eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Malgorzata Citko

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JPN101, Fall 2011
EALL271, Summer I 2011
EALL271, Spring 2011

Malgorzata Citko: JPN101, Fall 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 74603 (004)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 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  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning the importance of the different characters as well as the meaning of the different uses of phrases.
I like that there was enough review before each of the quizzes or tests.
The most valuable part of the course was probably the simple forms and learning the vocabulary.
writing, speaking, learning the japanese language.
The Japanese courses brief but effective focus on hiragana and katakana really helped set up a base for the rest of the semester. As an freshman with no incoming knowledge of japanese, I found the rate that the Citko sensei taught to be both rewarding and very challenging. Additionally, I found the way in which past concepts were continuously reinforced very valuable.
Having a fluent speaker teach us; repetition
probably verbal practice
Her teaching style and the amount of content covered was phenomenal.
The Japanese aspects.
I thought it was most valuable that she spoke to us in japanese as much as possible and taught us not only the japanese required but also important knowledge we would need to truly immerse in the culture/language.
Because I had taken Japanese in high school, the first 4 lessons were more of a review, but lessons five and six were very valuable as they introduced a lot of new vocabulary and some very effective sentence structures.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I felt all aspects of the course were valuable. Only thing was I felt the course went a little fast for myself which was hard to keep up with the course requirements.
At times I would be afraid to ask for help because she isn't very nurturing and seems to get upset that that you asked fro help in the first place or gets mad that you don't know the answer to what your asking her about. Also some of her quizzes were actually harder than the final lesson quiz.
Not sure there are any things that are not of value when studying a language.
some homework.
The pace at which the course was taught, it was almost as if you needed outside knowledge to participate. Especially with using particles in basic sentence structure. That was gone over briefly in the beginning and it was expected to fully understand how they are used. That was the only troubling aspect of the course.
everything was good
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The amount of homework assigned, though it created a good foundation, it was excessive and I couldn't keep up.
The non-Japanese aspects; though they were fun to talk about!
I think everything I learned in japanese was valuable, though I did not care for the radicals, but I know we had to learn it.
As I said before, the first four lessons, especially the hiragana and katakana lessons were not valuable to me because I already had a strong background in these areas after taking high school Japanese.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
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  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%)
16. Other comments:
I rate this course to be average due to the fact that there were times where I felt that the instructor was going very fast on most of the material which ended up being hard for someone like myself who had no background in Japanese before. Besides that I feel she did was expected of her by the department. Very fair when it came to reasoning with the students.
Overall, good class. If she were teaching another class I would take it.
Too much homework, to fast of a pace. more fun learning needed.
I enjoyed my overall learning experience. The only issued I had was that I found the beginning of this course to be taught in a slightly confusing way (the instructor began to teach us particles before we had learned the hiragana for it. Other than that I found Professor Citko to be very knowledgeable in Japanese and is always willing to aid her students outside of class.
The only gripe I had is sometimes the way you chastize the students seem a bit harsh. But other than that, I enjoyed the rest of the course.
I really enjoyed this class! I became very interested in learning Japanese and she pushed us even on days we were not feeling so great. She was still very respectful of our situations and let us get back on track without overwhelming us.
Gosia sensei was very apt in adjusting to each students progress and time availability. She was apt in preparing lesson plans that were both time efficient and academically challenging. Kudos to her!
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I am really grateful to have had this sensei to start off my japanese in college. She was my best professor I had this semester of the 6 I had!
Gorsia sensei was an excellent Japanese professor who was able to effectively connect with, understand, and teach her students. She also presented the material in a great way, and was very willing to help students who were struggling. Overall, one of the best professors I've had at UH. Honto arigatou gozaimashita Gorsia sensei!

Malgorzata Citko: EALL271, Summer I 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 271 - Jpnse Lit in Trans-Traditional Crn (Section): 90194 (601)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.62 13 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%) 2 (15%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.38 13 1.45 Freq(%) 3 (23%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%) 2 (15%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I felt that the descriptions and explanations of various images that appear throughout the course was very helpful. It seemed that a lot of the time the images did not make any sense and meanings were implied that couldn't be related to modern times. For this very reason, the explanations were very useful. I also felt that the division of the longer works was an exceptionally good idea.
