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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 elementary language skills acquired in Hindi 1 Beginners. Further strengthening of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi for effective communication. Translation exercises involving simple sentences in English and Hindi. The course is designed to improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing of Hindi for practical purposes. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by popular songs, TV clips, movies and videos.
On the successful completion of the course, students will achieve A2 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A2 level of CEFR entails that the learner –
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).Can communicate in some simple and routine tasks, which require the simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe his/her own background, temporal environment and matters, his/her own requests in simple terms..

Course objectives

  • Extended knowledge of the basic grammar of Hindi and the ability to apply this knowledge in their own 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.
     Be familiar with related cultural information about India/south Asia e.g. social etiquettes, society, cuisine, traditions, festivals etc.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction (in principe staat dit gewoon vast, tenzij anders aangegeven)

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.

Course Load

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 – 6 hours for each quiz: 6 × 4 = 24 hours
Projects – 14 hours for each project : 14 × 2 = 28 hours (Audioblog, travelbook, class presentation etc.)
Preparation for Final exams – 12 hours for each exam = 12 × 2 = 24 hours
Total Study load – 280 hours

Assessment method

Review of Hindi 2 Pre-Intermediate will consist of the following components: * Attendance, Class preparation and participation: 10 % of final grade * Homework and assignments: 10 % of final grade * Quizzes (four – one every 2.5 weeks): 30 % of final grade * Projects (2 projects): 20 % of final grade (Audioblog, travelbook, class presentation etc.) * Term End Oral Exam (Oral proficiency interview): 15% of final grade * Term End Written Exam (Grammar, Vocabulary, Written expression, Reading comprehension etc.) : 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.

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, 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]

This literature does not need to be studied beforehand.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


A. Avtans, email


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.