Kanti Hindi Kendra (Student Program)
STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Immersion
To Be Determined
- Concord Road Elementary School, Ardsley, NY
The program will enroll 80 novice and intermediate level heritage language learners (1 to 8 grade) from local early elementary to middle schools. To provide meaningful Hindi language learning experience to its participants, program’s 91 hours instruction will be based on student friendly overarching theme of ‘Let’s Save the Endangered Animals and Their Habitat'. Thematically organized and the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages based curriculum and instruction will facilitate and engage both the first time students to learn and returning students to further grow their Hindi language skills, and cultural understanding. To address and meet the needs of all learners, pre-program informal Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will be conducted, and based on the outcome, learners will be placed in age and level appropriate classes. The outcome for 80 Hindi language learners at the end of the program will be their ability to demonstrate gains in Hindi language proficiency and cultural competence at higher sub-level in three modes of communication. The program will also provide continued Hindi language and culture learning opportunity to the participants during its 20 week blended post program from September 2020- March 2021.