Rani Parvati Devi College of Arts and Commerce

Syllabus : Certificate Course  in Kannada language and literature for Non-Kannada Students

The University Grants Commission has accorded permission to conduct a Certificate Course in Kannada for the Non-Kannada Students to help them to understand language, literature, cultural and communicate with kannada speaking persons with ease and become integral part of the society where they live in.

Specific Objectives:

The following objectives shall be achieved by undergoing this course and at the end of the course the learner shall be capable of the following.

  1. Listening : comprehend questions and answers of the conversation, discussion, meetings, radio and television news bulletins, public speeches etc., given in normal speed in Kannada.
  2. Speaking : Speak with ease in Kannada regarding personal needs in different social contexts, professional contexts without mistakes, conduct or participate in discussions and speak with ease in Kannada.
  3. Reading : Read printed, typed and hand written materials in Kannada relating to routine matters, and newspapers and magazines with appropriate speed and comprehension.
  4. Writing : Fill the forms that are printed in Kannada, Write short paragraphs with connected sentences; write applications/petitions etc,.
  5. Translation : Translate short passages, stories etc., from kannada to his/her mother tongue.

Course Details:

Eligibility and Selection :

  1. 1st year degree students of S.K.E. Society colleges i.e., B.A.,B.Com., B.Sc., BBA, BCA are eligible for the course.
  2. First year degree students of adjacent colleges.
  3. Interested professionals and Govt. Employees and Executives and general public. (subject to  a maximum of 15 candidates.)

Duration of the course :

300 hours, in one academic year

Intake : 40 students per year

Total Credits : 20

Each credit : 15 hours

Teaching              : 12 credits          180 hours

Field work           : 8 credits             120 hours

Course Modules :

  1. Kannada Script-to read and write ‘aksharas’ and their combinations.
  2. Spoken Kannada –in general domains and some specific domains like office, business establishment, market, college.
  3. Reading – An Introduction to Karnataka, Kannada language and literature through short essays and stories.
  4. Writing-personal and professional domains.
  5. Translation-from Kannada to mother tongue.

Teaching/Learning strategies:

Kannada alphabets can be taught using the

  1. Principle of pattern perception and contrastive observation or shape similarity method.
  2. Traditional method of a,aa,i,ii… etc.,
  3. Word method using the primary school text books of first and second standards.

In all the cases: the learners shall be advised to identify the relation between the letter ; and its sound value: link them both and pronounce loudly: identity each letter in the given word and read the word and after learning a lesson, practice the script with the help of the exercises. While learning the script with the help of these materials the leaner may read the sign boards, cinema posters, bold type letter in the newspapers, advertisements, brochures pamphlets etc.

                While learning to listen, understand and respond orally, appropriate to the situations major sentence patterns that are used in spoken Kannada are introduced in situations that the learners are familiar. Sentence patterns are to be graded from Simple to complex. Each lesson will have four parts: text of the lesson, vocabulary used in the lesson along with the meaning, exercises for practicing listening speaking and notes that aid the learner to the extent to which he/she can make use of them. Here, the learners shall be advised to: read the text of the lesson aloud as many times as possible to understand the language used in the context: use the English translation also: complete the exercises orally and then in writing and use the learning process to complete. Hence, whatever is learnt should be put to use then and there itself.

                The reading and writing is taught using the prose texts having stories, essays and small skits. These will help the learners to understand Kannada used in day to day reading and writing. And also help them to understand the Kannada prose writing in its various forms of literature. Each lesson shall have the ext, introduction to the author, exercises for reading and writing practice and translation passage from the mother tongue of the student to Kannada. While using these lessons the learners will be advised to: read and understand the prose; understand the way in which the vocabulary and sentence types are used by different writers; answer the questions in the exercise part of the lessons; write compositions as indicated in the exercise and also to note the idiomatic usages and the nuances of language use.


Paper I. Structure of Kannada                                                                                  100 marks

Written examination

  1. Akshara (letter) and their combinations
  2. Pada (word) and their use
  3. Vaaky (Sentence) and their use

Ref: First and second standard kannada text books, kannada kaliy by Lingadevaru Halemane

Paper II : Language Practice

Oral Examination

  1. Listening and conversation 50 Marks
  2. Kannada reading and writing 50 Marks

Ref: Kannada Kali and An intensive course in Kannada by Leelavathi and Halemane

First and second standard text books.

Paper III: An introduction to Kannada Language, Literature, Culture.

Kannada Language : Origin and development of Language

Literature : History of Kannada Literature.

Culture : Dynasities (Rajamanetangalu) Religions (Dharma), Kalegalu (Arts)

Literary texts L Vachanas, Sarvagna Vacana, Dasara padgalu.

Folk poems         : Poems of Kuvempu and Bendre

Short stories

Paper IV. Field Work/Project work

  1. Writing an essay, 2 letters, 2 applications,
  2. Translation from Kannada to his/her mother tongue.

Examination Pattern :

Three papers and Two Reports

Objective test : To test understanding of structure of Kannada                                                  100 marks

Kannada reading and writing test                                                                                                            50 marks

Speaking test –viva                                                                                                                                        50 marks

Understanding of language, literature, culture                                                                                 100 marks

Field work/project work (not less than 20 pages)                                                                             100 marks