The wide variety of readings, although for a summer course did feel that they were at some times a little overwhelming.
The supplemental handouts helped me to understand the literature on a deeper level.
going through the plays and talking about symbolism and stuff
I really liked being able to take notes on a laptop because it allowed me to take notes quickly; also, the handouts were great for reviewing that day's lecture.
I felt the backstory to most of the readings were more interesting than the readings themselves. (The reasons that Ise Monogatari, Heike Monogatari etc. were written)
The variety of different types of material over the period was very interesting for understanding the scope of the social change during the tradition time period. I also enjoyed the personal knowledge that the instructor was able to bring into the class room. Her handouts helped to highlight and explain difficult concepts.
Handouts and PDF files.
I like the background information provided in discussion. Handouts are very useful. Going over the reading from the night before is extremely helpful in understanding.
The actually reading materials.
watching videos were very useful because it gave us a better understanding of what we were reading about, homework on dissecting poems were also very useful because it helped us think more critically
watching videos.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I think the quizzes and question regarding factual information about the authors and works were unimportant. It might just be that I have the wrong impression of what this course's objectives are, but from my understanding, it is an introductory course to traditional Japanese literal. Having the expectations that the students will take an interest in knowing every work and writer that appears in the course is a bit excessive, especially for an introductory course.
The feeling that the class was lingering on the Heian period more so than any of the other periods
I think the group play is unnecessary to do.
memorizing famous poets was tedious. lots of reading, some was very long
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There were some supplementary readings that were very long and didn't seem to add to the overall knowledge required for the class. It made it difficult to differentiate what was necessary and not necessary to read.
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Lack of Finding resources.
Don't really care for making the entire class responsible for an individual. Certain readings are unnecessary. Somewhat of a sidenote, but hand-writing is rather difficult to read at times. I feel bad for students that don't know any Japanese because some pronunciations are new to them and make class that much more difficult. Some Japanese should be a requirement for this class, at my school a year is needed before taking a similar course.
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i dont know how valuable it was to perform a noh play, not sure if this was beneficial in learning
the papers. the subjects were very difficult. The tests were also very hard and seemed as if she made them that way just to lower our grades. We had to identify who the author was of different passages from books and i felt that that is a little to much to require of someone who is not majoring in the subject.
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7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.54 13 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%) 1 (8%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.54 13 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%) 1 (8%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 9 (69%) 3 (23%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.08 12 1.24 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%) 1 (8%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.54 13 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%) 0 (0%)
13. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.23 13 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 1 (8%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.46 13 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 2 (15%)
16. Other comments:
I understand that this course has a lot of material to be covered. But I feel that the instructor should understand that a lot of students in the summer work a lot more and, believe it or not, do not have as much free time to dedicate to reading and deep analysis of the meaning of everything. I think that was the most discouraging thing. If I didn't need to analyze every aspect of the readings in such depth, I would not have been as discouraged to do the readings. This is just a suggestion, but perhaps the readings should be spread more evenly or split the students into groups and assign each of them certain readings and have a class presentation on them. Also, while this may be more work for the instructor, I think that if a character list was provided the material could be absorbed a lot more smoothly. To end, I just want to state that this is the most reading I have ever done for a literature class, but at the same time I feel I gained the least amount of knowledge compared to other literature classes.
She seems like a really tough, nearly unfair, grader. She told us in the beginning of class that there were no pre-req classes, yet the depth she expects us to analyze the literature and the development of our essays seem to be at a much higher level than they should be. She does push her students to improve on their writing and analyses skills, which is great. However, I feel that her expectations are a little too high for a class that has no pre-reqs. It's as if she expect us to have background knowledge of the subject to do well on our essays, which isn't exactly fair. All in all, she is a good instructor who knows the material very well and is passionate about it.
