Spring 2020 Updated Online Syllabus
Mondays & Wednesdays Online
**Thanks for a great semester everyone!**
After the extended Spring Break, Ling001 will be moving fully online.
What will stay the same?
You’ll access course materials in exactly the same way you did before. Lectures will be live-streamed and posted here at our usual class time for you to watch and links to all class materials (readings, study guides, and practice problems/solutions) will be right here on the website, as before.
What will change?
The remaining two exams will now be take-home (see schedule). Recitations and office hours will become a live video chat via Zoom (so those in other time zones can catch up with what they missed later). Finally, your instructors will be available via video chat for individual appointments. Specific changes are indicated on the syllabus below.
What new tools will I need?
(1) Lectures will be posted on Panopto as usual, but I’ll also send a link just before class to the live stream so you can watch (and comment) live if you want to.
(2) Discussion will take place on Piazza and office hours and recitation on Zoom!
Stay safe, everyone!
Dr. Kathryn Schuler
remote from Philadelphia, PA (Neighborhood: Mt. Airy)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm
Yiran Chen - Office Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-3pm
Ollie Sayeed - Office Hours Fridays 3-5pm
Nari Rhee - Office Hours Wednesdays 10am-12pm
Milena Šereikaitė - Office Hours Mondays 3-5pm
When we can help
Piazza: The best way to get help anytime is to ask a question on the new Piazza discussion board. TAs will respond to questions within 24 hours.
Video Office Hours: The best way to get help face-to-face is to sign up for Video Office Hours! Choose an appointment slot on the Virtual Office Hours Calendar to make an appointment to video chat.
A general introduction to the nature, history and use of human language, speech and writing. Topics include the biological basis of human language, and analogous systems in other creatures; relations to cognition, communication, and social organization; sounds, forms and meanings in the world’s languages; the reconstruction of linguistic history and the family tree of languages; dialect variation and language standardization; language and gender; language learning by children and adults; the neurology of language and language disorders; the nature and history of writing systems. Intended for any undergraduate interested in language or its use, this course is also recommended as an introduction for students who plan to major in linguistics.
TAs will be on Piazza for live discussion during your regularly scheduled recitation section.
- Course website (you are here) for schedule, policies, and links to all assigned materials
- Canvas site for announcements and grade related things
- Perusall for reading assignments (access code released at first class meeting), most of which come from Language Files 12th edition (in case you prefer a paper copy).
- Piazza for online discussion and virtual recitations
- Exams (90%) - There are four exams, but the lowest exam score is dropped.
- Language journal (10%) - Each student is required to keep a language journal with a minimum of four entries and at least 800 words.
- Research bonus: Add up to 3% points to your final grade. Earn 1% bonus for each hour of research participation via SONA and/or a 1% bonus for
attending watching a language-related talk or event on campus online (here is a list of extra-credit elligible talks on youtube).
- Reading bonus: Add 1% point to your final grade by being a member of the recitation section with the most engagement on perusall. You must engage with most readings to be elligible.
Schedule is subject to change. All lectures will be recorded and posted here a few minutes after each class.
How to do well in LING 1
Come to class Watch the videos and do the assigned readings
- Attempt the practice problems and check your answers against the solutions
- Come prepared to recitation (on Piazza). Ask questions about the course material and for help on practice problems you had trouble with
- Attendance: There is no formal attendance policy, but attendance is highly correlated with class performance.
- Rescheduling or make-up exams: Because we drop your lowest exam, we do not offer retakes or make-up exams. But please contact us if something extreme happens - a family or medical emergency, for example - and we can discuss some options provided you have documentation. Note that we do not consider multiple exams on the same day an extreme happening.
- Late assignments: Late language journals will be accepted
with a 2% point per day late penalty without penalty through the end of the semester.
- Re-grade requests: If you notice a grading error, we’d be happy to look at your exam again. To request a re-grade, please fill out the re-grade request form via canvas within one week of receiving your graded exam or assignment. This class is really big, so we need a way to formally keep track of these things. If you ask about grading in person or via email, you’ll be directed to make a formal request via the regrade request form.
- Accommodations and non-discrimination: We are happy to provide accommodations to anyone with documentation from Student Disability Services and to make alternate arrangements when class conflicts with a religious holiday. Please notify your recitation section TA as soon as possible to make these arrangements.
- Academic Integrity: We will follow the rules of the University and the Code of Academic Integrity. It is your responsibility to be familiar with these policies.
- Support: Asking for help is a sign of strength! We hope you’ll reach out to us if you need help. We also want you to be aware of Penn’s Academic & Wellness Resources
Minimum score before rounding.
Updated March 19, 2020 to reflect the new online version of the course
Can I skip the fourth exam if I am happy with my grade on the first three?
Yes! You can skip the fourth exam and it will be dropped. Your grade will be based on the first three exams.
If I miss recitation can I come to another recitation section that week?
Yes, you can join any live recitation discussion on Piazza that works for your schedule.
but the rooms are small so it’s best to email the section TA to let them know.
I noticed a mistake in the grading of my exam. How do I get this fixed?
We will look at your exam again if you make a formal re-grade request via Canvas within one week of getting your exam back.
I missed or failed an exam. What can I do to make it up?
Nothing. We don’t allow make-up exams or retakes. However, we drop your lowest exam score, so you can still do well in the class. Just make sure it doesn’t happen more than once!
Can I turn in my language journal late?
Language journals will be accepted without penalty through the end of the semester (April 29th).
Yes, but there is a 2% point per day late penalty.
I participated in an experiment (or attended a talk). When will I get my bonus points?
To receive bonus points, you must (1) make a bonus points declaration on Canvas and (2) write about your research experience in your language journal. Your bonus points will be awarded as soon as you make your declaration, but we will check your journal (and SONA records, if you participated in an experiment) to confirm these points at the end of the semester.
What does it mean to be “engaged” on perusall?
Read more about how engagement is computed on perusall here and see a sample here.
How do I watch the lecture live?
I’ll send a link just before our usual class time (12pm M & W) via Piazza for those who want to watch the lecture live. You’ll click the link to watch and can login with your PennKey if you’d like to make live comments to me. I’ll pause periodically to answer questions I see.
I’m in a different time zone, will I miss anything?
No, definitely not! The lectures will be recorded so you can watch them any time you like. All discussions will take place on Piazza, so you read through the discussions any time, and also add your own comments and questions whenever you can.
I’m worried about how I will do this. I have like 9 people working from home in my house, plus 3 toddlers, 2 birds, and a dog. Help!
Don’t worry, we were thinking of you when we redesigned the course. We ramped things way down, extended the language journal deadline, and are giving you a full week to complete the (now take-home) exams. Each week, we will give you a specific goal so you know exactly what you need to do to be able to do the exams. We know this is not easy for you and we are here to help.