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John Alderete
Professor in the Linguistics department
at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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19 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
03/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
LING321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Terrible teacher , notes are not clear , very confused...what he required book is completely not useful!

07/31/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
LING 321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Phenomenal professor. Explains everything clearly with many examples. Exam data is given in advance, and multiple choice is right out of the notes/examples covered in class. Fair marker, and rewards critical thinking even if you're not entirely correct. Would take every linguistics course with this man if it were possible. He's brilliant.

07/20/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
LING321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

John isn't bad at all! He's nice and his lectures are pretty fun if you have a real interest in Linguistics. I'd read the book and not get anything, but when I come to class to attend the lecture, I actually learn stuff.

08/09/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
LING323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Not bad at all. The course mainly focuses on 2 aspects, word schema and word syntax. His handwriting appears not good, however, the lec notes he provided were good enough. Textbook reading is recommended.

08/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ling323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His basis for marking is unclear. You never know why you got a certain mark on an exam or homework. He doesn't like when you visit his office hours. Sometimes, you will get a 100 on the homework, and other times you will get a 70, but you will never know why.

12/16/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Ling321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Giving the final TWO weeks before the semester was over and THEN giving homework is ridiculous. Be prepared to remember specific LANGUAGE examples, even though the class is supposed to be about phonological *PROCESSES*. If I want to learn and remember specific languages, I'd be in a different class.

11/27/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
LING220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

An extremely frustrating prof. Disorganized & complicated lectures that confuse students. I just read the text and skipped Lec cuz he's so boring and confusing. If I hadn't taken other LING courses before, I'd have been in trouble! Too hard for an Intro course. Makes tutorials a req and assigns homework. Totally killed my interest in LING! AVOID!!!

11/22/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
LING220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

very good prof.!!

11/20/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ling220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I cant believe people are saying Alderete is a good prof. I was interested in ling before I took this intro class, but now I just feel frustruated and lost because of John. In lec he uses terminology that is way too advanced for an intro class, and when he does pause to ask 'any questions' i dont even know where to begin. The tests are m/c but HARD

02/07/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ling321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he took a subject i hated and thought i was terrible at and made me love it. i did really well, he is a great teacher, albeit a bit nerdy at times.

08/11/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Linquistics 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

John is very helpful in the class when you ask some questions. However, he is very serious and mean in his office hour. The exam is very hard. However, if you study his lecture note, at least, you will pass his course. If you have other options, do not take his course. Not very good teacher. Not higly recomended.

07/22/2005
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Ling 323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is very emotional. When he is happy, he is good. Overall I think he is not a good prof. The exams are not doable. Essays are very hard.

07/03/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
LING 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good prof.

06/13/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Ling 323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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06/01/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
LING 323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My favourite Linguistics professor at SFU. He is very thorough AND encourages thinking further than what he's teaching. His class was a lot of fun. The final project was the most fun I've had with any project.

05/13/2005
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ling 321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

can never follow up his lecture with his notes.. but he's helpful in office hour in which he makes sure you totally understand whatever you asked

04/18/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Ling 321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very intelligent prof, though very boring & lack of sense of humour(he yawns during his lectures). He tries to avoid ambiguity on exams, but is very picky with your wording on definitions/essays. Exams/assignments focus on his lecture notes which he prepares before lecture.

12/18/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Ling 323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's not bad!

11/08/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
LING323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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