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Hindi 4


Admission Requirements

Having successfully finished 5482K1HI Hindi 3. Please, contact the student advisor, Nicole A.N.M. van Os or A. Avtans, MPhil, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the above mentioned requirement.


Further development of Hindi language skills acquired in Hindi 3. The course systematically expands vocabulary, grammar and language structures, leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. It focuses on language skills (speaking and writing) and performing more complex tasks such as comparing, narrating, describing, reasoning, and discussing topics beyond the immediate environment. Translation exercises involving more complex sentences. Language of the class will be maximally Hindi.

Course Objectives

  • Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in Hindi 3 in speaking and writing.

  • Introduction to higher level of structural complexity of Hindi and finer details of language use.

  • Competence in comprehension of simple literary texts, carry out conversations in various social situations, and express views on topics of interest in contemporary standard Hindi idiom.

  • Extended Knowledge of Hindi vocabulary.

  • Ability to express oneself in writing through simple letters or descriptions.

  • Apply this knowledge in translating sentences From English/Dutch to Hindi or vice versa.



Mode of Instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are mandatory.

Course Load

  • Seminar – 2 hours 2 times a week: 2 × 2 × 13 = 52 hours

  • Homework & Assignment – 6 hours per week : 6 × 12 = 72 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 – 15 hours for each project : 15 × 2 = 30 hours (Scrapbook, Movie, classroom presentation etc)

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

Assessment Method

Review of Hindi 4 will consist of following components:

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

  • Homework and assignments: 10% of final grade

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

  • Projects (2 projects): 20% of final grade

  • 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 5.49 or less) 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 students outside the classroom. All learning materials will be also available through Blackboard.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.


Course Materials (will be provided by the teacher in class)

Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010
R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002
Camil Bulcke, English-Hindi Dictionary, Delhi, S. Chand Publications, 1998
Hardev Bahri, Rajpal Hindi Shabdakosh, Delhi, Rajpal Publications, 2011


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Interested students from the MA Asian Studies need to contact the secretariat by e-mail clearly giving the course code and their student ID number to get registered for this course.

Registration Contractonderwijs



A. Avtans, MPhil


Attendance and participation are obligatory. 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. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.