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South Asia Department

Hindi Language 1 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSAC295
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

None

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrateā€¦

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Hindi grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Hindi vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Hindi structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Hindi on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Hindi on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Hindi on everyday topics
  7. the ability to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  8. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Hindi in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 5 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS. Ā Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Hindi language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Hindi. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying and selling, and family life.

The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Hindi and practice of using Hindi in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Hindi speakers in Hindi and to use original Hindi language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Hindi language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Hindi.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a translation project to be completed over the academic year of a suitable length to be submitted on the last day of term 2 (30%); one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (20%); 1 hour classroom test (5%); 1 hour classroom test (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Snell, Rupert. 2000. Teach Yourself Hindi. London, Hodder Education
  • additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.