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Hindi 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

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 an 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 blended language learning materials including songs, social media and clips.
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.

Course objectives

  • 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.

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours (10EC, 1 EC = 28 hours)
Workgroup – 2 hours three times a week: 2 × 3 × 13 = 78 hours
Homework & Assignment – 5 hours per week : 5 × 12 = 60 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 – 16 hours for project : 16 × 1 = 16 hours
Preparation for Final exams – 12 hours for each exam = 12 × 2 = 24 hours

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

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 (1 project) – 10% of final grade (Audio blog/scrapbook/video blog etc)

  • Term End Oral Exam (Oral proficiency interview) – 15% of final grade

  • Term End Written Exam – 25% of final grade
    To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
    To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.


If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit.
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)

  • 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, 2016 [ISBN-13: 9781465451644]
    Mandatory Pre-class Preparation
    Students should familiarize themselves with Devanagari script (all vowels & consonanats) before the commenncement of the classes through “Online Hindi Script Tutor”:


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


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
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.