The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia invites applications for a one-year replacement position as Lecturer in Hindi, to begin 25 August 2011. The successful applicant will be asked to teach three classes in Hindi language per semester. Native or near-native fluency is required, and experience in teaching Hindi at the university level is preferred. Candidates must hold an MA or PhD degree.

Review of applications begins immediately.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and curriculum vitae to Farzaneh Milani at

The University of Virginia is an EO/AA employer.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for a lecturer position in Urdu, to begin on August 29, 2011.

For details about the position and application procedures please refer to

Application deadline is May 20, 2011.

Intermediate Urdu

We are delighted to announce the release of the language-learning website Intermediate Urdu at

Hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and developed with a grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center at the University of Chicago, Intermediate Urdu comprises sixteen interactive reading passages with corresponding audio and English summaries, dynamic online quizzes, and thirteen video interviews of Urdu scholars. All content is directed towards students at the intermediate level and preparing them for advanced level proficiency.

The site is the first to fully utilize Nastaliq as a web-based font so that Nastaliq is natively displayed in the site without requiring the user to download an appropriate font.

For the site’s font functionality to work properly across all operating systems, users are required to use the most recent version of the Firefox browser (4.-).

We are eager for your feedback – please contact Dr. Mohammad Warsi ( or Samuel Wright ( with any comments.

We are delighted to announce that ‘Nepali: A Beginner’s Primer, with Conversational Dialogues and Grammar’ is now online:

Hosted by Cornell University’s Language Resource Centre, and developed with a grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center at the University of Chicago, the course comprises 16 lessons with dialogues, associated audio and video content, an interactive bilingual glossary (with audio pronunciation clips) and additional supplementary materials.

The core content of this beginner’s course draws on the instructional material devised by Shambhu and Banu Oja at Cornell University, used for teaching over the last 25 years.

No registration is required to use the site. However, we are currently assessing the usage and efficacy of this online resource and are eager to find volunteers who may help. If you would be willing to respond to some questions about your usage, and offer constructive feedback, please send an email to Dick Feldman at The materials are all offered for free online, so we do appreciate your efforts to help us evaluate them.

Good wishes,

Kathryn March, Shambhu Oja and Mark Turin

Visiting Faculty or Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Sanskrit Literature

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Visiting Faculty or Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Sanskrit Literature for the 2011-2012 academic year. Applicants with a Ph. D. in a relevant field are encouraged to apply; ABDs nearing completion will also be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a year-long reading course in advanced Sanskrit, and two undergraduate courses in premodern South Asian culture. Expertise in the Sanskrit language is required, and teaching experience in premodern South Asian literature is desirable. The term of appointment will be July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Applicants should provide a cover letter identifying teaching and research interests, a current c.v., a sample of scholarly writing, and a teaching portfolio (if applicable). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent under separate cover to: Chair, Sanskrit Postdoc Search Committee, Asian Studies, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, CANADA. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information on the department, visit

This appointment is subject to final budgetary approval.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu & Sanskrit Languages

The University of British Columbia is accepting applications for one renewable 12-month lecturer position in Hindi-Urdu & Sanskrit languages, commencing July 1, 2011. The successful applicant will be asked to teach 24 credits (4 year-long courses) of Hindi and Sanskrit language courses at all levels. Depending on the applicant’s area of expertise, the 24 credit teaching load might include undergraduate lecture courses on South Asian culture, religion, literature or film.

Applicants are expected to have a spoken and written command of Hindi, as well as expertise in Sanskrit. Knowledge of Urdu is also desirable. Applicants should possess a Master’s degree in a relevant field, and teaching experience in North America at college/university level; strong preference will be given for applicants with training in Applied Linguistics or Language Education.

Please send applications, including a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and three names of reference to: Hindi-Urdu/Sanskrit Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T-1Z2. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. For information about the Department, please visit

Applications are invited for TWO positions for Hindi-Urdu lecturers for Summer Hindi-Urdu Language Program [June 1, 2011-July 22nd 2011] at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies [SAIS] of Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.

These positions are for TWO months (June 1-July 31) only.

Experience teaching Hindi-Urdu at university level in the US., must be able to teach in Devanagari and Nastaleeq scripts, must be able to teach Hindi-Urdu at NOVICE and INTERMEDIATE levels, familiarity with proficiency-based language teaching and testing methods, native or near-native command of Hindi-Urdu, and familiarity with the use of technology in language teaching are required. An advanced degree in Hindi/Urdu language, linguistics, literature, or a related field is preferred.

