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Allama Iqbal Community Center (student)

Allama Iqbal - Brooklyn Urdu Startalk Program

Urdu • August 5, 2013August 26, 2013
  • P.S. 217 COLONEL DAVID MARCUS SCHOOL, Brooklyn, NY

The Allama Iqbal Community Center NY will offer a fifteen day learning opportunity to local school students to improve their Urdu language skills and understanding of Pakistani culture. The “Little Pakistan” area of Brooklyn has one of the largest Urdu-speaking populations in US. The Students will improve their Urdu proficiency and cultural knowledge through an engaging curriculum that integrates Pakistan-related content knowledge and also raises awareness of social issues affecting Pakistani children. In addition to covering fun topics such as the daily lives of Pakistani children and popular games, the program will also address important social issues such as female education, and child labor. These topics will be covered in a sensitive manner that will aim to increase students’ sense of community and their awareness of how assistance can be offered to those in need. The program will be based on the theme “Growing Together through Friendship and Service”. This theme has been chosen because of its strong potential for designing a meaningful curriculum that integrates real-world content with language learning and cultural goals. The curriculum will be based on ACTFL’s National Standards and will incorporate all five goal areas under the “5 C’s” including all three modes of communication.

347-933-7938 • nyopngo@hotmail.comhttp://allamaiqbalcommunitycenter.org

Allama Iqbal Community Center (student)

Allama Iqbal - Brooklyn Urdu STARTALK Program

Urdu
  • August 4, 2014August 22, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School, Brooklyn, NY

The Allama Iqbal Community Center NY will offer a fifteen day learning opportunity to local school students to improve their Urdu language skills and understanding of Pakistani culture. The “Little Pakistan” area of Brooklyn has one of the largest Urdu-speaking populations in US. The Students will improve their Urdu proficiency and cultural knowledge through an engaging curriculum that integrates Pakistan-related content knowledge and also raises awareness of social issues affecting Pakistani children. In addition to covering fun topics such as the daily lives of Pakistani children and popular games, the program will also address important social issues such as female education, and child labor. These topics will be covered in a sensitive manner that will aim to increase students’ sense of community and their awareness of how assistance can be offered to those in need. The program will be based on the theme “Growing Together through Friendship and Service”. This theme has been chosen because of its strong potential for designing a meaningful curriculum that integrates real-world content with language learning and cultural goals. The curriculum will be based on ACTFL’s National Standards and will incorporate all five goal areas under the “5 C’s” including all three modes of communication.

917-662-1635 • nasirpoliceliaison@gmail.comhttp://allamaiqbalcommunitycenter.org

Allama Iqbal Community Center (student)

Allama Iqbal Community Center STARTALK Program

Urdu
  • June 29, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • PS 217, Brooklyn, NY

The program will be held at P.S. 217, Colonel David Marcus School in Brooklyn, NY. Classes will be held daily from 9:00 to 3:30 over three weeks in June and July and continued learning classes will be offered on weekends through the end of the funding cycle in February. The program will target Urdu-heritage children, and we will market the program through community channels including local Urdu newspapers and radio shows, fliers at local stores, mosques, and churches, and through our center’s extensive contacts list. We are extremely excited about the prospect of using this STARTALK grant to continue promoting Urdu study in the Pakistani-American community in Brooklyn, NY. Thank you for considering the need of the community. We will try our outmost efforts to conduct this program in best possible way. We try to up grade our standards to surpass the expectations of Startalk . We have the full support of the community and community leaders to employ the language in school district for future, and we are able to target this aim due to our Startalk Urdu program.

917-383-9000 • fouziak999@gmail.com

Arlington Independent School District (teacher)

STARTALK: Empowering Teachers for Change

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • June 11, 2012June 22, 2012Residential Program
  • AISD Professional Development Center, Arlington, TX

Empowering Teachers for Change contains 60 hours of face-to-face instruction over a period of two weeks--10 instructional days-- preceded by a self assessment and followed by a practicum which will be supported by periodic virtual check-in's. It also will include a weekend service learning project in conjunction with Arlington ISD's Newcomer Center. By the end of the program, participants will have solidified their own professional practice, created and implemented a plan for their own professional growth, and begun to exercise leadership by working with a trusted colleague. TheTeacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework, closely integrated with STARTALK principles, provides the foundation for this program. Emphasis will be given to creating an effective learning environment, planning both units and individual lessons, executing these plans in the classroom, assessing their effectiveness, choosing appropriate resources, collaborating with students, parents, administration, and the community, and becoming a professional who reflects well on the profession and finds ways to make a contribution to it..

