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On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge at an Introductory level of Hindi to:
- Recognise and pronounce all 52 Hindi sounds and the consonant and vowel combinations
- Read and write all basic Hindi characters and their combinations
- Use an active vocabulary of around 500 items and a passive vocabulary of 750 items
- Understand and use a limited range of simple sentences and tenses for everyday situations
- Communicate in everyday written and spoken contexts such as shopping, travel, and interacting with people
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of status, age, gender, and religion on communication.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
- 30 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
- 30 minutes, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s class content
- 180 minutes, participate in 2 x 90 minute sessions, via zoom
- 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises
It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
- Lesson 1: The Hindi script: vowel sounds
- Lesson 2: The Hindi script: consonant sounds
- Lesson 3: The Hindi script: other sounds (foreign loans, conjuncts, etc.)
- Lesson 4: “Excuse me!”: being polite and basic conversation features
- Lesson 5: “What is this?”: asking and answering basic questions
- Lesson 6: “How are you?”: greetings, commands and requests
- Lesson 7: “Give it to me!” giving direct orders
- Lesson 8: “I am in Delhi”: basic descriptions
- Lesson 9: “Where are the bowls?”: talking about locations and positions
- Lesson 10: “We live in the city?”: describing habits, states and actions
- Lesson 11: “How old are you?”: talking about possessions, age, continuous actions
This is a subject for beginners. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed.
- Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: Laptop or computer Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) Headset with microphone Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser Reliable internet access Access to a scanner or smartphone.
In Hindi 1, students begin to develop basic listening and reading comprehension, as well as oral and written Hindi communication. This course introduces the writing system of Hindi (Devanāgarī) and basic Hindi grammar. We also discuss general language learning strategies. Students are introduced to life and cultures of the Hindi-speaking societies in South Asia and beyond, along with the principles of intercultural communication.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
- Participation in online classes (10%)
- 2 x 200 word quiz = 400 words (10%)
- 10x homework assignments – 3% each (30%)
- Mid-semester oral test - 5min (10%)
- Mid-semester test - 90min (15%)
- End of semester oral test - 5min (10%)
- End of semester test - 90min (15%)