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Home Our Courses South Asian Language Courses

South Asian Language Courses

 

ELEMENTARY LEVEL

 

013:146: ELEMENTARY BENGALI I (Fall)

An introduction to Bengali and its script: Using a communicatively oriented, proficiency based approach students will develop basic communicative skills in the language through a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work. Emphasis will be on the development of all language skills, including writing, reading comprehension and audio oral skills. In addition to the acquisition of a core vocabulary, the student will be prepared to manipulate basic grammatical structures of Bengali for purposes of basic communication in a variety of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Bengali culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence.

 

013:147: ELEMENTARY BENGALI II (Spring)

This course is the second part of an introduction to Bengali: students will continue in this course to develop basic communicative skills in the language, by using a communicative and proficiency-based approach and by means of a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work used in the past course. Emphasis will continue to be put equally on all language skills, including:  writing, reading, comprehension, and oral skills. The core vocabulary acquired in Elementary Bengali I will be expanded to cover a larger variety of everyday topics and situations. The course will also elaborate more on previously acquired basic language structures and students will be introduced to more aspects of the Bengali culture in order to continue building a better cultural awareness and a more solid communicative competence.

 

 

013:160: ELEMENTARY HINDI I (Fall)

 

An introduction to Hindi language and its script: Using a communicatively oriented, proficiency based approach students will develop basic communicative skills in the language through a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work. Emphasis will be on the development of all language skills, including writing, reading comprehension and audio oral skills. In addition to the acquisition of a core vocabulary, the student will be prepared to manipulate basic grammatical structures of Hindi for purposes of basic communication in a variety of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Hindi culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence.

 

 

 

013:161: ELEMENTARY HINDI II (Spring)

 

This course is the second part of an introduction to Hindi: students will continue in this course to develop basic communicative skills in the language, by using a communicative and proficiency-based approach and by means of a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work used in the past course. Emphasis will continue to be put equally on all language skills, including:  writing, reading, comprehension, and oral skills. The core vocabulary acquired in Elementary Hindi I will be expanded to cover a larger variety of everyday topics and situations. The course will also elaborate more on previously acquired basic language structures and students will be introduced to more aspects of the Hindi culture in order to continue building a better cultural awareness and a more solid communicative competence.

 

 

013:180: ELEMENTARY SANSKRIT I (Fall)

 

Sanskrit is one of the world's oldest and greatest languages. Its sophisticated grammar and the voluminous body of literature in fields such as poetry, theology, philosophy, natural science, music and mathematics, make it a subject of interest for students of linguistics, religious studies, philosophy, history, literature and many other fields. This introductory course will give students a grounding in the basic structure of the language, allowing them to develop the ability to read independently some of the fundamental texts of the Sanskrit corpus, such as Bhagavad-gītā, Pañcatantra, Rāmāyaa and Buddha-carita by the end of the second semester, and eventually to approach more advanced texts such as Nyāya-kusumāñjalī, Yoga-sūtras, or the mahā-kāvyas of Kālidāsa and others. The primary focus of the course will be on learning to read and write in the Devanāgarī script and learning the grammatical structures of language, though time will also be dedicated to becoming familiar with the great breadth of Sanskrit literary genres.

 

 

 

 

013:180: ELEMENTARY SANSKRIT II (Spring)

 

This course is a continuation of Elementary Sanskrit I. Students who register for the course must either have taken the previous course or demonstrated a sufficient level of competence with the material covered in that course (the verbal forms). With about half of the basic grammar of Sanskrit covered in Elementary Sanskrit I, this course will continue to cover about another quarter of the grammar of Sanskrit in the first half of the semester. The second half of the semester will shift to a focus on beginning to make direct use of one's knowledge of Sanskrit by reading passages from the Bhagavadguta, together with the excerpts from traditional commentaries. This is additionally help students to learn to think about Sanskrit in Sanskrit.

 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 

013:260: INTERMEDIATE HINDI I (Fall)

This course is designed to make students use the grammar they have learnt last year.  This will be achieved as the students would read and understand selected texts and later they would tell and retell the contents of the taken text with their own words.  Selected dialogues form everyday situation will also be taken and later students divided into the groups and the groups will have to simulate similar dialogues. Such exercises would make students actively take part in classroom activities. Another feature in this class would be short stories taken in pictures. A word less story would make students create their own sentences and feel the semantic structure of the language. Overall the students will be encouraged to be verbally active in using Hindi, feel free in writing Hindi and acquire confidence in reading and understanding Hindi.

 

013:261: INTERMEDIATE HINDI II (Spring) AHq

Development of language skills: vocabulary building, oral proficiency, listening and reading comprehension, study and review of grammar. Study of literature: literary works of eminent authors and poets.

 

013:280-281: INTERMEDIATE SANSKRIT I and II

A reading course designed to give students the tools necessary for advanced study in Classical Sanskrit. Readings in epic (itihāsa) or narrative (kathā), poetry (kāvya) or systematic thought (śāstra) will introduce students to a variety of important genres and their distinctive conventions. A focus upon the Sanskrit tradition's categories of analysis - grammatical, commentarial and prosodic - will enable students to begin to make sense of original Sanskrit texts as generations of the tradition's own readers have.

