Learning English in Hindi

By Prof. Rajesh Kumar   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 427

Attempting to learn English through the medium of Hindi is a novel experiment through this course. Research indicates that learning gets facilitated if we get content delivered in the language we are comfortable with (in other words, in the language that we grew up speaking). For those who speak Hindi and/or understand Hindi, this course will provide opportunity where they do not need to struggle with the initial hesitation. This course will provide nuances of language in details for acquiring functional competence at the levels of fluency and accuracy in English for speaking, reading, and writing. The course is designed to take the participants through incremental learning at the levels of sounds, words, sentences. It will help go through the intricacies of conducting a sustainable discourse in the English language. 

 Anyone who wishes to learn to speak, read, and write in English. 

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:  Sounds & Writing Symbols in Engish ; Speech Sounds in English ; Consonants and Consonant Clusters in English ; Syllables and Words ; Some Features of English Words ; Plural Words in English
Week 2: Parts of speech 1 ; Parts of Speech 2 ; Parts of Speech 3 ; Words and Phrases in English ; Fundamentals of Learning English for Accuracy, Fluency and Communicative Confidence
Week 3: Sentences in English ; Direct and Indirect Objects ; Verb-be (is, are, am) in English ; Imperative sentences in English (command or request) ; Questions in English (Interogative sentences) ; Negative Sentences in English ; Agreement in English Sentences
Week 4: Participles in English ; Relaive Clauses in English ; Functions of Modals ; Passives in English ; Mood and Modal Verbs
Week 5: Modal verb 1 ; Modal verb 2 ; Modal verb 3 ; Modal verb 4 ; Telephone English
Week 6: Illustrating Clauses and Sentences ; Describing Clauses and Sentences ; Sentence, Clause and Complex Sentences ; Adjectival (Relative) Clause ; Adverbs ; Agreement in English Sentences (Subject and Verb in Sentences)
Week 7: Question Tags in English Sentences ; Questions in English (Interrogative sentences) ; Learning Softening (Knowing vs Using) ; Rhythm and Pitch in English ; Terminal Punctuations ; Punctuation 1 ; Punctuation 2
Week 8: Advanced Vocabulary ; Innovation in Vocabulary ; Metaphors ; Phrases & Idioms You Must Know ; Make your expressions impressive

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajesh Kumar

IIT Madras
Prof. Rajesh Kumar is a professor of linguistics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He obtained his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining IIT Madras, he taught at IIT Kanpur and IIT Patna in India and at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA. He has been a visiting faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai in India. His book on Syntax of Negation and Licensing of Negative Polarity Items was published by Routledge in their prestigious series Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics in 2006. He has been associate editor of the journal Language and Language Teaching. He has been part of the language teaching program at all the institutions he has been affiliated with. The broad goal of his research is uncovering regularities underlying both the structural form (what language is) and sociolinguistic functions (what language does) of natural language. He works on structure of South Asian Languages. He is keenly interested in issues related to language (multilingualism) in education; politics; human cognition; and landscape.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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