Sanskrit 1

Course summary

  • Tue 03 Oct 2017 to Tue 13 Mar 2018
  • 5:00-7:00pm 20 meetings
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA
  • From £340.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O17P557XNW
  • +44(0)1865 280892
  • Course ended

Sanskrit 1


This course is for complete beginners and provides an introduction to Sanskrit, its grammar rules and associated culture. It will provide an introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet, reading and writing, devlopment of words, types of word and cases, basic laws of Grammar & intoduce Gita and Upanisads.

The course covers the skills of listening, reciting, reading and writing, and allows students to explore a range of texts to enjoy the wisdom expressed in and through Sanskrit.

Programme details

Term Starts:   3rd October    

Week 1:          Sanskrit origins, vowels

Week 2:          vowels with consonants

Week 3:          consonants,

Week 4:          conjuncts,writing , invocation,test

Week 5:          four stages of speech

Week 6:          introduction to roots/dhatus & derivation

Week 7:          four parts of sentence

Week 8:          gender, number & simple sentences

Week 9:          vocabulary, exercises, reading

Week 10:        astavakra, test


Term Starts:  16th January         

Week 11:        sounds, words & meaning

Week 12:        Mahesvara Sutras, exercises, invocation from Katha upanishad

Week 13:        Introduction to Karaka

Week 14:        nouns, verbs & vibhakti endings, vocab., test

Week 15:        present, & future tensesof bhu etc.

Week 16:        adjectives/vishesanas, plural endings

Week 17:        simple stories of Krishna  & verses from Gita

Week 18:        introduction to Sandhi

Week 19:        dual endings & past tense, revision

Week 20:        overview & test

Course book:

Sanskrit for Philosophy Sudents Vol.1(this will be on sale for £10) 

Thomas Egene, Introduction to Sanskrit Vol 1

R.Antoine, A SANSKRIT MANUAL Vol 1+2


Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.



All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.


Course Fee: £340.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Rev Dr Stephen Thompson

Since completing a PhD in Sanskrit Grammar I have taught Sanskrit here and in India to both children( 2 yrs at St james boys) and adults, including Middlesex University.  Currently reading for a DPhil at Oxford on Om and the Mandukya Upanishad.

Course aims

To give access to the wisdom expressed in and through the Sanskrit Language

Course Objectives:

An introduction to the special scientific and spiritual significance of the Sanskrit language.

Pronunciation, reading, writing and reciting Sanskrit  accurately and fluently.

Learn the beautiful systematic structure of the Sanskrit language through its most ancient scientific grammar.

Teaching methods

Power-point presentation, exercises in translating from Sanskrit to English and vice versa as well as some study of Sanskrit texts

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

1.             ability to sound and write the devanagari alphabet.

2.             reading and writing basic sentences.

3.             able to recite and translate verses from the Astavakra Gita

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework. Students will be required to complete three short assignments per term for formal assessment, which may consist of a translation task, questions designed to test reading comprehension or grammar exercises. These will be preceded by a similar practice assessment which will be marked by the tutor for feedback purposes only.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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