This is the first of a three-term sequence of Elementary Hindi with Dr. Rajiv Ranjan. The focus of the course is to develop students’ linguistic (grammar and vocabulary), communicative (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and cultural competence. The course will follow Dr. Ranjan's online textbook, Basic Hindi 1.
HINDI 101 aims to develop students’ proficiency up to the novice high or intermediate low level of the American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale. The pedagogical approach of this course will be primarily communicative, however, we will adopt various techniques to meet the learning styles of the students in a unique online learning environment.
By the end of the first term, students will have the foundational skills to read and write in basic Hindi, and to handle interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of language communication along with cultural appropriateness in Hindi.
HINDI 101 will provide strong foundation for those wishing to continue their study of the language, travel and communicate in India, begin translation work, engage with Hindi-language films, and more!
HINDI 101 | Elementary Hindi I (May 5 - July 28, 2023)
HINDI 102 | Elementary Hindi II (Sep 15 - Dec 8, 2023)
HINDI 103 | Elementary Hindi III (Jan 5 - March 29, 2024)
Two 90-minute live lessons will be held per week on Zoom.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1:30pm Pacific Time
- All live sessions will take place via Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing.
Live sessions will address all student questions, go over exercises and readings together, as well as personalize the learning experience with your instructor.
Weekly written homework, quizzes to test yourself, as well as a mid-term and a final.
The grading will be such that anyone who puts a regular solid effort into the weekly homework will pass; those aiming for a B or an A will also need to perform accordingly on the two exams.
Students Will Receive:
- 12 Pre-recorded lectures released weekly
- 24 Zoom live class sessions + recordings (90 min)
- 5 YSACP Credits
- Up to 36 Hours of CE credit with YA
- Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
- Access to the private Community Forum
Dr. Rajiv Ranjan
Professor of Hindi and Urdu, Michigan State University
Rajiv Ranjan is a professor of Hindi and Urdu language at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of Iowa in 2016. He has been teaching Hindi and Urdu languages in the U.S. since 2010. In addition to his classroom-teaching experience, Rajiv has also taught online at MSU and at Kean University. He taught an immersion program for the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and he has also taught in a study abroad context for the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in India.
Rajiv has published an Open Educational Resource (OER) Hindi textbook, Basic Hindi I. Rajiv’s primary area of research is generative approaches to SLA. His research interests also include socio-cultural approaches to SLA, second language writing and speaking, language pedagogy, and morpho-syntax.
"Hindi 101 with Dr. Ranjan is well organized and rich. He is skilled at making the grammar come alive by engaging the students with examples and stories. I suggest this course for beginners, but especially recommend it for intermediate students who wish to improve their Hindi and have some tools to better understand the Indian Tradition."
— Stefania Floreani, Yoga Teacher, Italy
"Dr. Ranjan is a compassionate and passionate teacher of Hindi, and I would recommend his classes to anyone looking to learn this beautiful language."
— HINDI 101 Student
Enrollment is closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any prerequisites to enroll?
What if I can't attend the Live Sessions? Are they recorded?
Do I have to take all three HINDI courses?
Is there a required textbook? Can I use a different book?
What does online Hindi learning look like?
Are these HINDI courses included in the YS Membership Program?
Is there a certificate I can receive for the course?
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This course is eligible for 36 hours of Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance
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