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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Vidhu Chaturvedi

Lecturer MA, Banaras Hindu University, (Varanasi, India)

" The learner is the center of all our activities "

Contact

  • Phone: Work: 512-471-0304, Cell: 512-924-4630
  • Office: WCH 5.114 (NOTE : I am usually to be found at WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall); rather than at WCH 5.114 (my chamber )
  • Office Hours: FALL 2014: M W 11-2; T Th 12-2; F 11-1 & by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B7700

Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi

 

Education & Qualifications

1. M.A. English Literature: Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi: 1984

2. Hindi Literature (as a compulsory subject) till B.A.

3. Educated in Elementary Sanskrit and Writing of Literary Hindi (critiques, essays and creative writings) by a Private Tutor, Late Pt. Janaki Naath Tripathi (Familial Guru ji).

4. Self educated -through various AIIS Workshops focusing on use of technology, with help from friends and colleagues and with consistent practice- in the use of computers for Language Teaching

5. First Language: Hindi

6. Other Languages: English, Various Dialects of the Hindi Language

 

Teaching & Working Experiences

Miscellaneous Jobs / Occupations 

1985-90: Worked as Private Tutor (English and Hindi) with Indian, college- level students, and as Research Assistant with some American Scholars. (Around this time, in my eager youthfulness, I also tried my hand on some odd jobs like Medical Representative {Microlabs} and Office Assistant {AIIS}, but was not able to cope with them.)

 

1990-91: Taught English Language to Law Students at Kashi Vidyapith (State {Provincial} Level University), Varanasi, in the capacity of a Temporary Lecturer. The position was temporary. (The department soon ran into financial problems and was closed down!)

  

1992-98: As Research Assistant

Worked on this occasion much more earnestly and with total commitment- in the capacity of Research Assistant for several European and American Scholars working for their Ph.D., with Professors writing books / doing research work, and with Authors writing books and “Desk Top” books. 

 

The work involved explorations for information, establishing and strengthening contacts, numerous translations, and incisive, penetrating interviews with people from almost all social registers. My field was entire U.P. (Uttar Pradesh) and parts of M.P. (Madhya Pradesh) in India.

 

Some important people with whom I have worked are Professor John E. Gent, Department of Political Science and Foreign Affairs, Virginia University, now Treasurer of the AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies), Pramila Jaypal, Author with Institute of Current World Affairs and the author of "Pilgrimage" and other books on socio-cultural scenario of India, Stephen P. Huyler, author of "Village India", "Painted Prayers" and "Gifts of Earth", 

Professor David Kinsley from Canada, Professor Don Statner  

 

Translations included instant oral translations (Hindi / Hindi Dialect-English and Vice-Versa) and much more time-taking, challenging, written translations of various texts, both classical and vernacular

 

Enjoyed excellent reputation and recognition as the most competent and resourceful Research Assistant in Varanasi, India.

 

Interests

1.Preparation of Instructional Materials, 2. Vocabularies (Love words and nuances of their meanings and usage), 3. Classical and Popular Hindi Films, especially from 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s 4. Popular and Classical Hindi Literature and 5. Language in the Socio Cultural Context and 6. Influence of Socio-Cultural Environment in the Formation, Structure and Expressions of Language.

  

AS LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR

September 1998-December 2009: Worked as Teacher of the Hindi Language at the Hindi Language Program, American Institute of Indian Studies, India -teaching all components of the Hindi Language to all levels of learners.

 

The HLP, AIIS is primarily designed and equipped for Advance Level American Students / Scholars. There is Summer Language Program (SLP) that runs during June-August and the Academic Year Language Program (AYLP) that runs during September-April.

Over the years, under the auspices of this great institute, AIIS,  I was assigned several additional responsibilities, even while I was working with the AIIS regular students alongside:

 

1. Was given charge of SOAS (England) students when the AIIS decided to open its doors for them in 2002. Professor Rupert Snell (author of the celebrated 'Teach Yourself Hindi'), who is presently Vice Chair, HUF at UT was then with the SOAS. Heaps of weekly reports sent to the SOAS during 2002-2009 are testimony to my hard work. Professor Snell has called these reports "valuable documents in themselves" in his communications with us.

SOAS students have been regularly with the AIIS in India ever since for the AYLPs (Academic Year Language Programs: September-April) and the SOAS-AIIS tie-up has become of a permanent nature now: a testimony to my hard work.

 

2. In the year 2006 was sent for some weeks to Hyderabad University to help Hindi

Learners and to guide and train their faculty

 

3. Was given charge of students of the NYCG (New York Consortium Group), now known as NYSICCSI, when in the year 2007 the consortium approached the AIIS to facilitate Hindi teaching for its students. The students, usually 20-24 in numbers, are mostly at the Novice-Mid Level, having initiated Hindi Learning for a few weeks at the Landour Language School, Mussoorie, India.

 

While working with the NYSICCSI and the SOAS students, I continued to work with the regular AIIS students as well. In 2008 I was invited to Mussoourie for a week to study Landour Language School’s pedagogy and the methodology while the NYSICCSI students were being instructed there. Worked with NYSICCSI students in 2007, 2008 and in 2009. 

 

The NYSICCSI was very much impressed with the AIIS for the excellent teaching offered and now this tie up of the NYSICCSI with the AIIS has also become of a permanent nature.

 

 

4. In the Summer of 2008 the AIIS for the first time admitted beginner students to the Hindi Language Program. Was given charge to run the first ever Elementary Hindi Language Program launched by the AIIS. It was very successful, both in the years 2008, and 2009 and now the AIIS, for the Summer Programs (June-August), has three programs: the Advance Language Program, the Intermediate Language Program (initiated and made successful by Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, previously with the Atlanta University and now with Columbia University, New York) and the regular Advance Language Program.

 

January 2010-Till Date: Working for the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA under the Department of Asian Studies. Teaching the HIN 506 (First Year Hindi -I), HIN 507 (First Year Hindi -II), HIN 604 (Accelerated First Year Hindi -I) and HIN 612 (Accelerated First Year Hindi -II)

 

Teaching Materials

While working with the AIIS, haveconsistently prepared numerous vocabularies for Magazine Articles, Hindi Literature, Listening Comprehension (Audio / Video), Film Classes, teaching materials for Grammar Classes and Vocabulary Classes and Various Reference Materials (notes and vocabularies pertaining to various festivals and technical, situational vocabularies etc.) Have produced so much material, almost on daily basis that it was near impossible to keep track and account of them.

 

During the recent years, production of vocabulary materials pertaining to nuances of meanings and usage of terms / words, with various illustrious examples, has earned me immense credit and popularity among Advance / Intermediate Level learners.

 Produced lots of materials for all levels of students: ranging from the very Beginner (Grammar Handouts and others) to very Advance / Superior Level. 

Have also updated, modified or refined almost all the pre-existing teaching materials at the HLP, AIIS.

Have also prepared and posted -and keep preparing and posting- on the Blackboard quite a bit of Instructional Materials of all kind, Drills and Reference Materials while working for the HIN 506 / 507 (First Year Hindi -I, II) and the HIN 604 / 612 (Accelerated First Year Hindi -I, II) courses at the University of Texas at Austin.

Quite expeditious and effective in preparing teaching materials, for I simply love doing it to help my students. I endeavor to prepare materials according to students’ current levels and in accordance with their pre-existing and ever growing knowledge and skills, always keeping the  A+1 theory in mind. (A= what the leaner knows, 1 = the right amount of input)

 

Professional Development Activities

 

  • 7 (Seven) Annual Workshops and 02 Mini Workshops during 1998-2008 for Language Faculty Development, American Institute of India Studies, on various topics, presided by Dr. Suren Gambhir of University of Pennsylvania (Ex-Chair, Language  Committee, AIIS), Professor Herman Van Olphen of University of Texas at Austin (Ex-Chair, Language Committee, AIIS)  and Professor Philip Lutgendorf of University of Iowa (Ex-Chair, Language Committee, AIIS).

 

  • In addition, Language Teaching Workshop & Conference on "Study Abroad Programs" under the auspices of UCEFI, 2007.The Language Workshop was presided by Professor Michael Shapiro of University of Washington. 

 

  • Have been attending talks and workshops organized by the Texas Language Center :

 

  • September 14, 2011 :Language Matters: Song in the Language Classroom 
  • September 24, 2011 : Teaching the Whole Class: Teaching Different Learners in the

        Language Classroom

  • October 11, 2011 : Workshop onHeritage Learners
  • Hindi Urdu Flagship Language Teaching Workshops

All annual workshops organized by the HUF (Hindi Urdu Flagship)

 

 

Projects / Talks

  •  Currently working on an online project related to Assisting Students Find The Right Word / Verb and Use it Correctly. This will be an ongoing work -gradually and consistently developing and expanding- perhaps through several years to come.

 

  •  Gave a Presentation related to the topic mentioned above under the auspices of the Texas Language Center (UT) on November 09, 2011 titled “Developing Vocabulary Building Resources : Some Challenges”.

 

Award

Award from the AIIS, for being evaluated Best Teacher (2003-04). 

The system of such an award was cancelled during the same year and does not exist anymore at

the AIIS. Still, am still considered the best teacher at the AIIS by my colleagues and superiors.

 

Curricular Innovations

At The Hindi Language Program, A.I.I.S. (India)

 

  • Developed curriculums for Ten Weeks’ and Four Weeks’ teaching at the Beginner Level
  • Introduced Grammar Topics, hitherto considered suitable only for Intermediate and Advance Level Students (like the Compound Verbs) to the teaching of Novice Level Students (Beginners), as the students were being consistently exposed to such constructions in India.
  • Introduced effectively and to the best advantage activities like the "Community Interaction / Participation" at the Novice Level Teaching as well.
  • Devised a way to rearrange the HLP library (housing more than 2500 books on Hindi Literature and Linguistics) according to topics / genres / subjects instead of the traditional Accession Numbers. It was a total success and came in very useful.
  • Helped prepare useful guidelines and tips for safe and productive community participation, various socio-cultural and host family adjustments.

At University of Texas, Austin

  • Continually working with other faculty members to upgrade useful materials of all kinds on the Hindi Urdu Flagship website.

 

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Interests

1.Preparation of all kinds of Instructional Materials, 2. Vocabularies (Love words, nuances of their meanings and usage), 3. Classical and Popular Hindi Films, especially from 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s having interesting linguistic features 4. Popular and Classical Hindi Literature and 5. Language in the Socio Cultural Context and 6. Influence of Socio-Cultural Environment in the Formation, Structure and Expressions of Language.

HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

31450 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.204
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Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 506.  Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 507 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 506 with a grade of at least C.

HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

32310 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JES A203A
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Unique Days and Time Location of Classroom

Primary Unique : 32310 TTh 09:30-11:00 JES A203 A

MWF 09:00-10:00 RLM 5.122

 

Associated Unique : 32315 TTh 03:30-05:00 PAR 305

MWF 02:00-03:00 CMA 5.190

 

Primary Instructor : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi (UTEID - vsc276)

Office Hours : Monday / Wednesday 11:00-02:00

Tuesday / Thursday 12:00-02:00

Friday 11:00-01:00 and by appointment (mail or phone)

Office Location : WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall) / WCH 5.114 (my chamber)

I am usually to be found at WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship) rather than in my chamber.

E-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone : 512-924-4630 (cell)

(Please be discreet; use in emergency and / or for urgent appointments.)

 

Teaching Assistant : Shilpa Parnami (UTEID : ss47274)

Office Hours : Monday : 10:30-01:30, or by appointment

E-mail : shipaparnami@gmail.com

Office Location : WCH 4.104

 

Course

Accelerated First Year Hindi Course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.

This course is meant for students who have had some familiarity with the Hindi language, and who can understand (listen) and speak Hindi with limited comprehension and proficiency. They may, or may not be familiar with the Devanāgarī (Hindi) Script. Students who have passed 604 and 612 will be expected to proceed to HIN 330 classes rather than to Second-Year Hindi language classes.

 

If an applicant’s proficiency level in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is close to Intermediate High- Advance Level according to the ACTFL Guidelines or Level 2 of ILR Guidelines (available on the web), they should not apply for this course. Such applicants must opt for higher level courses in Hindi according to their proficiency levels. 

Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency levels.

With materials especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual materials including but not limited to contemporary Hindi films and songs, TV Clips and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

Course Objectives and Means to Achieve those Objectives

The course objective is to acquire and improve proficiency in all four skills of the target language while striving to become well familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used. 

Students will also be expected to acquire a sense of high register Hindi, such as is used in serious, socio-political and academic discourses.

Listening

Acquiring the ability to understand simple to complex Everyday Conversation, Films, Songs 

Radio and TV Programs. A number of authentic Hindi materials of various kinds will be used.

 

We will begin by using in the class short and entertaining clips (2-5 minutes) of

  • Film Scenes (clips) and Songs
  • Interesting TV programs
  • Advertisements and Announcements
  • Contrived Hindi Voice Mails
  • Dialogues from Radio Drama
  • Segments of the Lokaruci Samācār (entertaining news items) from the All India Radio

 

We will then move on from shorter to longer clips to occasional full length movie / program.

Such materials will also be used for assignments, quizzes and tests.

 

NOTE : Class time can not and will not be wasted on full length movies. If students want a film to be shown under supervision of instructor for fuller and optimum comprehension, they must find time (3 to 4 hours) on Fridays so arrangements can be made accordingly. Otherwise, they are advised to watch full length movies on their own on days and time convenient to each one of them. 

 

However, students may be  asked to watch a particular movie during weekends as part of assignment and be ready to be quizzed in the classroom.

