This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Hindi 1 Beginners 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. The course focuses on development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and all three models of communication (interpersonal, presentational, interpretive) in Hindi for effective communication. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by in-class formative assessment tools, video clips, classroom games and other authentic materials. This course actively uses a blended learning method by integrating a face-to-face classroom component with an appropriate use of online tools in and outside the classroom.
By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the A1 standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the BA International Studies program.
The main objectives of the course are:
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.
CEFR Self-assessment Levels
Understanding (Listening & Reading): A1
Speaking (Spoken Interaction & Production): A1
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending classes: (6 hours per week over 12 weeks) 72 hours
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 198 hours
Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 10 hours
Written exam and quiz
In-class oral/listening performance
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
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]
Mandatory Pre-class Preparation
Students should familiarize themselves with Devanagari script (all vowels & consonants) before the commencement of the classes through Online Hindi Script Tutor.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis can be found here.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.
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.