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HINDI 203 A: Intermediate Hindi

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am
SAV 169
Prem Pahlajrai

Syllabus Description:

Hindi 203 हिंदी २०३

Spring 2018 बसंत त्रैमास्य २०१८

फ़िल्म श्री ४२० (सन १९५५) से

Instructor:            Prem Pahlajrai, Gowen 231,, 206-543-4096

Time:                     M-F 10.30-11:20 AM         Classroom: Savery Hall 169.

Office Hours:      T 8:00-9:00, Th 11:30-12:20 and by appointment

Textbooks:  (1) Usha R. Jain and Karine Schomer.  Intermediate Hindi Reader. Berkeley, Center for  

                              South Asian Studies, University of California. 

                        (2) Michael C. Shapiro.  A Primer of Modern Standard Hindi.  Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.

                        (3) Xeroxed materials (including conversations), to be distributed in class as needed.

                        (4) MacGregor, The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary

                        (5) C. Bulcke, English-Hindi Dictionary

Class Objectives: The second-year Hindi sequence at the University of Washington is designed to help you develop your ability in Hindi with regard to each of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension.  The allocation of class time and selection of teaching materials is carried so as to achieve a balance among these various skills.  Overall, target goals for the year include learning to converse in Hindi on a significantly more sophisticated level than you could after first-year Hindi, to read a diversity of non-technical texts, to write grammatical and comprehensible expository prose, and to expand your ability to follow spoken Hindi.

This quarter, to work on listening comprehension skills, you will be required to view two Hindi movies: the landmark Shrī 420 (1955) and Āṅkhoṃ Dekhī (2013). You may wish to procure your own copy in advance, available online from various sources for under $10. On the basis of your viewing, we will have conversations in class, and crucial scenes may be reviewed as needed. The goal is that students get significant exposure to spoken Hindi for a prolonged duration and hone their comprehension ability both with and without subtitles.

Grades: The final grade for HINDI 203 will be based upon the following factors: written homework assignments [25%]; quizzes [25%]; final examination [25%] class preparation & participation (attendance, participation in conversations, preparation of readings, etc.) [15%]; and final project [10%].   The quizzes will comprise two one-hour written exams, two oral exams, and weekly vocabulary quizzes & dictations.

Policy on Handwriting:  Neatness counts.  You are expected to write all of your Hindi in an acceptable handwriting.  Assignments are to be written in pencil and turned in using specially ruled paper for writing Devanāgarī, which can be downloaded from Unacceptably sloppy homework will be penalized one or two points (out of ten).  Corrections to your written homework assignments will be coded using the correction abbreviations indicated on the attachment "Symbols Used in Correcting Hindi Assignments" (which has been added to beyond last quarter’s list).

Attendance and Student Responsibility: Students enrolled in Hindi 203 are expected to attend all class sessions and are held responsible for material covered in those sessions.  If for any reason you are unable to attend a class session, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered in that session and whether any assignments or instructions were given out while you were absent.  Attendance will be taken every day. It is in your best interests to inform your instructor in advance, at the earliest possible regarding any circumstances that might cause you to miss class.  While in class, the student’s conduct needs to be such that a productive learning environment for all is maintained. Students engaging in behavior that distracts other students or interferes in the ability of the instructor to teach will be asked to leave the classroom and will be considered as absent on that day. Use of cell phones and personal audio devices is not permitted during class. Use of such items during tests is grounds for disqualification of ones score in that particular test.

Policy on Late Homework Assignments, Missed Quizzes and Related Matters.  Each written homework assignment will be graded on a ten-point scale.  Missing or unexcused late homework will earn a grade of zero.  Makeup examinations will be given only under exceptional circumstances, such as death in the family, serious illness, etc.  All homework assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of class on the day due.  Classes will begin promptly at 10:30 and students are expected to be in class on time.  Students should take note of the dates of quizzes and examinations (including the final examination). Requests for the rescheduling of examinations are not granted.  NOTE CAREFULLY THE DATE OF THE FINAL EXAMINATION.  IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION EARLY.  Make your travel plans for the holidays accordingly.

Extra-Credit: Just like last quarter, to reinforce the grammar and vocabulary being learned, from Week 2 onwards, you have the opportunity to turn in at least ten complex Hindi sentences (with your English translations) which use the grammar and vocabulary learned in the past week. While these assignments are optional, it will be in your best interest to undertake this exercise as it will provide a good review and practice of what you are learning. From time to time, there will be other opportunities to earn extra-credit as well, these will be announced in class. The extra-credit assignments will cumulatively contribute an extra 2-5% to the overall grade (exact number to be determined at the end of the quarter).

Enrollment Restrictions: Because it is quite possible that students enrolled in Hindi 203 may already have some or considerable proficiency in Hindi, it is important that the University of Washington policy concerning taking language courses at the first-and second-year level be understood.  This policy reads as follows:

First-year (elementary) or second-year (intermediate) foreign-language credit is not granted either by examination or by course completion in a student’s native language.  “Native language” is defined as the language or one of the languages, spoken in a student’s home during the first six years of his or her life and in which he or she received instruction through the seventh grade.

Students who misrepresent the extent of their background so as to gain entrance to a course at the elementary or intermediate level may be dropped from the rolls of that course.  Students having questions as to whether they are prohibited from taking Hindi 201-203 according to this policy should speak to the instructor.

For graduate students in Asian Languages & Literature only: If you are a graduate student in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature, you must take this course for a letter grade (4.0 scale).  You may not elect S/NS grading.  (Please see section 5.1.0 of the graduate Policies & Procedures.)  If you elect S/NS grading, you will jeopardize your academic standing.

Issues with Instruction: If you have any concerns about the course, your TA or your instructor, please see the TA or instructor about these concerns as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable talking with the TA/instructor or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the Chair of the Dept. of Asian Language and Literature, Dr. Paul Atkins, Gowen 225, (206)543-4925,

Catalog Description: 
Systematic expansion of vocabulary and grammar. Intermediate-level prose and poetry readings. Oral drills. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HINDI 202. Offered: Sp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:20pm