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Instructor: Elizabeth Keith

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EALL272, Spring 2012
EALL372B, Fall 2011
EALL372B, Spring 2011

Elizabeth Keith: EALL272, Spring 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 272 - Jpnse Lit in Translatn-Modern Crn (Section): 80780 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
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 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Her anecdotes were entertaining and I learned a lot from them.
Those lectures that really emphasized how the works that we read reflected society in different points in Japan's history.
The group work and essays.
Good variety of short stories, films, novels.
I really like Professor Keith's use of excepts, movies, books, and power points . I thought she gave a very well rounded understanding of Modern Japanese Literature and the social conditions that affected the evolution of Japanese Literature
I liked that along with the main texts we had the smaller anthology to read short stories and excerpts. It helped me get a better understanding of literary movements and different author's styles.
The most valuable aspect of the course was getting to discover different Japanese authors.
the emotions and values
I learned a lot about Japanese literature that I did not know about before.
The slides were very informative about specific authors.
I got to read and watch various Japanese literature works and regret nothing. I have become deeply fascinated in the subject and would like to deepen my knowledge about other pieces we have not gone over. This course was very enjoyable and informative.
Very good teacher. Engaging. Loved it.
- Utilizing Japanese literature in a way that is easy to understand and relate to - Using powerpoint and encouraging student presentations - Pop quizzes to encourage study at all times - Using films as a major source of understanding
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Dates, knowing births, deaths, stuff like that.
Group discussions. I feel that I didn't get much out of those.
The quizzes (too much dates to remember.)
Work focused too much on rote memorization, not enough critical engagement.
Sometimes I felt that the pop-quizes were a little ridiculous just because they were too easy, so they seemed a little unnecessary.
The least valuable aspect of the course were student presentations.
long readings
N/A
Group discussions seemed to be on the fly and not well thought out. Given there is a lot of reading necessary for this course, but there was a bit too much to cover within one semester.
Nothing. [smiley face]
Some of the grading could have been a little more lenient. Memorizing all those dates and names is really tough.
- Double-edge sword would be the pop quizzes. Although useful, I did not feel it was necessary
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
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  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
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  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
16. Other comments:
Excellent professor. Kind, smart, competent instructor. would recommend again.
I really like Professor Keith, she is easy to talk to and made class interesting.
It would be a great course if we tried to critically examine things instead of just reading them on a superficial level.
I really enjoyed this course, and it deepened my interest in Japanese literature. I definitely plan on reading more. I would also definitely take 271 or another class if it was taught by Elizabeth Keith.
Elizabeth Keith is a great teacher and knows so much about Japanese literature. Hope to have her again in the future!
She is a very sweet teacher, who knows and loves what she does, but needs to refine some teaching methods a bit more.
Professor Keith, thank you for being professional and aware of your students. You're very caring and I hope to see you around UHM's campus more often, teaching students about Japanese literature and how it is important to our world.

Elizabeth Keith: EALL372B, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 372B - Mod Jpn Lit: Fiction Crn (Section): 75070 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
3. 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%) 1 (8%) 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  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I really liked the power points because they were very helpful and informative. They also helped with studying for the tests and finals.
I valued the discussions at the end of each reading. It really helped re-iterate what we read because I was confused sometimes.
Prof. Keith was very knowledgeable and passionate about the material in the class. I feel that learning from such an instructor is the most assured way to developing within oneself that same kind of perspective towards the subject being taught.
The readings and lectures.
In class discussion. Hearing eveyone's thoughts and talking about the story with peers was the most valuable part of the class.
Even though covering up one semester of modern Japanese literature is a difficult thing to do, Professor Keith did a great job providing us the background of the author, the literary and historical movements, and even the presentations were informative for all students with different academic backgrounds. The format of the class allowed the students to participate among the students during class discussion, and the lectures allowed us to really be engaged with the authors and understand why they are important contributors to Japanese literature over the years. We were most privileged to have Murakami Haruki give a lecture to our class this semester and I believe it was a special moment for students who are interested in literature and writing.
