Foundation Year

Students with no previous background in Hindi or Urdu enter HUF through our Foundation Year, a preparatory year of Hindi or Urdu study (students choose a Hindi or Urdu track upon admission to HUF) combining beginning Hindi or Urdu courses with weekly tutoring sessions from HUF Director Rupert Snell. Provided Foundation Year students reach an intermediate level of fluency by the end of the year, they will enter first-year HUF classes at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Prospective students interested in entering HUF via the Foundation Year should apply using the standard HUF application for admission.

Semester Course Number Course Title Credits
Fall HIN 506 First-Year Hindi I 

HIN 506 | First-Year Hindi I

This course teaches the four language skills — listening, speaking reading, and writing — through a carefully structured combination of class-work, drills & conversations, role-plays, homework and projects. Required text: Rupert Snell, Teach Yourself Hindi, 2003 or later. Suggested dictionary: Rupert Snell, Teach Yourself Hindi Dictionary, 2004.
5
or URD 506 First-Year Urdu I 

URD 506 | First-Year Urdu I

This course will introduce students to the script and grammar of Urdu, a language spoken not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Middle East, Europe and North America. In addition to the Perso- Arabic script, students will also be introduced to the Devanagari (Hindi) script. By the end of the academic year, students will be able to read and write in both scripts. Conventional teaching materials will be supplemented by popular film songs, clips from Indian and Pakistani films and newspapers, and works of prose and poetry composed by such luminaries as Mirza Ghalib and Munshi Premchand. No prior knowledge of Urdu or Hindi is assumed.

5
1-Hour Weekly Tutoring Session
Spring HIN 507 First-Year Hindi II 

HIN 507 | First-Year Hindi II

This course teaches the four language skills — listening, speaking reading, and writing — through a carefully structured combination of class-work, drills & conversations, role-plays, homework and projects. Prerequistes: HIN 506 or consent of the instructor. Required text: Rupert Snell, Teach Yourself Hindi, 2003 or later. Suggested dictionary: Rupert Snell, Teach Yourself Hindi Dictionary, 2004.
5
or URD 507 First-Year Urdu II 

URD 507 | First-Year Urdu II

This course will introduce students to the script and grammar of Urdu, a language spoken not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Middle East, Europe and North America. In addition to the Perso- Arabic script, students will also be introduced to the Devanagari (Hindi) script. By the end of the academic year, students will be able to read and write in both scripts. Conventional teaching materials will be supplemented by popular film songs, clips from Indian and Pakistani films and newspapers, and works of prose and poetry composed by such luminaries as Mirza Ghalib and Munshi Premchand. Prerequistes: URD 506 or consent of the instructor.
5
1-Hour Weekly Tutoring Session

1. Introductory Hindi or Urdu Courses

During the fall and spring of the Foundation Year, students take the Department of Asian Studies' introductory Hindi or Urdu classes (HIN 506 & HIN 507 or URD 506 & URD 507). The focus of the Foundation Year is on gaining literacy in either the Devanagari (Hindi) or Nastaliq (Urdu) scripts, acquiring a solid foundation in Hindi-Urdu grammar, developing correct pronunciation, and practicing everyday conversation.

2. Personal Tutoring

In many ways the heart of the Foundation Year lies in the personal tutoring each student receives directly from HUF Director Rupert Snell. All Foundation Year students meet with Dr. Snell weekly for focused work on pronunciation, conversation, and key grammatical concepts. The sessions also provide a chance to review coursework and progress from students' HIN/URD 506/7 classes.