Those interested in the position should send a cover letter, a CV, and a brief teaching philosophy statement to:

Lakhan Gusain
Coordinator, South Asian Languages Program
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies [SAIS]
Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW#R319
Washington, D.C. 20036-2213

Phone:202 663 5753; Fax: 202 663 5764
Email:; Web:

The Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

I am pleased to announce the release of a new website ( that hosts Hindi-Urdu Blended Teaching Resources.  (“Blended” in this context means partly online, not pureed.) These include over twenty proficiency-oriented videos aimed at various language levels that were filmed at and around Michigan State University in summer 2010. These have captions, as well as tags for level, using ACTFL, ILR, and the more common “basic, intermediate, advanced” scale.  There is also an online devanagari writing guide, which will redraw handwriting samples and allow students to trace and write using their mouse, stylus, or finger on a tablet device. Efforts have been to make these resources function on older computers as well as latest mobile devices, so they will also work on the iPad and iPhone by using HTML5, the newly emerging web standard.  This website was supported by a pedagogical materials grant from the South Asia Language Resource Center  for which I was the principal investigator along with Vishwajeet Singh (now at the University of Oregon). We welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions through the online contact form, and I have a research assistant who can make any changes.  Thanks!

A. Sean Pue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Michigan State University

AISLS Grants for Language Instruction

AISLS has funds from the US Department of Education to support US-based scholars who wish to acquire or improve language skills.  Limited funds are available to defray the costs of language instruction in Sinhala, Tamil, Pali or Arabic.  The instruction must take place in Sri Lanka and be obtained by September 30, 2011.  This program cannot cover translation costs, but it can cover instruction that takes the form of working with a tutor to translate texts or other materials.  The AISLS Colombo center will supply recipients with advice about language programs and tutors.

Normally, these awards will not be given to individuals who are in Sri Lanka with the support of a non-AISLS research award that provides expenses that can be used for language instruction.

Applicants should also fall into one of the following categories: 1) individual members of the AISLS resident in the US who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification, 2) individual members of the AISLS who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of graduate study at a US university, 3) faculty members at AISLS member institutions, or 4) graduate students at AISLS member institutions who are undertaking language instruction to support the needs of their program of study.  Previous recipients of AISLS language instruction awards are eligible.

To apply, please submit to John Rogers <> a short curriculum vitae, a one page statement that includes a description of the proposed instruction and how it supports your long-range research plans, a proposed timetable, and a budget.  The maximum award will be $300.  However, increases may be possible if there are surplus funds.  Proposals will be considered on an ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted.


The Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, seeks to fill a vacancy at the assistant/associate professor level in the area of interfaces between language structure and meaning as related to second language learning, use, processing and instruction. The Department offers an MA and a PhD in Second Language Studies as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate. A BA with an ESL specialization is available through the University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Faculty members have interests in a wide range of domains in second language studies, including research on second/foreign language and bilingualism/multilingualism. For more information, visit our website:

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, POSITION # 84247, tenure track, full time 9-month, pending position clearance and availability of funding, to begin 1 August 2011.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: a doctorate in second language studies, applied linguistics or a closely related field by August 2011; demonstrated relevant research ability in the area, commensurate with rank, as evidenced primarily by publications in peer-reviewed journals; evidence of teaching excellence

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: expertise in experimental methods and/or computational modeling; ability to win competitive research funding; teaching experience in a second language studies or equivalent graduate program; experience linking theoretical and applied concerns; interest in the Asia-Pacific region, including Asian and Pacific languages; second or foreign language teaching experience

DUTIES: teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of specialization in the Department of Second Language Studies; conduct and publish research; participate in departmental, college, university and community service

ANNUAL 9-MONTH SALARY RANGE: commensurate with qualifications and experience

E-MAIL INQUIRIES: Dr. Richard Schmidt<>  or

Dr. Bonnie D. Schwartz<>

TO APPLY: Send cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experience, a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement (including a list of courses taught), sample publications, and evidence of teaching excellence (e.g. a summary of teaching evaluations). In addition, letters of reference should be submitted directly by three recommenders. All application materials should be sent in hard copy or email attachment to:

Dr. J.D. Brown, Chair

Department of Second Language Studies

570 Moore Hall

1890 East-West Road

University of Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii  96822, USA

CLOSING DATE: Ongoing until position is filled.  Review of applications will begin on January 7, 2011.

The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


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