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.
If you have never studied grammar before , you may benefit from attending a Grammar for ancient languages : an introduction at the Citylit ( daytime : RL602 / evening : RL674).
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.
Sabrina graduated from Aligarh Muslim University, India with a BA in Hindi & Sanskrit in 1990 and was awarded three University Gold Medals. Sabrina then went on to study Fine Art for a BFA & MFA in 1994 and 1996 respectively from Delhi University, India and an MA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, London University in 2007-9. Sabrina has 7 years of experience in teaching Hindi- her first language. She enjoys using audio/visual resources and activities in language teaching along with her own original teaching materials. Her in-depth knowledge of the language and teaching experience with specially designed lessons make her lessons very enjoyable. Her cultural inputs and anecdotes provide a deeper understanding of her fascinating country - India. Her research interests include contemporary Hindi in urban/rural settings and in Bollywood. She is also a proofreader for Hachette. Recently she reviewed the Hindi Grammar book for Routledge.
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.