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Hindi 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Hindi 1 Beginners.


Further development of basic language skills acquired in Foreign Language Hindi 1. Further strengthening of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi for effective communication. Translation exercises involving simple sentences in English and Hindi. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by popular songs, TV clips, movies and videos.

Course objectives

Extended knowledge of the basic grammar of Hindi and the ability to apply this knowledge in one’s oral and written language.

  • Ability to read and write in Devanagari script of Hindi.

  • Extension of basic knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures of Hindi to a simple level to speak, read, write and understand simple spoken messages in day to day situations.

  • Ability to apply this knowledge practically in simple translations between English and Hindi

  • At the end of the year students are expected to have a usable proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi.

Students will achieve Common European Framework Reference for Language Level A2 (Waystage) or B1 (Threshold) of CEFR at the end of the course.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week.

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours (10EC)
Attending classes: 72 (= 6 hours per week x 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 208 hours

Assessment method

Review of Hindi 2 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and assignments – 10 % of final grade
Quizzes (4 quizzes – Grammar, Vocabulary, Translation etc) – 40 % of final grade
Projects (1 Project) – 10 % of final grade
Term End Oral Exam – 15% of final grade
Term End Written Exam – 15 % of final grade.

The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and students outside the formal lecture meetings.
Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and students outside the formal lecture meetings. All class handouts and learning materials will be available through Blackboard also. Students are expected to check Blackboard very regularly.

Reading list

Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi [With audio CD], London: Hodder, 2010 [ISBN-13: 978-0071739481]
Rupert Snell, Read and Write Hindi Script, London: Hodder, 2010
Rupert Snell, Essential Hindi Dictionary: A Teach Yourself Guide, London: Hodder, 2012 [ISBN-13: 978-0071759953]

R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002
This literature does not need to be studied beforehand


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.


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.
As per university rules up to 20% of total classes can only be missed (for a valid reason like illness, accident etc) if it goes beyond that you may not be allowed to take the final exams etc or it will reflect upon your final grade.