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Chandler, Carolyn
Spanish
Average Rating: 6.1
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Posted June 17, 2008 at 1:32pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 205/206

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Comments:
I agree with all of the reviews on this page. I can understand why someone would give her a 9, and why someone would give her a 1.

Chandler is one of those teachers you either love or hate. Only take her class if you have a genuine interest in learning Spanish. In my high school, Spanish was the slacker language; Chandler's class is the opposite. She is teaching to people who want to be fluent someday, to people who want to leave her class and have a sense of competence. I came into her class with three years of Spanish, and I was floored by how much I thought I knew, and didn't. All my Spanish skills (reading, writing, speaking) improved remarkably in her class. Classes day to day were entertaining and fast paced. Chandler covers a lot of ground in one class period, so organization in your notes is a must. She is an intensely passionate and dedicated professor.

She is also the most anal human being I have ever met. DON'T MISS HER CLASS - she'll send you to the Dean of Students and probably won't let you make up homework/tests. Unless you're on your deathbed - go to class. She assigns a lot of homework, and the amount of time I spent on homework tripled once we got to Como Agua Para Chocolate. By the end of the year, I was pretty burnt out on keeping my homework up to her INCREDIBLY high standards. She is the most nit-picky grader. And her tests are absurdly long, to the point of being unfair. Allow about 3 hours for the midterm and final.

But I think it's important to remember that, for all the work she demands of her students, she works twice as hard. She assigns a ton of homework, but corrects and returns all of it promptly. She talked about getting up at 4am to correct papers. And she lives in her office for people to come get help.

This class is hard, even for people who are good at, and love, Spanish. I absolutely recommend the class, but only to people who really want to learn Spanish and learn it well.
Posted May 19, 2008 at 10:55am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
Spanish 105/106

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Comments:
This is the best language professor you will ever have. She teaches you all the basics you need. Of the seven different language teachers I've had, she is the only one who cares enough to edit every page you turn in to her.
Posted May 10, 2007 at 10:30pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 105 & 106

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Comments:
(This is taken from my class eval form) I learned SO much! I feel that out of the classes I've taken at Whitman, in this class I am definitely getting my tuition money's worth. We covered a lot of material and I feel that I've taken away from this class a very good undestanding of the Spanish grammar that we saw. It's a great foundation to build on. We also talked about cultural points in Spanish-speaking countries, and the many differences between them, and I thought that was great to learn about.

We practiced material over enough of a time period to really understand it. While we moved fast, it was not too fast that we were constantly confused (well maybe first semester, but second semester was presented at a good pace). The material is presented very clearly, I think professor Chandler is excellent in her presentations of new grammar. She's also good at answering questions and very open to any. I really like her tangents too, valuable information always comes out of it, whether it's a cultural tidbit or a new useful word or something. Also, there's always chalk plums flying when she gets excited, it's real funny.

The one negative comment I have is that I don't think she realized sometimes just how LONG her homework assignments were. While they weren't busywork, and they did help us learn and practice material, I feel it's unfair to demand so much time with homework that takes more than 90 minutes every single night. The time commitment was really huge in this class, and probably why so many people dropped the class after the first semester.

Back to positive feedback, I like that Chandler is very available for students. She's completely willing to see a student in her office hours and talk about previous tests and grades. She's also a really nice person (though tough in the classroom sometimes), and genuinely cares about her students and how they are doing. She puts so much effort into teaching this class, I'm really appreciative. She's hands down the best professor I've had yet at Whitman.
Posted Dec. 25, 2006 at 3:20pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Low
Spanish 205

Overall Rating: 6.0

Neutral
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Chandler is very enthusiastic, and will try to wake you up if you're dozing off in class. Also, I'm sure it affects participation grades, but she never tried to make students feel bad for being late to class.

This class was incredibly boring for me as it was a very slow review of grammar I had already learned. That said, it was thorough and I came away with a much stronger understanding of the material. However, Chandler covered the material in a very scattered manner, so rewriting notes in a more organized fashion can be an excellent way to study for a test. Also, be prepared for lots of handwritten worksheets.

The easiest way to get extra credit in the class is by doing corrections on every single thing that's ever been handed back to you. It can be frustrating when an assignment it handed back 5 times and there's still something wrong, but it's a good way to learn the material and raise your grade at the same time.

Despite my problems with Chandler's teaching style and the course content, I really appreciated her flexibility with tests. Don't expect test dates to even remotely follow those listed on the syllabus, but Chandler is always flexible if you will be out of town, as long as you talk to her first. For most of the tests we were allowed to go to her office and take them the afternoon before they were offered in class. Also, we were allowed to take the final during either of the two sections' slots.
Posted Dec. 11, 2006 at 10:51pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 105

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
I really wanted to like this class. As an upperclassman who always wanted to learn Spanish but never did, I was hoping to take a year of Spanish. It didn't happen; I couldn't see doing another semester with Chandler. Why?

Organization was sorely needed. My notes were all over the place from her tangents. Her tests were inconsistent with what she said would be on them.

Very nitpicky grader, which didn't bother me in itself, but with such a heavy load of homework, it wasn't easy.

And I'm sorry, but I hated Destinos. At first, I really loved it (funny, corny, enjoyable), but it became too much work and stress involved (watch each episode twice and write 15 questions? I never was able to watch them more than once, and the 15 questions would take ages to think up and to perfect grammatically). Then the essay tests on the episodes...

