The course is intended for learners with no previous background in Hindi or with little knowledge of Hindi. The course will enable students to have a usable proficiency in Hindi by developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the language. This course will lead students to communicate effectively in Hindi in practical day to day situations. Learners will be introduced to Devanagari writing system which is used to write Hindi. In addition to conventional course materials, learners will be introduced to Hindi using variety of audio-video materials including songs and movies.
Elementary knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures of Hindi to a simple level to listen, speak, read and write simple spoken language in practical day to day situations.
Elementary knowledge of the grammar of Hindi and the ability to apply this knowledge in their own oral and written language.
Ability to read and write simple words and sentences in Devanagari script of Hindi.
The timetable is available on the BA South and Southeast Asian Studies website
Mode of instruction
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.
Seminar – 2 hours three times a week: 2 × 3 × 13 = 78 hours
Homework & Assignment – 4 hours per week : 4 × 12 = 48 hours
Listening, speaking, writing & reading practice at home – 6 hours per week : 6 × 13 = 78 hours
Preparation for quizzes – 4 hours for each quiz: 4 × 6 = 24 hours
Projects – 14 hours for each project : 14 × 2 = 28 hours
Preparation for Final exams – 12 hours for each exam = 12 × 2 = 24 hours
Total Study load – 280 hours
Review of Hindi 1 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and Assignments – 10 % of final grade
Written Quizzes [Dictation, Vocabulary, Grammar etc] (Six) – 30% of final grade
Projects (2 Projects) – 20% of final grade (Scrapbook, Movie, classroom presentation etc)
Term End Oral Exam – 15% of final grade
Term End Written Exam – 15% of final grade
Re-sit: Only term end written and oral exams can be retaken if a student scores an overall inefficient grade (i.e 5.49 or less) in the course. In that case the total weight for term end written and oral exam is 30 % of the final grade.
Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi [With audio CD], London: Hodder, 2010
Rupert Snell, Read and Write Hindi Script, London: Hodder, 2010
Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010
Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi, Elementary Hindi, Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2009
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 required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.
Students from the MA Asian Studies need to contact the secretariat by e-mail clearly giving the course code and their student ID number to get registered for this course.
Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).