India Summer Program
Duration: Six Weeks
Age of Students: High School Students ages 15 to 18
Class Hours: 120 hours (4 hours per day)
Target Proficiency: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced for Youth
Overseas Partner: iEARN-India
Overseas Language Institution: Disha Learning Centre, Pune, India
In-Country Accommodations: Host families in the Pune area.
Course and Program Description
The NSLI-Y Summer Institute of Hindi Language and Culture aims to provide an immersion learning experience in which students will be able to acquire the basic skills and improve significantly their functional language proficiency and enhance their cross-cultural competence and communicative skills. Specifically, the summer institute will employ carefully designed learning activities, which will provide exposure to the rich culture of India and opportunity to understand the cultural context to the language. This six week intensive program will include:
- One hundred and twenty hours of in class intensive Hindi instruction at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels, including individualized tutoring.
- Projects on Indian history and culture focusing on the modern and contemporary periods;
- Six week long home-stays with Indian families;
- Twice a week organized interaction with Indian students from local colleges and high schools;
- Community based activities centered on efforts taken to improve education for the under-served;
- Cultural excursions in and around Pune to better understand the profound cultural, economic and social transformations currently taking place in India.
- Classes on traditional dance, music, art and craft to understand Indian culture and to have practical experience in the Indian arts.
- The summer institute has a five-fold objective:
- Develop students’ Hindi language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels in an immersion-learning environment.
- Improve students’ understanding of traditional and modern Indian culture through various kinds of interactive cultural activities.
- Build new and strengthen existing personal and institutional relationships between their •Indian peers, host families and students from the United States.
- Foster continued study of Hindi language and culture upon the students’ return to the United States.
- Enhance students’ self-awareness and confidence and build interpersonal communicative skills.