 

 

Speaking

Discussion and conversation will be an important part of each class

 

Even when we are working on written or audio visual materials students will be expected to answer in Hindi questions pertaining to the general idea and theme of the material.

 

The objectives will be :

  • Acquiring the ability to handle simple to complex situations and express oneself.
  • Acquiring the ability to discuss within the context of given audio visual and written materials.
  • Acquiring the ability to converse on a given topic.
  • Acquiring the ability to express simple to complex ideas and feelings.

 

To reach these objectives we will have in class activities like :

  • Tell a joke to the class (in Hindi, of course)
  • Model, situational conversation (as in a bookshop /  at a railway station / airport / asking for directions)
  • Real conversations
  • Discussions on a material used in the class
  • Discussion on a given topic, event or film
  • Short Oral Presentations (my family, my friend, my favorite move) and question answer sessions based on such presentations
  • Easy Projects like recording and then presenting short interviews with Hindi speaking people
  • Final Oral Presentation on a topic of your choice

 

 

Reading

We will begin with the script slowly at first but will move quickly to paragraph length narratives.

The objective will be acquiring the ability to read simple to complex reading materials like -

 

  • Billboards
  • Advertisements and Announcements
  • Anecdotes, Jokes, Tangy Idioms
  • Communications - real life or contrived letters / mails
  • Dialogues
  • Short Stories
  • Segment from newspapers / magazine articles and full length news items

In other words, lots of authentic Hindi materials will be used for this course besides the textbook.

Writing

Acquiring the ability to write simple to complex texts like :  

  • Short Notes
  • Letters
  • Applications
  • Journals
  • Short, simple critique and description of reading and audio visual material, of events
  • Short essays

 

Grammar

We will mostly learn contextual grammar, that is, grammar used in a model conversation or in a  material being used in the class. However, formal grammar lessons will also be given when and as necessary and drills to assimilate those lessons will be done in the classroom. Students’ command of the grammar will be assessed and tested through home works, quizzes and tests and discussions

 

Vocabulary

Amassing adequate vocabulary and building of effective diction will be very important throughout the semester.

Students will be encouraged to ask for words, meanings of words at any given time in the classroom or even through e-mail. However, vocabulary acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility mainly. Students will be expected to note down new words used in materials, by classmates or teachers in the class and maintain a notebook of important glossary.

 

Text

Textual, audio and audio visual material developed / selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Canvas page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). 

When posted on Canvas an announcement will be sent. 


Required Grammar Reference (Textbook)
Teach Yourself Complete Hindi’ byDr. Rupert Snell and Simon Weightman, with audio back up

We will cover as many topics / chapters of the book as will be naturally covered by the contextual grammar learnt with various materials.

Optional Reference

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition. 

Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Schedules

It is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners so far as language acquisition is concerned. Each learner of a language has a different pace of learning and need for focussing on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Canvas by the end of each week. 

This is certain, however, that during the initial few weeks our focus will be on learning and mastering the script (reading and writing). Other activities will be secondary to it during the first few weeks.

 

Tentative Weekly Schedules for the First Half of the Semester

First Week

Wednesday, August 27 Introductions, Syllabus

Thursday, August 28 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary

Friday, August 29 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Vowel Signs

Homework (to be turned in on Tuesday)

Second Week

Monday, September 01 Labor Day (Holiday)

Tuesday, September 02 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Conjunct Characters

Wednesday, September 03 Practice of learnt elements including conjunct characters

Thursday, September 04 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : More on conjuncts

Friday, September 05 Dictation Quiz

No Homework

Third Week

Monday, September 08 Review of quiz, conversation

Tuesday, September 09 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : More on conjuncts

Wednesday, September 10 Practice of learnt elements including conjunct characters

Thursday, September 11 Nasalization and Nasal Consonants, Personal Pronouns (I, You, We..) with Present Tense Auxiliary Verbs (hū̃, ho haĩ..); Basic Sentence Structure

Friday, September 12 Practice of learnt elements अभ्यास with reading (1a, 1b TYCH & शादी..)

Homework (to be turned in on Monday)

Fourth Week

Monday, September 15 Review of homework,

Tuesday, September 16 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Dictation of Words 

with self correction

Wednesday, September 17 QUIZ : Transliteration, including all learnt elements

Thursday, September 18 Reading Comprehension (TYCH 10a, 10b) and 

Listening Comprehension(Film “Sholay” -Mausi and Jai)

Friday, September 12 Continuation of the Reading (TYCH :10b onwards..)

Homework based on Reading Comprehension (due on Monday)

 

Fifth Week

Monday, September 22 Review of homework, Reading Practice to continue 

(TYCH 10a, 10b and onwards..)

Tuesday, September 23 A look at the grammar : Imperfective (Habitual - “I sleep..”) and Continuous (- “I am sleeping..”  Aspect in Present and Past Tense (+ How shall the nasalization ‘shift’? When can we drop the auxiliary verb {hū̃, hai, haĩ and ho)

Wednesday, September 24 Dictation Quiz

Thursday, September 25 Oblique of Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, PP का; uses of the Infinitive Verb; the Perfective Aspect; Understanding Transitivity

Friday, September 26 Review and Practice of learnt elements through 

question answer session 

 

Journal Writing to Commence

 

Sixth Week

Monday, September 29 Reading Practice : A short story from the ‘Pancatantra’ : 

The Colored Jackal (Rangā Siyār )  

Tuesday, September 30 A look at the grammar : Postposition का, Command and Requests, Expressions for ‘To Have’ ...with some practice

Wednesday, October 01 Practice of learnt elements through reading

Thursday, October 02 Review of common errors (journals), dictation

Friday, October 03 Two Short Films

Homework based on classical story Rangā Siyār and short films

 

 

 

Seventh Week

Monday, October 06 Review of learnt elements and common errors

Tuesday, October 07 A look at the grammar : Expressing Obligations and Compulsions

Wednesday, October 08 Practice of Model Exam

Thursday, October 09 First Mid Term Exam

Friday, October 10 Oral Presentations (to be graded under QUIZ category)

 

To be continued according to feedback from students..

 

 

Requirements and Tips for Learning Hindi Language

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.

 

  1. Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the Canvas regularly.

 

  1. Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  1. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.

 

GRADING  

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

  • Class participation: 10% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded bi-weekly. 

  • Home Works & Weekly Journals: 30% (@ 15% each)
  • This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Canvas. It is the students' responsibility to check the Canvas regularly.
  • Starting the fourth week of classes a लेख (creative writing / journal writing) is due each Thursday. Students are expected to write their journals neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections in double space. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy works will receive only half credit. Corrected / reviewed journals will be returned on Tuesdays.
  • At the end of the semester, Home Works and Journals will be equally weighted, i.e. HW will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and lekh will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. 
  • Home works and Journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit

 

  • Quizzes: 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Canvas page starting 2nd week of semester.

 

  • Exams: 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        Proposed Dates Exam 1:  Thursday 09 October, 2014 (during class hours)                                                                                               Exam 2: Thursday 06 November, 2014 (during class hours)

 

  • Individual Project (Final Oral Presentation): 10%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

  • Final Exam: 20%  

This includes a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Canvas page once available from the registrar. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT FOR A DATE PRIOR TO DECEMBER 16TH, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Grades

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

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HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

32315 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 305
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Unique Days and Time Location of Classroom

Primary Unique : 32310 TTh 09:30-11:00 JES A203 A

MWF 09:00-10:00 RLM 5.122

 

Associated Unique : 32315 TTh 03:30-05:00 PAR 305

MWF 02:00-03:00 CMA 5.190

 

Primary Instructor : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi (UTEID - vsc276)

Office Hours : Monday / Wednesday 11:00-02:00

Tuesday / Thursday 12:00-02:00

Friday 11:00-01:00 and by appointment (mail or phone)

Office Location : WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall) / WCH 5.114 (my chamber)

I am usually to be found at WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship) rather than in my chamber.

E-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone : 512-924-4630 (cell)

(Please be discreet; use in emergency and / or for urgent appointments.)

 

Teaching Assistant : Shilpa Parnami (UTEID : ss47274)

Office Hours : Monday : 10:30-01:30, or by appointment

E-mail : shilpaparnami@gmail.com

Office Location : WCH 4.104

 

Course

Accelerated First Year Hindi Course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.

This course is meant for students who have had some familiarity with the Hindi language, and who can understand (listen) and speak Hindi with limited comprehension and proficiency. They may, or may not be familiar with the Devanāgarī (Hindi) Script. Students who have passed 604 and 612 will be expected to proceed to HIN 330 classes rather than to Second-Year Hindi language classes.

 

If an applicant’s proficiency level in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is close to Intermediate High- Advance Level according to the ACTFL Guidelines or Level 2 of ILR Guidelines (available on the web), they should not apply for this course. Such applicants must opt for higher level courses in Hindi according to their proficiency levels. 

Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency levels.

With materials especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual materials including but not limited to contemporary Hindi films and songs, TV Clips and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

Course Objectives and Means to Achieve those Objectives

The course objective is to acquire and improve proficiency in all four skills of the target language while striving to become well familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used. 

Students will also be expected to acquire a sense of high register Hindi, such as is used in serious, socio-political and academic discourses.

Listening

Acquiring the ability to understand simple to complex Everyday Conversation, Films, Songs 

Radio and TV Programs. A number of authentic Hindi materials of various kinds will be used.

 

We will begin by using in the class short and entertaining clips (2-5 minutes) of

  • Film Scenes (clips) and Songs
  • Interesting TV programs
  • Advertisements and Announcements
  • Contrived Hindi Voice Mails
  • Dialogues from Radio Drama
  • Segments of the Lokaruci Samācār (entertaining news items) from the All India Radio

 

We will then move on from shorter to longer clips to occasional full length movie / program.

Such materials will also be used for assignments, quizzes and tests.

 

NOTE : Class time can not and will not be wasted on full length movies. If students want a film to be shown under supervision of instructor for fuller and optimum comprehension, they must find time (3 to 4 hours) on Fridays so arrangements can be made accordingly. Otherwise, they are advised to watch full length movies on their own on days and time convenient to each one of them. 

 

However, students may be  asked to watch a particular movie during weekends as part of assignment and be ready to be quizzed in the classroom.

 

 

Speaking

Discussion and conversation will be an important part of each class

 

Even when we are working on written or audio visual materials students will be expected to answer in Hindi questions pertaining to the general idea and theme of the material.

 

The objectives will be :

  • Acquiring the ability to handle simple to complex situations and express oneself.
  • Acquiring the ability to discuss within the context of given audio visual and written materials.
  • Acquiring the ability to converse on a given topic.
  • Acquiring the ability to express simple to complex ideas and feelings.

 

To reach these objectives we will have in class activities like :

  • Tell a joke to the class (in Hindi, of course)
  • Model, situational conversation (as in a bookshop /  at a railway station / airport / asking for directions)
  • Real conversations
  • Discussions on a material used in the class
  • Discussion on a given topic, event or film
  • Short Oral Presentations (my family, my friend, my favorite move) and question answer sessions based on such presentations
  • Easy Projects like recording and then presenting short interviews with Hindi speaking people
  • Final Oral Presentation on a topic of your choice

 

 

Reading

We will begin with the script slowly at first but will move quickly to paragraph length narratives.

The objective will be acquiring the ability to read simple to complex reading materials like -

 

  • Billboards
  • Advertisements and Announcements
  • Anecdotes, Jokes, Tangy Idioms
  • Communications - real life or contrived letters / mails
  • Dialogues
  • Short Stories
  • Segment from newspapers / magazine articles and full length news items

In other words, lots of authentic Hindi materials will be used for this course besides the textbook.

Writing

Acquiring the ability to write simple to complex texts like :  

  • Short Notes
  • Letters
  • Applications
  • Journals
  • Short, simple critique and description of reading and audio visual material, of events
  • Short essays

 

Grammar

We will mostly learn contextual grammar, that is, grammar used in a model conversation or in a  material being used in the class. However, formal grammar lessons will also be given when and as necessary and drills to assimilate those lessons will be done in the classroom. Students’ command of the grammar will be assessed and tested through home works, quizzes and tests and discussions

 

Vocabulary

Amassing adequate vocabulary and building of effective diction will be very important throughout the semester.

Students will be encouraged to ask for words, meanings of words at any given time in the classroom or even through e-mail. However, vocabulary acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility mainly. Students will be expected to note down new words used in materials, by classmates or teachers in the class and maintain a notebook of important glossary.

 

Text

Textual, audio and audio visual material developed / selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Canvas page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). 

When posted on Canvas an announcement will be sent. 


Required Grammar Reference (Textbook)
Teach Yourself Complete Hindi’ byDr. Rupert Snell and Simon Weightman, with audio back up

We will cover as many topics / chapters of the book as will be naturally covered by the contextual grammar learnt with various materials.

Optional Reference

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition. 

Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Schedules

It is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners so far as language acquisition is concerned. Each learner of a language has a different pace of learning and need for focussing on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Canvas by the end of each week. 

This is certain, however, that during the initial few weeks our focus will be on learning and mastering the script (reading and writing). Other activities will be secondary to it during the first few weeks.

