Course Description & Syllabus, Spring 2013 Contact information:
Meeting Time: MW ( 3:00 – 4:15pm )
F ( 3:00 – 3:50pm )
Instructor: Nilakshi Phukan
naIlaaxaI fukna- نیلاکشی پھوکن
Classroom: 00202 Poe Hall
Office: 220 Withers Hall
Office phone: 919-949-1618
Office hour: Thursdays 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
& by appointment
The second semester of the Intermediate Hindi-Urdu is drastically different from the beginning level Hindi-Urdu. In this level, you must aim to gain not only the progression of the oral communication but also the literacy in Hindi-Urdu. The focus of this course is expression (speaking and writing). You will be able to make lengthy conversations in Hindi on a limited range of topics. You will be able to read longer Hindi-Urdu texts and become familiar with more Hindi-Urdu words, phrases and idioms. You will be able to use common Hindi-Urdu phrases and sentences appropriately in oral conversation and written contexts. You will also gain different social and cultural knowledge through different contexts including situational conversation, listening comprehension activities and multimedia exercises.
Other activities include improvisation, discussion, skits, & audio-visuals! You will also participate in Hindi-Urdu Language Night. You will be exposed to various South Asian events, and watch Bollywood movies and songs as part of this course.
1. “Hindi Yatra” (ihndI yaa by Prof. Afroz Taj (Instructor will provide the copy)
2. “Urdu Ka Safar” اردوکاسفرby Prof. Afroz Taj (Instructor will provide the copy)
3. “Introduction to Hindi Grammar” by Usha R. Jain, 2007
(available at NC State book store)
4. Pedagogical Urdu Grammar by Usha R. Jain, translated by M.J. Warsi (available in Moodle server)
Dictionary: “Oxford Hindi English Dictionary” by RS. McGregor, 2006
“Urdu-Hindi-English Dictionary” by S.B.Sahni and Md. Mazhar
During this semester we will watch famous Hindi movie “Kal Ho Na Ho” to increase listening comprehension.
The course will be conducted primarily in Hindi-Urdu. Questions or concerns that require the use of English are addressed outside of class time, or during the teacher’s office hours.
3. Audio/Video Course Materials, including selected Hindi movie clips and songs illustrating fundamental grammatical constructions from the following Hindi learning websites will be assigned for listening and viewing.
http://www.southasia.upenn.edu/hindi/Volume1/index.html 4. Recommended: A dictionary, though not required, will help throughout the language learning process.
Students will be responsible for printing all materials posted on Moodle
Requisites and Restrictions Prerequisites: FLN 201/203
Co-requisites: FLN 204
General Education Program (GEP) Information GEP Category
This course does not fulfill a General Education Program category.
This course does not fulfill a General Education Program co-requisite.
There will be one field trip in this course. Students are required to provide their own transportation for the trip.
Safety & Risk Assumptions
Attendance: Regular attendance is mandatory for success in this class.
Class Preparation and participation: Class preparation and participation is essential for success in the foreign language classroom. Students are expected to come to class having completed all written and reading assignments and should be prepared to actively participate in meaningful discussion about the lessons/readings in question and/or complete a short quiz (these may be unannounced). Active participation may include sharing your questions and comments about the lessons/readings with the class, engaging your class mates in relevant and meaningful dialogue based on the cultural topics/readings, and/or participating in other class activities (e.g., group work, role-playing, audio-video activities and worksheets, and so forth). Class preparation and participation is evaluated using the following criteria:
Class Participation Grades
Outstanding class preparation and class participation. Student meets and exceeds all criteria for "A" (described below).
Student comes to class prepared, having read and thought about the assigned lessons/texts and having completed all written assignments. Student often comes with written notes, and participates actively in class. Student arrives on time, stays the full length of the class, is attentive, responds when called upon, and volunteers frequently with pertinent questions and comments.
Student is usually prepared, sometimes with written notes, and responds when called upon. Student is attentive, participates in all activities, and volunteers with questions and comments on occasion.