The most valuable aspects of this course were the lectures and discussion.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Pretty much everything in the course was done to help/enforce each other throughout the course.
n/a
n/a
Group discussions.
N/A - There is not anything I can think of at this moment.
The student presentation topics weren't very interesting or completely relevant to some of the books we were reading.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
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  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (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  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
16. Other comments:
Overall, it was an easy and interesting class
I really enjoyed the class. It was one of those rare classes where none of the classwork feels like work, but a legitimately fulfilling process. I think that's what education should be.
N/A
It was a very enjoyable course to take and the lectures are very informative. The novels we have read were different and very enjoyable to read.
This class has a faster paced reading schedule than others due to the amount of books that was crammed into the semester period. Although keeping up with the readings was a bit of an issue (when coupled with work from other classes), the course was enjoyable and interesting.

Elizabeth Keith: EALL372B, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 372B - Mod Jpn Lit: Fiction Crn (Section): 87357 (001)    
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  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 7 (47%)
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 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Lots of feedback with essays. I liked the midterm format.
I thought that the class lectures were a very important and valuable part of the course. When one knows more about the author when starting a book, it allows for deeper analysis of the work as well as making it easier to grasp the story, most of the time. Also, the quizzes were a good "motivational" tool to try and complete the readings on time.
A good introduction to important Japanese authors.
The author biographies were interesting and useful.
All aspects were valuable. I really learned a lot about the writers that we read about.
The most enjoyable aspect of this course was group discussions. The most valuable was likely the course lectures.
We learned a great deal about some of the most well-known modern Japanese authors. The selected literature readings also had relevance towards Japanese history and culture.
I enjoyed seeing a Murakami book included in the reading list. The most contemporary authors are often left off of reading lists as they haven't had enough written on them from the academic community. Basically it was nice to see the full chronological range of modern authors. The instructor was very energetic and enthusiastic about her materials. In this regard I was very satisfied. I had a previous Japanese literature class and it felt like the instructor didn't really care. So this instructor was refreshing. I do believe this was her first class and I believe that if she taught more she would improve. Even in this semester I noticed that she became much more comfortable teaching as the semester went on.
Reading the novels outside of class.
I felt that being in every class was already very valuable because we learn new information about the authors, their life stories, the content of the novels and class discussions and lectures were all very intersting. Then there are the student presentations that were also very helpful for understanding more part of the novels and the author's thoughts. Also, Keith sensei is very knowledgeable in the subject that it almost seems like either she is really good friends with the authors or that she actually wrote the novel because she gives very insightful lectures that makes us think about the topic more.
I liked having the group discussions after reading each book and having presentations about some detail from the book. I also liked the reviews before the exams.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
It was hard to see which parts in the handouts were relevant.
I feel that the handouts that were given were too dense and lengthy for the purpose of the course and was not very beneficial in supplementing the focus.
The student presentations were the least valuable. Many of the presentation materials could have been summarized briefly in class. That is, it was unnecessary to have a student talk for 10 minutes about a subject that could have been summed up in two sentences or less.
While very much appreciated, the secondary reading material was likely the least valuable due to time constraints. As is, there was a significant amount of reading and assignments to be done for the course and the overkill of reading secondary sources did more to burn me out than inspire me.
Some of the additional assigned readings were too long and hard to grasp, since most of them are probably appropriate for graduate level work.