 

Tentative Weekly Schedules for the First Half of the Semester

First Week

Wednesday, August 27 Introductions, Syllabus

Thursday, August 28 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary

Friday, August 29 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Vowel Signs

Homework (to be turned in on Tuesday)

Second Week

Monday, September 01 Labor Day (Holiday)

Tuesday, September 02 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Conjunct Characters

Wednesday, September 03 Practice of learnt elements including conjunct characters

Thursday, September 04 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : More on conjuncts

Friday, September 05 Dictation Quiz

No Homework

Third Week

Monday, September 08 Review of quiz, conversation

Tuesday, September 09 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : More on conjuncts

Wednesday, September 10 Practice of learnt elements including conjunct characters

Thursday, September 11 Nasalization and Nasal Consonants, Personal Pronouns (I, You, We..) with Present Tense Auxiliary Verbs (hū̃, ho haĩ..); Basic Sentence Structure

Friday, September 12 Practice of learnt elements अभ्यास with reading (1a, 1b TYCH & शादी..)

Homework (to be turned in on Monday)

Fourth Week

Monday, September 15 Review of homework,

Tuesday, September 16 The Devanāgarī Script & Syllabary : Dictation of Words 

with self correction

Wednesday, September 17 QUIZ : Transliteration, including all learnt elements

Thursday, September 18 Reading Comprehension (TYCH 10a, 10b) and 

Listening Comprehension(Film “Sholay” -Mausi and Jai)

Friday, September 12 Continuation of the Reading (TYCH :10b onwards..)

Homework based on Reading Comprehension (due on Monday)

 

Fifth Week

Monday, September 22 Review of homework, Reading Practice to continue 

(TYCH 10a, 10b and onwards..)

Tuesday, September 23 A look at the grammar : Imperfective (Habitual - “I sleep..”) and Continuous (- “I am sleeping..”  Aspect in Present and Past Tense (+ How shall the nasalization ‘shift’? When can we drop the auxiliary verb {hū̃, hai, haĩ and ho)

Wednesday, September 24 Dictation Quiz

Thursday, September 25 Oblique of Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, PP का; uses of the Infinitive Verb; the Perfective Aspect; Understanding Transitivity

Friday, September 26 Review and Practice of learnt elements through 

question answer session 

 

Journal Writing to Commence

 

Sixth Week

Monday, September 29 Reading Practice : A short story from the ‘Pancatantra’ : 

The Colored Jackal (Rangā Siyār )  

Tuesday, September 30 A look at the grammar : Postposition का, Command and Requests, Expressions for ‘To Have’ ...with some practice

Wednesday, October 01 Practice of learnt elements through reading

Thursday, October 02 Review of common errors (journals), dictation

Friday, October 03 Two Short Films

Homework based on classical story Rangā Siyār and short films

 

 

 

Seventh Week

Monday, October 06 Review of learnt elements and common errors

Tuesday, October 07 A look at the grammar : Expressing Obligations and Compulsions

Wednesday, October 08 Practice of Model Exam

Thursday, October 09 First Mid Term Exam

Friday, October 10 Oral Presentations (to be graded under QUIZ category)

 

To be continued according to feedback from students..

 

 

Requirements and Tips for Learning Hindi Language

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.

 

  1. Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the Canvas regularly.

 

  1. Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  1. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.

 

GRADING  

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

  • Class participation: 10% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded bi-weekly. 

  • Home Works & Weekly Journals: 30% (@ 15% each)
  • This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Canvas. It is the students' responsibility to check the Canvas regularly.
  • Starting the fourth week of classes a लेख (creative writing / journal writing) is due each Thursday. Students are expected to write their journals neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections in double space. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy works will receive only half credit. Corrected / reviewed journals will be returned on Tuesdays.
  • At the end of the semester, Home Works and Journals will be equally weighted, i.e. HW will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and lekh will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. 
  • Home works and Journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit

 

  • Quizzes: 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Canvas page starting 2nd week of semester.

 

  • Exams: 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        Proposed Dates Exam 1:  Thursday 09 October, 2014 (during class hours)                                                                                               Exam 2: Thursday 06 November, 2014 (during class hours)

 

  • Individual Project (Final Oral Presentation): 10%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

  • Final Exam: 20%  

This includes a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Canvas page once available from the registrar. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT FOR A DATE PRIOR TO DECEMBER 16TH, 2014.

  

Final Grades

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

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HIN 312K • Second-Year Hindi I

32335 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 330pm-500pm CAL 419
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Intermediate Hindi - I

HIN312K

32335

करत-करत अभ्यास तें, जड़मति होत सुजान
रसरी आवत जात तें, सिल पर परत निसान ॥

Fall/2014

32335 – CAL 419 - MW 3:30-5:00

 

 

Instructor: Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi (UTEID - vsc276)

 

Office Hours: Monday / Wednesday 11:00-02:00

                         Tuesday / Thursday 12:00-02:00

                         Friday 11:00-01:00 and by appointment (mail or phone)

 

Office Location: WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall) / WCH 5.114 (my chamber). I am usually to be found at WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship) rather than in my chamber.

 

Email: vidhu@austin.utexas.edu 

 

Phone: 512-924-4630 (cell) 

(Please be discreet; use in emergency and / or for urgent appointments.)

 

TA:                Shilpa Parnami 

                       WCH 4.104, shilpaparnami@gmail.com
Office Hours: Monday 10:30-1:30, or by appointment.

 

Table of Contents  

 

I.  Rationale……………………….1

II.  Course Aims and Objectives…1

        Aims    

        Specific Learning Objectives

III.  Format and Procedures………2

         Behavioral expectations

         Group work, etc.

IV.  My Assumptions……………..3

         Expectations for students

V.  Course Requirements………….3

       Attendance and participation

        Readings

       Assignments

VI.  Grading Procedures…………..4

VII.  Academic Integrity………….5

VIII. Accommodations for students with disabilities……………………6

IX.  Tentative Course Schedule…...7

 

 

I. Rationale:  

In a globalized world, knowledge of more than one language is a necessary asset.  This is especially true with reference to south Asia, a fast growing region of the world with a multitude of opportunities.  Within south Asia lies India, a country of one billion strong, at least 60 percent of whom understand Hindi.  This number goes even higher if we add those who claim Hindi as their second or third language and also include the population of the Indian diaspora.  Recent economic and political developments have necessitated a better understanding of the region, for which knowledge of Hindi language is a crucial tool.  This course provides some of those language skills to you.  By knowing Hindi students can conduct better research in south Asia, get better jobs at home and abroad, and be a globalized citizen with an empathetic understanding of the south Asian culture.

 

II. Course Aims and Objectives:  

Aims

This is an intermediate level Hindi class where we will emphasize the four core areas of language learning, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The fifth, the most crucial aspect of language learning makes the backdrop of all the other core areas, which is the culture that is witnessed in the Hindi speaking areas not only of India, but also of the Hindi speaking diaspora in various parts of the world.  Therefore, our text will be formed not by a single book, but a whole host of other media, print as well as audio-visual, that will assist us in understanding the culture and its internal interactions.  We will explore the variety of vocabulary, registers and manners of speaking as they pertain to specialized topics and aspects of daily life.  We will also impersonate various registers and manners of communication by trying them out ourselves, either in writing, or through speaking and role playing.  The emphasis on the course in on “creation with language.”  This implies functioning in the language for the purpose of communication, using correct spellings, syntax and register.  To facilitate correct use of the language we will also learn Hindi grammar, but the emphasis will be on communication, not grammar.

 

Specific Learning Objectives:

Our constant endeavor will be to become more proficient in communicating in Hindi.  With reference to the four core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension, we will become conversant with sentence length utterances that pertain, for example, to basic personal background and needs, social conventions and routine tasks, such as getting meals and receiving simple instructions, directions, more complex tasks, such as lodging, transportation, and shopping.  By the end of the course we should be able to sustain longer discourses on various topics.  Your grasp of the language after going through this course will enable you to talk more lucidly with your parents and grandparents in Hindi-Urdu, write letters to them, as well as essays and descriptions to friends, acquaintances and even grant administering institutions.

 

III. Format and Procedures:  

Language learning is a very hands on, interactive experience.  Like driving a car, it requires constant attention and prolonged practice.  To that end:

  • Unless otherwise specified, all your course materials, text as well as multimedia, will be available on Canvas. I strongly urge you to look over the materials and familiarize yourself with it.  After the first class, readings, and activities for the next class, as well as the homework, will be announced at the end of the class.  All students are expected to do the assigned readings and come prepared to the class and discuss issues in the target language, as well as participate in other class activities.  
  • Preparation for the class includes memorizing the vocabulary pertinent to the topic under discussion.  In the beginning of each class we will have a short vocabulary quiz.
  • There is the requirement of a final multimedia presentation, due at the end of the semester.  Students are required to make a seven minute powerpoint presentation with multimedia clips on a topic of their choice, work on it throughout the semester, and produce a professional quality presentation which demonstrates their speaking as well as writing ability.
  • Attendance in class, and punctual arrival, are compulsory.  However, keeping emergencies in mind, there will be three absences which will be excused without the need for an official document.  The fourth and successive absences each will require an official document as an explanation, or the student will lose two points for every such absence from the total grade.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of not missing classes.  So don’t squander your three allowable absences for sleeping in or running errands.  Save them for a real emergency.  I will adhere strictly to the attendance policy. 
  • Do arrive in class on time, because late arrival disrupts the flow of the class, and, if habitual, will lead to a deduction of points from the total grade.  
  • Please do not schedule other engagements during this class time.  You probably wouldn't appreciate it if I did!  I will try to make class as interesting and informative as possible, but I can't learn the material for you. 
  • Related to this is proper conduct in class.  This implies not only treating your fellow classmates respectfully, but also treating your instructor respectfully by not using your laptop or cell phone during class for other class assignments, web surfing, emailing, facebook-ing, second life-ing, text messaging, twittering, IM-ing etc.  It also includes not working on assignments or readings from other classes in the Hindi class.  Please be mindful of your behavior in class, it will only help you learn that much more, and faster. 
  • Honesty in homework and assignments is a given.  All work submitted through homework, journal and exam should be your own original work.  Please look at The University of Texas honor code below under Academic Integrity.  
  • During this course I will be asking you to give me feedback on your learning in informal as well as formal ways, including through anonymous electronic surveys about how my teaching strategies are helping or hindering your learning. It’s very important for me to know your reaction to what we’re doing in class, so I encourage you to respond to these surveys, ensuring that together we can create an environment effective for teaching and learning. 

 

IV.  My Assumptions

Many language classes depend on a book and follow its structure to learn the language.  Many a times such classes become reduced to grammar drills.  I believe in learning the language through doing it, that is, by communicating in the language.  This communication is not confined just to telling someone about yourself in very concrete terms, but also includes talking about such topics as the environment, the politics, the religion, the social change etc., which are integral to every society.  It also includes the vocabulary pertinent to diverse topics, and the registers in which they are used.  To facilitate this I have developed several powerpoint presentations which act as specific texts for the topics we cover.  The student should pay special attention to these.  I believe this method of teaching and learning the language gives a broader foundation to the student, which increases in depth as the student continues with practicing the language.  I encourage you to leave your inhibitions behind, and embark upon this journey with enthusiasm and attention.

V. Course Requirements:  

  1. Class attendance and participation policy: 

(a)  Please attend all classes except, as specified above, under extenuating circumstances.  If you can’t attend a class, let me know in advance as far as possible.  Do bring a medical or other note to class so you don’t lose points for your absence.  Arrive to class on time.  Late arrival is not acceptable.

(b)  Participate fully and enthusiastically in all class activities.  Read or prepare your assignments before coming to class.  Be prepared in advance for the daily vocabulary quiz.

(c)  Please be polite in class to your instructor, TA and classmates.  Do not use your computer or cell phones in class.  Please do not work on assignments from other classes in the Hindi class.  Please do not carry on personal conversations in class as they disrupt the flow of the class.

 

Religious Holy Days

By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

 

2.  Course Readings/Materials:  

All course materials are available to students via Canvas.  Please familiarize yourself with the course content.

 

3. Assignments, Assessment, and Evaluation: 

I. There are two running activities throughout the semester:

  1. Journals: You will be required to submit a weekly journal based on a topic announced by the instructor in class. In order to practice both writing and speaking skills, we will be alternate between an audio and a written journal every week. The journal will be due on Canvas every Thursday by midnight. 

Audio: For the audio format of the journal, you will record yourself speaking in Hindi for one minute. The purpose of this journal is to help you practice speaking in Hindi. Hence, you should record yourself speaking spontaneously and not reading from a prepared written script. 

Written: A 100 word long journal typed in Hindi (in 12 point Mangal or similar Unicode font). The journal must be double spaced and submitted in PDF file format. 

  1. Vocabulary Quiz: There will be a vocabulary quiz on each new topic covered in class. You will be expected to memorize a list of vocabulary words on the given topic provided on Canvas. The day for the quiz will be announced in class. 

II. Main Quiz: After finishing each topic, roughly every two weeks, we will have a quiz on the topic.  This will include vocabulary from the topic, as well as ideas and concepts presented in the texts.  I will include four best quizzes out of the total number of such quizzes given in the class for the 20% of your cumulative quiz grade.  If, due to extenuating circumstances you cannot take the quiz on the scheduled date, I will give one week grace period to do so.  After that, you will lose the points for that quiz.  

III. Additional Assignments: Besides the vocabulary quiz and journals, there could be weekly homework assignments, which may be written or aural or multimedia. These will be announced to you as we move forward each week.

 

                    4. Policy concerning homework (grading, posting, late policy, etc.): 

a) If, due to extenuating circumstances you cannot upload your blogs on time, or finish and hand us your homework by the due date, I will give you one week grace period to do so.  After that, you will lose the points for that discussion forum post or home work.

b)  Class participation is crucial for this course, and it includes not only coming prepared to class and discussing topics actively, but also participating creatively in role-plays and skits.  Since this constitutes part of the 20% of your grade, please be imaginative and creative about it.

