Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Hindi Courses for Spring 2017

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG), or attend a drop-in session.

Hindi language study is available to all Five College students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Courses are offered in both the fall and spring terms. Students can start the study of Hindi in either the fall or the spring semester.

Hindi courses are offered in a special “Mentored” format that has the flexibility to serve students on all five campuses. Course sessions are in the form of individual one-on-one tutorial sessions and small group conversation sessions. Homework is structured by a series of detailed study guides providing step-by-step preparation instructions for the week. The courses cover all four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To see recent course syllabi and study guides, visit the Hindi course page on the Center's LangMedia website

About Individual Tutorials

The one-on-one tutorial sessions allow time to discuss grammatical questions, get feedback and help with written homework, and can be geared to meet the specific language learning needs of each student.  

The individual tutorial sessions are conducted by post-baccalaureate or graduate-level tutors or teaching assistants hired and trained by the Center.

For Spring 2017, there are indivdiual tutorial slots available on multiple campuses. The schedule and primary locations will be determined based on the schedules and home campus locations of students who have been admitted and provided schedule information to the Center by Dec. 1, 2016. Students applying after Dec. 1 will need to be able to fit into available time slots and locations.

About Conversation Sessions

The small group conversation sessions (often only two to three students per group) allow ample opportunity for students to practice using the language. The sessions emphasize using the language in ways a student might encounter when living or studying in India. Conversation sessions may be conducted by a tutor, teaching assistant, or an international student native speaker who is formally educated in the language.

Where and When Conversation Sessions Meet

Conversation sessions meet at a variety of times and on different campuses. Session times and locations will be determined based on the schedules of students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. Students applying after Dec. 1 will need to be able to fit into remaining time slots. 

About Full Courses and Half Courses - Course Credit and Workload

Students have the option of choosing a full course or a half course at all levels of Hindi study. 

Half Courses: The standard Mentored course is a half course. It takes four half courses (levels I, II, III, and IV) to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a traditional elementary-level classroom course.  Half courses require a minimum of one hour per day (seven hours per week) of individual study, a weekly 60-minute conversation session, and a weekly 30-minute individual tutorial. Credit for half courses: Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 1.5 credits and at the elementary level and two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit.

Full Courses: Hindi courses are also available as full (double) courses each semester. Students complete two half courses during the semester. For example, students in the full course labeled “Hindi I-II” complete Hindi I during the first half of the semester and Hindi II during the second half. Full courses require two hours per day of individual study, two 60-minute conversation sessions per week, and two 30-minute individual tutorials per week. Credit for full courses: Students in full courses complete the equivalent of two half courses during the semester. Credit for full-courses by campus is: Amherst - 1 full course; Hampshire - 1 full course; Mount Holyoke - 4 credits; Smith - 3 credits; UMass - 3 credits.

Want to know more? Check out the Online Orientation Tutorial and the Hindi Course Syllabi. 

Hindi Course Offerings for Spring 2017

Ready to register? Go to How to Register. The application process is designed to make sure the course is a good fit for you for the upcoming semester. Questions? Email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu, call 413-542-5264 (413-542-LANG), or attend a drop-in session.


HINDI I (HALF COURSE)

Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first part of the four-part elementary Hindi sequence. Schedule: One 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI I-II (FULL COURSE)

Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first two parts of the four-part elementary Hindi sequence. Students complete the half course Hindi I in the first part of the semester and the half course Hindi II in the second half of the semester. Schedule: Two 30-minute tutorials per week and two 60-minute conversation sessions per week.

Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI FOR HINDI-URDU SPEAKERS I (HALF COURSE) 

This course is for advanced speakers of Hindi or Urdu who want to learn to read and write in Hindi. A placement interview is required. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Tutorial time to be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Tutorials are scheduled on multiple campuses. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop. 

Urdu FOR URdu-Hindi SPEAKERS I (HALF COURSE)  

Prerequisite: This course is for advanced speakers of Hindi or Urdu who want to learn to read and write in Urdu. A placement interview is required. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Tutorial time to be assigned based on the schedules of enrolled students. Tutorials are scheduled on multiple campuses. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

 


HINDI II (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi I or the equivalent.This course is the second course in the four-course elementary Hindi sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI FOR HINDI-URDU SPEAKERS II (HALF COURSE)  

Prerequisite: Hindi for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I. This course is for advanced speakers of Hindi or Urdu who want to learn to read and write in Hindi. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Urdu FOR URdu-Hindi SPEAKERS II (HALF COURSE)  

Prerequisite: Urdu for Urdu-Hindi Speakers I. This course is for advanced speakers of Hindi or Urdu who want to learn to read and write in Urdu. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

 


HINDI II-III (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi I or the equivalent. This course covers parts two and three of the four-course elementary Hindi sequence. Students complete Hindi II in the first half of the semester and Hindi III in the second half of the semester.Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI III (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi II or the equivalent. This course is the third course in the four-course elementary Hindi i sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI III-IV (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi II or the equivalent. This course covers the final two parts of the four-course elementary Hindi sequence. Students complete Hindi III in the first half of the semester and HIndi IV in the second half of the semester. Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI IV (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi III or the equivalent. This course is the final course in the four-course elementary Hindi sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI IV-V (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi III or the equivalent. This course covers the first two parts of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. Students complete Hindi IV in the first half of the semester and Hindi V in the second half of the semester. Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI V (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi IV or the equivalent. This course is the first course of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. It may be combined with Hindi VI to make a full course. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI V-VI (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi IV or the equivalent. This course covers the first two parts of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. Students completel Hindi V during the first half of the semester and Hindi VI during the second half of the semester. Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI VI (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi V or the equivalent. This is the second course of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. It may be combined with Hindi VII to make a full course. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI VI-VII (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi V or the equivalent. This course covers the second and third parts of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. Student complete Hindi VI in the first half of the semester and Hindi VII in the second part. Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI VII (HALF COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi VI or the equivalent. This is the third course of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. It may be combined with Hindi VIII to make a full course. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI VII-VIII (FULL COURSE) 

Prerequisite: Hindi VI or the equivalent. This course covers the last two parts of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. Students complete Hindi VII in the first half of the semester and Hindi VIII in the second half.  Schedule: Two 60-minute conversation sessions per week plus two 30-minute individual tutorials. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI VIII (HALF COURSE)

Prerequisite: HIndi VII or the equivalent. This is the final course of the four-course intermediate Hindi sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI FILM (HALF COURSE)

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced conversation course based on watching and discussing classic Hindi films. The course includes both oral and written assignments. One 90-minute conversation session per week plus film viewing sessions; one 30-minute tutorial. Open to students in Hindi VI and above. May be repeated and taken concurrently with Hindi VI or above. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


ADVANCED TOPICS IN HINDI I,II, III AND IV
(HALF COURSES OR FULL COURSES)

Advanced topics courses for students who have completed Hindi VIII, have advanced skills in both spoken and written Hindi, and are ready to explore a particular topics in depth. Schedule: Half course is one 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Full course is one 90-minute conversation session per week plus a 60-minute indivdiual tutorial. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2016. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.


HINDI SENIOR RESEARCH I, II, III, AND IV 
(HALF COURSES OR FULL COURSES)

Independent study for advanced Hindi students who are working with primary sources in Hindi as part of senior thesis, project, or advanced seminar in another subject area. Prerequisite: Advanced proficiency in oral and written Hindi, as well as permission of the Director of the Center for the Study of World Languages. Schedule: Half course: One 90-minute individual tutorial per week. Full course: Two-hour tutorial per week plus more extensive research and writing assignments


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