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Fall 2020

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Introduction To Sanskrit


Introduction to Sanskrit (CLST 023) is designed to give students novice-mid to novice-high proficiency in Sanskrit according to the NCSSFL-ACTFL foreign language proficiency standards. It introduces students to the language of Sanskrit, approaching it as a spoken as well as a written language. The course will include a weekly spoken Sanskrit session followed by reading and writing. Throughout this course, students will be covering fundamental grammatical concepts in order to develop a working knowledge of the most common forms and constructions one is likely to encounter in readings of the language. The course will mainly use handouts and external audio/video resources throughout the year. There will be frequent discussions about topics surrounding the language of Sanskrit, such as related linguistic, historical, and anthropological concerns.

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Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professor Varun Khanna was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in his fall 2020 course, Introduction to Sanskrit (CLST 023). The course syllabus and assignment instructions are made freely available here courtesy of the author.

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