The objective of this course is to learn the Hindi writing system (Nagari script) and to develop basic conversation skills of Hindi-Urdu (generally, the Nastaliq script will be learned in Hindi 2000). You will be introduced to the formal grammar and everyday vocabulary of Hindi-Urdu and will exercise grammatical concepts with drills, creative assignments and in the multimedia language center. We will spend equal time for reading, writing, listening and speaking comprehension. The texts and audio-visual materials used in this course provide cultural information about South Asia and the diaspora.
Please note: This course is designed for students without significant background in Hindi and/or Urdu.
In language teaching, regular attendance and participation in a relaxed and non-competitive environment is most important for students’ success. In addition, regular review and exercise (approximately 4 hours per week outside of class) is essential throughout the academic term. There is one written home assignment per week and one quiz every two weeks. The midterm and the final consist of a written grammar, vocabulary, creative and translation section; the final also includes an oral group presentation. In the forth week of classes, students will be grouped into learning circles that meet regular in and outside of class.
|The final grade will be calculated as follows|
|On-time attendance and participatory attitude:||30%|
|Quizzes and dictations:||20%|
The most up-to-date course information including class notes, handouts, home assignments, grammar notes and a discussion forum is accessible on WebCT (http://webct.yorku.ca). This site also contains the workbook that accompanies the textbook. It is your responsibility to check this site twice a week.
This course counts towards the degree requirements of the South Asian Studies Program.
Additional important course information for students is accessible via: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/senate/committees/ccas/documents/Course%20Outline%20-%20Student%20%20Info%20Sheet%20-%20March%2027-06.pdf