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Hindi 4


Admission requirements

Having successfully finished 5482K1HI Hindi 3. Please, contact the student advisor or A. Avtans MA MPhil, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the above mentioned requirement.


Hindi 4 is an integrated communicative course for further development of language skills acquired in the 1st year to intermediate level. It focuses on further development of Hindi language skills acquired in Hindi 3. The course systematically expands vocabulary, grammar and language structures, leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. It focuses on all 4 language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) and performing more complex tasks such as comparing, narrating, describing, reasoning, and discussing topics beyond the immediate environment. The course involves reading newspaper articles and short stories, short essays and translation exercises involving more complex sentences and constructions. The course gives a basic introduction to proverbs and idioms in Hindi language. Language of the class will be mainly Hindi. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by in-class formative assessment tools, Video clips, classroom games and other authentic materials. The course intensively uses Devanagari script for reading and writing Hindi. This course actively uses blended learning method by integrating face-to-face classroom component with an appropriate use of online tools in & outside the classroom.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the B2 standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is the fourth course in a series of four language acquisition courses within the BA South & South-East Asian Studies.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in Hindi 3 in speaking, listening and writing.

  • Introduction to higher level of structural complexity of Hindi and finer details of language use.

  • Competence in comprehension of simple to complex literary texts (stories and simple essays), carry out conversations in various social situations, and express views on topics of interest in contemporary standard Hindi idiom.

  • Ability to use and comprehend some common Hindi idiomatic expressions and proverbs.

  • Extended Knowledge of Hindi vocabulary.

  • Ability to express oneself in writing through simple letters or descriptions.

  • Apply this knowledge in translating sentences From English to Hindi or vice versa.

  • Be familiar with related cultural information about India/south Asia e.g. society, proverbs, folktales, language of the media, politics, dance, music etc.

CEFR Self-assessment Levels:

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B2
Writing B1/B2
Listening B1/B2
Speaking B1/B2


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (two two hour tutorials every week)

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Being absent will result in a lowering of the In-class performance & participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first four (4) times.

Assessment method


Assessment of Hindi 4 will consist of the following components:

  • In-class language Performance, Class preparation and participation: 10% of final grade

  • Homework and assignments: 10% of final grade

  • Quizzes (2 quizzes – one in each block): 30% of final grade

  • Projects (1 project – Class presentation, vlog etc. ): 10% of final grade

  • Term End Oral Exam (Oral Proficiency Interview): 15% of final grade

  • Term End Written Exam (Grammar, Translation, Written expression, Vocabulary etc.): 25% of final grade

  • There will be no make-ups for any missed quiz, presentation or other activity. Only in case of a medical or personal emergency should the lecturer be informed immediately by e-mail with documented evidence for special consideration.


  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 5.50 (=6) or higher to pass the course.


If the end grade is insufficient, there is a possibility of retaking only the Term End Written exam in the course (25%). Individual exams cannot be retaken.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi [With audio CD], London: Hodder, 2014 [ISBN-13: 9781444174687]

  • Rupert Snell, Essential Hindi Dictionary: A Teach Yourself Guide, London: Hodder, 2011 [ISBN-13: 9781444104004]

  • Course pack containing learning materials, texts, literary readings and glossaries will be provided to students through Brightspace.


  • Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available on the website.

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For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment.
This course uses integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.