This is a portion of a larger presentation by Rupert Snell entitled "Issues in Hindi-Urdu Pedagogy: Curriculum, Assessment, Challenges" (full video at In this particular section, Snell provides a series of practical teaching tips for the Hindi-Urdu classroom. Snell describes them as "autobiographical lessons with good intentions".

Snell is the Director of the Hindi Urdu Flagship and a Professor in the Department of Asian Studies. Before moving to Texas he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for three decades. Snell is a recipient of the prestigious Sir George Grierson Hindi Sevi Sammaan Award given by the President of India in 1997 in recognition of his services to the Hindi language. Known worldwide for his textbooks in the Teach Yourself series, he teaches Hindi language at all levels. His research interests lie primarily in 16th and 17th century poetry. A more complete biography of Snell can be found at

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