Fall 2021 - PUNJ 100 E900

Introductory Punjabi I (3)

Class Number: 7178

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM



Introductory level course intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) script. Students will learn to read, write and converse at a basic level. Students with credit for LANG 148 Special Topic-Intro to Punjabi I may not take this course for further credit.


Course Description: Punjabi is an introductory level course intended for students who have Little or No previous knowledge of the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) script. Students will learn to read and write at the basic level. Participation in presentations and other communicative techniques will encourage students to learn, speak and comprehend simple conversation. The introduction of
basic vocabulary will allow students to ask simple questions and simultaneously learn about the Punjabi culture.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is delivered remotely. Students are required to be available for the set scheduled class times for online classes and activities. This course will be taught through a combination of synchronous lectures and asynchronous independent learning and activities.

  1. Lectures will begin in week one and all students are required to attend the first session for detailed information for how lectures/activities will be conducted (synchronous/asynchronous schedule). Lectures will be offered in live sessions that require student’s attendance and asynchronous independent learning will be completed through, individual activities as well as group work.
  2. You will be sent a link via email to join the first class on Zoom.
  3. There will be no final exam during the final exam period.

Student Suitability for This Course

Any student with previous language skills that meet or exceed this Introductory level is NOT PERMITTED to register in this introductory course. Student who have taken Punjabi 12, a Punjabi challenge exam and/or equivalent are not permitted to take the course. Students who have been enrolled in lower levels of Punjabi (high school or equivalent) must do an assessment before registering. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor immediately if they find the course level not appropriate for them. To avoid financial penalties, students should take action in a timely fashion. The Department reserves the right to withdraw a student should the language proficiency of the student prove greater than initially supposed. For course eligibility questions please contact: pdhariwa@sfu.ca


A student who successfully completes the Introductory Punjabi course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

• Comprehend simple discourse
• Read and comprehend selected texts
• Extend greetings, express needs, ask simple questions and give replies
• Write short compositions and dialogues
• Perform basic commutative tasks within the context of school and everyday life
• Exchange basic personal information and express likes and dislikes


  • Participation 5%
  • Assignments (Written, Group Work, Oral Activities) 60%
  • Regular Tests/Quizzes 25%
  • Oral Exam 10%



Course Package by Ranbir Johal: Introduction to Punjabi I (no purchase required; available through Open textbook resources)

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.