The questions given on the quizzes. This is a literature class and we have to read several novels and that takes time. So when the only questions asked on a quiz are "when was the book written?" and "who is the main character?" are frustrating because for the students that spend the time to read the material it feels like it was a waste of time. Getting materials after we start reading a novel. It would be better to have had time to read the supplementary materials and receive the lecture on the authors before reading a novel. In this way, as a student who is not academically trained in literature, can view the book more academically and for themes and concepts that the instructor is trying to convey. The other aspect of the class that was disappointing was the student presentations. This is more of a personal issue but I find it very frustrating to sit through a presentation where the student only reads from a PowerPoint slide. If all they are going to do is read to me I would rather they send out the slides by email and let me read it by myself. As another aspect, I would prefer if it was a rule that we cannot source wikipedia for a presentation. On the same note as being read to...if I am getting a wikipedia presentation I would rather read it on my own.
Discussing the material in class.
There really isn't anything least valuable but maybe if the handouts readings were not that many and long then it would be nice. The handouts were helpful but maybe a little bit too much in the beginning that kind of scared some of us. But the handouts were also very informative and helpful in understanding the styles of the authors through other writers.
I did not enjoy the essays and the amount of time to do the essay after given the topic. It would be nice if we were given the prompt before we read the pertaining book so we know what to look for when reading. I also disliked the additional readings because they were too long and I didn't have time to read them.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
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  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
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  
4.0 15 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%) 4 (27%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
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:
I enjoyed the course, but felt that she was a bit strict with grading essays, which is fine, but sometimes it's hard to know what is expected.
Before entering college, I had absolutely no interest in literature, let alone Japanese literature, but after taking the two EALL survey courses, and now this class, I have come to enjoy the study of Japanese literature very much. I thought that this class was very enjoyable and I thought that the teacher was a very nice, and very knowledgeable about the subject matter. If given the opportunity, I would definitely want to take another course from her in the future. Thank you!
Very enthusiastic and caring instructor. Workload was decent--the only thing I struggled with were the extra reading materials in the beginning of the semester. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Thank you! :)
I really enjoyed everything I learned in this class as well as the novels of the different writers that we read. I would definitely recommend this class to others. I learned a lot.
Overall I think Professor Keith is a great teacher and she really knows her material. I think the course perhaps needs to be tweaked a little. It took the first several weeks to truly understand what the professor viewed as important to know. In a traditional class it is easy to know what is important such as key terms in a textbook. It took getting to know the teacher before we students knew what the key points to know where.
It would be good if we covered more Japanese authors such as Yukio Mishima and Tanizaki Junichiro.
Although the grading was fair and in general the instructor was fairly lenient when grading quizzes and test, it was particularly frustrating trying to anticipate what kind of question the instructor would ask. And in giving out supplementary reading we were not introduced to the material with an introduction. An introduction that should have included what was important in the reading. This was because the supplementary reading were often very complicated and provided several different points of view on the same topic. Thus I feel that the instructor should do a better job at introducing material and what we as a student should take away from the reading. On the topic of introduction, the instructor should also introduce the readings (assigned novels for what she thinks is important and what the student should be looking for in the reading. This should be done before we ever start reading the book. I mention this because this is a literature class which is very subjective and in literature novels do not contain an introduction by the author. So if as a student we are reading a novel that is usually meant for pleasure not academics it is hard to process what the instructor thinks is important. Since we don't usually read novels for an academic purpose it is hard to understand what an academically trained person in literature finds important or significant. In other words, we need information before reading not after.
The fact that the books are in English for a 300-level course that is aimed at students of Japanese, and that there are so many in the semester makes the course seem rushed and unthorough. More time to read fewer books and comment on them (in the form of papers etc.) would be more useful than flying through translations that, when compared to the degree of content presented in the original text, are almost worthless. In other words, longer papers, less discussion, original texts.
I really enjoyed Keith sensei's class, she is very knowledgeable and have a very friendly disposition that it was easy to approach her for questions and comments and I think that is something very important as being an instructor. I would recommend Keith sensei's class to other students because the novels that we read were very interesting and that I learned so much about the authors and writing styles that I would have never thought that I would learn about. I would continue to read novels and hopefully read most of them in Japanese.
I enjoyed the class and having sensei as the instuctor!