The STARTALK Student Hindi Program was a three-week language- and culture-intensive experience for both heritage and non-heritage Hindi language students ranging in age from 9th grade to university undergraduates. The umbrella theme of the program was "Travel to India". Students learned how to gather their travel documents in Hindi, how to ask for directions, have a simple conversation and how to board a train. Students learned about the architecture and history of India through images and films. And best of all, they were able to engage in meaningful exchanges with guest speakers as well as with native Hindi speakers living in India!
Penn's STARTALK Student Hindi Program was a three-week experience for both heritage and non-heritage Hindi language students. The umbrella theme of the program was "Travel to India" which covered the sub-units: Preparing for a trip (geography; flling out basic information for a passport/visa, packing for the trip: clothing and other items, weather/season, starting yoga excercises); During the trip (greetings, introductions, meeting people, self); In Delhi (visiting a home, food, at the train station, directions, visiting historical buildings and Gurudwara); In Lucknow (rickshaw ride, getting to meet a family, shopping, visiting a mosque, pigeon flying,); In Haridwar (bus ride, visiting a temple, festivals). The students learned basic Hindi language skills in the context of Indian culture in India and abroad. The curriculum was based on the national standards and the best instructional practices.