Beginning Hindi-Urdu I
I. Course Prefix/Number: HUD 101
Course Name: Beginning Hindi-Urdu I
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary South Asian culture through written and aural class work.
3. To demonstrate spoken Hindi-Urdu in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
5. To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
6. To write simple sentences (in Hindi) within the context of what has been studied.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
Week 1 nouns: masculine/feminine
the verb “to be”
What is this?
Week 2 question words
possessives: talking about family
plurals and case
Week 3 numbers 1-10
forms of address
Week 4 possessive postpositions
Week 5 the cahie construction: “I want”
use of vala
past tense of hona, ‘to be’
Week 6 comparatives
present habitual tense
‘how’ as adverb
Week 7 expressions of time/days of the week
the infinitive as noun
Week 8 past habitual tense
reflexive pronoun apna
Week 9 present continuous tense
the verb bajna and “o’clock”
conjuct verbs “to wait for”
the emphatic particle hi
Week 10 past continuous tense
the pronoun kuch, ‘something’
Week 11 use of the postposition ko
Indefinite pronouns and adjectives: koi, kisi and kuch
Week 12 the verb cahna, to want
the verb milna (se), to meet
dilcaspi, to be interested in
Week 13 cahie with nouns (‘to want’) and verbs (‘should’)
Week 14 perfective tense (intransitive verbs)
Week 15 perfective tense (transitive verbs)
present and past perfect
Week 16 Final exam
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
2. Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
3. Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
4. Listen to laboratory tapes at least two hours per week, and submit lab exercises on the date specified in the syllabus.
5. Take the quizzes and the exams. They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.
IX. Instructional Materials
Text: Instructors use the following text:
Beginning Hindi-Urdu (Hindi Script), by Virendra Singh and Margaret Robinson. Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
exams, and late assignments.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.