Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I Spring 2022 Syllabus

FORLANGC 197AU Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I (half course)
Five College Center for World Languages
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Date span Assignment Self-assessment
Jan 24 to Jan 28

Tutorials start this week.
Prepare at least one half of the study guide for your first sessions.
Written work for the first study guide will be due at tutorial next week.

Jan 31 to Feb 4

Study Guide 1 homework due at tutorial.

Feb 7 to Feb 11

Assignment for Study Guide 2 due.

Feb 14 to Feb 18

Assignment for Study Guide 3 due.

Feb 21 to Feb 25

Assignment for Study Guide 4 due.

Feb 28 to Mar 4

Assignment for Study Guide 5 due.

Mar 7 to Mar 11

Review week - Sessions meet for review.

Mar 14 to Mar 18

Spring Break - no sessions, no self-assessments.


Mar 21 to Mar 25

Assignment for Study Guide 6 due.

Mar 28 to Apr 1

Assignment for Study Guide 7 due.

Apr 4 to Apr 8

Assignment for Study Guide 8 due.

Apr 11 to Apr 15

Assignment for Study Guide 9 due.

Apr 18 to Apr 22

Assignment for Study Guide 10 due.

Apr 25 to Apr 29

Review of Study Guides 1-10
Tutorials and conversation sessions WILL meet this week for review

May 2 to May 9

Writing Skills Assessments will take place.

Graduating seniors need to see that home campus senior grade deadlines are met.

FORLANGC 197AU Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I (half course)
Course Description and Requirements

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Director: Janna White
Contact Information: fcmlp2@umass.edu or 413-542-5264

Course Description

Mentored Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I is part of the Mentored Language Program administered by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. The course is designed for students who already have advanced proficiency in spoken Hindi or Urdu, but want to learn to read and write in Urdu. The course format combines independent study with weekly individual tutorials with a language mentor. Students are required to complete a set amount of material during the semester and complete mid-term and final examinations graded by an outside evaluator. Participation in the program requires significant independent work and initiative.

Students who complete Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers I, may continue with Urdu for Hindi-Urdu Speakers II. 

The syllabus for this course assigns materials at a pace necessary to complete the assigned materials within a semester. Students who fall behind this pace will be in danger of not passing the course and should discuss their situation with the program director or associate director. Students who prefer to move faster than the assigned pace are most welcome to do so. Any student who finds him/herself significantly ahead on the syllabus, should contact the program director to see what accomodations might be made to facilitate the faster pace.

Course Materials

Textbooks may be purchased online or through a special order at your local bookstore.

Let's Study Urdu: An Introductory Course. Ali S. Asani and Syed Akbar Hyder


1. Successful mastery of the material assigned on this syllabus and its accompanying study guides. Students are reminded that mid-term and final examinations will cover all material assigned for the course regardless of whether it was used or discussed in tutorials.

2. Seven to ten hours per week of independent study (at least one hour per day). The program provides weekly study guides. The guides list the material to be prepared and to be handed in at the tutorial session.

3. Weekly 60-minute individual tutorials with the mentor assigned to the course. Mentors will collect and go over written homework assignments, answer questions brought by students, work on individual issues with pronunciation and grammar, and provide practice drills in preparation for written examinations.

4. Weekly homework assignments handed in at the tutorial meeting. Homework will be collected by the mentors, photocopied and placed in a portfolio for each student. Homework must be handed in on time at the tutorial to receive credit. There is a rolling one-week grace period for late assignments; homework is considered on time if it is submitted within one week of the original due date. This policy applies to all assignments, including late assignments, assignments submitted after an absence, and assignments rewritten to earn a higher grade. If an assignment is submitted more than one week after the original deadline, mentors can provide feedback and comments, but the student will not receive credit. Any exceptions due to illness or other emergencies must be cleared by the program director.

5. Weekly self-assessment reports submitted on time. Self-assessments are due at the end of each week and are recorded as “on time” as long as they are received by 9:00 am the following Monday morning. Late self-assessments will only receive partial credit. The self-assessments help students to evaluate their own progress in learning the language, their overall development of language learning strategies, and also alert the program staff to any problems with preparation or logistical details of the course.

