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Language Courses

All students taking classes in the Hindi-Urdu Language Program will learn to read and write both the Devanagari and Nastaliq scripts, and grammar and vocabulary common to both as well as specific to each.

First Year Hindi-Urdu classes: Elementary – low intermediate level

All first and second year classes (except Hind_Urd 116-0) run as series, and must be taken in order. The completion of second year series (Hind_Urd 121-3) satisfies the Weinberg foreign language requirement.

By the end of the first year of Hindi-Urdu classes, students should be able to talk about themselves, about their families, about their life at the university, and about their surroundings. When in a Hindi or Urdu speaking environment, the students should be able to maneuver their way with a little bit of support. Students start off the language series by learning the Devanagari script (Hindi_Urd 111-1), and then add the Nastaliq script to their skills set in the Winter quarter (Hindi-Urd 111-2). Students with oral proficiency in Hindi-Urdu, but limited reading-writing skills in Devanagari/Nastaliq may take the accelerated literacy class Hind_Urd 116-0 in the fall, and be likely placed in to higher level Hindi-Urdu classes.

Second Year Hindi-Urdu classes: low intermediate – mid-intermediate level

This year, the focus shifts from grammar to vocabulary expansion. By the end of the second year of Hindi-Urdu classes, students should be able to talk about themselves and their surroundings in much more detail. They should be able to talk about events (current or past), about cultural phenomena, and about Indian folk lore and mythology. They will do more oral presentations in class, on more varied topics.

Third Year Hindi-Urdu classes: mid-intermediate – low advanced level

Third year Hindi-Urdu courses are independent of each other, and can be taken in any order.

Some of the topics that will be offered on a rotating basis for the third year level Hindi-Urdu are as follows:

During the third year the students are still focusing on their speech. They are polishing what they know, and are adding new words and expressions to their arsenal. These are more abstract and more idiomatic, and tend to be used by the native speakers. By the end of the third year, the students should be able to talk about more abstract subjects, such as discussing and expressing opinions about a movie or a show, talking in depth about the news in the US and in South Asia.

Fourth Year Hindi-Urdu classes: low advanced – mid advanced level

Like the third year courses, the fourth year Hindi-Urdu courses are independent of each other, and can be taken in any order.
Some of the topics that will be offered on a rotating basis for the fourth year level Hindi-Urdu are as follows:

In their fourth year of Hindi-Urdu language study the students are focusing on fine aspects of their speech. They are using rich idiomatic expressions to discuss a range of topics. By the end of the fourth year, the students are able to talk in depth about abstract and concrete things. For example, they should be able to relay in great detail what they saw or heard, and they should be able to exhaustively discuss a wide range of topics related to social, political and historical issues/events.

Independent Study 399-0: reserved for DALC majors and minors who have exhausted all the language courses above.

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