Hindi II

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Purpose of the teaching is to introduce students to grammar topics not covered in the first year of teaching so as to allow them to expand their expressive and communicative skills. The main objective of the teaching is, in this case, to present the notions necessary to elaborate, articulate and effectively manage articulated communication exchanges both from a syntactic and lexical point of view. Teaching therefore aims to significantly expand students' expressive skills by providing them with the resources necessary to decipher heterogeneous oral communications and to understand and translate with the help of a bilingual dictionary written texts of various kinds, including newspaper articles, works literary, leaflets, school manuals, etc.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the teaching, students will have to combine the theoretical knowledge of Hindi grammar with the ability to read and understand texts that do not require the use of technical and specialized languages. Students must have acquired the basic syntactic structures of the language and must therefore be able to recognize its use in written texts and to apply its in their oral and written communications. Students must also have acquired an effective study method that allows them to assimilate and master theoretical topics, translating its into communicative and expressive skills.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
In the first term of 2020-21, the course will be taught entirely online, as will language practice sessions ("esercitazioni"). For the second term, updates will be provided as soon as possible. Whether it will be possible to return to in-person lessons will depend on the evolution of the current health emergency.
Online teaching will be delivered through the Teams platform, which is part of the Office 365 suite. The Office 365 package can be downloaded by UNIMI students from the university website free of charge. Teams has online interaction capabilities which will be fully exploited during classes. Students will be requested to fully participate in the suggested activities.
The main course classes will be primarily in lecture form and will be delivered live according to the timetable published on the MED website. Language practice sessions ("esercitazioni") will also be delivered live, at the appointed times. All the updates concerning this course will be provided promptly and, like all the informations concerning lessons, exams, etc., will be published on the course website (Lingua Hindi 2 MED) on the Ariel platform. Students are strongly advised to check the course website regularly so as to be up to date will all information and instructions.
Course syllabus
Teaching will deepen, first of all, the study and analysis of some notions introduced in the first year, including the relative pronoun, the relative subordinates and the ergative construction with the past tenses. After having appropriately consolidated the knowledge of these topics by means of oral exercises (guided dialogues, listening exercises, repetition and simultaneous translation exercises), the teaching will introduce students to the following new grammatical topics: particles and adjectival suffixes; reflexive pronouns; pronominal adjectives of quantity; quality pronominal adjectives; the generic hypothetical; the hypothetical imperfect; the hypothetical past; the adjectival and adverbial participle; the passive; the causative; the main intensive verbs; the hypothetical period; direct and indirect speech.
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisites required by the teaching are the theoretical knowledge and the practical application of the contents conveyed by the Hindi I language teaching, the knowledge of the Hindi language writing system and the reading and writing skills related to it, the full understanding and application of the notions introduced by the teaching of Hindi language I.
Teaching methods
Classroom-taught lesson; listening comprehension; oral exercises and large use of on-line and web resources in order to let the students become acquainted as much as possible with the cadence, intonation and rhythm of Hindi sentence and way of talking. The students will be encouraged to take part to the lessons through both oral exercises and dialogues and conversations in hindi with the teacher as well as with other students. During the classes, the students will be asked to talk in hindi as often as possible.
Teaching Resources
Bibliographical indications at the beginning of the teaching.
However, students must have one of the following dictionaries:
R.S. McGregor (ed.), Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1993.
R.C. Pathak, Bhargava's Standard Illustrated Dictionary of the Hindi Language (Hindi-English Edition), Bhargava Book Depot, Varanasi, 2004.
It is also highly recommended to purchase the following text:
The program for non-attending students is the same adopted for attending students. Non-attending students are warmly invited to integrate their preparation with the study of the 18 units of R. Snell-S. Weightman "Complete Hindi".
Assessment methods and Criteria
Exam includes a written test and an oral test. Passing the written test is binding for access to the oral one. The written test is structured in a series of translation exercises, from Hindi to Italian and from Italian to Hindi; in an exercise in understanding an unknown text that students will have to understand by answering some questions and providing a summary; in the request to produce a short text concerning one of the themes introduced during the lessons or, for non-attending students, similar to texts in "Teach Yourself Hindi". MODERATE use of dictionary is allowed. The oral exam will start from the written test: where mistakes have been made, the teacher will ask the student to correct by explaining the rule of the grammatical topic. In addition to verifying the theoretical knowledge of the grammatical topics covered in the teaching and the ability to apply this knowledge to the comprehension of written texts and oral linguistic expressions, during the exam the student will have to demonstrate that he/she has achieved an oral expression ability that can interact fluently in dialogues that deal with everyday topics. The oral test, therefore, provides that the student dialogues briefly with the teacher of the teaching or with the lecturer. Content and methods of conducting the exam are the same for attending and non-attending students.
Lessons: 60 hours