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US varsity to promote Hindi and Urdu Teaching

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Indiana University in the US has been given a government grant of US$119,999 to educate middle and high school teachers and students in Hindi and Urdu, two of the three 'strategic languages spoken in some of the most populated countries.' The University's India Studies Programme has been given the grant from the 'STARTALK' funding for a four-week residential immersion programme for high school students in Hindi and Urdu, two languages largely spoken in India and Pakistan. The STARTALK programme of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the United States.


It has also awarded IU's Centre for Chinese Language Pedagogy two STARTALK grants totaling US$169,993 to continue a teacher training programme in Mandarin Chinese for 20 middle- and high school instructors and for a new four-week language programme for 20 secondary school students. The two centres last year received total, initial STARTALK funding of about US$204,000. Both student programmes begin on June 22 at IU Bloomington. The free summer intensive program for Hindi and Urdu provides the equivalent of one semester of university-level instruction. Between June 22 and July 17, students will meet in 20 hours of classes each week and participate in cultural activities. They will go on field trips to cultural sites and learn about the south Indian classical dance bharatnatyum, south Indian carnatic music, yoga, and even popular sports such as cricket and kabbadi. Twenty students from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California and Hawaii have been accepted for the Hindi and Urdu programme.

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