 

ADVANCED LEVEL

 

013:360-361: ADVANCED HINDI I (Fall) & II (Spring)

This two-part course is designed for students who already have completed at least two years of Hindi language study at the college level Students would be required to read, analyze and discuss selected short texts of various genres, including online newspapers. The newspapers and literary texts will be focusing mainly on Indian situations, to get students better acquainted with the cultural side of India. Audio-Video material will be an important component of the classroom activities. Interactive sessions and group discussions will be based on the given topics.

 

OTHER LANGUAGE COURSES

013:203: LANGUAGE & SOCIETY IN AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA (Fall) AHo, AHq

Language and Society in AMESA is a complementary course to the AMESALL langugage courses, which aims to offer students some grounding on socio-linguistic and socio-cultural dimensions of AMESA langauges. At the 200 level, it will provide them the opportunity not only to learn AMESA languages but also to better understand the nature of these languages and their speakers in the AMESA societies 

 

013:403: TRANSLATION PRACTICUM I

This is a practical course in translation into English. Its primary focus is on how to translate. It is an exposition of different kinds of problems in the process of translation with plenty of  practice in developing a rationale for solving them. While theoretical issues are bound to arise throughout the semester, their discussion will be restricted to the practical aim of translation method and translation exercises. The course assumes the student already has a good command of the language (up to the advanced level) and is familiar with the proper use of dictionaries and, where appropriate, databases. Nonetheless, the analytical detail given to a wide range of texts in the course will definitely further the student's competence of the source language.

 

013:404: TRANSLATION PRACTICUM II

This is the second part of the translation practicum, a practical course in translation into English. It continues putting primary focus on how to translate, offering an exposition of different kinds of problems in the process of translation with plenty of practice in developing a rationale for solving them. While theoretical issues are bound to arise throughout the semester, their discussion will be restricted to the practical aim of translation method and translation exercises. The course assumes the student already has a good command of the language (up to the advanced level) and is familiar with the proper use of dictionaries and, where appropriate, databases. Nonetheless, the analytical detail given to a wide range of texts in the course will definitely further the student’s competence of the source language.

 

 

013:306: DOCUMENTING THE LANGUAGES OF NEW JERSEY

Discovery and documentation of the structure of an AMESA language spoken in New Jersey through consultation with native speakers. During the course of elicitation and discussion sessions, students will produce a lasting, multipurpose documentation of a language spoken in New Jersey. According to the latest statistics, roughly 140 languages are spoken in New Jersey, with more than two million residents speaking a language other than English at home. Languages of interest to students of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia that are spoken in NJ include Gujarati, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Urdu, Hebrew, Kru, Ibo, Yoruba, Bengali, Turkish, Yiddish, Telegu, Tamil, Punjabi, and many, many more. The languages represent and integral part of the intellectual patrimony of mankind - a wide-ranging cross-selection of the world's languages, and the cultural systems that they represent. New jersey provides the field linguist with a unique opportunity to document languages, such as Ladino, Neo- Aramaic, Kalmyk, and Karachay, which may be inaccessible or even extinct in their homelands.

 

 

01:013:301:01: LANGUAGE AND GLOBALIZATION (Spring) TOPICS

This course examines "globalization" and its impact upon the world's languages from a critical perspective. It answers questions like: What is globalization? How has globalization changed the world around us economically, politically, socially, culturally, and above all, linguistically? What are the roles of the world's languages in our today's information- and market-driven world of the 21st century? What have been the positive and negative implications of globalization upon the world's languages?  The course is divided into three parts. PART 1 (first 3 weeks) introduces the students to the concept of "globalization," what it means and what dimensions it has. PART 2 (weeks 4-9) introduces the students to the "linguistic" dimension of globalization and the current debates/issues surrounding the global spread of the global language(s) and implications for other world's languages. PART (weeks 10-14) examines the linguistic implications of globalization in various contexts. The geographic focus of the course is as global as its central topic. Yet, special attention will be paid to selected cases in Asia, the European Union, African, Latin America and the US depending to students' research interests.

 

013:304: INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION STUDIES (Spring)

 This course will introduce students to the main themes and issues in contemporary Translation Studies. The course will begin with a brief survey of the role of translation in world history and the various ways in which translation has been theorized in the modern western tradition. Readings and discussion will then turn to current major topics in TS: the role or 'positionality' of the translator/interpreter, the relationship between translation and ideology/power (including the role that translation has played and continues to play in the history of empire, war and global media), the ethics of literary translation and practical interpreting and the impact of technologies like subtitling and machine translation.

 

 013:305: AFRICAN, MIDDLE EASTERN & SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES IN PERIL 

 Introduction to the value of vocal languages and the threat posed by their disappearance, with a focus upon the endangered languages of Africa and Asia. This course will employ a multidisciplinary approach to address the impending disappearance of the world's linguistic and cultural patrimony, which is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind in the 21st century. The discussion of these general issues will be illustrated with nine case studies of endangered languages and the traditions that they represent: three from the Middle East, three from South Asia, and three from Africa.

 

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