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Michael Shapiro
HINDI 402
Seattle Campus

Advanced Hindi

Rapid reading of contemporary Hindi prose, poetry, and drama. Advanced conversation and composition. Second in a sequence of three. Offered: W.

Class description

This course is the second quarter of the three-quarter third-year (advanced) Hindi sequence. The course will seek to develop students' skills with regard to speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Materials used in class will depend upon the skill levels of the students enrolled.

Student learning goals

(1) Expand understanding of the rules of standard Hindi grammar.

(2) Expand competence in each of speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

(3) Expand range of written texts students are able to read and understand.

(4) Expand students' ability to parse Hindi sentences and texts.

General method of instruction

Separate methods of instruction are use for different skills. These methods of instruction include spoken drill, free conversation, reading and translation of texts, formal lecture on grammar, and group work.

Recommended preparation

This is a course in Hindi at the advanced level. Students should already have a solid foundation in the mechanics of standard written Hindi, as written in the Devanagari writing system. Students should normally have completed two years of formal instruction in Hindi at the college or university level, as well as Hindi 401. Potential students seeking guidance as to whether they have sufficient preparation for this course should consult the instructor (hindimcs@uw.edu) prior to the start of classes.

Class assignments and grading

Homework assignments can include the preparation of reading passages, the reading of material on Hindi grammar, the writing of Hindi sentences, paragraphs or other compositions, the memorization of short conversations, and the listening of Hindi passages from the internet.

Grades are assigned on the basis of written homework assignments, written and oral quizzes on assigned material, class participation and performance in oral drills, and a two-hour written final examination.


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.
Last Update by Michael Shapiro
Date: 10/27/2010