Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Mansi Bajaj


Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Delhi

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-6045
  • Office: WCH 5.112
  • Office Hours: Spring 2022: Wednesday, 3 PM-5 PM, by appt. only
  • Campus Mail Code: G9300

Interests


Hindi Language, Language Teaching, Curriculum Development, Using Assessment as a Learning Tool, Using Social Media and Bollywood in a Language Classroom, Sensitization of Society through Language Learning, Phonology, Stress Placement, Tones

Biography


Mansi Bajaj joined the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Instruction of Hindi and has been teaching Hindi as a foreign language.

More recently, she is focusing on foreign language teaching and is on the panel of “Tackling Online Instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages in a new Academic Year” at the Department of Asian Studies, UT. She is an active participant of workshops on “Diversity and Inclusivity in Language Classrooms”. She is also the supervisor of Hindi-Urdu language table at UT which enables students to emerge as active users of the language by developing their active communicative competence.

She finished her PhD in Linguistics in 2021 from the University of Delhi. She has previously worked with the Department of Asian Studies at UT-Austin as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) in the year 2014–15.

In her spare time, Bajaj has been actively enhancing K-12 programs in Texas by creating Open Educational Resources and Credentialing Exams for South Asian LCTLs.

Courses


HIN 330 • Contemp Hindi Narratives

32984 • Spring 2022

Study of specific subjects related to Hindi culture as reflected in its literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Hindi 312L with a grade of at least C.

HIN 312L • Second-Year Hindi II

32985 • Spring 2022
Meets W 6:00PM-7:30PM RLP 0.120

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 312K.  Hindi 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 312K with a grade of at least C.



HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

33475 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM PMA 5.126

For speakers of Hindi who have not studied it formally.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 507 may not both be counted.

Course Description:

The course is a fast paced First Year Hindi course designed for students who have some background in spoken Hindi, even if they do not have any knowledge of the Hindi script. Students will learn to read and write the Devanagari script, so literacy in the language is not assumed, hence students who can already follow simple conversation in Hindi belong in this course. Students who are comfortable in spoken Hindi and can read and write Hindi belong in an upper level class. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade, as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take. This course aims to improve students’ existing aural and oral proficiency, alongside introducing and building up their reading and writing ability in Hindi. Students will be immersed in a variety of language inputs such as conversations, Bollywood clips, stories, and other audio-visual materials from media, including videos and new paper articles, etc to enhance their Hindi vocabulary and grammar, hence giving them the opportunity to understand the parent culture. The basic skeleton of the language will be practiced through a series of innovative aural, oral, reading and written assignments.

HIN 312K • Second-Year Hindi I

33490 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM CBA 4.342

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 612 and 312K may not both be counted.   Prerequisite: Hindi 507 with a grade of at least C.

Course Description:

Hindi 312K consolidates and builds on the first year level foundation laid in HIN 506/507 or HIN 604. There is a steady progression in the student's ability to communicate in and understand Hindi. Instruction with authentic materials including, but not limited to, feature films, radio broadcasts and graded literary and non-literary texts helps the student appreciate cultural nuances. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. This course is not open to students who have taken HIN 612. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take.

HIN 312L • Second-Year Hindi II-Wb

33145 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 312K.  Hindi 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 312K with a grade of at least C.



HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hin-Wb

32105 • Fall 2020
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

For speakers of Hindi who have not studied it formally.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 507 may not both be counted.

Course Description:

The course is a fast paced First Year Hindi course designed for students who have some background in spoken Hindi, even if they do not have any knowledge of the Hindi script. Students will learn to read and write the Devanagari script, so literacy in the language is not assumed, hence students who can already follow simple conversation in Hindi belong in this course. Students who are comfortable in spoken Hindi and can read and write Hindi belong in an upper level class. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade, as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take. This course aims to improve students’ existing aural and oral proficiency, alongside introducing and building up their reading and writing ability in Hindi. Students will be immersed in a variety of language inputs such as conversations, Bollywood clips, stories, and other audio-visual materials from media, including videos and new paper articles, etc to enhance their Hindi vocabulary and grammar, hence giving them the opportunity to understand the parent culture. The basic skeleton of the language will be practiced through a series of innovative aural, oral, reading and written assignments.

HIN 312K • Second-Year Hindi I-Wb

32120 • Fall 2020
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM
Internet; Synchronous

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 612 and 312K may not both be counted.   Prerequisite: Hindi 507 with a grade of at least C.

Course Description:

Hindi 312K consolidates and builds on the first year level foundation laid in HIN 506/507 or HIN 604. There is a steady progression in the student's ability to communicate in and understand Hindi. Instruction with authentic materials including, but not limited to, feature films, radio broadcasts and graded literary and non-literary texts helps the student appreciate cultural nuances. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. This course is not open to students who have taken HIN 612. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take.

HIN 312L • Second-Year Hindi II

32680 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 1.118

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Continuation of Hindi 312K.  Hindi 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Hindi 312K with a grade of at least C.



HIN 604 • Accelerated First-Year Hindi

32110 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.108

For speakers of Hindi who have not studied it formally.  Hindi 604 and 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and 507 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 604 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 506 may not both be counted; Hindi 604 and Urdu 507 may not both be counted.

Course Description:

The course is a fast paced First Year Hindi course designed for students who have some background in spoken Hindi, even if they do not have any knowledge of the Hindi script. Students will learn to read and write the Devanagari script, so literacy in the language is not assumed, hence students who can already follow simple conversation in Hindi belong in this course. Students who are comfortable in spoken Hindi and can read and write Hindi belong in an upper level class. Misrepresentation of proficiency level during placement will severely affect the final grade, as such a misrepresentation shall be considered to be a case of scholastic dishonesty. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take. This course aims to improve students’ existing aural and oral proficiency, alongside introducing and building up their reading and writing ability in Hindi. Students will be immersed in a variety of language inputs such as conversations, Bollywood clips, stories, and other audio-visual materials from media, including videos and new paper articles, etc to enhance their Hindi vocabulary and grammar, hence giving them the opportunity to understand the parent culture. The basic skeleton of the language will be practiced through a series of innovative aural, oral, reading and written assignments.

HIN 312K • Second-Year Hindi I

32125 • Fall 2019
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM PAR 208

Not open to native speakers of Hindi.  Modern Hindi of India.  Hindi 612 and 312K may not both be counted.   Prerequisite: Hindi 507 with a grade of at least C.

Course Description:

Hindi 312K consolidates and builds on the first year level foundation laid in HIN 506/507 or HIN 604. There is a steady progression in the student's ability to communicate in and understand Hindi. Instruction with authentic materials including, but not limited to, feature films, radio broadcasts and graded literary and non-literary texts helps the student appreciate cultural nuances. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous self-expression in the language. This course is not open to students who have taken HIN 612. You may consult the instructor if you are unsure of which course you should take.

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