Spring 2023 - PUNJ 100 E900

Introductory Punjabi I (3)

Class Number: 8065

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, Thu, 4:30–6:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2023
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.



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.


Department of World Languages and literatures, Simon Fraser University

Introductory Punjabi PUNJ 100

Credits: 3

This course is specifically designed to introduce the learners to the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) script and basics of communication in the Punjabi language. At the end of the course, the learners will be able to read the Punjabi script and they will be able to write and communicate in Punjabi at the introductory level. This course will introduce the learners to the Punjabi culture as well through visual representations of the Punjabi culture.

Instructor: Dr. Reetinder Kaur                                    

Email: SFU email will be updated soon. I will try to respond back to your email within 48 hours. Please feel free to remind me again if you do not receive a response or your matter is urgent.

reetinder_kaur@sfu.ca. I will try to respond back to your email within 48 hours. Please feel free to remind me again if you do not receive a response or your matter is urgent.

Class schedule: In-person classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays 04:30 pm to 06:20am, room# 2985, SFU Surrey Campus).

Office Hours: Fridays 9-11 am (virtually through Zoom), please email to book a meeting.


Week 1, January 9 and 11

  • History of Punjab and the Punjabi language
  • Introduction to the Gurmukhi script

Digital resource: First immigrants (asynchronous)


Week 2, January 16 and 18

  • Consonants (1-15) and introduction to vowels (Mukta, kanna, laanv, dulaanv, sihari, bihari)
  • Counting 1-12, vocabulary of time

Digital resource: Continuous Journey (asynchronous)


Week 3, January 23 and 25

-         Consonants (16-35) and vowels (aunkar, dulainkar, adhak, bindi, tippi) -      Practice exercises

Digital resource: Sikh heritage month in Canada (asynchronous) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITbkLaWjU9o

Week 4, January 30 and February 1

  • Consonants (36-41)
  • Practice exercises

Week 5, February 6 and 8

  • Word building exercises
  • Basic grammar
  • Quiz

Week 6, February 13 and 15

               -    Basic grammar



Week 7, February 20 and 22

Basics of Conversation in Punjabi

               -    Gender, class and age in basic conversations

Week 8, February 27 and March 1

  • Sentence formation
  • Gender, class and age in sentence formation

Reflection: Gill, Harjant. 2012. Masculinity, mobility and transformation in Punjabi cinema: From Putt Jattan De (Sons of Jat farmers) to Munde UK De (Boys of UK). South Asian Popular Culture 10(2): 109-122.

Write reflection on the reading (250-300 words), submit by November 3rd.

Week 9, March 6 and 8

  • Sentence formation
  • Singular and plurals
  • Gender, class and age in singular and plurals
  • Quiz

Week 10, March 13 and 15  

  • Building vocabulary in the Punjabi language (occupation’s, environment and culture related terms)
  • Days and Time-related vocabulary
  • Class presentations

Week 11, March 20 and 22  

  • Adjectives
  • Class presentations

Reflection:  Phulkari: Traditional embroidery of Punjab https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjp6yU1dx4Y&t=61s

Write reflection on the digital resource (250-300 words), submit by November 24th Week 12, March 27 and 29

Week 13, April 3 and 5

  • Conversation practice
  • Class presentations





Introductory Punjabi Workbook by Ranbir Johal (shared through email)

SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies

SFU’s Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies applies to this course. For more details, see this: https://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html


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Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the learners will be able to develop:

LO1: reading, writing and conversational skills in the Punjabi language at the introductory level

LO2: an understanding of the history of Punjabi language and the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) dialect



  • Attendance and Class Participation (5+10%) 15%
  • Homework (2% + 2% + 2% + 2% + 2%) 10%
  • Quizzes (10% + 10%) 20%
  • Mid-term 20%
  • Class presentation 10%
  • Final Exam 25%



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html