SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

Hindi Language 2 (PG)

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Hindi Language 1 (Postgraduate) or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

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


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  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 teaching and learning of intermediate level Hindi language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Hindi. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Hindi writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Hindi texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Hindi and practice of using Hindi in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. 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%); one classroom test (5%); one classroom test (5%). 

Suggested reading

Internally produced course book of reading and translation passages, supplemented by topical materials linked to weekly themes, providing the basis of conversation and essay writing.  Additional materials will be made available throughout the course.


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