23 sept. 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.
10 mars 2021
The course was well-organised and very interesting. It covered the different aspects of linguistics wonderfully and prompted me to delve further into specific fields of linguistics such as phonetics.
par kelly s•
3 déc. 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.
par Nathan T•
11 août 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.
par Hank F•
19 sept. 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
par James D•
19 mai 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.
30 mai 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.
par Gabrielle s•
21 janv. 2020
Interesting but way too difficult to pass the weekly exams.
par Benjamin A•
13 déc. 2020
In short, DO NOT PURCHASE this course. I can only recommend the videos and sources it offers, everything else felt like a frustrating mess. I will go into much more detail below.
I thought that the information would be interesting and thought-provoking. I was only partially correct, however. The professor was engaging and enthusiastic, but almost no other parts of the course felt "finished".
First, in the lessons, there were plenty of mistakes on-screen including "Title" in the place of an actual title. There were also some weird spellings and confusing slides. During the videos, there would also be random pop-ups that were very poorly thought up.
The next problem is the discussion section. They are not for questions or discussion. I have no idea how to even check replies from other students.
Finally (even though there are more problems), the tests are terrible. The questions are incredibly confusing, ambiguous and the "correct" answer is arguably incorrect. The final test even had a question that required you to remember something that one of their videos missed.
Oh one more thing, many links they give are broken and the answers to tests are no longer accessible.
I do not recommend this course for anything more than basic information and entertaining interviews with experts.
par Ryo M•
18 oct. 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.
par Judith o G•
29 déc. 2020
This course seems to be poorly organized and poorly presented. When I read the text, the professor does not use complete sentences, asks intermediate questions before the relevant information is given and then assumes that the International Phonetic Alpabet is known to participants because no explanation of it is given. I studied Comparative Linguistics 30 years ago so the subject is not unknown to me but this presentation is horrible.
The one-star rating is because the required readings are veryinteresting.
par Sara P•
1 nov. 2020
I couldn't complete the course because not all of their required readings were available to the public. When I tried to contact a moderator for help, no one ever responded.
par Wren E•
6 déc. 2021
It starts off as an ad for the university. I'd prefer to focus on the content, which should be all linguistics, not uni stats and whatnot.
par Ramona M H•
21 janv. 2017
To difficult to enjoy, unfortunately.