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Hindi 3


Admission requirements

Having successfully finished 5481K2HI Hindi 2. Please, contact the A. Avtans, MPhil, if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the abovementioned requirement.


Further development of Hindi language skills acquired in the 1st year to intermediate level. 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. Students also watch some selections from Hindi cinema and participate in activities based on these views. Translation exercises involving more complex sentences. In addition to conventional course materials, learning will be augmented with variety of audio-video materials including songs, social media and movies.
On the successful completion of the course, students will achieve B1 [ including writing] level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). B1 level of CEFR entails that the learner – Can discuss with other persons about the simple matters in our daily life, which we encounter in work, school, leisure time etc. Can deal with most situations in travelling, which happen in an area where the language is spoken. Can express his/her own ideas in such unknown situations. Can describe own experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for some opinions and plans

Course objectives

  • Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in the first year of Hindi instruction.

  • 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.

  • Ability to comprehend simple spoken instructions and voicemails.

  • Extended Knowledge of Hindi vocabulary.

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

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

  • Be familiar with related cultural information about India/south Asia e.g. society, family, religion, politics etc.
    CEFR Self-assessment Levels

  • Understanding (Listening & Reading): B1

  • Speaking (Spoken Interaction & Production): B1

  • Writing: B1



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

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.

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

  • Project – 10 hours for each project : 10 × 1 = 10 hours

  • Preparation for Final exams – 21 hours

  • Examination - 3 hours

  • Blackboard language tasks – 10 X 2 = 20 hours
    Total Study load – 280 hours

Assessment method


  • In-class language Performance, Class preparation and participation

  • Homework and assignments

  • Quizzes (2 quizzes – one in each block)

  • Projects (1 project – Class presentation )

  • Term End Oral Exam (Oral Proficiency Interview)

  • Term End Written Exam


Review of Hindi 3 will consist of the following components:

  • In-class language Performance,, Class preparation and participation: 10% of final grade

  • Homework and assignments: 10% of final grade

  • Quizzes (2 quizzes – one in each block): 30% of final grade

  • Projects (1 project – Class presentation ): 10% of final grade

  • Term End Oral Exam (Oral Proficiency Interview): 15% of final grade

  • Term End Written Exam (Grammar, Translation, Written expression, Vocabulary etc.): 25% of final grade

There will be no make-ups for any missed quiz, presentation or other activity. Only in case of a medical or personal emergency should the lecturer be informed immediately by e-mail with documented evidence for special consideration.

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


IIn order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher. If the end grade is insufficient, there is a possibility of retaking only the term end written exam in the course (25%). Individual exams cannot be retaken.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.


Blackboard plays a vital role in this course. Students are advised to check the course blackboard site regularly for study materials and information.

Reading list


Course Materials will be provided by the teacher in the class and will be available on Blackboard for download & print.

(These are NOT required books)

  • Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010 (ISBN-13: 9781444106831)

  • 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 of the BA program South and Southeast Asia Studies are required to register through uSis before August 15. 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.”.

Other students are requested to send an email to the study co-ordinator including their name, student ID number, course title and prospectus or catalog number. Depending on the availability of places, the study co-ordinator will register these students after August 15. By September 1 at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

(Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.)


Dhr A. Avtans, MPhil

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).