2020-2021 Edition

Academic Catalog

Hindi-Urdu Language (HIUR)

HIUR101 Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I

This course is an introduction to the modern standard form of Hindi-Urdu, the most widely spoken language in South Asia, with its manifestation in deeply rooted cultural contexts. Students are introduced to both writing systems: the Devanagari script of Hindi and the Nastaliq script of Urdu. The basic grammatical structures are presented and reinforced, and students are also exposed to the cultural and historical context in which Hindi-Urdu has existed over several centuries. The course also draws from the modern medium of film (in particular recent Bollywood songs) to reinforce structures and vocabulary.

The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation in Hindi-Urdu grammar and vocabulary, as well as the cultural awareness and practical experience necessary for basic, yet accurate and appropriate, communication in spoken and written Hindi-Urdu. This course is designed to develop students' ability in the four skills of language learning. Students will learn to confidently navigate a range of common social and "survival" situations in Hindi-Urdu target cultures. Upon completing this course, students will have mastered the core constructions of Hindi-Urdu grammar and a large body of vocabulary and cultural knowledge necessary for many real-world interactions with Hindi-Urdu speakers.

Core objectives include: the development of communicative and interactional abilities in Hindi-Urdu on familiar topics related to daily activities; the development of analytical competence (analysis of language, critical thinking, etc.) and learner autonomy through linguistic analysis and reflection; and the development of sociocultural/intercultural awareness governing language use according to the appropriate target cultural norms.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT
Credits: 1.00
Gen Ed Area: HA-CGST
Prereq: None

HIUR102 Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I. It offers a balanced treatment of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing skills, and desi culture. Through scaffolding techniques, students will reach their potential zone of proximal development (ZPD), which is Novice-High, from their current ZPD, which is Novice-Mid.

At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate short, culturally appropriate messages on highly predictable, everyday topics that affect them directly. They will be able to produce lists and notes, primarily by writing words and phrases. They can provide limited formulaic information on simple forms and documents. These writers can reproduce practiced material to convey the simplest messages. In addition, they can transcribe familiar words or phrases, copy letters of the alphabet or syllables of a syllabary, or reproduce basic characters with some accuracy.

Students will get level-appropriate knowledge of the target culture, which is an essential ingredient of the course. All the material and activities will be presented through contextualized material. Students can understand key words, true aural cognates, and formulaic expressions that are highly contextualized and highly predictable, such as those found in introductions and basic courtesies. They will be able to understand words and phrases from simple questions, statements, and high-frequency commands.

Upon completing this course, students will have mastered the core constructions of Hindi-Urdu grammar and a large body of vocabulary and cultural knowledge necessary for many real-world interactions with Hindi-Urdu speakers.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT
Credits: 1.00
Gen Ed Area: HA-CGST
Prereq: None

HIUR201 Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II, which emphasizes written expression and texts in both Perso-Arabic and Devanagari script systems and familiarity with cultures of the South Asian diaspora. The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the Hindi-Urdu language and culture and bring them up to the intermediate low/mid-level in all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

At the end of this course, students will be able to successfully handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Students will be able to produce some of the concrete exchanges and predictable topics necessary for survival in the target-language culture. These topics relate to basic personal information; for example, self and family, some daily activities and personal preferences, and some immediate needs, such as ordering food and making simple purchases. Students will also be able to ask a few appropriate questions, creating and writing statements and formulating questions based on familiar material.

As listeners, students will be able to understand simple, sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in a variety of basic personal and social contexts. They will develop accurate comprehension with highly familiar and predictable topics. Intermediate-mid listeners may get some meaning from oral texts typically understood by advanced-level listeners.

As readers, students will be able to understand short, noncomplex texts that convey basic information and deal with basic personal and social topics to which the reader brings personal interest or knowledge, although some misunderstandings may occur. Readers at this level may get some meaning from short connected texts featuring description and narration, dealing with familiar topics.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT
Credits: 1.00
Gen Ed Area: HA-CGST
Prereq: None

HIUR202 Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II

This course prepares students to achieve intermediate low-to-high level speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills. With a strong emphasis on achieving proficiency in spoken Hindi-Urdu, students are encouraged to speak Hindi-Urdu as much as possible, both in and outside of the classroom. Enrolled students are encouraged to form study groups that meet regularly outside of class to practice conversation in Hindi-Urdu and to learn nuances of the culture.

Students will work with a variety of web-based materials to learn songs; watch short film clips and advertisements; and read letters, dialogues, song lyrics, poems, and short stories in Hindi-Urdu. This course will introduce students to many aspects of Hindi-Urdu-speaking cultures through authentic language use, and students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Hindi-Urdu language learning community on campus.

Standard text, course materials prepared by the instructor, and authentic materials (contextualized in the target culture) available on the internet will be used with equal emphasis on spoken and written Hindi-Urdu. The structure and conversations will be prepared in a variety of authentic contexts of Hindi-Urdu. Students are also offered extensive exposure to spoken language emphasizing speaking and listening at normal speed with near-native pronunciation and intonation. By the end of this course, the students will be at the intermediate-high level of the ACTFL proficiency scale. At this level student are expected to converse comfortably in colloquial Hindi-Urdu on a wide variety of familiar subjects.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT
Credits: 1.00
Gen Ed Area: HA-CGST
Prereq: None

HIUR251 Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture for Heritage Learners

This course is specifically designed for heritage learners of Hindi and Urdu who have some proficiency in these languages. Such students may speak or merely understand the heritage language(s) and are, to some degree, bilingual in English and the heritage language.

The course can be tailored to the specific needs of learners of both Hindi and/or Urdu; the content of the course will be selected according to needs and requirements of each learner. For this purpose, a needs analysis will be conducted at the beginning of the semester to learn the students' proficiency level and interests.

As part of this class, students will not only learn the language and culture in the class but also get a chance to practice the language and familiarize themselves through language tables and a native peer from the target community. Students will visit cultural/community centers to get a feel for the language and culture in practice.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT
Credits: 1.00
Gen Ed Area: HA-CGST
Prereq: None

HIUR492 Teaching Apprentice Tutorial

The teaching apprentice program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to assist in teaching a faculty member's course for academic credit.
Offering: Host
Grading: OPT