This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
The course is intended for learners with no previous background in Hindi or with little knowledge of Hindi. The course will introduce the lingua-franca of the Indian subcontinent in its Hindustani form. The course will enable students to have a elementary proficiency in Hindi by developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the language. Learners will be introduced to Devanagari writing system which is used to write Hindi. This course will lead students to communicate effectively in Hindi in simple everyday situations. In addition to conventional course materials, learners will be introduced to Hindi using variety of audio-video materials including songs, social media and movies.
On the successful completion of the course, students will achieve A1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A1 level of CEFR entails that the learner –
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
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.
Be familiar with related cultural information about India/south Asia e.g. greetings, clothes, food, society, social etiquettes etc.
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 a 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.
Total course load: 280 hours (10EC) - Tutorial – 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
Review of Hindi 1 Beginners will consist of the following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and Assignments – 10 % of final grade
Quizzes [Script test, Dictation, Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Translation etc] (Six – one every two weeks) – 30% of final grade
Projects (2 Projects) – 20% of final grade (Scrapbook, Movie, classroom presentation etc)
Term End Oral Exam (Oral proficiency interview) – 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 will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Blackboard plays a vital role in this course. Students are advised to check the course blackboard site regularly for study materials and information.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
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, 2012 [[ISBN-13: 978-0071759953]
(These are NOT required books)
Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi, Elementary Hindi, Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2014 [ISBN-13: 9780804844994]
R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York,_ Oxford University Press, 2002 [ISBN-13: 9780198643395]
DK Eyewitness Travel,_Bilingual Visual Dictionary: Hindi-English,_London: DK Publishing, 2008 [ISBN-13: 9781405331630]
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
A. Avtans, MPhil, email email@example.com
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.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.