Startalk Teacher Training




Program Information

Dates: June 1–21, 2014


The NYU STARTALK program offers an intensive teacher training workshop in Hindi and Urdu. Supported by a STARTALK grant from the National Foreign Language Center, this course is part of a larger, ongoing U.S. government initiative to support increased training and education in "critical languages."

The intensive, three-week blended workshop is designed to enhance the knowledge and the skills of current and prospective school, community, and college teachers of Hindi and Urdu. The program is taught partly online and partly on-site in New York City. Participants learn the most up-to-date, standards-based teaching methodologies and are required to develop, observe, and critique classroom procedures, strategies, and teaching techniques. The program includes a cultural component in which participants learn how to use the resources available in the community environment. Classrooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment and classes are held on New York University's campus in New York City. During their stay in New York, participants can live in New York University housing.

The program was developed in collaboration with the NYU School of Professional Studies Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting department, the NYU College of Arts and Science's Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The curriculum is based upon a New York State-approved course, which is part of the regular curriculum of the master's program in Foreign Language Teaching at the NYU Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development.