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Prem Pahlajrai
HINDI 321
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Hindi

Systematic expansion of vocabulary and grammar. Intermediate-level prose and poetry readings. Oral drills. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: HINDI 313. Offered: A.

Class description

A good portion of Hindi 321 is devoted to carrying out a comprehensive review of elementary Hindi grammar. This is then followed by instruction in more advanced and complicated aspects of Hindi grammar.

Student learning goals

Review and refresh the elementary grammar learned at the first-year level, then move on to more advanced and complicated aspects of Hindi grammar.

Advance ones ability in Hindi with regard to each of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension past the first-year level.

Learn to converse in Hindi on a significantly more sophisticated level than after first-year Hind.

Be able to read a diversity of non-technical Hindi texts.

Write grammatical and comprehensible expository prose.

Expand ones ability to follow spoken Hindi.

General method of instruction

Allocation of class time and selection of teaching materials and activities is so as to achieve a balance among the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. There will be regular in-class readings, conversations based on the readings, grammar lectures & drills, dictations and vocabulary quizzes.

Recommended preparation

Students entering Hindi 321 are expected to have successfully completed the First-year Hindi 311-12-13 series or equivalent. To ensure progress in Hindi skill acquisition, students should expect to attend class regularly, keep up with the assigned work, and ask questions when there are things that they don't understand. It is important for students to stay current with assigned material and put in study & practice time outside of class to facilitate the understanding and assimilation of the language.

Class assignments and grading

Homework assignments are based on points of grammar; translation passages into and out of Hindi; writing of small essays in Hindi; preparation for in-class conversations on assigned topics.

The final grade for HINDI 321 will be based upon the following factors: written homework assignments [25%]; quizzes [25%]; final examination [25%] class preparation (attendance, memorization of conversations, preparation of readings, etc.) [10%]; oral class participation and drill work [10%]; and dictations [5%]. The quizzes will comprise two one-hour written exams, two oral exams (the second oral exam will be a part of the final exam), and weekly vocabulary quizzes.


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.
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Last Update by Prem Pahlajrai
Date: 09/23/2008