Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Hindi and Urdu Courses for Spring 2018

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 and Urdu language study is available to all Five College students at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Courses cover all four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Students may start study of Hindi or Urdu in either the fall and spring semester. 

Hindi and Urdu courses are offered in a special “Mentored” format that has the flexibility to serve students on all five campuses. Hindi has been offered in this format for many years. After a multi-year hiatus, all Urdu courses will now be offered in mentored format starting in Spring 2018.

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.  To see recent course syllabi and study guides, visit the Hindi course page and the Urdu 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 2018, 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, 2017. 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, Pakistan, or in other communities where Hindi and Urdu are spoken. 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, 2017. 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 of individual study, a weekly 60-minute conversation session, and a weekly 30-minute individual tutorial. Credit for half courses: Half courses covering four-skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are worth 2.0 credits at UMass ; courses in reading and writing for fluent speakers are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst  – ½ course; Hampshire – ½ course; Mount Holyoke – 2.0 credits (1.5 for reading/writing courses); Smith – 2.0 credits (1.5 for reading/writing courses) and it is a Smith policy that at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent must be completed 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 (3 credits for reading/writing courses); Smith - 4 credits (3 credits for reading/writing courses); UMass - 4 credits (3 credits for reading/writing courses).

Want to know more? Check out the Online Orientation Tutorial and the Hindi course page and the Urdu course page on the Center's LangMedia website

Hindi and Urdu Course Offerings for Spring 2018

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.


Level I Courses

Scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Hindi I. 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. Half course. 2 credits at UMass.

Urdu I. Beginning level course, no prerequisite. This course covers the first part of the four-part elementary Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 30-minute tutorial per week and one 60-minute conversation session per week. Half course. 2 credits at UMass.

Hindi I-II. 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. Full course. 4 credits at UMass.

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. A placement interview is required. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Half course. 1.5 credits at UMass.

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. A placement interview is required. Schedule: One 60-minute tutorial per week, no conversation session. Half course. 1.5 credits at UMass.


Level II courses

Scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Hindi II. 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. Half course. 2.0 credits at UMass.

Urdu II. Prerequisite: Urdu I or the equivalent. This course is the second course in the four-course elementary Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits at UMass [credit change from 1.5 to 2.0 credits is pending].

Hindi II-III. 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. Full course. 4.0 credits at UMass.

Hindi for Hindi-Urdu Speakers II. 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. Half course. 1.5 credits at UMass. 

Urdu for Urdu-Hindi Speakers II. 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. Half course. 1.5 credits at UMass. 


LevelS III and IV

Scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Hindi III. 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. Half course. 2.0 credits at UMass.

Urdu III. Prerequisite: Urdu  II or the equivalent. This course is the third course in the four-course elementary Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits at UMass [credit change from 1.5 to 2.0 credits is pending].

Hindi III-IV. 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. Full course. 4.0 credits at UMass.

Hindi IV. 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. Half course. 2.0 credits at UMass.

Urdu IV. Prerequisite: Urdu III or the equivalent. This course is the final course in the four-course elementary Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits [credit change from 1.5 to 2.0 credits is pending].

Hindi IV-V. 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. Full course. 4.0 credits at UMass.


Levels V, VI, VII, and VIII

Scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Hindi V. 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.

Urdu V.  Prerequisite: Urdu IV or the equivalent. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits.

Hindi V-VI. 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. 

Hindi VI. 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.

Urdu VI. Prerequisite: Urdu V or the equivalent. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits.

Hindi VI-VII. 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. 

Hindi VII. 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.

Urdu VII. Prerequisite: Urdu VI or the equivalent. This is the third course of the four-course intermediate Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits.

Hindi VII-VIII. 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. 

Hindi VIII. 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.

Urdu VIII. Prerequisite:  Urdu VII or the equivalent. This is the final course of the four-course intermediate Urdu sequence. Schedule: One 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits.


Advanced courses

Scheduled based on schedule information submitted by admitted students. Priority in location and scheduling of sessions will be given to students who apply and submit schedule information by Dec. 1, 2017. New applications will be considered on a space available basis through the end of add/drop.

Topics in Advanced HINDI (I,II, III and IV)  Advanced topics courses for students who have completed Hindi VIII, have advanced skills in both spoken and written Hindi, and are ready to explore particular topics in depth. Topics and focus chosen by the student in consultation with the Hindi language mentor-teacher and the program director. Schedule: Half course is one 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial.Half course. 2.0 credits.

Topics in Advanced URDU (I,II, III and IV)  Advanced topics courses for students who have completed Urdu VIII, have advanced skills in both spoken and written Hindi, and are ready to explore particular topics in depth. Topics and focus chosen by the student in consultation with the Urdu language mentor-teacher and the program director. Schedule: Half course is one 60-minute conversation session per week plus a 30-minute individual tutorial. Half course. 2.0 credits.


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