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Hindi 2


Admission Requirements

Having successfully finished 5481K1HI Hindi 1. Please, contact the student advisor, Nicole A.N.M. van Os or Dr. A. Avtans , if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the above mentioned requirement.


Further development of basic language skills acquired in Hindi 1. Further strengthening of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi for effective communication. Translation exercises involving simple sentences in English/Dutch and Hindi. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by popular songs, TV clips, movies and videos.

Course Objectives

  • Extended knowledge of the basic grammar of Hindi and the ability to apply this knowledge in their own oral and written language.

  • Ability to read and write in Devanagari script of Hindi.

  • Extension of basic knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures of Hindi to a simple level to speak, read, write and understand simple spoken messages in day to day situations.

  • Ability to apply this knowledge practically in simple translations between English/Dutch and Hindi.

  • At the end of the year students are expected to have a usable proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi.



Mode of Instruction

  • Workgroup

Course Load

  • Seminar – 2 hours three times a week: 2 X 3 X 13 = 78 hours

  • Homework & Assignment – 4 hours per week : 4 × 12 = 48 hours

  • Listening, speaking, writing & reading practice at home – 6 hours per week : 6 × 13 = 78 hours

  • Preparation for quizzes – 6 hours for each quiz: 6 × 4 = 24 hours

  • Projects – 14 hours for each project : 14 X 2 = 28 hours (Scrapbook, Movie, classroom presentation etc)

  • Preparation for Final exams – 12 hours for each exam = 12 X 2 = 24 hours
    Total Study load – 280 hours

Assessment Method

Review of Hindi 2 will consist of following components:

  • Attendance, Class preparation and participation: 10 % of final grade

  • Homework and assignments: 10 % of final grade

  • Written Quizzes (4 quizzes): 30 % of final grade

  • Projects (2 projects): 20 % of final grade (Scrapbook, Movie, classroom presentation etc)

  • Term End Oral Exam: 15% of final grade

  • Term End Written Exam: 15 % of final grade

Re-sit: Only term end written and oral exams can be retaken if a student scores an overall inefficient grade (i.e less than 6) in the course. In that case the total weight for term end written and oral exam is 30 % of the final grade


Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and studentsoutside the formal lecture meetings. All class handouts will be available through Blackboard also. Students are expected to check Blackboard very regularly.

Reading list


  • Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi (With audio CD), London: Hodder, 2010 (ISBN: 9781444101584)

  • Rupert Snell, Read and Write Hindi Script, London: Hodder, 2010 (ISBN: 9781444103915)


  • Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010

  • Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi, Elementary Hindi, Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2009

  • R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002

This literature does not need to be studied beforehand.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Contractonderwijs



Dr. A. Avtans


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment.
As per University rules up to 20% of total classes can only be missed, if it goes beyond that it will reflect upon your final grades.