Written Essays In Punjabi Language For Beginners

The Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce the 2018 essay competition in Punjabi for Punjabi language students, in association with the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC. Students who were enrolled in a Punjabi language class or classes at a university, college, or at the pre-collegiate level in B.C. during the last three years (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) can participate in this competition.

Topic: Write about your favorite book. Why do you like it and what do you learn from it? (Note: It is not necessary that this be a Punjabi book. You can write about a book in any language)

Students can enter in this competition in either one of the following TWO categories, depending upon their level in Punjabi. (Proof of level of most recently taken class is required, or your teacher can submit for you.) Although the topic is the same at the two levels, essays will be judged in accordance with students’ levels according to the two categories.

Beginners: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in the first-year level of Punjabi at a university or college or grade 8 to 11 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 400 – 500 word essay on the above topic.

Advanced: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in a second year or higher level Punjabi course at a university, college, or in grade 12 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 800 – 1000 word essay on the above topic.

One winner will be selected from each category and will be given an award of $200.00; one runnerup will be selected in each category, who receive an award of $50.00. These awards will be presented at a Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program event at Surrey City hall on the evening of March 4.

Those students who are currently enrolled in Punjabi classes can submit their essays to their teachers (who are then responsible for submitting them by the deadline); other students can forward their essays to the address given below. All submissions must be received on or before February 16. No exceptions will be made.

Please submit essays to: Punjabi Competition, Asian Studies Dept.; 1871 West Mall, UBC, Asian Centre V6T 1Z2. For further information, contact: Anne.Murphy@ubc.ca or sarbjit.randhawa@ubc.ca.

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Punjabi Language 1

Module Code:
15PSAC320
Status:
Module Not Running 2018/2019
Credits:
30
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

The module will provide an introduction to the Punjabi language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Punjabi. Communicative practice will be established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations and topics.

The module will include: learning to read and write the Punjabi script; phonology; basic grammar and vocabulary; all main verb tenses and grammatical constructions. Sessions will be highly interactive in encouraging students to focus on the key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Instruction in the language will also be a vehicle for introducing further aspects of Punjabi culture.

The module allows students to interact with Punjabi speakers in Punjabi and to use original Punjabi language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Punjabi language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Punjabi.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic Punjabi grammar.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential Punjabi vocabulary.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Punjabi   structures and expressions in a given context.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to understand short passages in written Punjabi on everyday topics.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to produce short passages in written Punjabi on everyday topics.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand spoken Punjabi on everyday topics.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics.    

Workload

Total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

  • Punjabi script
  • Simple sentences/ Greetings and social situations
  • Infinitives
  • Possessive adjectives
  • The present and past tenses
  • Singular and plural adjective and noun formations
  • Pronouns
  • The present and past continuous tenses
  • Prepositions and postpositions
  • The oblique case
  • The future tense
  • Indirect speech and the vocative case
  • Translation of conversation and texts

 

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a 2000 word portfolio of marked homework, translation or essay agreed with the convenor (30%);  one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (20%); 1 hour classroom test (5%); 1 hour classroom test (5%).

Suggested reading

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  • S.S. Kalra, N. K. Purewal with Sue Tyson-Ward (2011) Complete Panjabi, Hodder and Stoughton.

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