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Learn and Study Hindi at ILI in Washington, DC
Hindi Group Classes
  • 9 different levels
  • Classes meet once per week for 2.5 hours
  • Small class size (max. 9 students)
  • Experienced, native-speaking teachers
  • Four 10-week terms per year
  • Affordable tuition
  • Conveniently located at Dupont Circle
  • $340 for 1 level
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The Hindi Language Program at ILI consists of four 10-week terms throughout the year. We are offering nine different levels. Classes meet at the Institute once a week in the evenings or on Saturday mornings. Our teachers are all native-speaking and experienced. The Hindi Language Program integrates speaking, listening, reading and writing. We maintain small class sizes to enable adequate time for conversation in every class. To find your level, please refer to the level description or use our self-evaluation guide. If you have further questions, please call Francisco Todd, ILI's Foreign Language Coordinator, at 202-686-5610 ext. 105.

Level Description

Basic 1:

This course is for those students with little or no ability in the language. Introduction to basic listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be the addressed throughout the course. The emphasis of this introductory class is to provide a detailed explanation of the Hindi phonetics and writing system (the Devanagari script) and on pronunciation, vocabulary building, basic grammar, and basic conversation. Previous knowledge not required.

Objective: To introduce the Hindi language to students who never had it at school or in their lives at all. The students in this level will experience Hindi for the first time and will enjoy learning word by word in a dynamic way.
Learning Outcome: The students will be able to identify the basic sounds, words and expressions of the Hindi language. They will be able to say or express basic ideas, sentences, and desires in simple sentences. They will learn to write the Hindi Devanagari script and learn enough vocabulary to continue with the Basic 2 level course.
Topics: Listening and speaking, greetings, days of the week, numbers from one to twenty, my room in school and in house, colors, animals, parts of the body, the house, school, the city, and foods. Reading and writing skills will include the basic alphabets, vowels and consonants, the Matras, the present tense, articles, basic questions, regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, prepositions, noun and gender.
Textbook: Introduction to Hindi Grammar with CD by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Preparatory lesson & Work Units 1-10. Supplementary material provided by the teacher.

Basic 1: Mondays: 6:15 - 8:45 pm

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Basic 2:

This level continues to build up necessary grammar skills that will enable students to understand, read, write, and translate sentences. It continues to build on Hindi basic 1 level by adding vocabulary and more complex sentences. Classes will focus on speaking grammatically correct Hindi, engaging in meaningful longer conversations, also discussions and debates on familiar everyday topics.

Objective: To continue to develop and enhance students’ introductory level toward a higher level of reading, writing and oral skills in Hindi through more intricate verb tenses and lengthier speaking, writing, and reading assignments.
Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use more complicated Hindi vocabulary in dialogues and written work; to correctly use present and past tenses; and to continue to read slightly more difficult passages in Hindi.
Topics:Numbers, the singular oblique form, postpositions, personal objects, present progressive tense. indirect verb construction, the plural oblique form, past tense, the past habitual, past progressive equivalent of the English verb ‘to have’, the reflexive possessive.
Textbook: Introduction to Hindi Grammar with CD by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Work Units 11-20. Supplementary material provided by the teacher.

Basic 2: Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Basic 3:

This course is ideal for those who have studied some Hindi and need a refresher. The first part of the course will be dedicated to the review of the previous Basic levels. Building on the previous basic levels, students will expand their vocabulary to include more specialized areas of interest such as business, culture, politics, and extended family. Grammatical complex topics will be introduced and practiced while engaging in advanced conversations and oral presentations by the students.

Objective: To work toward a more advanced level of grammar, reading, comprehension and speaking with increasingly more complex subject matter and style. Students will have acquired a solid foundation of the language.
Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level students will be able to engage in conversations and be involved with reading about a broader range of topics with greater confidence and precision.
Topics: Grammatical points covered in class include the future tense, use of the perfect tense, the perfect tense of the transitive, the present perfect and the past perfect tenses, time expressions, comparative and superlative constructions and more meanings of the verb “to be”.
Textbook: Introduction to Hindi Grammar with CD by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons:Work Units 21-30. Supplementary material provided by the teacher.

Basic 3: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Basic 4:

This is the final Basic level in which student will learn to read Hindi passages with greater ease, enhance their understanding of the Hindi / Indian culture, and engage in more sophisticated conversations using increasingly complex vocabulary and grammar. This level concentrates mainly on beefing up the communication skills following the good grammatical skills acquired in Basic 3. It also improves written skills that will encompass more complex and sophisticated expressions and verb forms.

