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Course Description

LANGUAGE CLASSES

HINDI

India school is proud to offer 5 comprehensive curriculums for learning Hindi language.  Young students start from simply doing verbal drills of Hindi words of common, every day objects and phrases and gradually progress to writing essays, understanding complex rules of Hindi grammar so they can speak, read and write advanced level of Hindi correctly.  Students who wish can finally graduate with a certificate in Hindi given by the government of India.  All courses put a great deal of emphasis and effort in making all learning interesting and interactive.

           1.  PLAY AND LEARN HINDI
This class is for age group 3-5 years. Play and Learn group of very young children learn basic Hindi words and Indian culture through songs, crafts, stories and games. These students are not required to do any written work and complete emphasis is on oral work.

       2.  INTRODUCTION TO HINDI
Classes are divided into two levels, level 1 and level 2.  These beginner students learn Hindi vowels and consonants, reading and writing of words without matras, basic vocabulary and every day elementary conversation through songs, drama and other fun activities. 

Level 1
Level 1 is for first-time students who are 6 years to 9 years old or for play group students who are ready to do more structured work. The goal for this level is to be able to recognize, read and write Hindi vowels and some consonants with proper pronunciation and diction while working to develop vocabulary and spoken skills.

Level 2
The group strives to master all the Hindi alphabets and read and write two or three letter words.  They are introduced to words with aa matra. A bulk of class-time is also spent on music, conversation and vocabulary buildup. 

3. HINDI INTERMEDIATE
The Intermediate students are expected to have completed Level 1 & Level 2 of Introduction to Hindi.  Intermediate Hindi has three levels.

Level 1
The curriculum for this group consists of Introduction to all the vowel symbols. Emphasis is given to reading and writing words and phrases using these matras.  Oral conversation skill is also developed through small skits and fun activities and games.

 Level 2
The students start reading their first Hindi Reader.  Spoken skills are developed based on the reading material as well as other areas of interest.

Level 3
Students are able to read, write and orally describe places, people and small events, with ease.
Students pursue a more advanced text book and are introduced to some basic rules of grammar, such as number, gender and adjectives.

4. HINDI ADVANCED/PRE-CERTIFICATE
These students are introduced to a few texts from the Hindi Certificate Course. An overview of the grammar rules is given and practiced by reading, writing and verbal drills. 

 5. HINDI CERTIFICATE
In this course the prescribed text and course work is followed.  Students are prepared to complete the assignments of the certificate course and to take the final exam.

OTHER INDIAN LANGUAGES
India School
has been offering classes in other Indian languages for many years. Sometimes these classes are planned in association with area regional organizations.  The curriculum for these language classes follows the pattern of Hindi Syllabus, wherever possible.

MUSIC & DANCE

Music
Vocal Music : - Instructions in North Indian Classical Hindustani vocal music techniques based on traditional  vocal music system of India.

Harmonium: In Harmonium and keyboard classes students gain knowledge of the essential elements required for mastery of the instrument.

Tabla: For the beginners, the course will start with basic exercises and gradually teach students different taals and compositions. For the Intermediate students, the course will focus on improvisations of Kayadas and Reylas in different rhythmic cycles.

Kathak :  Students are taught elements of Kathak technique. Their skills are developed through advanced foot work, rhythm and Abhinay (mime).

Movie Dance; The main aim of the class is to introduce students to the popular Indian Dance styles and to prepare them for various types of performances. Popular dance will focus on learning Dance steps on old Hindi Movie songs, semi-classical songs and new popular numbers.

Folk Dance: This dance will explore the various steps and movements of the colorful and diverse and lively folk dances of Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Students will learn to dance to both traditional and modern beats

                                                     YOGA FOR HEALTH

Hathyoga is taught with a view to achieve its benefits of longevity and good health. This course will focus on Yoga postures which provide free flow of energy through the body. The course will also study meditation, as a source of relaxation, to build stamina and to be more sensitive to our environment. This course is suitable for all ages.