Sanskrit level 1: module 1
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RS317
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a beginners course which will enable you to read basic Sanskrit in the Devanagari script.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will learn the Devanagari script and its transliteration in roman letters; get familiar with the idea of an inflected language through ‘a’ ending masculine nouns; learn singular forms of close to 20 most commonly used regular verbs in the present tense.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read the letters of the Devanagari script and write simple words;
- make simple sentences in the present tense.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course. You do not need any particular skill. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is taught online, using a variety of digital resources designed to duplicate a classroom experience. You should be prepared to spend 1-2 hours for prep outside the classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
For this module you will be using The Story of Rama Book 1 (available on Amazon ISBN-10 : 8120835506 and ISBN-13 : 978-8120835504) Also recommended, a cursive writing book to learn and practice the Devanagari script (which Sanskrit and Hindi share) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Hindi-Alphabet-Practice-Workbook/dp/1450524540.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol for Sanskrit Level 1 Module 2 at CityLit. This is a continuation module, using the same textbook.
Rohini Bakshi has an M.A in Hindu Studies from SOAS, University of London. She teaches Sanskrit, Hindi, Vedic Chanting, and introductory courses on the Upanishads, Patanjali's yoga sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita. Oxford alumna, columnist and blogger, Rohini has been teaching Sanskrit on social media for years and has published an independent reader for Sanskrit students based on this work. She is currently teaching Katha Upanishad at the advanced level.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.