fun class. good students
There are probably going to be a lot of negative reviews because two days ago Gosia got really mad at students who hadn't read the material. They may not like it but she is right. If you didn't want to do readings or if you wanted easy readings you should not have taken a class titled "Classical Japanese Literature". Duh. Also, one kid thought that if he used the excuse "my dad was in the hospital" that she would excuse him post-error. Well, sorry, welcome to adulthood, where you have to carry several things in your head at once. If you didn't tell your boss why you were absent from work until two days later, do you think that would be completely okay? You have to let people to whom you have an obligation know when you are not able to fulfill that obligation. I would love to be in a class taught by Gosia full of Japanese majors or people who really care about the literature; this is they type of class she is most suited for, where students care as much about the lit as she does. As the daughter of a professor I sympathize with Gosia over those lazy students - it is so difficult to teach well when only one third of your class actually cares. As a Japanese major I feel that these students wasted my time and money, and there should be sections of these classes that are restricted to majors only. Next time I think she should just let those of us who read the literature talk and give the other lazy ones bad grades. I don't feel like we should spend any more time on them than is necessary. That being said, a lot of my classmates said they don't want to speak up because they feel like she shoots people's opinions down...while I don't necessarily see that happening, maybe Gosia could tone down the sarcasm a little bit...but honestly I like her class the way it is. I do have a rather thick skin though.
I felt for a summer school course, there were too many expectations. It's difficult to keep up with everything when there is class everyday and so much readings to keep up with. I felt the papers were graded hard and the instructor should keep in mind that it is summer school and things should be less intense.
Sometimes classroom discussions went on tangents and got very far off topic leaving us unprepared for quizzes. I like to know exactly what quizzes will be on beforehand! Even if it seems like you are giving us the answers, if you give them to us, we will be forced to memorize them and we will retain those answers!!! Now isn't that the goal of the course as a whole? Knowing the concepts? Some of classes I have learned the most in have had daily quizzes and reviews were we were virtually given the answers; the repetition and reinforcement along with seeing ourselves do well made learning a pleasure.
Overall enjoyed the class, understand the culture a lot more now, and can appreciate it very much. Although instructor had an interesting sense of humor, I thought she was very passionate about this class and the topics involved. Wrote A LOT more comments before, but e cafe erased it all... Basically, had a good time, grading was a bit harsh, a lot to learn in such a short time, and learned a lot of interesting things about ancient Japanese culture!
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i understand that this was an accelerated class because it's during the summer, but the amount of reading we were given some nights was a little unreasonable. it would have been okay if this were doing the regular school year, but it was very difficult to finish all the readings and then be expected to understand it all very thoroughly in time for the exam.
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Malgorzata Citko: EALL271, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 271 - Jpnse Lit in Trans-Traditional Crn (Section): 80829 (001)     80830 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 30 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 23 (74%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 13 (43%) 13 (42%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 30 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 13 (43%) 9 (30%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 30 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 8 (26%) 6 (20%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning about literature as well as Japanese history and culture.
Introduction to famous works by famous authors in Japan.
The handouts on laulima were very helpful because it narrowed down the information to the most important elements and facts. The discussions during class were also valuable. It showed how everyone thought and approached the material.
Given a deeper outlook of Japan's culture of the past. Traditions of the past are also somewhat applied to modern day society. While looking at it's culture in general, we got to see how literature was applied to their culture, in which helped us give that deeper outlook.
The writing of papers allowed to get a deeper understanding of the content we read.
Learning the various Japanese anthologies, its background information, and the in depth description of the famous Genji Monogatari, Noh Drama and Kabuki Theatre.
I feel that one of the most valuable aspects of the EALL 271 course was the emphasis on the cultural relevance that the classical Japanese literature had. The course explained how the classic literature was relevant to the period of time in which the literature was composed. I was able to gain a better understanding of early Japanese culture and how the culture has progressed to modern times.
Learning about the historical events that connected to the genre of literature. It was also interesting to learn about where certain writings came from and why it was written.
The peer presentations were the most valuable.
Covered a wide range of topics.
The class discussions went over everything she wanted us to know and the handouts were always very detailed. If we ever had a question she couldn't answer, she would research it for us and answer our question the next class. Overall, the information we needed was always available to us, so the only reason we wouldn't know it was because of a lack of effort on our part.
the study of poetry was pretty insightful. Though I didn't like it, I think an understanding of Noh plays and Genji Monogatari will probably be useful someday. Also, learning how literature played a role in and reflected the time period is pretty valuable information.
The three required papers were valuable because they helped research more into a certain area of topic and the feedback was very helpful. Almost everything was valuable because she chose what would be good area`s to focus on. She didn`t focus on anything unimportant.
Discussion on readings
The study games for the test.