 

 5.  Use of Canvas in class

In this class Canvas—a Web-based course management system with password-protected access at http://canvas.utexas.edu/ — will be used to distribute course materials, to communicate and collaborate online, to post grades, to submit assignments, and to give you online quizzes and surveys. You can find support in using Canvas at the ITS Help Desk at 475-9400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so plan accordingly.

 

VI. Grading Procedures: Grades will be based on:

 

(a) Audio Journals: 15%

(b) Written Journals:           15%

(c) Vocabulary Quizzes:                                 10%

(d) Additional Assignments:                                 10%

 (e) Average of four best quizzes:   20%

(f) Final multimedia Presentation:   20%

(g) Class Participation                                          10% 

 

Grade Breaks: 

92-100 A

89-91 A-

86-88 B+

82-85 B

79-81 B-

76-78 C+

72-75 C

69-71 C-

66-68 D+

62-65 D

59-61 D-

0-58 F

 

 

VII. Academic Integrity

 

University of Texas Honor Code

“The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.”

 

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the University of Texas Honor Code.  [See the UT Honor Code above.]  Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work. 

For this course, collaboration is allowed in the following instances: skit preparation, skit presentation.

 

You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students.  However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e mail, an e mail attachment file, a diskette, or a hard copy. 

 

Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment.  Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action. 

 

During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examinations, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

 

VIII.  Other University Notices and Policies

 

Use of E-mail for Official Correspondence to Students

All students should become familiar with the University's official e-mail student notification policy.  It is the student's responsibility to keep the University informed as to changes in his or her e-mail address.  Students are expected to check e-mail on a frequent and regular basis in order to stay current with University-related communications, recognizing that certain communications may be time-critical. It is recommended that e-mail be checked daily, but at a minimum, twice per week. The complete text of this policy and instructions for updating your e-mail address are available at   http://www.utexas.edu/its/policies/emailnotify.html.

 

Documented Disability Statement

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at (512) 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (video phone).  Faculty are not required to provide accommodations without an official accommodation letter from SSD.  (Note to Faculty: Details of a student’s disability are confidential.  Faculty should not ask questions related to a student’s condition or diagnosis when receiving an official accommodation letter.)

 

  • Please notify me as quickly as possible if the material being presented in class is not accessible (e.g., instructional videos need captioning, course packets are not readable for proper alternative text conversion, etc.). 

 

  • Please notify me as early in the semester as possible if disability-related accommodations for field trips are required.  Advanced notice will permit the arrangement of accommodations on the given day (e.g., transportation, site accessibility, etc.).

 

 

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)

If you are worried about someone who is acting differently, you may use the Behavior Concerns Advice Line to discuss by phone your concerns about another individual’s behavior. This service is provided through a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Call 512-232-5050 or visit http://www.utexas.edu/safety/bcal

 

Q drop Policy

The State of Texas has enacted a law that limits the number of course drops for academic reasons to six (6).  As stated in Senate Bill 1231:

“Beginning with the fall 2007 academic term, an institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student a total of more than six dropped courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education, unless the student shows good cause for dropping more than that number.”

 

Emergency Evacuation Policy

Occupants of buildings on the UT Austin campus are required to evacuate and assemble outside when a fire alarm is activated or an announcement is made.  Please be aware of the following policies regarding evacuation:

  • Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of the classroom and the building. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when you entered the building.
  • If you require assistance to evacuate, inform me in writing during the first week of class.
  • In the event of an evacuation, follow my instructions or those of class instructors.

Do not re-enter a building unless you’re given instructions by the Austin Fire Department, the UT Austin Police Department, or the Fire Prevention Services office.

 

IX. Tentative Course Schedule:**This syllabus represents my current plans and objectives.  As we go through the semester, those plans may need to change to enhance the class learning opportunity.  Such changes, communicated clearly, are not unusual and should be expected.

 

 

 

WEEK 1

Topic

Readings to be completed before class

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FIRST DAY OF CLASS

Introductions/Syllabus/Grammar Review

WEEK 2

 

 

Monday, September 01, 2014

LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY

LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

GRAMMAR REVIEW

Grammar Review

WEEK 3

 

 

Monday, September 08, 2014

INTSTRUCTIONS : HEALTH

Meningococcal

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

INTSTRUCTIONS : HEALTH

LFH: Patterns of Conversation 2

WEEK 4

 

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

INTSTRUCTIONS : HEALTH

Water Borne Diseases, First Aid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

INTSTRUCTIONS : HEALTH

QUIZ 01 - Health

WEEK 5

 

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

INSTRUCTION : ENVIRONMENT

पर्यावरण क्या है?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

INSTRUCTION : ENVIRONMENT

जल जो जीवन है

WEEK 6

 

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

INSTRUCTION : ENVIRONMENT

वीडियो - पानी, हम और अनुपम

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

INSTRUCTION : ENVIRONMENT

QUIZ 02 - Environment

WEEK 7

 

 

Monday, October 06, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS : ECONOMIC MATTERS

Rising prices

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS : ECONOMIC MATTERS

The price of Coke

WEEK 8

 

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS : ECONOMIC MATTERS

Inflation

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

INSTRUCTIONS : ECONOMIC MATTERS

QUIZ 03 - Economy

WEEK 9

 

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

DASHAHARA

Kalpavriksha, Participles

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DASHAHARA

Poem - Meraa Nayaa Bachpan + +

WEEK 10

 

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

RAMAYANA

Ram ko Vanvaas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

RAMAYANA

Ramayana clips, QUIZ 04

WEEK 11

 

 

Monday, November 03, 2014

COOKING

Do Saheliyon kii Baatchiit

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

COOKING

Counterfactual

WEEK 12

 

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

COOKING

Khana Khazanaa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

COOKING

Cooking Presentations in liu of QUIZ 05

WEEK 13

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

REGISTERS

MP Yuva Kendra

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

REGISTERS

MP Yuva Kendra QUIZ 06

WEEK 14

 

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Final Multimedia Presentation

Final Multimedia Presentation

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Final Multimedia Presentation

Final Multimedia Presentation

WEEK 15

 

 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Final Multimedia Presentation

Final Multimedia Presentation

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Final Multimedia Presentation

Final Multimedia Presentation

 

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HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32650 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.204
show description

Unique Number 32650 Constant section number 113451

 Meeting times and venue

TTh 05:00-06:30 PM MEZ 1.204

MW 02:00-03:00 MEZ 1.204

 

Primary Instructor : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi (vsc276)

Office Hours : Monday - 12:00-04:00; Tuesday / Thursday - 02:00-04:00

Wednesday / Friday - by prior appointment (mail or in person)

Office Location : WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall) / 5.114 (chamber)

E-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone : (Please use in emergency) 512-924-4630 (cell)

 

Teaching Assistant : Stella Wojdyla (smw2668)

Office Hours : HIN 604: Tuesdays / Wednesdays 10:00-12:00

Students can also email me about individual appointments.

E-mail : stellawojdyla@utexas.edu

Office Location : WCH 4.104

 

Course Description

This course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.

This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. This is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level, nor it is open for students who have taken HIN 604.

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including clips from contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

 

Course Objectives

1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple to complex everyday conversation

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple to complex situations and express oneself

C. Reading : Ability to read simple to complex reading materials

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To become familiar with the cultural contexts of the Target Language (Hindi).

 

Text

Textual materials developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). 

When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent. 


Required Grammar and Vocabulary Reference (Textbooks)

 
1. ‘Teach Yourself Complete Hindi’ byDr. Rupert Snell and Simon Weightman, 

with audio back up.

2. McGregor, R.S., ‘Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary’, latest edition : available online

 
Optional Reference

Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

Classroom Policies

VOCABULARY

 

  • Vocabulary Acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility.
  • All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be considered IMPORTANT WORDS.
  • No list of Important Words will be given before any exam or assignment.
  • Remember : it is but natural that the wealth of diction will go on expanding and increasing as we progress. There is no alternative to learning new words / terms everyday !!

 

SPELLINGS

Spelling errors will be taken more seriously after the Third Week of Semester in assignments and in exams.

 

TEXTBOOK

Students must bring their textbooks to classes regularly.

 

CONCENTRATION / FOCUS

Distracting or inappropriate behavior in the classroom will not be permitted. A student, distracting the class will be warned. Failing the warning such student / students will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked as absent. Such behavior will instantly affect Class Participation Grades adversely.

 

ATTENDANCE

Only three absences will be excused on written (e-mail) requests, without any documentary support.

 

After three absences, students will be required to provide legitimate documentary evidence (medical certificate, etc.) to qualify for leave of absence. 

 

GRADING  

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

 

Class participation (including conversations) : 15% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. 

Additionally, your proficiency and effort to participate in Hindi conversations as perceived during such conversation sessions will also count towards your class participation grade.

Class participation grades will be recorded on the Blackboard / Canvass each month.

Home Works and Weekly Journals : 20%

This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Blackboard. It is the students' responsibility to check the Blackboard regularly.

Starting the SECOND week of classes (JANUARY 21st, 2014) a लेख (creative writing / journal writing) is due each Thursday. Students are expected to write their journals neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections in double space. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy works will receive only half credit. Corrected / reviewed journals will be returned on following Tuesdays.

At the end of the semester, Home Works and Journals will be equally weighted, i.e. HW will be weighted as half of the 20% assigned to this category, and लेख will be weighted as half of the 20% assigned to this category. 

Home works and Journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit

Quizzes : 15%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Blackboard page starting 2nd week of semester (view Weekly Schedules regularly).

 Oral Presentations / Graded Conversations : 10%

As the name suggests, there will be Oral Presentations by students in classrooms each second Tuesday / Thursday (in case of a holiday). Students will be expected to speak for 3-5 minutes on a topic assigned for that week. 

  • Prior to each scheduled day for this presentation, part of a class will be used for ‘Preparation of Oral presentation’ in order to facilitate students to ask words, constructions (“How would I say it, if I wanted to say..”) etc.
  • Presentations will be graded on spot and the grades will be posted on Bb (Blackboard) the following day. 
  • ‘Speakers’ will be expected to use recently learned elements and words in their presentations.
  • Reading from a paper will disqualify entire presentation.
  • Students’ suggestions  will be useful in determining the topic of each upcoming presentation.
  • Just for some examples, topics will / may include :

My Family

My Routine

My Best Friend

My brother / sister (or other relations)

What I did during the Spring Break

What I did last weekend

An unforgettable day ... and so on.

 

Exams (3 @ 10% each) : 30% 

This includes 3 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester-

  • First exam : Thursday, February 13th
  • Second exam : Thursday, March 20th 
  • Third exam : Thursday, April 24th

There is no ‘final’ exam during the final exam period, this semester.

 

Final Individual Project Presentation : 10%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

Note

All assignments, including but not limited to home works & weekly journals, must be turned in on time to receive full credit.

Sloppy and messy work/papers will receive only half credit.

On the last Monday of classes Students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, journals, quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file would affect students’ grades, as the file is used to assess each student's individual progress in the Target Language. 

Final Grades

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies:

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

Weekly Schedules

In a language class, it is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners; and that each learner of the language has a different pace of learning and may need to focus on a particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. 

Hence flexibility of schedule is important. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week will be posted on Blackboard by the end of each week. Please view it, and make necessary preparation for classes accordingly.

Most importantly, remember that language is a connected, integrated entity - it can be divided in various aspectual tenses and various constructions to give some order and ease to our learning; but it can not be broken into parts. So, when it says, “Practice of the Future Tense” on our weekly schedule, it does not mean that we will not be incorporating previously learnt expressions of time, expressions with -कर, तो, ही, भी, perfective aspectual tense .. and so on. 

Continuous and consistent review and drilling are the keys to total assimilation ! 

Following is a detailed map of activities to be undertaken and things to learn on a weekly basis. 

As mentioned above it lists only the new elements to be learnt; elements learnt previously naturally being incorporated and becoming integral part of the ‘new’ elements as we practice and drill :

First Week (January 13, 14, 15 and 16)

  • Discussing the syllabus; question-answer
  • Review, of the Perfective aspectual tense, of vocabulary and of oblique forms through question-answers method
  • Review of Transitivity (TYCH 11.1), More practice of तो (TYCH 4.2 )
  • Some expressions of quantity (TYCH 9.5), Preparation for Oral Presentation

 

Second Week (January 21, 22 and 23)

  • Practice of the Perfective aspectual tense continued (TYCH 11)
  • -कर construction (TYCH 12.1 )
  • Comparisons  (TYCH 4.3 )
  • Telling the time (TYCH 12.2)
  • Writing of weekly journals commences
  • Oral Presentations

 

Third Week (January 27, 28, 29 and 30)

  • The Future Tense (TYCH 9.1, 9.2)
  • Practicing conjunct verbs (TYCH 7.6) with all aspectual tenses
  • Dates (TYCH 8.4), अपना (TYCH 6.3)
  • Preparation for Oral Presentations
  • Quiz

 

Fourth Week (February 03, 04, 05 and 06)

  • Understanding चाहिये with things (TYCH 7.3) and with verbs (actions) (TYCH 13.2)
  • चाहिये (TYCH 7.3, 13.2) and चाहना (TYCH 10.3) : differences and subtleties
  • Revisiting the को construction with some practice : an overview of all grammatical devices that are governed by this (indirect) verb constriction
  • Oral Presentations

 

 

Fifth Week (February 10, 11, 12 and 13)

  • Review of all learnt elements, preparation or the next oral presentation
  • Reading comprehensions
  • Listening comprehensions
  • First exam (February 13)

 

Sixth Week (February 17, 18, 19 and 20)

  • Review of exam, Understanding कोई and कुछ (TYCH 7.2)
  • The Subjunctive : it’s various uses (TYCH 10.1), कहीं (TYCH 16.3)
  • Future tense in the auxiliary verb (TYCH 9.2)
  • ‘Presumptive’ uses of the future (TYCH 9.3)
  • Oral Presentations

 

Seventh Week (February 24, 25, 26 and 27)

  • सकना, पाना and चुकना (TYCH 12.3)
  • Compound Verbs with -जाना, -लेना & -देना (TYCH 12.4), Verbs in combination (TYCH 12.5)
  • Some conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions  (TYCH 17.2 and more...)
  • या तो ... या, न (तो) ... न, (either ... or, neither ... nor); चाहे ... चाहे (TYCH 16.6)

 

Eighth Week (March 03, 04, 05 and 06)

  • Repetition of words and Echo words 
  • More on Compound Verbs  (TYCH 17.3)
  • Obligations (TYCH 13.2 {review}) and Compulsions (TYCH 13.3)
  • लगना and मिलना (TYCH 13.5, 13.6)
  • Quiz (make sure you are present, as there can be no ‘make-up’ quiz..)