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.nethttp://www.aisd.net/aisd/lote

Arlington Independent School District (teacher)

STARTALK: Empowering Teachers for Change 2

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • July 8, 2013July 19, 2013Residential Program
  • Professional Development Center, Arlington, TX

Recognizing the need to strengthen foreign language teaching, especially in the area of critical languages, Arlington ISD proposes a two-part program for Summer 2013. The program will last two weeks, and the first week of the program will target teachers who have already participated in a STARTALK teacher program and particularly teachers who were a part of the AISD program Summer 2012. This time will be used to reinforce skills presented last year and to deepen participants understanding of STARTALK principles as explicated by the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) document. In the afternoons, attention will be given to individual language groups, and experiences will be much more hands-on than in the previous year. In response to participant requests from last year's program, groups of students will be brought in for micro-teach experiences. The second week will target teachers who have not yet attended a STARTALK teacher program. It will be organized around STARTALK principles as explicated by the TELL framework and will primarily address standards-based instruction, comprehensible input, and checking for understanding. Time will be allotted for a micro-teach experience for these teachers, as well.

682-867-7338 • sdeering@aisd.net

Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) (student)

STARTALK, FINISHfirst: Bridging Language, Growth, and Achievement

Seattle, WA • Arabic, Persian, Urdu • July 13, 2009 July 24, 2009

Associates in Cultural Exchange, through a grant from STARTALK, is offering two-week Arabic, Persian, and Urdu summer language camps at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle for students ages 10-14. Classes start on July 13 and end July 24 and meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. All three camps are being offered free of charge with fresh lunches included. All teachers are native speakers trained in the Natural Approach and Total Physical Response methods. Students are immersed in their new language and culture through storytelling, reading, writing, arts, crafts, plays, field trips, and multicultural events.

206-217-9644 Ext. 201 • makaj@cultural.orghttp://cultural.org/wlp/camp.php

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) (teacher)

STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Online

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
  • June 23, 2014August 3, 2014: Course begin/end dates (online)
  • STARTALK:TTLO (completely online), Minneapolis, MN

This STARTALK program is for teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 6-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of taking an online course. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have created a portfolio of activities to be used in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon timely successful completion of course requirements (optional graduate credit available). Applications are due April 28, 2014. Please see the website for further information.

612-625-8848 • johnshoy@umn.eduhttp://www.carla.umn.edu/technology/STARTALK/

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), U of MN (teacher)

STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
  • June 8, 2015June 28, 2015: TTLO Course (online)
  • Completely online, MN

This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements (optional graduate credits available for a fee). For more details, please see the program website.

612-625-8848 • johnshoy@umn.eduhttp://www.carla.umn.edu/technology/startalk/

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota (teacher)

STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • July 8, 2013August 25, 2013
  • Transitioning to Teaching Language Online, Minneapolis, MN

This new STARTALK program is for teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 6-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of taking an online course. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, developing a syllabus, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in a model online language course. By the end of the course, participants will have created a lesson for the start of an online course of their own. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements. Applications are due April 26, 2013. For more details and application forms, please consult the STARTALK:TTLO website.

612-625-8848 • johnshoy@umn.eduhttp://www.carla.umn.edu/technology/startalk

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

CAL STARTALK Proficiency Assessment Training Program

Washington, DC • Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • June 5, 2009 October 8, 2009

This STARTALK workshop will combine online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs. The workshop focuses on assessment with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs for students with novice-level proficiency. This blended learning workshop combines distance learning and face-to-face interaction. The workshop will begin with a four-module online course on the basics of assessment. Consistent with the blended learning approach, the initial four modules are followed by a two-day face-to-face workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, in July, 2009. After the face-to-face workshop, CAL will continue the online modules in order to provide assessment assistance, advice, and support during participants’ STARTALK programs. Finally, optional oral proficiency workshops, conducted online, will be available in the fall of 2009. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs. We hope that at least one person from every program participates. Organizers: Meg Malone, Lynn Thompson, Vicky Nier, and Anne Donovan Application: You can request the application and DRAFT syllabus from mmalone@cal.org.