-Student presentations on each topic -The papers -Poem analysis assignments
I liked that we were able to discuss the works in class, as this deepened my insight and helped me to interpret the reading material in ways I had never thought of before.
The materials read for class were very valuable
The most valuable aspect of the course were the individual presentations. I found it beneficial because when it was my turn to present a certain topic, it furthered my individual understanding, and when my classmates presented, it provided further background information before covering the literary work and its writers.
learning about historical readings and events that occurred during the time readings were published, writing poetry
Group discussions were a good way to get multiple perspectives. I also enjoyed how she made it easy to speak up in class regarding the different subject matter.
The required readings were valuable and interesting!
The fact the teacher was a graduate student helped me relate to the teacher better. High energy and excitement for the material made class interesting Getting the students involved in searching for info on topics, though sometimes too fast and not-well-heard.
She's tough but she knows a lot about the material and I think I learned a lot from her class.
Her enthusiasm in the subject makes everything more interesting for students to learn.
The aspects of the course most valuable were that of the poetry within Japanese literature.
The lectures were always very informative and in-depth, as were the class discussions. Gosia really tried to get us to all interact with each other and the text, and as the class got closer, the more we were more likely to say and therefore the more interpretations we were able to discuss. It was a very good learning environment.
Her enthusiasm for the course made it easier to learn and it was a fun experience because she could understand us from the perspective of a student rather than one of a normal professor.
I thought the group discussions were the most valuable asset in the class.
Well organized and followed the schedule.
I thought the way the course was laid out, starting with the oldest and slowly working closer to modern day was very helpful.
Learning about Japanese literature back from early Japanese periods.
The handouts with information on each topic were very helpful as a basic but detailed overview of what we were learning about. I think just having Gosia talk to us about the readings and the context that they were written in was also valuable--it really helped my understanding of the readings and the themes that they covered.
Discussion in smaller groupsâ??it helped us as students understand from different perspectives from our peers and answer any questions which may otherwise take up class time.
The readings and handouts.
It was nice to get introduced to the Japanese literature.
Learning about the different works during the different time periods in Japan.
- Handouts - The choice in readings that were selected. It was a really good selection of readings. - The help that was offered when we could have her edit our papers before final submission and have us think hard on our word choice. - Discussions (big and small group) - Asking us for our opinion about the readings.
Definitely the class discussions and the informational handouts. I learned SO MUCH in this course.
Getting to read so many different Japanese literature pieces was most valuable.
Discussions on topics in literature were very useful and helped when writing papers and understanding subject matter.
Learning broad topics about history about Japanese literature.
After taking class I learned how to analyze poetry better and how to write about topics that are as difficult as Japanese literature. I am also able to learn more about my own heritage even though I did not like reading a lot of the material in this class.
All aslepcts were valuable, but the most valuable was probably learning how to connect Japanese history to its literature.
In-Class discussions, student presentations, group discussions
I think the instructor had a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject material
i think the discussions in class really helped to understand the readings and what was gonna be on the tests
The instructor constantly demonstrated that she was very knowledgeable about the subject material.
the analyzing of literature and being able to discuss with other classmates.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Having to do so much for a non WI class that was 200 level.
fruitless self discussion
I felt that some of the course materials, especially the long readings on laulima, were not as helpful. If it was broken down more, I think I would have understood better, but sometimes when it was extremely long I felt I only got the main idea instead of the subtle details. Some of these details were crucial, and I felt I missed out on them.
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The acting of a play. I felt the time could have been put to better use.
Too much writing for an non WI class! Make it WI again!
The various poets and authors that were introduced along with the new anthologies and Eras that went with it was not as interesting as I thought thus was seen not as valuable as the other content.
I feel that the least valuable aspect of the course was the punishment homework that the instructor assigned to the entire class when some of the students did not do the required readings. I feel this was unnecessary because the students who actually did do the readings had to suffer the consequences of those who did not. Also, the students who chose not to do the reading assignments would suffer consequences anyway when faced with a pop-quiz or an exam.
There are things that I disliked in the class, but I understand that it was all valuable and relevant material/quizzes/presentations/etc.
I thought that the play presentations were the least valuable.
memorizing names and dates seems pointless.
Handouts were sometimes posted on Laulima after the class when we discussed it, whereas having the handout during the relevant class would have possibly made our discussions a bit smoother.
