I am pleased to announce the release of a new website (http://hindiurdu.net) 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