Amrit K. Gahunia

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  • Has been teaching Punjabi at the University of Pennsylvania since 1986
  • Teaches Hindi at the University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Phil in Hindi, Punjab University, India
  • Honors (Giani) in Punjabi
Research Interests: 
Developing Punjabi learning resources; the roles of women in South Asian literature
Courses Taught: 
  • Beginning Panjabi - SAST   404 - 680:  This course emphasizes speaking and reading skills in Panjabi. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to interact meaningfully and in a socially acceptable manner with natives in a variety of simple situations involving everyday conversational topics. Furthermore, students should be able to read and understand the main ideas and most details of simple connected texts. This course will utilize authentic printed, audio, and video materials as input and will provide opportunities to students for natural communication both within and outside the classroom.
  • Intermediate Panjabi –  SAST  424 - 680:  This course is designed as a continuation of Beginning Panjabi, but also can be taken by anyone who demonstrates a similar level of proficiency in the language. The course objectives are to expand the mastery of sentence patterns and augment vocabulary and its usage through intensive grammar review and comprehension exercises. A special emphasis will also be placed on greater cultural awareness. Upon completion of this course students should be able to interact socially with added confidence and greater expressiveness. Students should also experience a great improvement in their comprehension of the spoken and written language.
  • Advanced Panjabi   -  SAST  434- 680:  This course is designed to meet the very specific needs of the students.  Advanced Punjabi will focus on readings in modern Punjabi fiction, dramas, and critical essays.  Advanced Punjabi aims at systematically introducing students to the higher level linguistic functions through the use of contemporary texts.