 

SPRING BREAK

 

Ninth Week (March 17, 18, 19 and 20)

  • जैसा, -सा (TYCH 15.4, 15.5)
  • Relative-Correlative (TYCH 13.1, 13.4, 14.5, 14.6, 14.7 and 14.8)
  • Review, review and review of all learnt elements
  • Second exam (March 20)

 

Tenth Week (March 24, 25, 26, and 27)

  • The Passive Voice (TYCH 14.1), contrasting the Passive Voice with Intransitive Verbs
  • Vने लगना (TYCH 14.3), Vने देना (TYCH 14.4)
  • Revisiting the infinitive as verbal noun (TYCH )
  • करता रहना, करता जाना, किया करना (TYCH 15.1, 15.2)
  • Oral Presentations

 

Eleventh Week (March 31;  April 01, 02 and 03)

  • Conditional Sentences (TYCH 10.4, 17.1)
  • More reflexive pronouns (खुद, अपने आप, आपस में...) (TYCH 15.7)
  • Inverted Postpositions (TYCH 15.6)
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Quiz (Reading Comprehension)

 

Twelfth Week (April 07, 08, 09, and 10 )

  • Participles (TYCH 18.1)
  • Causative Verbs (TYCH 18.3)
  • Letter Writing
  • Review through Listening and Reading Comprehensions
  • Oral Presentations

 

Thirteenth Week (April 14, 15, 16 and 17 )

  • Intensive Review of all learnt elements
  • Quiz on vocabulary

 

Fourteenth Week (April 21, 22, 23 and 24 )

  • Intensive Review of all learnt elements
  • Preparations for the Third (cumulative) Exam
  • Third exam (April 24)

 

Fifteenth Week (April 28, 29, 30; and May 01  )

  • Preparation for the Final Project Presentations
  • Final Project Presentations

Requirements and Tips for Learning Hindi Language

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.
  2. Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the BB regularly.
  3. Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.
  4. They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.
  5. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.
  6. Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

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HIN 612 • Accelerated Second-Year Hindi

32655 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.204
show description

Unique : 32655 Constant Section Number 112167

 

Meetings and Venue

TTh 12:30-02:00 MEZ 1.204

MWF 03:00-04:00 MEZ 1.204

 

Primary Instructor : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi (vsc276)

Office Hours : Monday - 12:00-04:00; Tuesday / Thursday - 02:00-04:00

Wednesday / Friday - by prior appointment (mail or in person)

Office Location : WCH 4.104 (Hindi Urdu Flagship, main hall) / 5.114 (chamber)

E-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone : (Please use in emergency) 512-924-4630 (cell)

 

Teaching Assistant : Stella Wojdyla (smw2668)

Office Hours : HIN 604: Tuesdays / Wednesdays 10:00-12:00

Students can also email me about individual appointments.

E-mail : stellawojdyla@utexas.edu

Office Location : WCH 4.104

 

Course

This is First Year accelerated Hindi Course. This is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.

This is continuation of the HIN 604 course (First Year accelerated Hindi, Fall Semester).

 

This course is meant for students who have passed HIN 604 and have familiarity with the Hindi language; and who can understand and speak Hindi with limited comprehension and proficiency. 

They must also be familiar with the Devanāgarī (Hindi) Script. Students who have passed this course (HIN 612) will be expected to proceed to HIN 330 classes rather than to second-year Hindi language classes.

 

If an applicant’s proficiency level in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is close to Intermediate High- Advance Level according to the ACTFL Guidelines (available in the web), they should not apply for this course. Such applicants must opt for higher level courses in Hindi according to their proficiency level. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including but not limited to contemporary Hindi films and songs, TV Clips and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards bringing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language at an Advanced Level

Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

 

Course Objectives and Means to Achieve those Objectives

The course objective is to acquire and improve proficiency in all four skills of the target language while striving to become well familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used.

HIN 612 course will strive to bring students proficiency level in all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) at Advance Level (2) according to the ACTFL (American Council of the teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines; and / or at 4ILR Level 3 – Professional working proficiency according to the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) guidelines.

Students are strongly advised to click on the following links to visit these websites and read thoroughly about the guidelines and hallmarks of the proficiency levels mentioned above.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Interagency Language Roundtable

 

Listening

Acquiring the ability to understand simple to complex Everyday Conversation, Films, Songs 

Radio and TV Programs. A number of various authentic Hindi materials will be used.

 

We will begin by using in the class short and entertaining clips (2-5 minutes) of

  • Film Scenes (clips) and Songs
  • Interesting TV programs (for example, watch on YouTube : वाह वाह क्या बात है..)
  • Advertisements and Announcements, Hindi Voice Mails
  • News from the web radio
  • News and other interesting TV programs

 

We will then move on from shorter to longer clips to full length movie / program.

Such materials may also be used for assignments, quiz and tests.

 

Speaking

Discussion and conversation will be an important part of each class

Even when we are working on written or audio visual materials students will be expected to answer in Hindi questions pertaining to the general idea and theme of the material.

 

The objectives will be

  • Acquiring the ability to handle simple to complex situations and express oneself.
  • To be able to engage in a debate.
  • Acquiring the ability to discuss within the context of given audio visual and written materials.
  • Acquiring the ability to converse effectively on a given topic.
  • Being able to discuss politics, market trends, fashion and socio-cultural issues.

 

To reach these objectives we will have in class activities like :

  • Tell a joke to the class (in Hindi, of course)
  • Model, situational conversation (as, at a railway station / airport / asking for directions...)
  • Real conversations
  • Discussions on a material used in the class
  • Discussion on a given topic
  • Debate
  • Oral Presentations on various socio-cultural topics and question answer sessions based on such presentations
  • Easy Projects like recording and then presenting short interviews with Hindi speaking people
  • Final Project Presentation on a serious topic of your choice

 

Reading

We will begin with the script slowly at first but will move quickly to paragraph length narratives.

The objective will be acquiring the ability to read simple to complex reading materials like -

  • Billboards
  • Advertisements and Announcements
  • Anecdotes, Jokes, Tangy Idioms
  • Communications - real life or contrived letters / mails
  • Dialogues
  • Short Stories : moving on to stories from Folk Stories (like from the पंचतंत्र in 604) to stories and plays from Classical Hindi Literature
  • Segment of newspaper / magazine articles and full length news items

 

In other words, lots of authentic Hindi materials will be used for this course besides the textbook.

Writing

Acquiring the ability to write simple to complex texts like :  

  • Short Notes
  • Letters
  • Applications
  • Journals
  • Short, simple critique and description of reading and audio visual material, of events
  • Short essays

 

Spelling errors and level of the diction / vocabulary will be taken more seriously this semester.

 

Grammar and Vocabulary

We will mostly learn contextual grammar, that is, grammar used in a model conversation or in a  material being used in the class. However, formal grammar lessons will also be given when and as necessary and drills to assimilate those lessons will be done in the classroom. Students’ command of the grammar will be assessed and tested through home works, quizzes and tests. We will cover as many topics / chapters of the book as will be naturally covered by the contextual grammar learnt with various materials.

 

Students will be encouraged to ask for words, meanings of words at any given time in the classroom or even through e-mail. However, vocabulary acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility mainly. Students will be expected to note down new words used in materials, by classmates or teachers in the class and maintain a notebook of important glossary. 

 

Text

Textual, audio and audio visual material developed / selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). 

When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent. 


Required Grammar Reference (Textbook)
Teach Yourself Complete Hindi’ byDr. Rupert Snell and Simon Weightman, with audio back up 

Optional Reference

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition : available online

Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

  

Weekly Schedules

It is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners to acquire a language. 

Each learner of the language has a different pace of learning and need for focussing on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Blackboard by the end of each week. 

 

GRADING  

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

Class participation (including conversations) : 10% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded at the end of each month. 

 

Home Works & Weekly Journals : 20%

This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Blackboard. It is the students' responsibility to check the Blackboard regularly.

Starting the FIRST week of classes a लेख (creative writing / journal writing) is due each Thursday. Students are expected to write their journals neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections in double space. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy works will receive only half credit. Corrected / reviewed journals will be returned on Tuesdays.

At the end of the semester, Home Works and Journals will be equally weighted, i.e. HW will be weighted as half of the 20% assigned to this category, and लेख will be weighted as half of the 20% assigned to this category. 

Home works and Journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit.  

Quizzes : 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Blackboard page starting 2nd week of semester.

 Oral Presentations / Graded Conversations : 10%

As the name suggests, there will be Oral Presentations by students in classrooms each second Tuesday / Thursday (in case of a holiday). Students will be expected to speak for 3-5 minutes on a topic assigned for that week. 

Prior to each scheduled day for this presentation, part of a class will be used for ‘Preparation of Oral presentation’ in order to facilitate students to ask words, constructions (“How would I say it, if I wanted to say..”) etc.

 

Exams : 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        

Proposed Dates-

Exam 1 : Thursday, February 27

Exam 2 : Thursday, April 10

 

Individual Project (Final Oral Presentation) : 10%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

Final Exam : 20%  

This will be a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Blackboard page once available from the registrar.

Final Grades

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

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HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

32308 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.204
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This is accelerated First Year Hindi Course. This is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.

Naturally, the course objective is to acquire and improve proficiency in all four skills of the target language while striving to become well familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used.


This course is meant for students who have had some familiarity with the Hindi language, and who can,  understand and speak Hindi with limited comprehension and proficiency. They may, or may not be familiar with the Devanāgarī (Hindi) Script. Students who have passed 604 and 612 will be expected to proceed to HIN 330 classes rather than to second-year Hindi language classes.


If an applicant’s proficiency level in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is close to Intermediate High- Advance Level according to the ACTFL Guidelines (available in the web), they should not apply for this course. Such applicants must opt for higher level courses in Hindi according to their proficiency level. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level.
With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including but not limited to contemporary Hindi films and songs, TV Clips and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

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HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

32309 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.204
show description

This is accelerated First Year Hindi Course. This is a multi-section and limited enrollment course.


Naturally, the course objective is to acquire and improve proficiency in all four skills of the target language while striving to become well familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used.

This course is meant for students who have had some familiarity with the Hindi language, and who can,  understand and speak Hindi with limited comprehension and proficiency. They may, or may not be familiar with the Devanāgarī (Hindi) Script. Students who have passed 604 and 612 will be expected to proceed to HIN 330 classes rather than to second-year Hindi language classes.


If an applicant’s proficiency level in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) is close to Intermediate High- Advance Level according to the ACTFL Guidelines (available in the web), they should not apply for this course. Such applicants must opt for higher level courses in Hindi according to their proficiency level. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level.


With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including but not limited to contemporary Hindi films and songs, TV Clips and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

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HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

32310 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.204
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Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 506 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.


HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32208 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 0.132
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This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. It is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

 

Grades shall be based on class participation, weekly homework and essays, quizzes, 2 mid-terms, 1 individual presentation and a final exam.

 

Class Days and Times

Unique 32208 : TTH 11:00-12:30 MW 10:00-11:00

Unique 32223 : TTH 03:30-05:00 MW 09:00-10:00

 

Course Objectives

1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation and beyond

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations, and beyond

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials and beyond

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in the the Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To acquire basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Vocabulary Acquisition

  1. Vocabulary Acquisition during the Second (Spring) Semester will be students’ responsibility.
  2. All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be ‘important words’.

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements

  • In learning a foreign / second language, it is important to study everyday.

          Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class.

 

  • They will be expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities before classes. 

   

  • Students will be expected to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  • They will be expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice with the audio CD that come with the textbook.

 

  • Review: Students will be expected to develop a systematic way of organizing the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language learning requires constant review of previously learned material.

     Students will be expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of

     each chapter of the textbook.

 

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HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32223 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 2.102
show description

This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. It is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.  This course is also not open to students who have passed HIN 506 but have been placed in a higher level Hindi course to match their proficiency level.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language.

 

Grades shall be based on class participation, weekly homework and essays, quizzes, 2 mid-terms, 1 individual presentation and a final exam.

 

Class Days and Times

Unique 32208 : TTH 11:00-12:30 MW 10:00-11:00

Unique 32223 : TTH 03:30-05:00 MW 09:00-10:00

 

Course Objectives

1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation and beyond

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations, and beyond

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials and beyond

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in the the Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To acquire basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Vocabulary Acquisition

  1. Vocabulary Acquisition during the Second (Spring) Semester will be students’ responsibility.
  2. All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be ‘important words’.

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements

  • In learning a foreign / second language, it is important to study everyday.

          Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class.

