your help and encouragement, Hamada-sensei! - Dorobo
This was a great class overall and I am really glad I had Hamada Sensei as my teacher :)
Hamada sensei was awesome!!!! She cares for everyone and wants everyone to pass. Encouragement was key and her sense of humor made class more enjoyable. It was a fun class and I had fun every time I went to class! I would tell people to take her class if they really want to enhance their japanese learning skills. Not only does she go outside of the box for activities to do for each lesson but she really prepares her students for the worst and in the end I can only thank her for her being my best 202 japanese teacher and helping me learn things I never thought I'd have fun learning on my own! =)
Our teacher was extremely approachable and charming, which made this class pleasant. Hamada-sensei has gone out of her way countless times to help us improve our test grades, and has always been willing to spend extra time explaining something. This class however lacks flexibility, and as mentioned above, the book downright sucks. I understand that repetition is necessary to learn a new language, but there was no variety in the drills from lesson to lesson, and after a while it is not about repeating to memorize, but being mechanical about it without thinking or learning. I would suggest making this class more interactive and personal, giving students a better reason to learn the material by bringing their interests into play (music, movies). Instead of manga-reading, I think it would be more helpful to have an anime or drama episode every other week without subtitles, so that students can learn about the culture pertaining to and the context in which to use the clauses we are supposed to learn.
Please continue your work habits :)
Sometimes the lesson plans were a bit confusing as to when things were due, when the mini quiz dates were and when things (books) needed to be brought to class. I don't care for the texts that are related towards the class because they are also confusing in the way that it's structured. Hamada seemed like she had a hard time explaining the material in her lectures and also had a hard time answering questions that the students had in class. However, Hamada is always willing to help out students although several times when I scheduled appointments with her, she never showed up. I dont know if it was miscommunication on my part or hers, but overall, I'm just glad that I made it through this tough Japanese course.