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.