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South Asia Department

Hindi Language 4

Course Code:
155901384
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Completion of the Year Abroad Hindi programme or equivalent Hindi language proficiency

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objectives of the course are to equip students with . . . 

  • the ability to understand Hindi spoken at normal speed and converse on everyday topics with reasonable accuracy and fluency
  • the ability to read/translate/summarize/extract information/draw inferences from authentic Hindi texts drawn from a range of sources
  • the ability to make written translations of passages from English into Hindi using correct grammar and spelling
  • the ability to write essays in Hindi presenting reasoned arguments


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

  • a knowledge and understanding of Hindi grammar at an appropriate level for an advanced learner
  • a level of passive and active Hindi vocabulary appropriate for an advanced learner
  • an ability to understand spoken Hindi and engage in discussion and exchange of views on a broad range of topics
  • an ability to read, extract information from and translate into English passages of authentic Hindi written in a variety of styles and drawn from a wide range of sources
  • an ability to translate English to Hindi, using correct grammar and spelling
  • an ability to write expository essays in Hindi on a variety of subjects

Workload

This course is taught for a total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course aims at improving aural and spoken competence of advanced level students. The focus will be on aural comprehension and on conversation. A range of audiovisual and written materials taken from Hindi media will also be used. Regular homework will include written assignments and oral presentations.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); an oral presentation in week 5 of term 2 (10%) and a final oral examination of approximately 15-20 minutes taken in May/June (10%); one essay of 500 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, after reading week, term 1 (5%); one essay of 500 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, after reading week, term 2 (5%); one essay of 2,000 (in Hindi) to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (20%).