U Penn Hindi High School Summer Program

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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 27th, 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. 

For more information please visit us at:     http://www.southasiacenter.upenn.edu/startalk/hindi/index.html
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Glimpses of 2010 and 2011 program are available at:


Email: Dr. Shaheen Parveen: Shaheenp@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: Ms.Jody Chavez or Ms. Raili Roy at South Asia Center: 215-898-8816


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