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South Asia Department

Nepali Language 2

Course Code:
155900609
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year
The course aims to develop students’ linguistic skills through grammar work, translation, prose composition, and conversation. Previous knowledge of the language, whether acquired through a ‘Language 1’ course or elsewhere, is consolidated and developed by further class work on linguistic structures, sentence construction, drilling and conversation; students are introduced to a wide range of language use in diverse materials from contexts such as journalism, literature (e.g. short stories), play readings, recorded conversations, personal correspondence and so forth. Regular homework tasks reinforce the class learning, encouraging students to write with accuracy and confidence, and to read with increasing fluency; detailed marking of homework ensures that any individual problems or weaknesses can be addressed in a very direct manner.

Prerequisites

Nepali Language 1 or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Nepali grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Nepali vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Nepali structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Nepali of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Nepali of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Nepali and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written exam (60%) and an oral exam (20%) taken in May/June. Two written tests in week 2 of Term 2 and the week after Reading Week in Term 2, counting for 10% each. These tests will be on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension or specific language structures and will be agreed in class beforehand. 20% of total mark (10% each).