202-362-0700 • mmalone@cal.orghttp://www.cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Proficiency Assessment Training Program 2010

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • May 7, 2010 July 9, 2010
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This STARTALK workshop combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs. Two tracks are offered: a primary track for participants who have not participated in our program before, and a secondary track for repeat participants. The primary track workshop focuses on assessment with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs for students with novice-level proficiency. The workshop begins with online modules on the basics of assessment. Consistent with the blended learning approach, the initial modules are followed by a two-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, June 17-18, 2010. After the workshop, CAL will continue the online modules in order to provide assessment assistance, advice, and support during participants’ STARTALK programs. Finally, optional online oral proficiency assessment training will be available in July of 2010. Secondary track participants follow an alternate program with more hands-on technical assistance. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs. Organizers: Lynn Thompson and Meg Malone. Applications are available along with the DRAFT syllabus from lthompson@cal.org.

202-362-0700 Ext. 519 • lthompson@cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Proficiency Assessment Training Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • May 14, 2011September 30, 2011
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This training program combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs, with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs. The program begins May 13, 2011 with online modules on the basics of assessment. The initial modules are followed by a two-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics May 31-June 1, 2011. The workshop content includes information about selecting/developing assessments and training in integrating assessments and instruction. During the workshop, participants will focus on developing authentic language assessment tasks for their programs. A separate track of the workshop will be available for educators from Chinese STARTALK programs that includes content from the main course plus Chinese-specific assessment examples and materials. The course will allow participants to focus on language-specific issues and to create and receive feedback on assessment materials in Chinese. As a follow up, optional online oral proficiency assessment training will be available in August of 2011. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs. Organizers: Lynn Thompson and Meg Montee. If interested, contact lthompson@cal.org.

202-355-1519 • lthompson@cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Proficiency Assessment Training Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • June 8, 2012August 31, 2012
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This training program combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs, with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs. The program begins June 8, 2012 with online modules on the basics of assessment. The initial modules are followed by a three-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics during the week of June 25, 2012 and additional online modules. The workshop content includes information about selecting/developing assessments and training in integrating assessments and instruction. During the workshop, participants will focus on developing authentic language assessment tasks for their programs. Additional post-workshop modules will focus on topics of particular interest to participants and build on knowledge gained during the workshop. A final follow up reflection week will take place prior to the fall STARTALK meeting. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs. Organizers: Lynn Thompson, Anne Donovan, and Na Liu. If interested, contact lthompson@cal.org.

202-355-1519 • lthompson@cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Proficiency Assessment Training Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • May 17, 2013July 5, 2013
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This training program combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs, with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs. The program begins May 17, 2013 with online modules on the basics of assessment. The two initial modules are followed by a three-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics beginning Monday June 3, 2013, which is followed by additional online modules. The workshop content focuses on developing high-quality assessment tasks that are appropriate for the characteristics of STARTALK learners. During the workshop, participants will focus on developing authentic language assessment tasks and rubrics for their programs. Additional modules will focus on topics of particular interest to participants and build on knowledge gained during the workshop. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs.

202-355-1519 • lthompson@cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Performance Assessment Training Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
  • June 2, 2014June 13, 2014: Introductory modules (online)
  • June 16, 2014June 18, 2014: Tentative face-to-face workshop (face-to-face)
  • June 20, 2014July 13, 2014: Follow-up modules (online)
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This training program combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs, with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs. The program begins with online modules on the basics of assessment. The three initial modules are followed by a three-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics which is followed by two additional online modules. The workshop content focuses on developing high-quality assessment tasks that are appropriate for STARTALK learners. During the workshop, participants will focus on developing authentic language assessment tasks and rubrics for their programs. Additional modules will focus on topics of particular interest to participants and build on knowledge gained during the workshop. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs.

