STARTALK Classroom Video Collection

Welcome to the STARTALK Classroom Video Collection. This video collection was compiled to provide real-life examples of teachers working to incorporate STARTALK-endorsed effective practices in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu classroom settings. In these videos, you will find teachers interacting and engaging with students and encouraging them to engage one another. You will see the teachers utilize role playing to make students the center of the learning experience; make use of songs, videos, and other authentic materials in the target language; and, through the use of culturally rich activities such as meals, fully integrate the target language and culture into the classroom.

This collection is intended for current and future world language teachers in pre-K–16 programs, including those at heritage- and community-based schools. These videos can be used alone or incorporated into more extensive teacher education materials. Whether you are teaching now, preparing to become a world language teacher, or training and mentoring teachers, we feel certain that you will find these videos beneficial to your continued development as a language educator.

Each video below can be viewed online or downloaded to your own computer or mobile device. Download a copy of the viewing guide associated with each video for detailed information about each lesson.

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Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

Hindi

Intermediate Low

Charnjit Kaur and Suvra Bhaduri use visuals to contextualize new vocabulary and use the story of Gandhi as a way to integrate content and culture.

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Kent State University

Arabic

Novice

Fetna Mikati shows her students an authentic interview between two native speakers, demonstrating both culturally appropriate greetings in context and how an interview is conducted in Arabic.

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Kent State University

Hindi

Novice

Uma Krishnan integrates language, culture, and content as she uses multimedia to explore the Nehru dynasty and the concept of multigenerational families with her students.

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National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

Swahili

Novice

Zablon Mgonja illustrates how consistent use of the target language creates an immersion experience for his students.

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OneWorld Now!

Arabic

Novice Low

Abdessamad Meskini uses role play to demonstrate new vocabulary in a realistic context, and he integrates language and culture by introducing a well-known quote often found hanging in Arabic shops.

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OneWorld Now!

Chinese

Novice

Sun Burford introduces clothing and currency vocabulary and prepares her students for a shopping experience in Beijing.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Chinese

Novice Low

Rebecca Wang uses props, body language, and song to make an authentic Chinese story and its concepts comprehensible for new learners.

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Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University

Persian

Intermediate

Shahnaz Ahmadeian integrates language, culture, and content as she teaches her students about a famous photographer and encourages her students to share personal stories about themselves.

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San Diego State University/San Diego Turkish School

Turkish

Novice

Gul and Aydin Goksel use a Turkish puppet play and traditional instruments to introduce basic weather expressions.

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University of Pennsylvania

Urdu

Intermediate Low

Rubab Qureshi embeds cultural perspectives, practices, and products while conducting a lesson on reunions and hospitality.

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student
  • Teacher

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate

Material Type(s): 

  • Instruction

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • Undergraduate