6. Final writing skills assessment. The final writing skills assessment must be passed in order to pass the course.


10% attendance, preparation, and participation in all tutorials, plus on-time submission of homework and self-assessment reports 

50% overall quality of the homework portfolio 

40% final writing skills assessment 

Grading scale: A (94-100); A- (90-93); B+ (87-89); B (84-86); B- (80-83); C+ (77-79); C (74-76); C- (70-73); D+ (67-69); D (64-66); D- (60-63); F (59 or lower). Final oral evaluation must be completed in order to pass the course.

The final writing skills assessments must be passed in order to receive credit for the course. Regular attendance is also a requirement for passing the course. 

Final grades are submitted by the program director based on assessment grades and the student’s overall course participation record and homework portfolio.

Study Guides, Homework Assignments and Self-Evaluation

Weekly study guides serve as the student’s primary guide to the course and are essential to a student’s independent learning. The study guides are accessed through the course website and contain live links to any online materials students need to access. Students are responsible for accessing the online study guides and downloading printed copies for themselves as necessary.

Most of the study exercises included on the guides are activities a student does on his/her own. Some of the texts and online exercises include answer keys. Students are expected to use these keys to evaluate their own work. Exercises that do not include or lend themselves to simple answer keys cover material that will be “checked” through the process of using the material in tutorial interactions and conversation sessions.

Each study guide also includes work that should be handed in for feedback from the course mentor and to become a part of the student’s homework portfolio. If students have access to an answer key for any homework to be handed in, they are expected to use the answer key ahead of time to correct their own work. They should bring the page with noted corrections to the tutorial and have the mentor clarify any remaining confusions.

Homework handed in for the portfolio needs to be clearly labeled at the top of each page in English with the students name, the date, and the Study Guide number.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five College Center for World Languages are committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS) at UMass or on your home campus, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in your language course. If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify the program director as soon as possible and no later than the third week of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students must adhere to all University of Massachusetts Amherst and Five College policies regarding professional conduct and ethics, including policies covering non-discrimination, sexual harassment, and academic honesty. University of Massachusetts Amherst Academy Honesty Policy: Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University.  Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty.  Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.  Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct.  Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible.  Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair.  Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent.  More information about the Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures may be found online here: http://www.umass.edu/honesty/.

Importance of Communication

Practice communication skills similar to what you would need in a professional work or internship situation: check e-mail twice per day; read e-mail carefully and respond in a timely manner; contact the office by e-mail or phone about questions or issues; take a proactive approach to solving any problems or issues that come up. Save fcmlp2@umass.edu in your address book to help ensure that important messages about your course do not end up in your spam folder.

Schedules and Schedule Changes

Each student will be assigned regular weekly tutorial and conversation session times. Any temporary or permanent changes in these times must be worked out with the director of the Five College Center for World Languages, who maintains the master schedule of all tutorials and conversation sessions. E-mail questions related to schedules to your course organizer. Do not ask your mentor directly for changes because s/he may not be aware of other scheduling issues affected by the change. The mentors have been instructed to refer anyone who requests schedule change to the program office.

Students who miss tutorials or conversation sessions will not be provided with make-up opportunities. Students who know ahead of time that they will need to miss a future session, should clear the absence with the program director or associate director at least a week ahead. If sufficient notice is given, it may sometimes be possible for a student to attend an alternative conversation session or tutorial, although such arrangements cannot be guaranteed.

In the event that the mentor or conversation partner has to cancel a session due to illness or another emergency, every effort will be made to provide an appropriate make-up session or substitute.

Snow emergencies and snow days: Winter snow emergencies occasionally cause delays and cancellations of Five College bus service, early closings of campuses, or snow days being declared on one or more campuses. Because we do not want any students or mentors to get stranded away from their home campus, we will generally cancel tutorials and conversation sessions if 1) the National Weather Service has issued a warning for severe winter weather for the time period of the sessions; and 2) the students and or mentors affected would have to travel to other than their own campus. We will not cancel if the mentor and the students involved live on the same campus, unless that campus has cancelled classes for the relevant time period. If a snow day has been declared in the morning, tutorials and conversation sessions may still take place late in the late afternoon or evening if the weather has cleared and the buses are running. Cancellations due to weather will be sent by e-mail. If you have weather related questions, e-mail your course organizer or call the office at 542-5264.