202-355-1519 • lthompson@cal.orghttp://www.cal.org

Center for Applied Linguistics (teacher)

STARTALK Performance Assessment Training Program

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
  • May 22, 2015June 7, 2015: Introductory Modules (online)
  • June 8, 2015June 10, 2015: Workshop (face-to-face)
  • June 12, 2015July 2, 2015: Follow-up Modules (online)
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

This training program combines online and face-to-face workshop formats to provide training in language assessment. The purpose of the workshop is to help STARTALK program directors, instructors, and/or teacher trainers learn about and plan for assessment in their STARTALK summer programs, with particular attention to assessing language growth in short-term STARTALK programs. The program begins with online modules on the basics of assessment. The two initial modules are followed by a three-day workshop at the Center for Applied Linguistics which is followed by three additional online modules. The workshop content focuses on developing high-quality assessment tasks that are appropriate for STARTALK learners. During the workshop, participants will focus on developing authentic language assessment tasks and rubrics for their programs. Additional modules will focus on topics of particular interest to participants and build on knowledge gained during the workshop. This workshop is limited to staff from STARTALK-funded programs.

202-355-1519 • lthompson@cal.org

Center for Asian Studies at University of Colorado Boulder (student)

STARTALK: Jai Ho HIndi-Urdu Student Program

Hindi, Urdu • June 4, 2012July 6, 2012
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

The South, Southeast and West Asia Outreach Program (SSEWA), a program of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), will host its first STARTALK summer language program for high school students from June 4 to July 6, 2012. The primary goal of the program is to both inculcate linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills and to foster the development and implementation of less commonly taught languages such as Hindi and Urdu in the Front Range. Enrollment is limited to 20 high school students entering grades 9 through 12 in public and private schools in the Boulder-Denver area. The program consists of 3-week of on-site (June 4-22) and 2-week of online sessions (June 25-July 6). Participants must be able to commute to CU.Program instructors who specialize in teaching Hindi and Urdu languages, CU Faculty experts and other invited guest speakers will provide the students with required skills and tools to accomplish novice high level fluency in reading and writing of these languages. Prior knowledge of Hindi or Urdu is not required. All major costs associated with the program are underwritten by STARTALK.

303-735-5224 • Kunga.Lama@colorado.eduhttp://cas.colorado.edu/index.php/ssewa/startalk

Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder (student)

STARTALK: Hindi in the Rockies II

Hindi, Urdu
  • July 7, 2014July 25, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Hellems Hall, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

The Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) will host its third annual STARTALK Hindi and Urdu student program, in collaboration with the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) and the Department of Asian Language and Civilizations (ALC). Enrollment is open to 20 high school students who will be entering grades 9 through 12. Recently graduated students are also eligible to apply. It is a non-residential program and participating students are expected to commute daily to CU-Boulder campus. The program will be held from July 7 to July 25, 2014. All major costs associated with the program are underwritten by STARTALK. The primary goal of the program is to provide Hindi and Urdu language learning experience and encourage development of cross-cultural communication skills. The program consists of three weeks of in-class instruction, including face-to-face conversation opportunities with native speakers and virtual immersion sessions to practice Hindi-Urdu with student partners in India. Students will be taught by trained language instructors of Hindi and Urdu, CU faculty experts in South Asia, and other guest lecturers and performers.

303-735-5224 • kunga.lama@colorado.eduhttp://cas.colorado.edu/content/startalk-hindi-rockies

CLASSRoad - HADI (teacher)

STARTALK - Designing Blended Language Instruction for Anywhere/Anytime Learners

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Urdu • June 2, 2013July 16, 2013
  • HADI Office, Culver City, CA

