Readings In Contemporary Hindi
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Full Year
1st Year Hindi level required
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The objectives of the course are to:
- improve the student’s reading skills through reading a wide range of authentic texts;
- examine some of the major language problems that occur when moving from simplified to authentic texts;
- increase the student’s awareness of common features of authentic written Hindi, such as compound verbs, transitive and intransitive phrases, absolutives;
- to increase the student’s range of vocabulary, including synonyms of Sanskrit and of Perso-Arabic derivation;
- to increase the student’s knowledge of aspects of South Asian culture and society through reading passages expressing Indian perspectives;
- to improve the student’s comprehension skills through exercises aimed at extracting and processing information from the passages;
- to improve the student’s writing skills through resumes, reaction pieces and simple analyses of the texts.
At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:
- the ability to read, understand and extract information from authentic Hindi texts on a variety of topics;
- the ability to translate authentic Hindi texts accurately into English;
- the ability to express abstract ideas with regards to the texts and their topics in simple Hindi.
Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Method of assessment
One three-hour written examination (60%) taken in May/June and 4 pieces of assessed homework (40%) to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 and day 1, week 1, term 3.
The course will be based on
Sharma and Bhatia. 2013. The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader. London, Routledge