 

  • They will be expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities before classes. 

   

  • Students will be expected to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  • They will be expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice with the audio CD that come with the textbook.

 

  • Review: Students will be expected to develop a systematic way of organizing the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language learning requires constant review of previously learned material.

     Students will be expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of

     each chapter of the textbook.

 

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HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

32110 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 112
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HIN 506 : First Year Hindi I  : Fall 2012

Course Description

Unique Number

32110

 

Unique Numbers of Three Sections

32110

32125

32135

 

Instructor

 

Name : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID : VSC 276

e-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

 

Unique Numbers of Sections he will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 TTH 12.30-02.00 BUR 112

32125 TTH 02.00-03.30 BUR 228

32135 TTH 03.30-05.00 GEA 127

 

Office Location:

HRH 3.102 A

 

Office Hours:

Wednesday : 11.00-04.00  

Monday / Wednesday : anytime of the day (10.00-05.00) by prior appointment only

 

Teaching Assistant

 

Name : Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 25295

e-mail : manomohini@gmail.com

 

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 MW 11.00-12.00 MEZ 1.204

32125 MW 02.00-03.00 MEZ 1.204

32135 MW 01.00-02.00 MEZ 1.118

 

Office location:

WMB 1.114

 

Office Hours: (To be declared)

_____________________________________

This course is a limited enrollment course. 

This course is designed for the "Hindi Beginner" and assumes no background in the language. Students with basic knowledge of Hindi should consult the instructor for placement in the course. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. By the end of the semester, diligent participants should be able to use Hindi in self satisfying and meaningful ways (i.e. polite conversations, light readings and written self expression in the language). 

Course Objectives

  1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation and beyond

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations, and beyond

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials and beyond

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in the the Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To acquire basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Text:

Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent.
Required Grammar Reference (Textbook):
(i) Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach yourself Hindi", latest edition, with audio back up.
Optional Reference:
(i) McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.
(ii)Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

 

Classroom Policies

1. VOCABULARY

  1. Vocabulary Acquisition during will be students’ responsibility.

 

  1. All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be IMPORTANT WORDS.

 

  1. No list of Important Words will be given : before any exam or assignment.

 

2. SPELLINGS

Spelling errors will be taken more seriously during the Fourth Week of Semester in assignments and in exams.

 

3. TEXTBOOK

Students must bring their textbooks to class daily. 

 

4. CONCENTRATION / FOCUS

Distracting or inappropriate behavior in the classroom will not be permitted. A student, distracting the class will be warned. Failing the warning such student / students will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked as absent. Such behavior will also affect the 10% of the Final Grade (Class Participation).

 

5. ATTENDANCE

Only three absences will be excused on written (e-mail) request. After three absences, students will be required to provide legitimate documentary evidence (medical certificate, etc.) to qualify for leave of absence. 

 

Grading:  

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

  • class participation: 15% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded bi-weekly. 

  •  homework & weekly journal: 25%
  • This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Blackboard. It is the students' responsibility to check the Blackboard regularly.
  • Starting the 5th week of classes a लेख/ lekh (creative writing / journal writing) is due every Monday. Students are expected to make write their lekh in journal. Students are expected to write their lekh neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections. Rewrites of the corrected lekh are due the Wednesday after the corrected lekh has been returned. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy wprks will receive only half credit. 
  • Also, as part of the home works students are required to participate in an hour (01) conversation practice in assigned / self-chosen group each week. Students shall be assigned to their conversation group during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes. If  in a particular week you cannot make it to your assigned conversation group you are expected to make up by attending another group that week. Participation in the conversation groups is obligatory as required homework.
  • At the end of the semester, home works and लेख/lekhs will be equally weighted, i.e. hw will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and lekh will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. Homeworks and lekh need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 
  • quizzes: 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Blackboard page starting 2nd week of semester.

  • exams: 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        Proposed Dates - Exam 1: Thursday  October 18                                                                                                    Exam 2: Thursday November 15

  • individual project: 15%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

  •  final exam: 15%  

This includes a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Blackboard page once available from the registrar.

 

Note

All assignments, including but not limited to home works & weekly journals, must be turned in on time to receive full credit.

Sloppy and messy work/papers will receive only half credit.

On the last Monday of classes Students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, lekhs (journals), quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file would affect students’ grades, as the file is used to assess each student's individual progress in the Target Language. 

 

 

Final Grades:

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies:

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

 

Weekly Schedules:

The weekly schedules listed below refer only to the main (but not all) grammatical points that we hope and strive to cover in a particular week. The (term “actual” erased) weekly schedule may be modified depending on the pace of the class, needs of the students and current events, etc in a given week.

 

 

In a language class, it is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners and that each learner of the language has a different pace of learning and need to focus on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, a detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Blackboard by the end of each week. 

 

Week 1- Aug 29, 30: 

Introductions; Introductory phrases in Hindi; Introduction to the Hindi Script (Hindi Varnmala), Discussion on the Syllabus

 

Week 2- Sep 04, 05, 06: 

Hindi Script continued,; Introductory Phrases continued; Personal pronouns; Verb “to be” (honaa); Introductions to some interrogatives (question words); Simple Conversation

 

Week 3- Sep 10, 11, 12, 13: 

Possessive ; Hindi script continued; Personal pronouns continued; Verb “to be” (honaa) continued; Introduction to nouns and adjectives; interrogatives continued; Numbers

 

Week 4-Sep 17, 18, 19, 20: Hindi script Continued; nouns and adjectives continued; Numbers continued

 

Week 5- Sep 24, 25, 26, 27: Nouns and Adjectives continued; Postpositions & Oblique; Possession; Introduction to the infinitive and the imperative

 

Week 6- Oct 1, 2, 3, 4: Postpositions & the Oblique Case continued; Possession (possessive postposition, possessive pronouns / adjective) continued; Postposition “to”; infinitive and the imperative continued 

 

Week 7- Oct 8, 9, 10, 11: 

Postposition “to” continued; Imperative continued; Possession continued

 

Week 8- Oct 15, 16, 17, 18: 

Imperatives continued; Habitual / Imperfective Aspect; constructions with conjunctive participle “kar”

 

Week 9- Oct 22, 23, 24, 25: 

Habitual/Imperfective Aspect; More pronouns

 

Week 10-Oct 29, 30, 31, Nov 1: 

Imperative, Habitual & Continuous Aspects continued

 

Week 11- Nov 5, 6, 7, 8: 

Verb Tenses continued; Word Order reviewed

 

Week 12- Nov 12, 13, 14, 15: 

Compound verbs; Conjunct verbs; Future tense; General review

 

Week 13-  Nov 19, 20, 21:

Future Tense continued; Perfective tense introduced

 

Week 14- Nov 26, 27, 28, 29: 

Perfective Aspect continued, Review of learnt elements

 

Week 15- Dec 3, 4, 5, 6: 

Individual Project presentations

 

In addition to the above, several other grammatical constructions may be introduced in the course of the class. The weekly schedule as posted on the Blackboard shall be updated accordingly and it will be students’ responsibility to view it regularly and frequently.

 

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements and Tips

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.

 

  1. Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the BB regularly.

 

  1. Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  1. They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.

 

  1. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the

     increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.

 

  1. Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

 

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HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

32125 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 228
show description

HIN 506 : First Year Hindi I  : Fall 2012

Syllabus and Course Description

Unique Number

32110

 

Unique Numbers of Three Sections

32110

32125

32135

 

Instructor

 

Name : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID : VSC 276

e-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

 

Unique Numbers of Sections he will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 TTH 12.30-02.00 BUR 112

32125 TTH 02.00-03.30 BUR 228

32135 TTH 03.30-05.00 GEA 127

 

 

Office Location:

HRH 3.102 A

 

Office Hours:

Wednesday : 11.00-04.00  

Monday / Wednesday : anytime of the day (10.00-05.00) by prior appointment only

 

Teaching Assistant

 

Name : Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 25295

e-mail : manomohini@gmail.com

 

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 MW 11.00-12.00 MEZ 1.204

32125 MW 02.00-03.00 MEZ 1.204

32135 MW 01.00-02.00 MEZ 1.118

 

Office location:

WMB 1.114

 

Office Hours: (To be declared)

_____________________________________

This course is a limited enrollment course. 

This course is designed for the "Hindi Beginner" and assumes no background in the language. Students with basic knowledge of Hindi should consult the instructor for placement in the course. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. By the end of the semester, diligent participants should be able to use Hindi in self satisfying and meaningful ways (i.e. polite conversations, light readings and written self expression in the language). 

 

Course Objectives

1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation and beyond

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations, and beyond

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials and beyond

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in the the Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To acquire basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Text:

Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent.
Required Grammar Reference (Textbook):
(i) Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach yourself Hindi", latest edition, with audio back up.
Optional Reference:
(i) McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.
(ii)Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

 

Classroom Policies

1. VOCABULARY

  • Vocabulary Acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility.

 

  • All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be IMPORTANT WORDS.

 

  • No list of Important Words will be given before any exam or assignment.

 

2. SPELLINGS

Spelling errors will be taken more seriously during the Fourth Week of Semester in assignments and in exams.

 

3. TEXTBOOK

Students must bring their textbooks to class daily. 

 

4. CONCENTRATION / FOCUS

Distracting or inappropriate behavior in the classroom will not be permitted. A student, distracting the class will be warned. Failing the warning such student / students will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked as absent. Such behavior will also affect the 10% of the Final Grade (Class Participation).

 

5. ATTENDANCE

Only three absences will be excused on written (e-mail) request. After three absences, students will be required to provide legitimate documentary evidence (medical certificate, etc.) to qualify for leave of absence. 

 

Grading:

                                                                                                                                                  Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

  • class participation: 15% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded bi-weekly. 

  •  homework & weekly journal: 25%
  • This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Blackboard. It is the students' responsibility to check the Blackboard regularly.
  • Starting the 5th week of classes a लेख/ lekh (creative writing / journal writing) is due every Monday. Students are expected to make write their lekh in journal. Students are expected to write their lekh neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections. Rewrites of the corrected lekh are due the Wednesday after the corrected lekh has been returned. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy wprks will receive only half credit. 
  • Also, as part of the home works students are required to participate in an hour (01) conversation practice in assigned / self-chosen group each week. Students shall be assigned to their conversation group during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes. If  in a particular week you cannot make it to your assigned conversation group you are expected to make up by attending another group that week. Participation in the conversation groups is obligatory as required homework.
  • At the end of the semester, home works and लेख/lekhs will be equally weighted, i.e. hw will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and lekh will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. Homeworks and lekh need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 
  • quizzes: 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Blackboard page starting 2nd week of semester.

  • exams: 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        Proposed Dates - Exam 1: Thursday  October 18                                                                                                    Exam 2: Thursday November 15

  • individual project: 15%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

  •  final exam: 15%  

This includes a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Blackboard page once available from the registrar.

 

Note

All assignments, including but not limited to home works & weekly journals, must be turned in on time to receive full credit.

Sloppy and messy work/papers will receive only half credit.

On the last Monday of classes Students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, lekhs (journals), quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file would affect students’ grades, as the file is used to assess each student's individual progress in the Target Language. 

 

 

Final Grades:

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies:

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

 

Weekly Schedules:

The weekly schedules listed below refer only to the main (but not all) grammatical points that we hope and strive to cover in a particular week. The (term “actual” erased) weekly schedule may be modified depending on the pace of the class, needs of the students and current events, etc in a given week.

 

 

In a language class, it is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners and that each learner of the language has a different pace of learning and need to focus on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, a detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Blackboard by the end of each week. 

 

Week 1- Aug 29, 30: 

Introductions; Introductory phrases in Hindi; Introduction to the Hindi Script (Hindi Varnmala), Discussion on the Syllabus

 

Week 2- Sep 04, 05, 06: 

Hindi Script continued,; Introductory Phrases continued; Personal pronouns; Verb “to be” (honaa); Introductions to some interrogatives (question words); Simple Conversation

 

Week 3- Sep 10, 11, 12, 13: 

Possessive ; Hindi script continued; Personal pronouns continued; Verb “to be” (honaa) continued; Introduction to nouns and adjectives; interrogatives continued; Numbers

 

Week 4-Sep 17, 18, 19, 20: Hindi script Continued; nouns and adjectives continued; Numbers continued

 

Week 5- Sep 24, 25, 26, 27: Nouns and Adjectives continued; Postpositions & Oblique; Possession; Introduction to the infinitive and the imperative

 

Week 6- Oct 1, 2, 3, 4: Postpositions & the Oblique Case continued; Possession (possessive postposition, possessive pronouns / adjective) continued; Postposition “to”; infinitive and the imperative continued 

 

Week 7- Oct 8, 9, 10, 11: 

Postposition “to” continued; Imperative continued; Possession continued

 

Week 8- Oct 15, 16, 17, 18: 

Imperatives continued; Habitual / Imperfective Aspect; constructions with conjunctive participle “kar”

 

 

Week 9- Oct 22, 23, 24, 25: 

Habitual/Imperfective Aspect; More pronouns

 

Week 10-Oct 29, 30, 31, Nov 1: 

Imperative, Habitual & Continuous Aspects continued

 

Week 11- Nov 5, 6, 7, 8: 

Verb Tenses continued; Word Order reviewed

 

Week 12- Nov 12, 13, 14, 15: 

Compound verbs; Conjunct verbs; Future tense; General review

 

Week 13-  Nov 19, 20, 21:

Future Tense continued; Perfective tense introduced

 

Week 14- Nov 26, 27, 28, 29: 

Perfective Aspect continued, Review of learnt elements

 

Week 15- Dec 3, 4, 5, 6: 

Individual Project presentations

 

In addition to the above, several other grammatical constructions may be introduced in the course of the class. The weekly schedule as posted on the Blackboard shall be updated accordingly and it will be students’ responsibility to view it regularly and frequently.

