Penn STARTALK Teacher Training Institute for Hindi and Urdu, July 13-24, 2009

Penn STARTALK Teacher Training Institute for Hindi & Urdu


The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania will host the Penn STARTALK Teacher Training Institute for Hindi & Urdu in the summer of 2009. It is a residential program and will run from 9AM to 3PM on weekdays from July 13-24. Participants will learn theory and best practices of teaching aligned with the national Standards of heritage and foreign language learning. Topics will include curriculum design, performance-based assessment, Oral Proficiency Interview, authentic materials, differentiated learning and Hindi structures. Expert Penn faculty and visiting professors will impart the knowledge through lecture demonstrations and workshops. The training will be learner-centered with lots of hands-on practice. A special feature of this institute is that teachers will have a chance to observe live classes of Hindi & Urdu taught by master teachers in Penn’s concurrent STARTALK Hindi & Urdu student programs.

The program is open to ALL pre-service and in-service teachers of Hindi and Urdu at school or college levels. All participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon the successful completion of the program. There is no tuition fee and participants can get free accommodation on Penn campus. Everyone will receive a certificate of attendance for MOPI training from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in addition to a certificate of attendance in the program from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information and the application form, please go to <> or contact Dr. Vijay Gambhir <>. The deadline is May 31, but apply early because the qualified applicants will be admitted on first come
first served basis.