Sanskrit: Level 4

Tutor: Zoë Slatoff
Start date: 19 July 2020


Building upon Level 1, 2, and 3 Sanskrit courses, we widen the range of what we can read and understand as we learn new grammar together.


In this course, we build upon what we learned in the Level 1, 2, and 3 Sanskrit courses. We widen the range of what we can read and understand as we learn new grammar together.

Level 4 begins with a study of chapters 7 and 8 of Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga (excerpts included). This combines traditional Indian and Western academic methods of learning Sanskrit. We start with the future tense and pronouns, and then conclude Part I of the book with a sandhi review.

Moving on to Part 2 we learn consonant-ending nouns as well as verbs from some of the athematic classes.

We will continue to chant and translate verses from yoga-related texts as well as verses from the Upaniṣads and a series of verses attributed to Śaṅkarācarya.


Course delivery is 100% online

Seven weekly sessions

Study in your own time

Your tutor is available by email and forums

You can communicate online with your fellow students

All course materials are delivered via the web

Student forums with tutor participation

Recorded lectures available in video and mp3 format

Lecture notes available online and as pdf

Audio interviews with specialists in Hindu Studies

Supplementary materials taken from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies teaching and research programme

Assessment is optional and is on the basis of successful completion of a single essay of 2000 words, with the exception of Introduction to Sanskrit which is assessed on weekly course work.

Courses can be completed in as little as seven weeks. There is a final deadline for essays of twelve weeks from the beginning of the course.


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