Objective: At the end of this course, the student will improve the student's communication skills in speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. The goal of this semester is to successfully acquire all the basics skills necessary to move on to the intermediate levels.
Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will read the Devanagari script with greater ease; increase their knowledge of Hindi / Indian culture; and engage in more sophisticated conversations using increasingly complex vocabulary and grammar.
Topics: Advanced grammatical explanations of emphatic particles, conjunctive participle and construction, the subjunctive mood, suffix, indefinite pronouns and adjectives, intransitive and transitive verb forms, oblique infinitive and constructions, the presumptive mood, and relative – correlative constructions.
Textbook: Introduction to Hindi Grammar with CD by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Work Units 31-42. Supplementary material provided by the teacher.

Basic 4: Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Intermediate 1:

This course will include a review of the basics of Hindi with continuing understanding of intermediate elements in the language. Grammatical topics will include review of verb tenses, as well as order of words in the sentence. More advanced vocabulary and grammar will be introduced. Cultural, political, and family topics will be discussed.

Objective: Through more complex vocabulary, grammatical style, and topics, students will work toward expanding their understanding of reading and speaking in Hindi.
Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level students will be able to take a Hindi conversation or written passage to a more complicated level while acquiring a more advanced understanding of Hindi / Indian language and culture.
Topics: Graded series of culturally significant readings which encourage literary appreciation and cultural understanding. Subject matter ranges from classical myths to modern social life and provides insight into the varied cultural worlds of Hindi speakers. Students using this intermediate Hindi reader should acquire approximately 330 words of new active vocabulary per level.
Textbook: Intermediate Hindi Reader by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Chapters 1-7

Intermediate 1: Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Intermediate 2:

At this level, the conversations and grammar become more complex. Introduction of the compound verb tenses in the simple and progressive forms. Students will review complex verbs and tenses, building sentences, speaking on different topics. Also included will be a deepening of already acquired topics, such as adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Subjects of Indian geography, history, culture, and politics will be presented in more details than before.

Objective: Through increasingly more complex vocabulary and working interrelationships of verb tenses, students will deepen their knowledge of topics regarding reading and speaking and writing.
Learning Outcome: Upon completion of this level, students will have deepened their knowledge acquired in Intermediate 1 class, and be able to successfully use all working verb tenses in an interactive manner.
Topics: Graded series of culturally significant readings which encourage literary appreciation and cultural understanding. Subject matter ranges from classical myths to modern social life and provides insight into the varied cultural worlds of Hindi speakers. Students using this intermediate Hindi reader should acquire approximately 330 words of new active vocabulary per level.
Textbook: Intermediate Hindi Reader by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Chapters 8-14

Intermediate 2: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Intermediate 3:

This course is the last of Intermediate level classes. Students will continue to work on translating more complicated texts and expanding their use of spoken Hindi. This level is designed to prepare the student for advanced work in Hindi. There will be review of topics taught in previous levels and introduction of new topics such as more sophisticated vocabulary and themes in Indian culture.

Objective: Through new, advanced vocabulary, students will become accustomed to communicating in different tenses as well as review of more complex expressions and selected constructions. A wealth of new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions will be introduced together with exposure to new cultural/social topics.
Learning Outcome: Students will become comfortable speaking in most complex situations and will acquire the confidence to participate in the more advanced level classes. Students will also be able to understand and read in an evermore sophisticated fashion.
Topics: Graded series of culturally significant readings which encourage literary appreciation and cultural understanding. Subject matter ranges from classical myths to modern social life and provides insight into the varied cultural worlds of Hindi speakers. Students using this intermediate Hindi reader should acquire approximately 330 words of new active vocabulary per level.
Textbook: Intermediate Hindi Reader by Usha R. Jain, $59
Lessons: Chapters 15-21

Intermediate 3: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Pre-Advanced:

This level introduces the advanced levels in Hindi. This course is ideal for those students who can speak, read, and write Hindi but lack confidence. The Pre-Advanced level is intended to help learners reach an advanced level of proficiency. Several authentic texts by writers from across the Hindi speaking world will address a wide range of themes, genres, styles, and periods.

Objective: To build on writing and conversational skills acquired in the intermediate levels to assist the student in formulating ideas, writing essays, and ideas that would be considered complicated and sophisticated.
Learning Outcome: Students will also start paying attention to the stylistic features of Hindi. This level will also begin to engage students in complicated text translations and interpretation of more complicated and sophisticated conversations.
Topics: Selections of unmodified original texts for intensive reading which provide the necessary transition from an intermediate level to an advanced curriculum. Materials are provided for improving speaking proficiency, namely situational conversations, oral presentations on assigned topics, and simultaneous translations. Students will be provided with thematically organized specialized vocabulary on the basis which they can write coherent paragraphs in free compositions.
Textbook: A course in Advanced Hindi by Sheela Verma, $30 and other specialized materials will be used based on the student’s individual interests.
Lessons:To be decided by the teacher.

