Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Prem Pahlajrai
HINDI 311
Seattle Campus

Elementary Hindi

Modern literary Hindi. Reading, writing, and conversation. Introduction to Devanagai script. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

Class description

This course is the first part of a three-term series which will enable the student to develop usable proficiency in Hindi in each of a number of distinct skills, namely, speaking, reading, writing, listening, and knowledge of formal grammar. Students will develop their abilities with regard to each of these skills in a parallel manner.

Student learning goals

A primary goal in the first quarter is the learning of the Devanāgarī writing system and the Hindi sound system.

The grammar presented in the first six chapters of the Snell and Weightman Teach Yourself Hindi text will be covered in class.

The vocabulary introduced in these six chapters will be learned thoroughly. To facilitate memorization, there will be vocabulary quizzes at the end of each chapter.

The grammar learned will be reinforced in class through drills and conversation exercises and via regular homework assignments.

Listening and writing skills will be strengthened via regular dictations in class.

Reading practice will also be done regularly.

General method of instruction

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, both AA and AB sections meet jointly for either grammar lectures or unit tests, the remaining days, each section meets at their assigned time and place for more active practice, drills, and supplemental activities.

Recommended preparation

There is no prerequisite for Hindi 311. Students with some (but not extensive) prior exposure to Hindi or closely related South Asian languages are grouped in one section, while those with no prior knowledge of any South Asian language, including Hindi, are grouped together. The lecture section is common to all students, regardless of level of exposure to Hindi or other South Asian languages.

Class assignments and grading

Homework is assigned regularly, multiple times a week, and are a means to assess the student's understanding of the grammar and concepts taught in class. The corrected assignments are returned to the student to provide feedback of where further practice and study is required. Students are encouraged to review their graded assignments and request help from the instructor and/or TA when necessary.

The final grade for Hindi 311 is based on the following factors: four unit tests and six vocabulary quizzes (25%); two-hour final examination (25%); weekly dictations (5%); written homework assignments (25%); memorization of dialogues and speaking ability (10%); and class participation (10%). Your two lowest homework grades and the (one) lowest dictation score will be forgiven. There is no midterm examination, the final exam is cumulative, i.e., you will be tested on everything that was taught in the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Prem Pahlajrai
Date: 09/22/2008