Introduction to Hindi

This course introduces students to the Hindi language and is designed for students with no or minimal previous background in spoken or written Hindi. Students in this course focus on learning essential vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, and understanding simple grammatical structures. This knowledge prepares students to effectively communicate in Hindi on a limited range of topics related to everyday situations. Students practice listening and speaking in real-life situations, learn to read and write Hindi script (Devanagari script), and examine how culture and language interact in India. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they develop the oral proficiency and confidence necessary to initiate simple conversations. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.
Course Number: HIND150
Units: 4.0