Sep 24, 2017
Extremely informational, well presented, with questions that stimulate reflection. The optional reading material is food for thought. I hope to see more courses from the same professor and University.
Mar 22, 2019
I've taken a number of online courses on linguistics now, and this one was by and far the best. The material covered is indepth and engaging, and the professor's enthusiam makes the videos a delight.
교육 기관: Jeremy S•
Jan 31, 2020
It is a decent course that teaches the very basics of linguistics. It covers the topics of a Linguistics 101 course but no topic is explored in depth. It seems that some of the topics mentioned are barely even touched (e.g., Week 5 - Language in the Brain). Professor Oostendorp is a good lecturer but the lectures are not presented for easy notetaking. You should be prepared to make your own notes from the video lectures given few summaries/bulleted lists/etc.
교육 기관: Benjamin V•
May 23, 2016
I watched all the videos, but did not do the coursework.
I was a total beginner on the subject. The videos were very well made, and quite nice to watch.
However, I feel like the material was a bit too easy for my taste. I would have enjoyed a course that delved into "harder things".
For someone who doesn't like as much "hard challenges" as I do, I do think that this course is a nice introduction to the subject.
교육 기관: Zohreh A•
Apr 25, 2020
I've watched the first module and it was good.
Only that the website that we are supposed to get the answers for the first week's quiz ( the last 5-6 questions ) from, is not working. And I have to take the quiz several times to find the answers. Please do something about it for the future learners, thank you.
교육 기관: Alisha K•
Apr 26, 2020
I thought this class was very interesting, but I, like many others, was frustrated by the quizzes. Also, I tried to do the first honors assignment, but was at a big disadvantage using a language I don't know. How am I supposed to come up with counter examples when I don't know the language?
교육 기관: Trixy L•
Aug 02, 2020
Hard to understand with the accents at times and I have gone through the videos while trying to find an answer for the quiz and it was never mentioned in the video so sometimes the quizzes don't match what was taught. Otherwise, I learned a lot.
교육 기관: Omar A I•
Sep 16, 2020
Las exposiciones de los temas fueron estupendas en todo momento. Aprendí mucho; el único pero es la ambigüedad y dificultad del examen final; sobre todo, para quienes no tienen el inglés como lengua materna.
교육 기관: Eva O•
Jul 18, 2020
Very intersting but very time-consuming: in order to pass the tests with its tricky and detail-focused questions you need to read the questions carefuly and review all material a second time.
교육 기관: Kash N•
Dec 31, 2019
I was expecting that the course would cover IPA in-depth. It's pretty unconscionable that an intro linguistics course would not pay deep attention to this topic.
교육 기관: Justin H•
May 03, 2020
The quizzes in this class were the most difficult and confusing. I have had dozens of Coursera classes, but this course was the most troublesome.
교육 기관: Zaida V L G•
Sep 11, 2017
It is a good course for an introducion to Linguistics. However, it is a ittle technical
교육 기관: Tiffany O M B - R•
Nov 11, 2016
I had a great and much needed introduction.
교육 기관: Mathew M•
May 19, 2017
There were a lot fo sloppy mistakes in the videos, I looked up a lot fo the stuff up outside of the course (which I had to because it was explained to me on the course like i was a 5 year old) then when i tried to give genuinely thought out answers from my outside readings the course said it was wrong, i don't know who to believe but i have to beieve it is the course because there have been a number of times when a concept hasn't been explained in depth enough and the quiz has not reflected the quizzes. also a lot of the time the outside reading does not reflect the lectures, i did like the informants but this wasn't recapped and none of my errors were corrected before i had to go in to the quiz. You could add more videos after the informants to explain what we should have been looking for. Sometimes the task during this wasn' made explicitly clear. I did like the phonology part, that was fairly traightforward and well explained.
교육 기관: kelly s•
Dec 03, 2017
The course and videos are wonderful the speakers are engaging and the content fascinating. As a more casual student I am finding the quizzes far too difficult. I am a very smart person and I am struggling with understanding the phonetic alphabet and other very technical aspects of this course. I will be dropping the course because while I wanted to learn the concepts I do not have the time or patience to get that granular for a course of this type.
교육 기관: Nathan T•
Aug 11, 2016
Interesting content, but issues with broken links needed to complete quizzes while they were due. Needs better explanation of how to use other resources. Many of the quiz questions are arbitrary, rather than really testing knowledge gained in the class. The lectures are still useful, and would recommend doing this as a free course, but see no use in paying for a certificate on completion of the course.
교육 기관: Hank F•
Sep 19, 2020
Instructions were confusing or absent in parts of the course. See forum. I also was left with no practical application of what I learned. I enjoyed the studies which showed language changing within cultural divisions
교육 기관: James D•
May 19, 2016
Very slow moving. Feels like you have to sit through a lot for very obvious information. I would recommend http://ielanguages.com/linguistics/ for a more detailed and more concise introduction.
교육 기관: James•
May 30, 2020
no question that prof is very educated and knowledgeable but course was not quite what i expected.
I find the content not well structure
the quizzes can be trivial and misleading.
교육 기관: Gabrielle s•
Jan 21, 2020
Interesting but way too difficult to pass the weekly exams.
교육 기관: RyoMatsuda•
Oct 18, 2020
I'm a science guy with no background about Linguistics and had expected this course to give me deeper understanding of human language from a point of view that is new to me, but what I found is Linguistic is nothing, no offense, as long as this course tells me. Most of the statements and the questions by the professor was not well-defined and opinionated. At lease I wanted many examples or facts in some organized way when we focus on a specific topic, but this course doesn't contain that feature. I think I am just not the target of this course, but I leave this review to save others like me.
교육 기관: Ramona M H•
Jan 21, 2017
To difficult to enjoy, unfortunately.