Suggested Levels of Hindi instruction:
These are some preliminary suggestions. Comments are invited. Additional information
will be added later.
1. For those who are new to Hindi:
- Introductory: Basic conversation, minimal introduction to grammar and vocabulary.
Introduction to Devanagari script with simple words. Emphasis on recognition and
understanding (Duration: 2-6 months)
- Intermediate: Use of basic texts . Use of common word and expressions. Introduction
to culture and civilization. Conversation and reading/writing drills. (Duration: 6 months-2 years)
- Advanced: Use of intermediate texts and popular literature. Discussion of grammar. Some
fluency in reading and writing. Introduction to literature.
2. For those with some exposure to Hindi.
- Introductory: Devanagari script. Use of basic texts (corresponding to Hindi texts for
grades 1-3 in India). Use of common word and expressions. Introduction to culture and
civilization. Conversation and reading/writing drills. (Duration: 6 months-2 years)
- Intermediate: Use of intermediate texts (grades 4-8) and popular literature. Discussion of
grammer. Some fluency in reading and writing. (Duration: 1-2 years).
- Advanced: Introduction to literature. Active use of Hindi.
For an example of the Introductory curriculum, see the curriculum of the Shishu Bharati
school under "Hindi Classes: Directory".
The primary resource needed for Hindi classes is at least one instructor (preferably with
one or two associates) who has a good knowledge of Hindi and has the patience that is needed
for a long term commitment (minimum of 6 months).
A class should preferably meet once in a week for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Homework must be
given for intermediate/advanced classes.
If the class is organized as a non-profit activity, then there is no minimum number of
students that are required. The upper limit: 10-15 students/instructor.