These courses while emphasising conversational use, look at social and cultural aspects and the grammatical structure of Hindi.
Who is this course for
This is a beginner's course in Hindi. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Hindi. The course serves as a good foundation for those wanting to progress to higher levels. No previous knowledge is required. If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover
This course is designed for students who want a structured and user-friendly introduction to a most enjoyable language. It starts with a gentle introduction to the language and prepares you for some new social or practical situations while also introducing the grammar gradually and simply.
The course will cover: pronunciation of Hindi, understanding and responding with appropriate everyday greetings; talking about yourself; your job; your family; buying food in the shops; making polite requests.
Devanagari script is introduced and practised from the start of the course.
The course is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes place in the target language.
Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach CEFR A1 level of competency.
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
- Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
(towards CEFR A1)
What will it be like
The main component of the course is oral communication with relevant supporting written materials.
Audio cassettes/CDs are used in the class regularly.
There will be many opportunities to practise the language through group and pair work.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA).
This is done through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening, tutor's feedback oral or written, feedback on your worksheets or assignments, your own views, peer or pair assessments through role play assignments. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Textbook (mostly for self-study): Get started in Hindi by Rupert Snell (Hodder) - Book+CD.
Recommended grammar: Hindi - An essential Grammar by Rama Kant Agnihotri (Routledge).
You will be given homework to revise your learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language and the script. Independent work will be encouraged.
What this course could lead to
Stage 1B in Hindi at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
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