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LSUA Offers Hindi Language Class in June

Released: 05/12/2011

Hindi, one of the world’s most spoken languages, will be offered this summer at LSU Alexandria, announced Dr. Arthur Rankin, chairman of the Department of Arts, English and Humanities. The class will be taught by Dr. Shonu Nangia, a native Hindi speaker and associate professor of foreign languages at LSUA.

The class, which carries four hours of college credit, will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Hindi course will be taught in summer A-Term, which begins June 6 and concludes with finals July 5. Walk-in registration is May 31, and additional enrollment information is available at 473-6417 and www.lsua.edu.

Hindi is considered the “official” language of India. It is among six languages to carry a “super critical” worldwide designation by the U.S. Department of State. Nangia said students will become acquainted with the written language and culture in addition to oral Hindi.

Nangia, who speaks nine languages, has taught Spanish and French at LSUA since 2005. He is this year’s winner of the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence, the university’s highest honor for distinction in the classroom.

“We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn one of the world’s primary languages from a native speaker,” said Rankin. “Dr. Nangia will make this class interesting and relevant, and I’m sure that each participant will enjoy the experience.”