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Spring 2014 Middle East W1615 section 001

Call Number 26680
Day & Time
MTWR 2:40pm-3:45pm
104 Knox Hall
Points 5
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Aftab Ahmad
Course Description Prerequisites: A knowledge of basic vocabulary and limited speaking and listening skills in Urdu. This is an accelerated course for students of South Asian origin who already possess a knowledge of basic vocabulary and limited speaking and listening skills in Urdu. For example students should be able to converse on familiar topics such as their lives, their family, and their likes and dislikes. Knowledge of the Urdu script is not a prerequisite for the course. So students who cannot read and write in Urdu at all or they do not yet have developed skills in reading and writing may register for this course.   The course will introduce the Urdu script at the start of the semester and then focus on developing all four skills in Urdu language, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also, the course will focus on developing knowledge of the basic grammar of Urdu and vocabulary enrichment by exposing students to a variety of cultural and social topics related to aspects of daily life in both formal and informal registers. To achieve these goals, students will read Urdu texts from various genres, i.e. short stories, folktales, jokes, essays, poetry, and newspapers. Audio-video materials from films, songs, commercials, TV serials and TV news will also be used. The successful completion of this course (Fall and Spring semesters) fulfills Columbia University's two years of language study requirement.
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Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 6 students as of 11:25PM Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Final Exam Day/Time May 14
W 1:10pm-4:00pm
Final Location 104 Knox Hall
Subject Middle East
Number W1615
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs, School of the Arts, Barnard
Campus Morningside
Fee $10 Hindi-Urdu Materia
Fee $15 Language Resource
Section key 20141MDES1615W001

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