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Hindi-Urdu

Department Contact:
Rakesh Ranjan
411 Knox
212-851-4107  
rr2574@columbia.edu

The Hindi-Urdu Program in the MESAAS Department of Columbia University, one of the leading centers for the study of South Asia in the country, now offers intensive summer Hindi-Urdu courses at elementary and intermediate levels. The courses are comprehensive and taught by experienced teachers. The curriculum offers interpersonal, presentational and interpretive tasks supported by multimedia materials in smart classrooms. The courses are designed for students to achieve a higher level of proficiency. They target academic and professional needs, enabling students with different backgrounds and goals to communicate with Hindi-Urdu speakers in a variety of contexts. The curriculum is based on national standards and proficiency guidelines as set by ACTFL.

The Urdu script is taught in the second session of Elementary Hindi-Urdu.  Columbia’s is the only Hindi-Urdu summer program in the country to offer training in both Hindi and Urdu scripts. Students can expect to have reading and writing facility in both languages by the end of the elementary course.

Some features of the summer program:
•    Instructors hold daily office hours
•    Daily tutoring provided by a teaching assistant
•    Field trips to South Asian neighborhoods and restaurants of New York City
•    Mandatory cultural activities on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons
•    Screening of Bollywood movies
•    Cooking lessons
 

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MDES S1610G Elementary Hindi-Urdu I. 4 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 80.00

This introductory course is designed to develop reading, speaking, listening, writing and cultural skills in Hindi-Urdu. Students learn the Devanagari script, sound system, basic greetings and social phrases. They learn basic grammatical patterns in Hindi-Urdu and develop vocabulary related to aspects of Indian lifestyle, social traditions and education, etc. At the end of the session, students will be able to read, write and understand texts on familiar topics and speak about themselves and their environment.
,The course is based on proficiency guidelines as set by ACTFL and it incorporates national standards (5C’s) for foreign language learning (communication, cultures, connections and communities) and it will include audio-visual modules from http://hindistartalk.lrc.columbia.edu/.

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Course Materials:

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1.Introduction to Hindi Grammar by Usha Jain. ISBN: 0-944613-25-X
,2.Get Started in Hindi (Teach Yourself series) by Rupert Snell. ISBN: 978-0-07-173944-3

Summer 2017: MDES S1610G
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1610 001/61869 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Rakesh Ranjan 4 0

MDES S1611J Elementary Hindi-Urdu II. 4 points.


Fee: Course Fee - 80.00

FOR HINDI: Students will continue to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They will learn more patterns of Hindi-Urdu grammar and keep on expanding their vocabulary. Upon successful completion of this course, they will be able to initiate and sustain conversations on a range of topics related to different aspects of Indian culture, social and family life; and carry out written correspondence related to daily life. Course will require book used in Elementary Hindi-Urdu I.
,URDU: This course will also introduce the Nastalique Script this semester to enable students to acquire basic reading and writing skills in Urdu.http://urduaiis.lrc.columbia.edu/.This will prepare you for the Intermediate Hindi Urdu Course.
,Course Materials:
,1.Introduction to Hindi Grammar by Usha Jain. ISBN: 0-944613-25-X
,2.Get Started in Hindi (Teach Yourself series) by Rupert Snell. ISBN: 978-0-07-173944-3.
,3.“Let’s Study Urdu”: Ali Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder, ISBN: 978-0-300-12060-8

Summer 2017: MDES S1611J
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1611 001/18528 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Rakesh Ranjan 4 0

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.