Having successfully finished 5482K1HI Hindi 3. Please, contact the student advisor or Dhr A. Avtans, MPhil, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the above mentioned requirement.
Further development of Hindi language skills acquired in Hindi 3. The course systematically expands vocabulary, grammar and language structures, leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. It focuses on all 4 language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) and performing more complex tasks such as comparing, narrating, describing, reasoning, and discussing topics beyond the immediate environment. The course involves reading newspaper articles and short stories, short essays and translation exercises involving more complex sentences. The course gives a basic introduction to proverbs and idioms in Hindi language. Language of the class will be mainly Hindi. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by in-class formative assessment tools, Video clips, classroom games and other authentic materials. The course intensively uses Devanagari script for reading and writing Hindi. This course actively uses blended learning method by integrating face-to-face classroom component with an appropriate use of online tools in & outside the classroom.
On the successful completion of the course, students will achieve B2 [including writing] level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). B2 level of CEFR entails that the learner –
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in Hindi 3 in speaking, listening and writing.
- Introduction to higher level of structural complexity of Hindi and finer details of language use.
- Competence in comprehension of simple to complex literary texts (stories and simple essays), carry out conversations in various social situations, and express views on topics of interest in contemporary standard Hindi idiom.
- Ability to use and comprehend some common Hindi idiomatic expressions and proverbs.
- Extended Knowledge of Hindi vocabulary.
- Ability to express oneself in writing through simple letters or descriptions.
- Apply this knowledge in translating sentences From English to Hindi or vice versa.
- Be familiar with related cultural information about India/south Asia e.g. society, Ayurveda, dialects and languages, general elections, newspapers, dance and music etc.
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.
Being absent will result in a lowering of the In-class performamce & participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first two (2) times.
- Seminar – 2 hours 2 times a week: 2 × 2 × 13 = 52 hours
- Homework & Assignment – 6 hours per week : 6 × 12 = 72 hours
- Listening, speaking, writing & reading practice at home – 6 hours per week : 6 × 13 = 78 hours
- Preparation for quizzes – 18 hours for each quiz: 18 × 2 = 36 hours
- Projects – 10 hours for each project : 10 × 1 = 10 hours
- Preparation for Final exams – 16 hours for each exam = 16 × 2 = 32 hours
Total Study load – 280 hours
Review of Hindi 4 will consist of following components:
- In-class language performance, Class preparation and participation: 10% of final grade
- Homework and assignments: 10% of final grade
- Quizzes (Grammar, Translation, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary etc.) [2 quizzes – one in each block]: 30% of final grade
- Projects (1 project – class presentation): 10% of final grade
- Term End Oral Exam (Oral Proficiency Interview): 15% of final grade
- Term End Written Exam (Written expression, Grammar, Vocabulary, Translation, etc.): 25% of final grade
There will be no make-ups for any missed quiz, presentation or other activity. Only in case of a medical or personal emergency should the lecturer be informed immediately by e-mail with documented evidence for special consideration.
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking only the term end written exam in the course (25%). Individual exams cannot be retaken.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
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.
The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Blackboard plays a vital role in this course. Students are advised to check the course blackboard site regularly for study materials and information.
Course Materials will be provided by the teacher in the class and will be available for download and print on Blackboard.
(These are NOT required books)
- Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010 (ISBN-13: 9781444106831)
- R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002
- Camil Bulcke, English-Hindi Dictionary, Delhi, S. Chand Publications, 1998
- Hardev Bahri, Rajpal Hindi Shabdakosh, Delhi, Rajpal Publications, 2011
Students of the BA program South and Southeast Asia Studies are required to register through uSis before January 15. 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.”.
Other students are requested to send an email to the study co-ordinator including their name, student ID number, course title and prospectus or catalog number. Depending on the availability of places, the study co-ordinator will register these students after January 15. By February 1 at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.
Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.
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 accommodations 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).