Courses

NLAN 101: Nepali I

This course introduces students to basic patterns of spoken and written Nepali centering on various situational examples. Students learn the Devanāgarī script and basic sentence structure and begin building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Basic grammatical concepts of spoken Nepali are introduced and illustrated. Emphasis is placed on active learning, with students using techniques such as role-playing in order to develop confidence in speaking.

NLAN 102: Nepali II

Building on Nepali I, this course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate in spoken and written Nepali. More complicated grammatical structures and further vocabulary are introduced and students engage actively in the classroom to further develop their skills in basic communication. As in Nepali I, students have access to native Nepali speakers with whom to practice conversation skills.

NLAN 201: Nepali III

This course builds on the basic understanding of Nepali grammar and vocabulary acquired in Nepali I and II. Students develop facility with more complex sentence structures and gain a more extensive vocabulary. After a review of the basic Nepali grammatical structures learned previously, this course covers increasingly more complex sentence structures while emphasizing practical language use and application so that students become more and more comfortable and fluent with their spoken Nepali.

NLAN 202: Nepali IV

Building on Nepali III, this course continues with increasingly more complex and nuanced sentence structures and vocabulary usage, while emphasizing practical language use and application so that students become more and more fluent with their spoken Nepali. The course also focuses on written Nepali, so that students are able to read everyday writing such as that found in the daily newspaper. Students continue to engage actively in the classroom to further develop their language skills.

NLAN 301: Nepali V

This course focuses on reinforcing concepts learned in Nepali III and IV and putting them into practice. Students will also learn and practice more formal ways of speaking and understanding the Nepali language, and study the attendant grammatical structures and vocabulary needed for more formal speech. In addition, the course will emphasize the use of the Nepali language in the media, so that students learn the more complex syntax, grammatical structures and vocabulary found and heard in leading Nepali news media.

NLAN 302: Nepali VI

This course builds on the more complex grammar and structures learned in Nepali V. Students discuss current events in the news, using new structures and vocabulary to express their own views. The course will focus on enhancing students’ ability to speak more sophisticated Nepali using a wider range of vocabulary. The course also focuses on introducing students to literary Nepali, including its conventions, tropes, structures and relevant vocabulary.

SLAN 101: Sanskrit I

This course covers the Devanāgarī script and the rules of euphonic combination (sandhi). Students are introduced to the general principles of Sanskrit word construction, syntax, and grammar. Although this course focuses upon understanding and memorization of the rules of declension and conjugation, students also begin building a Sanskrit vocabulary of Buddhist terminology.

SLAN 102: Sanskrit II

This course continues the methods of Sanskrit I, building a solid structural knowledge of Sanskrit word construction, syntax and grammar. Increasing their vocabulary of Sanskrit philosophical terminology in the Buddhist context, students relate their grammar studies to examples of original Sanskrit philosophical discourse.

SLAN 201: Sanskrit III

These courses focus on furthering the ability to read classical Sanskrit texts with an emphasis on Buddhist literature. In reading from a spectrum of literary genres such as that found in poetry, dramatic literature, epics, and philosophical discourse, students gain familiarity with the variety of style and grammar used in written Sanskrit.Through in-depth analysis of the grammatical systems employed in this literature, the courses increasingly consolidate the understanding of Sanskrit grammar gained in Sanskrit I and II.

SLAN 202: Sanskrit IV

These courses focus on furthering the ability to read classical Sanskrit texts with an emphasis on Buddhist literature. In reading from a spectrum of literary genres such as that found in poetry, dramatic literature, epics, and philosophical discourse, students gain familiarity with the variety of style and grammar used in written Sanskrit.Through in-depth analysis of the grammatical systems employed in this literature, the courses increasingly consolidate the understanding of Sanskrit grammar gained in Sanskrit I and II.

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