 

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements and Tips

  • In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.

 

  • Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the BB regularly.

 

  • Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  • They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.

 

 

  • Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.

 

 

  • Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

 

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HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

32135 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GEA 127
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HIN 506 : First Year Hindi I  : Fall 2012

Syllabus and Course Description

Unique Number

32110

 

Unique Numbers of Three Sections

32110

32125

32135

 

Instructor

 

Name : Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID : VSC 276

e-mail : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

 

Unique Numbers of Sections he will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 TTH 12.30-02.00 BUR 112

32125 TTH 02.00-03.30 BUR 228

32135 TTH 03.30-05.00 GEA 127

 

Office Location:

HRH 3.102 A

 

Office Hours:

Wednesday : 11.00-04.00  

Monday / Wednesday : anytime of the day (10.00-05.00) by prior appointment only

 

Teaching Assistant

 

Name : Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 25295

e-mail : manomohini@gmail.com

 

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

Unique # Days Time Location

32110 MW 11.00-12.00 MEZ 1.204

32125 MW 02.00-03.00 MEZ 1.204

32135 MW 01.00-02.00 MEZ 1.118

 

Office location:

WMB 1.114

 

Office Hours: (To be declared)

_____________________________________

This course is a limited enrollment course. 

This course is designed for the "Hindi Beginner" and assumes no background in the language. Students with basic knowledge of Hindi should consult the instructor for placement in the course. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.

 

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. By the end of the semester, diligent participants should be able to use Hindi in self satisfying and meaningful ways (i.e. polite conversations, light readings and written self expression in the language). 

Course Objectives

1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation and beyond

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations, and beyond

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials and beyond

D. Writing : Ability to write letters, themes and journals in Hindi Language,   in the the Devanāgarī  script.

 

2. To acquire basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

Text:
Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent.
Required Grammar Reference (Textbook):
(i) Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach yourself Hindi", latest edition, with audio back up.
Optional Reference:
(i) McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.
(ii)Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 

 

Classroom Policies

1. VOCABULARY

  • Vocabulary Acquisition during the course will be students’ responsibility.

 

  • All words used in classroom teachings, used from the textbook, used during oral / written drills, and used in various assignments will be IMPORTANT WORDS.

 

  • No list of Important Words will be given before any exam or assignment.

 

2. SPELLINGS

Spelling errors will be taken more seriously during the Fourth Week of Semester in assignments and in exams.

 

3. TEXTBOOK

Students must bring their textbooks to class daily. 

 

4. CONCENTRATION / FOCUS

Distracting or inappropriate behavior in the classroom will not be permitted. A student, distracting the class will be warned. Failing the warning such student / students will be asked to leave the classroom and will be marked as absent. Such behavior will also affect the 10% of the Final Grade (Class Participation).

 

5. ATTENDANCE

Only three absences will be excused on written (e-mail) request. After three absences, students will be required to provide legitimate documentary evidence (medical certificate, etc.) to qualify for leave of absence. 

 

Grading:

                                                                                                                                                Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit.The final grade is based on the level of proficiency attained by the student, taking into account the student's overall progress and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

  • class participation: 15% 

This includes your preparation for and participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class. Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. The class participation grade will be recorded bi-weekly. 

  •  homework & weekly journal: 25%
  • This includes all assignments handed out/discussed in class and/or posted on the class assignment link on the Blackboard. It is the students' responsibility to check the Blackboard regularly.
  • Starting the 5th week of classes a लेख/ lekh (creative writing / journal writing) is due every Monday. Students are expected to make write their lekh in journal. Students are expected to write their lekh neatly on ruled letter sized paper with a margin an reasonable lined spacing fore feedback and corrections. Rewrites of the corrected lekh are due the Wednesday after the corrected lekh has been returned. Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice. Sloppy and messy wprks will receive only half credit. 
  • Also, as part of the home works students are required to participate in an hour (01) conversation practice in assigned / self-chosen group each week. Students shall be assigned to their conversation group during the 2nd or 3rd week of classes. If  in a particular week you cannot make it to your assigned conversation group you are expected to make up by attending another group that week. Participation in the conversation groups is obligatory as required homework.
  • At the end of the semester, home works and लेख/lekhs will be equally weighted, i.e. hw will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and lekh will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. Homeworks and lekh need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 
  • quizzes: 10%

This includes both, scheduled quizzes and pop-quizzes given over the course of the semester. Dates of scheduled quizzes shall be posted on the class Blackboard page starting 2nd week of semester.

  • exams: 20% (2 @ 10% each)

This includes 2 scheduled mid-term exams, administered over the course of the semester:                        Proposed Dates - Exam 1: Thursday  October 18                                                                                                    Exam 2: Thursday November 15

  • individual project: 15%

Towards the conclusion of semester students are expected to work on an individual project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines shall be discussed in class.

 

  •  final exam: 15%  

This includes a 3 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. The date of the exam shall be determined by the Registrar. Schedule of the exam shall be posted on the class Blackboard page once available from the registrar.

 

Note

All assignments, including but not limited to home works & weekly journals, must be turned in on time to receive full credit.

Sloppy and messy work/papers will receive only half credit.

On the last Monday of classes Students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, lekhs (journals), quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file would affect students’ grades, as the file is used to assess each student's individual progress in the Target Language. 

 

 

Final Grades:

The final grades shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies:

Percentage Grade

92-100  A

89-91   A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

 

Weekly Schedules:
The weekly schedules listed below refer only to the main (but not all) grammatical points that we hope and strive to cover in a particular week. The (term “actual” erased) weekly schedule may be modified depending on the pace of the class, needs of the students and current events, etc in a given week. 

In a language class, it is important to remember that there is no set formula for all learners and that each learner of the language has a different pace of learning and need to focus on particular skill / skills e.g., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the Vocabulary Acquisition and Grammatical Accuracy. Hence flexibility of schedule is imperative. 

Since the weekly schedule may be modified as required, a detailed weekly Schedule for the upcoming week shall be posted on Blackboard by the end of each week. 

 

Week 1- Aug 29, 30: 

Introductions; Introductory phrases in Hindi; Introduction to the Hindi Script (Hindi Varnmala), Discussion on the Syllabus

 

Week 2- Sep 04, 05, 06: 

Hindi Script continued,; Introductory Phrases continued; Personal pronouns; Verb “to be” (honaa); Introductions to some interrogatives (question words); Simple Conversation

 

Week 3- Sep 10, 11, 12, 13: 

Possessive ; Hindi script continued; Personal pronouns continued; Verb “to be” (honaa) continued; Introduction to nouns and adjectives; interrogatives continued; Numbers

 

Week 4-Sep 17, 18, 19, 20: Hindi script Continued; nouns and adjectives continued; Numbers continued

 

Week 5- Sep 24, 25, 26, 27: Nouns and Adjectives continued; Postpositions & Oblique; Possession; Introduction to the infinitive and the imperative

 

Week 6- Oct 1, 2, 3, 4: Postpositions & the Oblique Case continued; Possession (possessive postposition, possessive pronouns / adjective) continued; Postposition “to”; infinitive and the imperative continued 

 

Week 7- Oct 8, 9, 10, 11: 

Postposition “to” continued; Imperative continued; Possession continued

 

Week 8- Oct 15, 16, 17, 18: 

Imperatives continued; Habitual / Imperfective Aspect; constructions with conjunctive participle “kar”

 

 

Week 9- Oct 22, 23, 24, 25: 

Habitual/Imperfective Aspect; More pronouns

 

Week 10-Oct 29, 30, 31, Nov 1: 

Imperative, Habitual & Continuous Aspects continued

 

Week 11- Nov 5, 6, 7, 8: 

Verb Tenses continued; Word Order reviewed

 

Week 12- Nov 12, 13, 14, 15: 

Compound verbs; Conjunct verbs; Future tense; General review

 

Week 13-  Nov 19, 20, 21:

Future Tense continued; Perfective tense introduced

 

Week 14- Nov 26, 27, 28, 29: 

Perfective Aspect continued, Review of learnt elements

 

Week 15- Dec 3, 4, 5, 6: 

Individual Project presentations

 

In addition to the above, several other grammatical constructions may be introduced in the course of the class. The weekly schedule as posted on the Blackboard shall be updated accordingly and it will be students’ responsibility to view it regularly and frequently.

 

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements and Tips

  • In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class. Remember : Language-Learning requires much more learning than teaching.

 

  • Students are expected to come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. PLEASE DO VIEW THE ‘WEEKLY SCHEDULE’ on the BB regularly.

 

  • Students are required to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  • They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.

 

 

  • Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing and mastering the increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. Language Learning requires constant review of previously learned materials.

 

 

  • Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of each chapter of the textbook.

Disability Accommodations

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodation should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 1-866-329-3986 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Accommodation for students with disabilities will be provided if the student identifies himself/herself to the instructor at the beginning of the course. The student will need to register with SSD and present the instructor with an official letter from the SSD office. For further details, see the guidelines at http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/register.php 

 

 

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HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32145 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 228
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Course Number and Title

HIN 507 SP 12

Unique Numbers of Sections

32145

32150

32165  (HUFP)

 

Instructor’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID - VSC 276

email : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

Location : HRH 3.102

Office Hours : Wednesday 12.00 - 04.00 

and by appointment (e-mail / cell) on Mondays and Fridays

 

Teaching Assistant’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 2595

email : manomohini@gmail.com

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

32145

32150

32165

Office location : WMB 1.114

Office Hours : Monday / Wednesday 11.15 - 12.45

 

Course Objectives

This course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course. 

This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. It is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.   

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. 

Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, 

this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

Text

Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent. 


Text Book
Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach Yourself Hindi", latest edition.
Dictionary

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.

Optional Reference:
Chaturvedi, M and B.N. Tiwari, "A Practical Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.
Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition.
Southworth, F.C., Gambhir, Surendra and Vijay Gambhir 

"नयी दिशायें, लोग (Nayī Dishayẽ, Naye Log)". 

 

Grading   

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit. The final grade is based on the students’ overall progress; and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

 

Class participation : 15%
The class participation grade will be recorded once in three weeks. This includes your preparation for and active participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. 

Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class.  Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as cracking irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. 

 

Home Works & Weekly Journals : 25%

1. Home Work

Home work includes all assignments handed out in class and /or posted in the Home Work folder on the class Blackboard. 

 

2. Weekly Journals

Starting the 2nd week of February one page (minimum) Weekly Journal written in double space is due every Thursday. 

Corrected / graded works will be returned to students on the next Thursday.

Credit will be given to students who omit to repeat mistakes of spellings and grammar.

 

Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice.

 

At the end of the semester home works and weekly journals will be equally weighted; 

i.e. home work will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and weekly journals will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. 

 

Home works and weekly journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 

 

Students repeating their pattern errors (students failing to learn from their previous mistakes) are likely lose significant credit; in spite of the volume and / or otherwise fair level of their writings, both in Home Work and in Weekly Journals.

 

Quizzes : 10%
There will be 04 scheduled quizzes over the course of the semester. 

Dates of scheduled quizzes will be posted on the class Blackboard ‘Announcement’.

 

Mid-Term Exams : 20% (2 @ 10% each)
There will be 02 scheduled mid-terms exams administered over the course of the semester-

First Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Second Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, April 05th, 2012

 

Final exam : 15% 
There will be a 03 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. 

The date of final exam shall be determined by the Registrar. 

Schedule of the exam will be posted on the class Blackboard page once available.

(Students are also advised and encouraged to check exam dates on their own by surfing the U.T. Electronic Information Systems. 

 

Individual Project : 15%
All students are expected to work on a project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines and possibilities / scope shall be discussed in class. 

The final grade shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

92-100  A

89-91    A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

Submission of Work

At the end of semester, students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file will affect the students grade as the file is used to assess the student's progress.


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HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32150 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 100pm-200pm BUR 228
show description

Course Number and Title

HIN 507 SP 12

Unique Numbers of Sections

32145

32150

32165  (HUFP)

 

Instructor’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID - VSC 276

email : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

Location : HRH 3.102

Office Hours : Wednesday 12.00 - 04.00 

and by appointment (e-mail / cell) on Mondays and Fridays

 

Teaching Assistant’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 2595

email : manomohini@gmail.com

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

32145

32150

32165  (HUFP)

Office location : WMB 1.114

Office Hours : Monday / Wednesday 11.15 - 12.45

 

Course Objectives

This course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course. 

This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. It is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.   

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. 

Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, 

this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

Text

Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent. 


Text Book 
Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach Yourself Hindi", latest edition. 
Dictionary

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.

Optional Reference: 
Chaturvedi, M and B.N. Tiwari, "A Practical Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition. 
Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 
Southworth, F.C., Gambhir, Surendra and Vijay Gambhir 

"नयी दिशायें, लोग (Nayī Dishayẽ, Naye Log)". 

 

Grading   

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit. The final grade is based on the students’ overall progress; and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

 

Class participation : 15% 
The class participation grade will be recorded once in three weeks. This includes your preparation for and active participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. 

Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class.  Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as cracking irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. 

 

Home Works & Weekly Journals : 25% 

1. Home Work

Home work includes all assignments handed out in class and /or posted in the Home Work folder on the class Blackboard. 

 

2. Weekly Journals

Starting the 2nd week of February one page (minimum) Weekly Journal written in double space is due every Thursday. 

Corrected / graded works will be returned to students on the next Thursday.