Chandler does have high expectations. You will certainly find yourself improving, but it will be painful. I found I liked Spanish, but didn't very much like Chandler. She's enthusiastic, covers the room in chalk dust, and has amazingly helpful office hours. But she's inconsistent in her tests and expectations, snaps at students constantly, and is incredibly defensive.

I'm not her biggest fan, and I can't really recommend her. Spanish is great--heck, check out Destinos on your own time and teach yourself Spanish. :)
Posted Nov. 9, 2006 at 1:02am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
205

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
This class was actually one of the most painful experiences of my freshman year. I worked REALLY hard, did almost all the extra credit, went into office hours all the time, ect. I still barely scraped by, and that seems to be the general sentiment among all the other 205 students I talked to. Chandler herself is a nice person, but that doesn't mean anything. She can be horribly harsh in the classroom. Only take this class if you are already pretty good at Spanish, ie: just missed the 305 cut-off point for the placement test, or if you've recently had some sort of total-immersion experience. The class is hell for everyone else.
Posted Oct. 13, 2006 at 4:14pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Low
Intermediate Spanish

Overall Rating: 4.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Chandler is flat out mean to some students in class, and I don't know how you can reconcile that with her teaching style. She does a good job explaining grammar in spanish in class, and she is good at keeping attention, but she is just cruel sometimes.
Posted Oct. 3, 2006 at 11:51am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
Spanish 205

Overall Rating: 8.0

Recommended
Comments:
Chandler is a really enthusiastic teacher, she gives out a lot of work and the class is difficult but it forces you to learn the language.
Posted Dec. 28, 2005 at 7:21pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Spanish 205

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Comments:
She is TOUGH, but when you finish the semester, you will realize you learned A LOT! She is a picky grader, and can get a little upset if you answer wrong in class, but overall, she is a wonderful professor.
Posted Nov. 11, 2005 at 12:30am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
span 205

Overall Rating: 1.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Chandler is nice (except when you get something wrong in class, the she fuckin nails you), but she has basically ruined spanish for me. I'm never taking spanish again.
Posted June 1, 2005 at 10:03pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Spanish 205/206

Overall Rating: 2.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
She is one of the most inconsistant professors I have ever had. Her grading is very nit picky and it is very difficult to get the grade you deserve. She is unprepared for class and even on the day of the final, she was still copying papers to hand out for the exam. She makes you translate from spanish to english only her way, not taking into account loose translations. I, under no circumstances, can recommend her.
Posted Mar. 13, 2005 at 7:09am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 106/107

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Comments:
I think the biggest issue I had with la Profesora was occasional inconsistency on her part in terms of assignments, quizzes, and dates. I feel most of the qualms with her teaching style, however, are a direct result of lack of effort on the part of students. It's simple: if you want to learn grammar and the basics of speech, this class if for you. If you try hard and visibly show an effort, you will be rewarded with a good grade and she'll appreciate your contribution. If not, like any other class, you will have problems and find the work difficult. You simply have to keep up, participate, and communicate with the professor to get the best result possible. It's a proactive class, and that's why I liked it.
Posted Feb. 14, 2005 at 3:22pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Spanish 205/206

Overall Rating: 5.0

Neutral
Comments:
She's loves her grammar. She's very picky with written assignments. Homework load is not normally that bad. You can count on homework every night, but it won't normally take more than 30min-1hr. She doesn't stress discussion or talking in Spanish as much as i think a 200 level class should. She's a friendly person but she definitely has favorites.
Posted Feb. 13, 2005 at 5:45pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Spanish 205

Overall Rating: 9.0

Recommended
Comments:
Chandler is an awesome professor. She is incredibly helpful if you talk to her outside of class. You have to do your homework, and carefully, which can sometimes take a while, and she grades slightly harshly- but corrections really help you learn. Tests are difficult, but she is extremely meticulus in making sure you know the little nit-picky details about grammar, so you are usually pretty well prepared. You will come out of this class well educated in spanish grammar. Chandler is also a lot of fun. She goes off on little tangents that are often funny/entertaining, and a lot of the time involve a helpful tip for remembering things, or what not to say in Spain. Great professor.
Posted Feb. 2, 2005 at 2:10am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 105/106/205/206

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
Loves her grammar, and you will too by the end whether you want to or not. You will learn Spanish, but its a lot of work. My only complaint is that there's no emphasis on conversation - vocabulary, etc.
Posted Jan. 30, 2005 at 2:58pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Spanish 205/206

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Comments:
I took Spanish 205/206 from her and it was a ton of work. Then again, 305/306 are even more work. She's HUGE on grammar. HUGE. She can be pretty funny & she's very kind (as long as you're someone who does your work). All in all, if you want to improve your spanish and are willing to work a lot, this is the class for you.
Posted Jan. 29, 2005 at 1:30pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Beginning Spanish

Overall Rating: 7.0

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Comments:
You will learn a lot of Spanish, really well. If you take the work seriously, and don't mind being corrected in class, you can gain a lot. Chandler is fun and caring, though at times somewhat intense.
Posted Jan. 26, 2005 at 10:58am
Teaching Style: Mainly Lecture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
spanish 105/6

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
She changes her mind on important policies and retroactively adjusts grades. The spanish department hates everyone who isn't a spanish major (which is why there is no language requirement at Whitman btw), which is why they put her teaching this class, and why it's at 8am and why it's harder than it should be. Destinos is pretty tight though.
Posted Jan. 23, 2005 at 4:02pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Spanish 205

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
Chandler has a fun personality and does a good job of explaining grammar. The class is mainly a grammar class and does not focus a lot on everyday conversation.