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The Program in South Asian Studies offers a four-term sequence of language instruction in Hindi and Urdu, taught by Fauzia Farooqui.  Completion of all four terms of either language will satisfy Princeton’s language requirement.  The program emphasizes speaking, reading and writing, as well as the cultural context of South Asia.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of intensive summer language programs and opportunities to study or travel in South Asia, including a semester or year abroad.

HIN/URD 101 Elementary Hindi-Urdu I
This introductory proficiency-based course in Hindi-Urdu allows students to acquire linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Hindi and Urdu share a basic grammar and core vocabulary but differ in their scripts and some cultural markers. Equal emphasis is placed on Hindi and Urdu, including writing systems, vocabulary, and culture. The course focuses on using language for genuine communication through a variety of activities. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write both Hindi and Urdu scripts and communicate in a culturally appropriate manner. All classes are interactive.

HIN-URD 102 Elementary Hindi-Urdu II
This continuing proficiency-based course in Hindi-Urdu allows students to acquire linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts.  Equal emphasis is placed on both Hindi and Urdu, including writing systems, vocabulary, and culture; materials are presented in both varieties.  By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write both Hindi and Urdu scripts, carry out tasks related to everyday life and social situations, and narrate in all three time frames – past, present, and future.  Classes are interactive.

HIN 105 Intermediate Hindi I
This course begins the second year of training in spoken and written Hindi. It refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts.  Focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering more complex grammatical structures, and acquiring idiomatic expressions.  The course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of spoken and written Hindi and who wish to develop their language skills through various types of written texts and multimedia materials.  There is equal emphasis on all skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).  Various aspects of the target language culture are integrated with instruction.  Activities are conducted in Hindi and classes are interactive.

HIN 107 Intermediate Hindi II
This course refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering more complex grammatical structures, and acquiring idiomatic expressions.  Instruction includes use of authentic Hindi materials from print and electronic media, films, and folk literature.  There is equal emphasis on all skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).  Various aspects of the target language culture are integrated with instruction.  Activities are conducted in Hindi and classes are interactive. 

SAN 101 Elementary Sanskrit I
In conjunction with SAN 102, this course provides students a firm foundation in Classical Sanskrit grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.  Students will begin learning Sanskrit pronunciation and the Devanāgarī script, followed by the unique rules for phonological change called sandhi, and the building blocks of Sanskrit grammar. Students will work through the textbook by W.H. Maurer, supplemented with handouts and online references provided by the instructor. Right from the very first lessons, students will read simple Sanskrit prose and verse at increasing levels of difficulty.  By the end of the year, students will be ready to read non-adapted texts in a variety of genres, using tools such as Sanskrit-English dictionaries and grammars.

SAN 102 Elementary Sanskrit II
Continuation of SAN 101. Students will continue working through the textbook by W.H. Maurer. After completing the textbook, we will read a non-adapted passage from the Bhagavad Gītā and a story of Nala from the Mahābhārata.

SAN 105 Intermediate Sanskrit I
This course builds upon the foundation in Classical Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary established during first year Sanskrit, and also builds knowledge of South Asian religion and culture through reading selections from Sanskrit Epics, Purāṇas, and narrative. The course is primarily a reading course, focusing on passages from the Mahābhārata (including a passage from the Bhagavad Gītā), the Rāmāyana, the Devīmahātmya and other.

SAN 107 Intermediate Sanskrit II
Continuation of SAN 105. A reading course designed to prepare students for advanced study in Classical Sanskrit. Readings in epic (itihāsa), narrative (kathā), as as well as introduction to “pre-philosophical” texts and poetry (kāvya). Together with SAN 108, which focuses on poetic (kāvya) and didactic (śāstra) works, this course provides students an introduction to the major genres of Sanskrit literature.

URD 105 Intermediate Urdu I
This course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of spoken Urdu or Hindi.  Students who begin with intermediate proficiency in either Urdu or Hindi are brought to the advanced level in Urdu in all four skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening,.  The course is open to students who have previously taken first-year Urdu or Hindi, or have the equivalent proficiency.  No prior knowledge of Urdu script is required.  Urdu script will be introduced, with special emphasis placed on strengthening literacy skills.  After completing the course, students will be able to read, or comprehend through listening, a variety of authentic Urdu texts and media materials.  Various aspects of the target culture are integrated with instruction.  Activities are conducted in Urdu and classes are interactive. 

URD 107 Intermediate Urdu II
This continuing proficiency-based course refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts.  Focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering more complex grammatical structures, and acquiring idiomatic expressions.  Instruction includes use of authentic Urdu materials from print and electronic media, films, literature, and films.  There is equal emphasis on all skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).  Various aspects of the target language culture are integrated with instruction.  Activities are conducted in Urdu and classes are interactive. 

 
 
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