BECOME AN EFFECTIVE ONLINE LANGUAGE TEACHER: This fully online program is delivered in English and is designed by experts in blended/distance language learning. Topics include: online learning environments, learning management, student orientation, backward design for blended contexts, student-centered instruction, assessment, trouble-shooting, and teacher effectiveness evaluation. Instruction will closely reference ACFTL standards, communicative skills, language assessment, and integration of culture and content. Individual and collaborative work will offer opportunities to utilize tools like Google Moderate, Google Hangouts, Edmodo, and Rich Internet Applications, among others, to deliver blended instruction in target languages. The program is comprised of two components. ONLINE PART 1: Open to all LCTL instructors, is a two-week asynchronous workshop featuring instructional video clips, discussion forums, quizzes, and assignments to be completed within a timely manner according to your personal daily availability. ONLINE EXTENSIVE PART 2: Open to a limited number of top-performers from Part 1 who are Arabic, Persian and Chinese instructors, and involves professional goal-setting and three days of preparation for micro-teaching, and three days of micro-teaching and peer feedback. Micro-teaching will be in the form of delivering a lesson to students at California State University, San-Bernardino using the distance learning tools covered and modeled in the program.

310-845-6149 • munir@hadi.orghttp://classroad.com/startalk

Concordia Language Villages (teacher)

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for STARTALK Teachers of Critical Languages at Concordia Language Villages

Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu • Residential Program
  • June 21, 2015July 1, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, MN

Principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this graduate level course. This is a residential program designed for K-16 teachers of critical languages. Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy. STARTALK teachers learn and practice: a) strategies for staying in the target language in both formal and informal instructional settings; b) formative and summative Standards-based assessments of students’ communication skills and cultural understandings; c) content-based teaching strategies; d) integrating culture into the teaching of language; and e) meeting the needs of diverse learners. Brandon Locke, dean of teacher development programs, is the program director and lead instructor. Jing Zhao, a Chinese immersion teacher, serves as co-instructor. Dr. Donna Clementi will also be a guest instructor focusing on instructional unit design and standards-based Integrated Performance Assessment model. The program is housed at Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN) with regular visits to Concordia Language Villages sites. Participants receive room/board on the BSU campus. Four graduate credits are awarded for successful completion of the course. In addition, each participant will receive up to $350.00 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

907-242-1671 • blocke@cord.eduhttp://www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org

D.C. 9 Metropolitan Urdu Center (student)

DC Metro Urdu STARTALK Program

Urdu • July 2, 2012July 20, 2012
  • Fairfax County, VA

The DC Metro Urdu STARTALK Program will offer an exciting opportunity to 40 local middle and high school students to improve their Urdu language skills and their understanding of Urdu culture. Students will improve their proficiency in Urdu language and culture through a curriculum based on the most current, innovative, and effective teaching methods. The program will also strengthen students’ ties with the local and international Urdu community and it will help to disseminate information about fun, engaging, and effective teaching methods throughout the local community. Instruction will be based on the theme “A Trip to South Asia.” Our aim will be for students to learn to carry out a variety of real-world tasks at a performance level of half above their incoming level. Instruction will integrate language, culture, and content, and students will improve their proficiency in all three areas by actively using their linguistic and cultural/content knowledge. The program will incorporate technology in a manner that enhances instruction and extends learning opportunities. We believe that we will be able to help accomplish this goal by offering a rich learning experience to our youth and in the process strengthening local networks and disseminating knowledge about effective teaching methods.

571-221-0308 • dc9urdu@hotmail.com

D.C. 9 Metropolitan Urdu Center (student)

DC 9 STARTALK Urdu Elementary to Middle Program

Urdu • June 20, 2013July 9, 2013
  • Springfield/Fairfax, VA

DC9 Metropolitan Urdu Center presents the second year of our fun and educational Urdu Summer Class! This opportunity is available to 50+ local elementary to Middle school students around the DC Metropolitan area. During the program students will improve their Urdu language skills, familiarity with Urdu culture, and social studies and art-related content knowledge through an engaging curriculum firmly grounded in STARTALK-endorsed effective teaching principles. The program will also strengthen students’ ties with the local Urdu community and will support the community in its goal of establishing a more sustainable Urdu program. Our 2012 program was wildly popular, attracting 104 applications for 40 spots (which has prompted us to increase this year’s capacity). We will employ the theme “A Trip to Pakistan” to design and implement a meaningful theme-based curriculum. Our program will also have a special emphasis on integrating arts and crafts with language use. Last year we did several projects that were a hit among our students including one in which students decorated a painted Pakistani truck. Our site visitors praised this aspect of our program highly and we were invited by STARTALK to present on it during the 2012 post program conference.