Credit will be given to students who omit to repeat mistakes of spellings and grammar.

 

Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice.

 

At the end of the semester home works and weekly journals will be equally weighted; 

i.e. home work will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and weekly journals will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. 

 

Home works and weekly journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 

 

Students repeating their pattern errors (students failing to learn from their previous mistakes) are likely lose significant credit; in spite of the volume and / or otherwise fair level of their writings, both in Home Work and in Weekly Journals.

 

Quizzes : 10% 
There will be 04 scheduled quizzes over the course of the semester. 

Dates of scheduled quizzes will be posted on the class Blackboard ‘Announcement’.

 

Mid-Term Exams : 20% (2 @ 10% each) 
There will be 02 scheduled mid-terms exams administered over the course of the semester-

First Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Second Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, April 05th, 2012

 

Final exam : 15%  
There will be a 03 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. 

The date of final exam shall be determined by the Registrar. 

Schedule of the exam will be posted on the class Blackboard page once available.

(Students are also advised and encouraged to check exam dates on their own by surfing the U.T. Electronic Information Systems. 

 

Individual Project : 15%
All students are expected to work on a project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines and possibilities / scope shall be discussed in class. 

The final grade shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

92-100  A

89-91    A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

Submission of Work

At the end of semester, students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file will affect the students grade as the file is used to assess the student's progress.


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HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II-Hufp

32165 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm BUR 128
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Course Number and Title

HIN 507 SP 12

Unique Numbers of Section

32165

 

Instructor’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID - VSC 276

email : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

Location : HRH 3.102

Office Hours : Wednesday 12.00 - 04.00 

and by appointment (e-mail / cell) on Mondays and Fridays

 

Teaching Assistant’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 2595

email : manomohini@gmail.com

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

32145

 32150

32165

Office location : WMB 1.114

Office Hours : Monday / Wednesday 11.15 - 12.45

 

Course Objectives

This course is a multi-section and limited enrollment course. 

This course is the second semester First Year Hindi course. It is the continuation of HIN 506 and is open only to students who have passed HIN 506 with the requisite grade or have the instructor's permission to take the course. For students entering without HIN 506, misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty.   

With material especially designed for this course, one has plenty of opportunity to play with and explore the language and its parent culture. The course creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere by drawing on varied academic interests of the participants. 

Through a combination of graded texts, written assignments, audio-visual material including contemporary Hindi films and songs, and computer based assignments, 

this course is geared towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading proficiency in the target language. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. 

Text

Textual material developed/selected for this course will be given out in class weekly or posted on the class Blackboard page (https://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/login/ ). When posted on Blackboard an announcement will be sent. 


Text Book 
Snell, Rupert and Simon Weightman, "Teach Yourself Hindi", latest edition. 
Dictionary

McGregor, R.S., "Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition.

Optional Reference: 
Chaturvedi, M and B.N. Tiwari, "A Practical Hindi-English Dictionary", latest edition. 
Anand, I.N., " The Modern English-Hindi Dictionary", latest edition. 
Southworth, F.C., Gambhir, Surendra and Vijay Gambhir 

"नयी दिशायें, लोग (Nayī Dishayẽ, Naye Log)". 

 

Grading   

Each student is evaluated on his/her own merit. The final grade is based on the students’ overall progress; and improvement over the course of the semester as reflected in the categories listed below. This is determined as follows:

 

Class participation : 15% 
The class participation grade will be recorded once in three weeks. This includes your preparation for and active participation in class including sessions conducted by the TA. 

Although attendance per se is not used to determine the grade, please be mindful that class participation is not possible without attending the class.  Active participation includes meaningful participation. Disruptive behavior such as cracking irrelevant jokes, bursting into songs, making side remarks just to get attention, etc. is considered a lack of participation and is recorded as reduced score for class participation. 

 

Home Works & Weekly Journals : 25% 

1. Home Work

Home work includes all assignments handed out in class and /or posted in the Home Work folder on the class Blackboard. 

 

2. Weekly Journals

Starting the 2nd week of February one page (minimum) Weekly Journal written in double space is due every Thursday. 

Corrected / graded works will be returned to students on the next Thursday.

Credit will be given to students who omit to repeat mistakes of spellings and grammar.

 

Occasionally, for a particular week, a topic may be specified. If no topic is specified students are free to write on any topic of their choice.

 

At the end of the semester home works and weekly journals will be equally weighted; 

i.e. home work will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category, and weekly journals will be weighted as half of the 25% assigned to this category. 

 

Home works and weekly journals need to be turned in on time to receive full credit. 

 

Students repeating their pattern errors (students failing to learn from their previous mistakes) are likely lose significant credit; in spite of the volume and / or otherwise fair level of their writings, both in Home Work and in Weekly Journals.

 

Quizzes : 10% 
There will be 04 scheduled quizzes over the course of the semester. 

Dates of scheduled quizzes will be posted on the class Blackboard ‘Announcement’.

 

Mid-Term Exams : 20% (2 @ 10% each) 
There will be 02 scheduled mid-terms exams administered over the course of the semester-

First Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Second Mid-Term Exam : Thursday, April 05th, 2012

 

Final exam : 15%  
There will be a 03 hour cumulative final exam during the final exam period. 

The date of final exam shall be determined by the Registrar. 

Schedule of the exam will be posted on the class Blackboard page once available.

(Students are also advised and encouraged to check exam dates on their own by surfing the U.T. Electronic Information Systems. 

 

Individual Project : 15%
All students are expected to work on a project of their choice which they shall present to the class during the last week of classes. Guidelines and possibilities / scope shall be discussed in class. 

The final grade shall be based on the +/- grading scale recommended by the Department of Asian Studies :

92-100  A

89-91    A-

86-88    B+

82-85    B

79-81    B-

76-78    C+

72-75    C 

69-71    C-

66-68    D+

62-65    D

59-61    D-

0-58      F

Submission of Work

At the end of semester, students are required to submit a file of all the work they have completed over the course of the semester, including all graded home works, quizzes, exams and projects. Failure to submit such a file will affect the students grade as the file is used to assess the student's progress.


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HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

31990 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 112
show description

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 506 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.


HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

31995 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GEA 127
show description

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 506 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.


HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

32010 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 228
show description

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 506 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.


HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32390-32395 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.128
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Continuation of HIN 506 Prerequisite: HIN 506 or the equivalent.

HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

32400-32405 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm JES A218A
show description

Continuation of HIN 506 Prerequisite: HIN 506 or the equivalent

HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

31230-31235 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm GAR 2.128
show description

Modern Hindi of India. HIN 604 and 506 may not both be counted. HIN 506 and URD 604 may not both
be counted. Not open to native speakers of Hindi.

Texts/Readings:
Rupert Snell : Teach Yourself Hindi

 

Course Number and Title

Hindi 506 

 

Unique Numbers of Sections

31230

31235

31240

31245

 

Instructor’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID : VSC 276

email : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

Location : HRH 3.102

Office Hours : Friday 10.00 -01.00 and by appointment on other weekdays.

 

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 2595

email : manomohini@gmail.com

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

31230

31240

Office location:

WMB 1.114

Office Hours:

Mondays : 01.00-02.00

Wednesdays : 01.00-03.00

 

Course Objectives

  1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials

D. Writing : Ability to write short letters and themes in Devanāgarī script.

 

2. To acquire a basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Textbook (required)

Teach Yourself Hindi (TYH) (by Dr. Rupert Snell)

 

Grading 

Four exams (10% each)  : 40%

Final Exam   : 20%

Homework (Regular)  : 10%

Quizzes (Random)  : 10%

Attendance, Punctuality and Class Participation  : 20%

 

NOTE

  1. Homework assignments must be turned in on time (Monday) for credit.

(b) There will be no Homework and Quizzes on weeks when students will have Exams. 

 

Classroom Policies

1. Students should bring the appropriate textbook to class each day.

2. Class attendance and participation are required and essential to students’ progress.

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements (What students are expected and required to do)

 

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. 

     Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class.

 

  1. They are expected come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. 

 

  1. Students are expected to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  1. They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.

 

  1. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing the

     increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language   learning requires constant review of previously learned material.

     Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of

     each chapter of the textbook.

 

 

 

EXAMS:

 

  • There will be four exams during the Fall Semester, plus a Final 

(in December)

 

  • There will be no Quiz and / or Home Work in those weeks in which exams will be held.

 

  • Dates of Exams are as follows:

 

  1. September 16th     (Thursday)
  2. October 07th         (Thursday)
  3. October 28th         (Thursday)
  4. November 18th     (Thursday)

 

THE FINAL EXAM:

Proposed Dates

 

Primary Exam : Thursday, December 09th, 2010, 07.00PM-10.00PM

Make Up Exam : Monday, December 13th, 2010,  07.00PM-10.00PM

 

These are the proposed dates, pending approval of the concerned authorities / administration.

 

HOW MUCH WILL WE COVER THIS SEMESTER (2010)

 

  •         We will cover topics and components up to Chapter 12 TYH (the textbook). 
  •         We may not always follow the exact lay out / pattern of our text book but WILL 

          cover all the elements contained therein, depending upon the pace of actual

learning and and of proficiency acquired by the students and also depending upon proficiency requirements of students

  •         Ample opportunity will be created and offered for  Practicing the Language in and

          out of classrooms.

  •         Weekly Schedules for the upcoming week are posted on the Black Board by the

end of each week.

 

 

***

HIN 506 • First-Year Hindi I

31240-31245 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CMA A3.112
show description

Modern Hindi of India. HIN 604 and 506 may not both be counted. HIN 506 and URD 604 may not both
be counted. Not open to native speakers of Hindi.

Texts/Readings:
Rupert Snell : Teach Yourself Hindi

Course Number and Title

Hindi 506 

 

Unique Numbers of Sections

31230

31235

31240

31245

 

Instructor’s name, Office Location and Office Hours

Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi UTEID : VSC 276

email : vidhu@austin.utexas.edu

Phone (Office) : 232-7921

Cell : 512-924  4630

Location : HRH 3.102

Office Hours : Friday 10.00 -01.00 and by appointment on other weekdays.

 

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Manomohini Dutta UTEID : MD 2595

email : manomohini@gmail.com

Unique Numbers of Sections she will be teaching:

31230

31240

Office location:

WMB 1.114

Office Hours:

Mondays : 01.00-02.00

Wednesdays : 01.00-03.00

 

Course Objectives

  1. To acquire four skills in Hindi:

 

A. Listening : Ability to understand simple, everyday conversation

B. Speaking : Ability to handle simple situations

C. Reading : Ability to read short, simple reading materials

D. Writing : Ability to write short letters and themes in Devanāgarī script.

 

2. To acquire a basic knowledge of Hindi grammar.

3. To become familiar with the cultural contexts in which Hindi is used

 

Textbook (required)

Teach Yourself Hindi (TYH) (by Dr. Rupert Snell)

 

Grading 

Four exams (10% each)  : 40%

Final Exam   : 20%

Homework (Regular)  : 10%

Quizzes (Random)  : 10%

Attendance, Punctuality and Class Participation  : 20%

 

NOTE

  1. Homework assignments must be turned in on time (Monday) for credit.

(b) There will be no Homework and Quizzes on weeks when students will have Exams. 

 

Classroom Policies

1. Students should bring the appropriate textbook to class each day.

2. Class attendance and participation are required and essential to students’ progress.

 

Studying Hindi : Requirements (What students are expected and required to do)

 

  1. In learning a foreign language, it is important to study EVERY DAY. 

     Students are expected to spend at least one hour a day studying Hindi outside of class.

 

  1. They are expected come prepared, read appropriate textbook, do assignments on time and try to do the exercises and activities BEFORE classes. 

 

  1. Students are expected to actively participate in class and to use Hindi whenever possible.

 

  1. They are expected to spend as much time as possible studying with practice tapes in the language lab and with the tapes that come with the textbook.

 

  1. Review: Students are expected to develop a systematic way of organizing the

     increasingly large amounts of materials for which they will be responsible. 

     Language   learning requires constant review of previously learned material.

     Students are expected to pay particular attention to the vocabulary lists at the end of

     each chapter of the textbook.

 

 

 

EXAMS:

 

  • There will be four exams during the Fall Semester, plus a Final 

(in December)

 

  • There will be no Quiz and / or Home Work in those weeks in which exams will be held.

 

  • Dates of Exams are as follows:

 

  1. September 16th     (Thursday)
  2. October 07th         (Thursday)
  3. October 28th         (Thursday)
  4. November 18th     (Thursday)

 

THE FINAL EXAM:

Proposed Dates

 

Primary Exam : Thursday, December 09th, 2010, 07.00PM-10.00PM

Make Up Exam : Monday, December 13th, 2010,  07.00PM-10.00PM

 

These are the proposed dates, pending approval of the concerned authorities / administration.

 

HOW MUCH WILL WE COVER THIS SEMESTER (2010)

 

  •         We will cover topics and components up to Chapter 12 TYH (the textbook). 
  •         We may not always follow the exact lay out / pattern of our text book but WILL 

          cover all the elements contained therein, depending upon the pace of actual

learning and and of proficiency acquired by the students and also depending upon proficiency requirements of students

  •         Ample opportunity will be created and offered for  Practicing the Language in and

          out of classrooms.

  •         Weekly Schedules for the upcoming week are posted on the Black Board by the

end of each week.

 

 

***

HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

31495-31500 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.128
show description

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 506.  Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 507 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 506 with a grade of at least C.

HIN 507 • First-Year Hindi II

31505-31510 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm JES A218A
show description

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 506.  Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 507 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 506 with a grade of at least C.

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