Student shows evidence of being unprepared from time to time. Due to lack of preparation, student may have some trouble responding to instructor's questions or participating in class discussion/activities. Student does not volunteer often and sometimes comes to class late/leaves early.
Student is unprepared and/or inattentive. Student never volunteers and regularly comes to class late/leaves early.
Student exhibits a lack of concern for the class, sleeps in class, or distracts his/her class mates. Student's behavior has a negative effect on the class.
Points will be deducted from your final grade if you do have frequent late comings, absences (more than 3 sessions), late work, missing test and assignments. Exceptions for illness, family matters, religious or ethnic holidays should be asked in advance.
Exams: There will be two oral/ written exams (mid-term & final).
Dictations: The instructor will speak a series of words or phrases in Hindi and you will write them in Hindi with their meanings in English. There will be one dictation every other week (except for exam weeks). Dictation number will correspond to the lesson in which the word or the phrases occur.
Quizzes: A short quiz on grammar topics will be given every other week (except for exam weeks).
Homework: You are required to do one homework assignment every each day. Homework should be submitted on the next day of class. Late submission after three days will not be graded.
Video Response: Every Friday instructor will post an oral video on You Tube. Everybody has to post their respond by Monday. If you don’t want to post your video on You Tube then you can send in MP3 version.
Projects/Skits: You will be assigned to create a skit based on the materials learned in the course. The projects may be completed in a group of 2 or 3 students. Students may submit this skit in digital or videotape form. Ask the instructor for more details.
South Asian Event: These events include a variety of cultural and linguistic performances organized in the university or under the guidance of the instructor. You are encouraged to participate in the events and submit a report on the event in no less then 15 sentences in Hindi-Urdu. For further information ask the instructor.
Course requirements: Attendance 5%
Preparation and participation 10%
Dictation 5 %
Quizzes (15-20 minutes) 10%
Video Response 5%
Projects/Skits 10 %
Midterm (oral & written) 20%
Final (oral & written) 25%
Grading scale: Letter Grades
This Course uses Standard NCSU Letter Grading:
Requirements for Credit-Only (S/U) Grading
In order to receive a grade of S, students are required to take all exams and quizzes, complete all assignments, and earn a grade of C- or better. Conversion from letter grading to credit only (S/U) grading is subject to university deadlines. Refer to the Registration and Records calendar for deadlines related to grading. For more details refer to http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/courses_undergrad/REG02.20.15.php.
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If a student takes the course on an Audit (AU) basis, then regular attendance and completion of all assignments, quizzes and exams is required.
Policies on Incomplete Grades
If an extended deadline is not authorized by the instructor or department, an unfinished incomplete grade will automatically change to an F after either (a) the end of the next regular semester in which the student is enrolled (not including summer sessions), or (b) the end of 12 months if the student is not enrolled, whichever is shorter. Incompletes that change to F will count as an attempted course on transcripts. The burden of fulfilling an incomplete grade is the responsibility of the student. The university policy on incomplete grades is located at
Homework: Read at home chapter 42. Relative –correlative constructions (pg:310-315). There will be a small quiz on Monday about this topic.
Quiz: Chapter 42
Situational Conversation : Topic: Marriage, party, reception etc.
Work on Skits
Homework: Write about a marriage party you have attend recently. Please note that you need to express your like, dislike, comments about the marriage and the reception party.
Small Quiz: From exercise 1. Transformation drill (pg: 315)
Homework: Exercise 9. Individual conversation response drill (pg: 318-319) and exercise 10. Translation exercise (pg: 318), any five from each exercises.
Final Review, Hints for the final exam
Watch and discuss the movie qmarava jaana Ada -امراؤجانادا
Last day of classes
Final Exam: May, 1 – 9
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Assignments are intended to assess individual knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. For all work in this course, every student must abide by the North Carolina State University Honor Pledge (see below). Failure to abide by the Pledge will result in a grade of "F" and possible disciplinary action by the university.
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Electronically-Hosted Course Components
There will be electronically-hosted components for this
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