I think everything we learned has value, it's just that some things were more enjoyable than others to read and learn about. Perhaps student presentations were the least valuable. The instructions for that assignment are rather vague and usually the student presents too fast for his or her classmates to take notes on the information presented.
Nothing in particular. For me personally it would have to be Noh Drama just because I do not think I would indulge myself in it. Good to know background, yet understanding the plays critically was difficult and not something I would do out of class.
Analyzing Poems
the discussions amongst the students
The homework assignments.
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Some students inability to do their presentations made it so others were unable to gain the maximum amount of information.
Most class material seemed relevant.
Lack of use of multimedia Amount of material to cover and remember in one semester is far too daunting. Limited interpretation based on previous criticisms. Essay topics were assigned, rather than by choice.
The papers were a lot harder compared to my EALL 272 class.
The aspects of the course which were least valuable were those of historical background information.
Some of the minutiae of the rote memorization for the exams were tedious, but, then again, I also will walk away from this course remembering a very significant amount more than some of my other courses.
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The three out of six papers that were assigned were not valuable at all. It made us focus on a few specific pieces of Japanese literature, while failing to give us a better understanding of the rest of the material that we covered in class. Also, with the amount of writing and effort that was put into this class, it should have been a WI class. Also, I felt that the material could have been better covered if the instructor had helped us understand the material better, instead of just throwing it into our face and expected us to figure out what the work or literature was trying to tell us. This could have easily been achieved if the instructor had prepared class materials such as a Powerpoint presentation to help effectively communicate the class ideas and concepts.
None that I can recall.
Small group discussions when most of the class failed to either finish or do the reading at all. Also, having the students be the ones to print out all the various pages and bring them to class has been difficult.
material is boring, handwriting on board is very hard to read, some of the daily readings can be finished in 5 minutes, other daily readings take longer than 4 hours.
I think talking in groups didn't really help anyone too much, because most of the time the people in my group hadn't even done the reading for the day.
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The long midterms. Pop quizzes.
I can't think of anything, really.
The least valuable was having to write three papers on topics that were not always interesting.
Too many writing assignments when class is not a WI course.
Some of the papers can be very difficult to write because the topic may be unclear so the student does not know what to write about. Compared to writing and talking about an English concept it is hard to make the analysisâ??s extremely detailed when analyzing the material in this class.
The essay topics could have been better.
None?
none
The instructor did not give much explanation of the course materials, and instead relied on students to come up with our own interpretations.
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7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 29 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (26%) 12 (41%) 8 (26%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 29 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 2 (6%) 14 (45%) 12 (39%)
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  
4.06 31 1.03 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 15 (48%) 11 (35%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 30 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 13 (43%) 15 (50%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.26 31 1.34 Freq(%) 5 (16%) 3 (10%) 8 (26%) 9 (29%) 5 (17%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.03 30 1.19 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 3 (10%) 5 (17%) 11 (37%) 11 (37%)
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  
4.59 29 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 9 (29%) 17 (59%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 31 1.1 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 11 (35%) 7 (23%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.77 30 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 5 (17%) 18 (60%) 7 (23%)
16. Other comments:
The hardest part of the class was analyzing poetry and metaphors. I think it would be helpful to have a few workshops throughout the semester just in providing tips and practice for analyzing. I know that the more you read the stories and poems the better acquainted you become in analyzing, but it was just not enough. The teacher was very enthusiastic. Although sometimes I felt overwhelmed with the work, while in class she presented the material in an entertaining way.
Malgorzata Citko was a very knowledgeable teacher, but I think her estimation of our personal knowledge on the subjects being taught was a little high. For a class with no prerequisites I believe she thought we had more knowledge and expected more from us than what was required for the course.
I really enjoyed composing poems in class (those few times that we composed poems in class.) It actually inspired me to write my own tanka and haiku poems outside of class. I also really admired the instructor's passion for the subject matter. I feel that her genuine interest in the subject matter is really inspiring to me; I feel that because of her genuine interest, I have developed a personal interest in classical Japanese literature. My interest has not come to a point at which I would want to continue my academic career in the direction of classical Japanese literature, but I certainly have developed my own genuine interest and a new found respect for the classical literature.
