Tufts University: Hosea Hirata - Japanese - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Prof. Hirata was teaching the course for the first time, but nonetheless seemed a little unsure of how to present the material. His calling seems to be in literature, not teaching culture. He may have been enthusiastic, but it was hard to tell, because it was a very quiet class. He definitely encouraged participation.
The reading was totally unpredictable--some nights, only 30 pages of straightforward history, other nights, 200 pages of history, critical reading, and then the actual literature. Assignments were extremely vague. It helped to have writing fellows, but he was not clear with them either. Also, in his writing assignments, it was clear that he wanted a certain response to a specific question, making it difficult to write an interesting paper. He is also a harsh grader, considering the difficulty and vagueness of his assignments. There were also pop quizzes about once a week.
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