• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code HIND-SPEC

Hindi is the most widely spoken Indian language in India and around the world and is spoken by around half a billion Indians as a mother tongue or second language. The ANU teaches Hindi in a way that balances learning to communicate in Hindi with also promoting the abilities to access the rich cultural resources available in Hindi which range from Hindi literature to the world of Bollywood films.

In an era of rapidly increasing connections between India and Australia a knowledge of Hindi also offers the possibility to participate in the growing ties between our two nations, peoples, cultures and economies. Studying a Hindi specialisation can also lead to opportunities outside of the classroom to engage with Hindi speaking communities in Australia, around the world in the Indian Diaspora, and in India itself.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed, or a course that is a lower level than a course they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a proficiency assessment.

International students who are studying all or part of their program on a student visa are advised that this specialisation is available for in-person and online study. Under the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act), international students on a student visa cannot do more than 33% of their study online. International students interested in enrolling in the online version of these courses should contact the CAP Student Centre (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for advice prior to enrolling.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and express themselves in a range of formal and informal vocabulary registers.
  2. Write and speak Hindi using a full range of sentence structures including, complex sentences and active and passive verb constructions.
  3. Communicate in written and spoken Hindi about a wide range of issues such as traditional cultural practices, education, development, politics, and society.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary Indian cultural and social issues and understand the impact of Indian traditions on communication in Hindi.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. 

Relevant past experience includes:

  • Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
  • Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
  • Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  • The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)

Students who are not sure if they need to take a proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. 

Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

HIND6100 - Hindi 1 (6 units)

HIND6200 - Hindi 2 (6 units)

HIND6300 - Hindi 3 (6 units)

HIND6400 - Hindi 4 (6 units)

HIND6500 - Hindi 5 (6 units)

HIND6600 - Hindi 6 (6 units)

HIND6525 - Learning Language Locally: India (12 units)

ASIA6083 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A (6 units)

ASIA6108 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

LANG6001 - Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts (6 units)

LANG6002 - Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials (6 units)

LANG8016 - Translation Project (6 units)

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