Pre-Advanced: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm

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Advanced:

This level continues the advanced level curriculum in Hindi. Several texts by writers from across the Hindi speaking world will address a wide range of political, social, religious, and literary themes and represent a range of genres, styles, and periods. This level will continue engaging students in text translations and interpretation of conversations. Students will continue reading, analyzing, discussing, and debating these texts.

Objective: To expand on student’s current writing and conversational skills such as formulating ideas, writing essays, and ideas that would be considered complicated and sophisticated.
Learning Outcome: By the end of this class, students will have expanded their capabilities in Hindi and will be able to use it in various professional capabilities.
Topics: Selections of unmodified original texts for intensive reading which provide the necessary transition from an intermediate level to an advanced curriculum. Materials are provided for improving speaking proficiency, namely situational conversations, oral presentations on assigned topics, and simultaneous translations. Students will be provided with thematically organized specialized vocabulary on the basis which they can write coherent paragraphs in free compositions.
Textbook: A course in Advanced Hindi by Sheela Verma, $30 and other specialized materials will be used based on the student’s individual interests.
Lessons:To be decided by the teacher.

Advanced: Thursdays: 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

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Program Details

Schedule:

2014 Terms: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Summer Jun. 23 – Aug. 30, 2014 Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 Jun. 3, 2014
Fall Sep. 22 - Dec. 6, 2014 Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 Sep. 3, 2014
2015 Terms: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Winter Jan. 12 - Mar. 21, 2015 Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 Dec. 1, 2014
Spring Apr. 6 - Jun. 13, 2015 Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015 Mar. 2 2015
Summer Jun. 22 – Aug. 29, 2015 Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 May 11, 2015
Fall Sep. 21 - Dec. 5, 2015 Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 Aug. 10, 2015

Tuition:

$340 for a 10-week one level class per student, $680 for a 10-week accelerated class per student. Early sign-up discount: less $20 for one level or less $40 for the accelerated class. $160 for a 5-week traveler course per student. Please click here to apply on-line.

Duration:

Regular group classes meet once weekly (or twice for the accelerated class) in the evening or on Saturday mornings for 10 weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours. Traveler classes meet once weekly for 2.5 hours for five weeks.

Textbooks:

May be purchased at the time of registration or at the Institute before or on the first day of class. Prices are subject to change at any time. Once received by the student, books and other materials are the property of the student and are non-refundable. Tax exempt organizations or individuals need to provide proof of sales tax exemption before being charged. No retro-active refunds of sales tax.

Attendance & Tardiness Policy:

It is important for students to attend every class meeting. It is also important that they arrive on time for class. We cover a lot of material in each class. The instructor cannot repeat material for students who are absent or come late. Students will be marked absent when they do not come to class. Students who arrive 15 minutes after the advertised starting time will be marked late. For every 3 times that the student is marked as late, it will count as a missed hour. If we notice that a student’s attendance is in danger of falling below 70%, we will issue an attendance report to the student.

Performance Measurements:

Our program requires each student to participate in weekly quizzes, which will be graded, based on a “Pass” or “Fail” system. There will be a final quiz that will measure the sum of the instructional objectives for the course. Grades are verbally communicated to students at the end of each class/course, and are marked on the attendance/performance sheet. Students must have completed and passed at least 70% of the quizzes to move to the next level.

ACCET Certification:

ILI’s foreign language group programs are now accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training), and we also offer 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) per every successfully completed course, 5.0 for the accelerated courses. Upon request, our Certificates of Completion can include the CEU’s earned per semester.

Certificates of Completion:

We issue certificates at the end of the semester and they can be ordered at the front desk. In order to be eligible to receive a certificate or pass to the next level, you are required to attend a minimum of 70% of the classes and have a “Passing” grade. We will need a couple of days in order to verify your attendance and passing grade before issuing the certificate.

Refund:

No refunds are issued for any reason after the registration deadline for the term (see Schedule above).

Inclement Weather:

Classes are cancelled in accordance with federal government closings (not school closings!) due to inclement weather. Please check public announcements on radio, TV and the Web; or call ILI at (202) 362-2505.

Cancellation/Substitution:

The International Language Institute reserves the right to cancel any class if deemed necessary. Prior to commencement of class, students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation after the commencement of class, the pro-rata portion of the unexpended tuition will be refunded. The prorated amount of refundable monies will be determined by the ratio of classes completed to the total number of classes in the scheduled program. The International Language Institute reserves the right to assign substitute instructors whenever necessary.

Location:

All classes are held at 1337 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd and 4th floor, Washington, DC 20036. We are within walking distance from the Metro's Dupont Circle South exit. Parking garages are close by and parking on the street is available after 6:30 pm.

Questions?

Please contact our Foreign Language Coordinator, Francisco Todd, at (202) 686-5610 ext. 105 or at ftodd@ilidc.com.