University of Pennsylvania's STARTALK Intensive Urdu program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2012. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan with influences from Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Sanskrit and is one of the most critical languages for understanding the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
STARTALK is part of a national effort to enhance learning of less commonly taught languages in schools.
This is the fourth year of this program and the second year the course is offered as credit bearing. STARTALK funds are used to subsidize the cost of tuition, students receive UPenn transcripts and 1credit transferable to any university in the US. There are several scholarships available to students who want to continue studying Urdu in college.
Penn STARTALK Urdu program will take place from June 29th to July 20th. Prior knowledge of the language is not required. The program has space for 12 high school students. Students will benefit from instruction by highly distinguished Penn faculty members who are leading experts in their fields. A Standards – based curriculum, high quality learning materials, and a range of activities and projects employed to maximize students' acquisition of Urdu linguistic skills as well as gain familiarity with the cultural knowledge needed to successfully engage in meaningful interactions.
The program provides a rich experience in the culture, history, art, music, cuisine, politics and religion of South Asia. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to receive an embedded experience of university life at an Ivy league institution and will help demonstrate wide interests on their college applications and resumes enabling them to compete more effectively for jobs in an increasingly global world. Fluency in Urdu is a highly desirable skill for students interested in pursuing careers in government, army, politics, International non profits, IT, or a global company.
I would appreciate it if you could post this information to your school's website related to summer courses and publicize the program to students and colleagues who may be interested. I will also be mailing you flyers for the program. If you would like us to visit your school and present information about the program directly to students, we would be delighted to do this. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
University of Pennsylvania STARTALK Urdu Program
University of Pennsylvania Hindi STARTALK 2012
Do your students dream of a career in international business, technology, diplomacy, medicine, or education? Help prepare them for these globalized fields with the opportunity to travel to India this summer, all without leaving the comforts of Philadelphia!
Penn’s STARTALK Student Hindi Program invites students to join us for a three-week, language- and culture-intensive experience at the University of Pennsylvania! This year the Penn STARTALK Hindi program will run on weekdays from July 9th to July 28th, 2012. Students will learn how to gather their travel documents in Hindi! How to ask for directions and have a simple conversation! How to board a train! Learn about the architecture and history of India through images and films! And best of all, engage in meaningful exchanges with guest speakers as well as with native Hindi speakers living in India (through Skype)!
Prior knowledge of Hindi is not required. This summer language and culture program is open to both heritage and non-heritage Hindi language students ranging in age from 9th grade to university undergraduates. Students can enroll in the program for University of Pennsylvania college credit or choose a less expensive, non-credit option.
The program participants will benefit from being taught by highly distinguished Penn faculty members, graduate students and other experts. Our language and cultural studies programs and staff are internationally known for their extensive experience in developing programs for high schools. The instructors will use a Standards – based curriculum, high quality learning materials, and a range of activities and projects to engage students’ to help raise their language skills and interest in South Asia. Field trips, cultural activities, and films are part of each program, and snacks will be provided daily. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to receive an embedded experience of university life at an Ivy League institution. It will also help demonstrate wide, varied interests on their college applications and resumes, enabling them to compete more effectively for jobs and other opportunities in an increasingly global world. The program has seats for 16 students, and offers the participants a tremendous opportunity to learn about the languages and cultures of South Asia.