A really enjoyable class with a fun teacher. I thought that this class wouldn't be too interesting since I'm not a fan of traditional litereature(and I'm still not really a fan), but the way the course was done was really enjoyable. I learned a lot and information fell into place fairly well. I do hope though, that instead of pop quizzes, maybe you could have scheduled quizzes.
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It is easy to make difficult tests, it is difficult to make things interesting and fun to learn.
It was easy for us to relate to our teacher (possibly because she too is still a student), so class was never boring. Although I prefer the modern Japanese literature to the traditional, this was still an enjoyable class.
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Very helpful and willing to give her all! She has a great understanding of the material and is able to answer almost any question. Great personality and does not just stand up and give a boring lecture, there is a lot of class discussions.
Class was hard, you either get it or you don't. Remembering all the Japanese names is difficult if you don't speak the language. Pop quizzes were very difficult.
Difficult but do-able.
Please try to improve your handwriting. What's the point in writing feedback on homework assignments and writing important information on the board if the majority of the class can't read what you wrote?
She made the class fun and interesting with her passion and insight for this subject area.
Though your class was very challenging, I enjoyed it.
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Her high demands on assignments and writings encouraged students to strive even harder to complete everything. I love her fairness in grading.
Though a very rigorous course because of the amount of attention paid to detail and class interaction, I feel like I benefited a great deal from Gosia's teaching methods. She's a tough grader, but it really pushed me to do my best.
Was a very good class and while I personally don't hold a particular interest in the material I would still recommend it to others.
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At first the class was somewhat boring, but towards the end, it got interesting.
When teaching this course, it would be good to consider that many of the students are completely new to this subject and do not have a good idea of the background to many of these stories.
Very enjoyable class overall.
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I kind of feel like this class should count for a Writing Intensive credit. Three (quite difficult) papers at 3-4 pages each with 1.5 spacing can come out to roughly 15 pages, plus the short responses that we did could definitely fulfill a writing-intensive course requirement. It was a lot more difficult of a class than I thought it would be but I do feel like I've learned a lot, even though it's made painfully clear how little you can cover about Japanese literature in one semester.
This was a great course and instructor I would recommend to everyone to take, especially if they're Japanese majors or minors. As long as you put in the work and can sufficiently analyze readings, the course isn't as difficult as it seems.
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Inequalities: There were 6 paper topics to write on, half the class was assigned to write 3 of the papers and the other half got the remaining 3. I felt that the topics written about by the other half of the class were more straightforward. Paper 5 topic writers also were given an option to slightly change their topic where the other half of class was given no such option. I have written more in this class than I had to for my 400 level Writing intensive class. This class should have been a writing intensive. There was too much information to process. Maybe the class should have been specified as a Reading intensive. Because every single day was more reading. Class discussions were about the readings and there was just too much info. Class moved too fast. This 200 level course was more difficult than my 400 level.
The midterm was too long for the amount of time given to do it. The tasks on the midterm were tasks that required a lot of deep thought and is hard to do given a 60 minute time period.
Great course, and Gosia was amazing to have as an instructor.
This course is challenging, but I learned a lot.
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Some of the material can be very hard and confusing to understand. Usually it takes several times to read the material in order to understand it. Also some of the material such as Manyoshu and Kokinshu may be hard to relate to so the student may not find the material as relevant. When writing analysis or researching material in the class it is hard to find a lot of info on certain topics because a lot of students rely on the Internet just to get their information.
The poor doesn't mean the professor was bad, rather the course
We had to cover too much material, and ended up being more work than an introductory class should have been. It would have been really helpful if the instructor would have given her own explanations for the course material, instead of relying on us to understand it ourselves. The instructor demanded too much comprehension of the students for an introductory class.
Gosia is a really fun teacher. she gives a lot of work and grades rather harshly but her enthusiasm and personality kind of make up for it. some of the discussions were kind of boring though. i like when teachers incorporate short video clips just to give students an idea of what the hell we're talking about so i would suggest that
While I think highly of the teacher herself, I think this course was made a great deal more difficult than it had to be. This could have been easily avoided by giving us the packets to read BEFORE the class in which we cover the material, and by making sure that quiz material is limited to things covered during class time. While the course was not impossibly difficult, it was an introductory level course, and did well to discourage further study in classical Japanese literature.
The teacher made the class. It could easily have been boring to study older literature, but her enthusiasm and energy made it fun.
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