571-221-0308 • saziz9@yahoo.comhttp://dc9urducenter.org/

D.C. 9 Metropolitan Urdu Center (student)

DC Metro Startalk Urdu Program 2014

Urdu
  • July 29, 2014August 23, 2014: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Washington, DC

The DC9 Metropolitan Urdu Center seeks to build on the success of its 2012 and 2013 programs to provide another exciting learning opportunity to 50 local elementary and middle school students. Students will improve their Urdu language skills, familiarity with Urdu culture,and social studies and art-related content knowledge through an engaging curriculum. The program will also strengthen students’ ties with the local Urdu community and will support the community in its goal of establishing a more sustainable Urdu program. We will continue to employ the theme “A Trip to Pakistan” to design and implement a meaningful theme-based curriculum. In previous programs, we incorporated Pakistani art projects in our curriculum and it became the highlight of our program. We focused on Pakistani truck art in 2012 and Pakistani rug art in 2013. Considering the positive impact of art projects on students' language learning we will include the project in our curriculum this year as well. The program will be held daily from July 31 to August 20, 2014,with further learning resources to be created and posted on the website or organized via social media on a regular basis. The program will target heritage children but will also welcome non-heritage students.

571-221-0308 • saziz9@yahoo.comhttp://dc9urducenter.org/

D.C.9 Metropolitan Urdu Center (student)

DC Metro Startalk Urdu Program 2015

Urdu
  • July 20, 2015August 5, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School, 6703 Barnack Dr, West Springfield, VA

Northern Virginia is home to a large and vibrant Urdu-speaking community that is enthusiastic about maintaining its language and culture. And we offers a colorful celebration of Urdu and the diversity of Pakistan. The DC9 Urdu STARTALK Program will provide instruction to 50 upper elementary, middle, and high school students, based on the theme “A Trip to Pakistan.” In addition to providing another quality learning experience, we also aim to further mobilize the community around the goal of establishing a more regular and sustained Urdu program in our community. This year we are adding an advanced level class to our program and are planning to prepare our students for the Fairfax County Credit Exam for World Languages. We are hopeful that by preparing some of students for the county language proficiency exam and having support from the community and local leaders we could persuade school officials to consider introducing Urdu in local public schools. Considering the positive impact of art projects on students' language learning we will include the art project in our curriculum this year as well. We will hire an internationally recognized truck artist, Haider Ali to conduct workshops on the Pakistani truck art incorporated in our curriculum.

571-221-0308 • saziz9@yahoo.comhttp://dc9urducenter.org

India Center of Westchester, Inc. (student)

STARTALK-Hindi/Urdu/Language Immersion Summer Program in Hudson Valley, 2015

Hindi, Urdu
  • June 29, 2015July 17, 2015: Program segment (face-to-face)
  • Scarsdale Middle School, Scarsdale, NY

The Hudson Valley STARTALK program will offer three weeks of standards based interactive Hindi/Urdu language and culture learning opportunities to 70 elementary and middle school students. Learners will develop language proficiency, art and cultural perspective by exploring several ancient and world heritage architectural wonders of India/Pakistan. Theme based games, competitions, hands-on arts and craft projects such as ‘Decorative Folks Arts and Craft’, ‘Secular Art and Architecture’ and ‘Self Sustaining Miniature Neighborhood’ will provide opportunities to language learners to engage in a meaningful communication and collaborative work. Students' placement will be based on pre-program informal ACTFL OPI, writing sample, reading CASLS/CAPS and LinguaFolio. Our instructors will use differentiated instruction and various formative assessments such as four corners, think pair share, graphic organizer, exit cards and NCSSFL/ACTFL Can Do Statements to address students' needs. Instructors will use authentic materials to design and incorporate novice and intermediate higher sub- level tasks to motivate learners to grow their language proficiency. To motivate intermediate level students gain Advanced mid/high level proficiency NYU Proficiency test will be offered based on teacher recommendations. Students will visit a local house built on ancient Vastu Shastra of architecture and construction and a Mosque and a Temple.

914-319-9396 • sushmak171@gmail.comhttp://hudsonvalleyhindiurdu.tk/startalk-program
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