Chinmaya Mission STARTALK Summer Hindi Camp (CMSSHC) - 2017

Application process for CMSSHC-2017 is now closed. Thank you all for your overwhelming response. Our roster is now complete for this year's camp.

CMSSHC-2017 will take place at Yamunotri Campus of Chinmaya Mission (30877, N. Fairfield Road, Grayslake, IL, 60030), July 10th to July 28th, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering 90 instructional hours per student over the 15 day camp (M-F each week for 3 weeks). 

This camp is being funded by STARTALK federal grant, which means, NO FEES will be charged to participate in this camp.

Indian vegetarian snacks and lunch will be served daily during the camp ( NO COST to Participants ). 


There will be three classrooms of  about 12 students per class, with a total of 36 students. 
Neena Kathuria, Ashish Kathuria, and Anuja Naik will serve as main classroom teachers.
Lalitha Gupta, Komal Bhonagiri, and Ruchi Naik will serve as assistant classroom teachers. 
All the teachers are trained by STARTALK and have prior classroom experience of teaching Hindi.
Madhumathi Kumar will serve as the administrative assistant. 

With the theme "MY COOL SCHOOL", this program aims to introduce thirty six 8-10 year old students to conversational and written Hindi at novice high (proficiency) / intermediate low (performance) levels.

The theme will be divided in three sub themes - 1) MY - Me & You (As they meet new friends in the Hindi camp, learners will exchange information about themselves, their families, friends, likes, dislikes, daily school routine, extra-curricular interests with classmates.) 2) COOL - Cultural Orientation Offered through Language (Learners will compare and contrast American and Indian cultures as they explore school life, holidays such as Diwali and Halloween, after school activities, and a few customs they encounter in the Hindi camp.) - 3) SCHOOL - STARTALK Chinmaya Hindi - Outstanding Opportunities for Learners (Students will make connections with other disciplines through hands on activities, such as math, science, geography, arts, health, and nutrition). 

As the outcome of the program, learners will be able to communicate in all three modes of communication.

1) Interpersonal - Learners will be able to exchange personal information, follow and give simple directions, state preferences and choose an option from given choices after discussing with others.

2) Interpretive - Learners will be able to understand information about families, friends, their likes and dislikes, school activities,  schedule, and two common holidays (Diwali and Halloween) through listening, reading, and watching different media.

3) Presentational - Learners will be able to give information about their families, friends, daily routine, simple instructions for a game, a dance, write simple information in Hindi - their name, address, family tree, school routine.

They will be immersed in cultural practices (such as folk dances, songs, greetings, showing respect to elders) and products (such as food, clothing, books, music, movies) of Hindi speaking natives.

They will be able to take their learning beyond the classroom by visiting a local senior center, where most seniors speak Hindi, who will be able to share their school experiences with our learners. A sense of a global community will be created by connecting with similar age children in India through Skype / Google Hangout and sharing school-learning experiences with each other.

Working in teams of three, through discussions and negotiation, learners at novice high level will  design their COOL SCHOOL and invite others to study at their school. Learners at intermediate low level will adopt an underprivileged school from India, learn its needs and design a brochure / video / flyer to appeal to their family / friends for helping the students in need at their adopted school.

CMSSHC 2017's aim is to stimulate and enrich learners' imaginations and make learning a new language fun through various hands on activities and use of web 2.0 technology tools. Students will learn to interpret instruction in culturally rich contexts (some familiar, some new), interact with the teachers and other learners while engaging in playful activities, and present their learning in the form of a brochure, documentary, poster, infomercial of their dream school.

Campers will learn to speak, read and write Hindi in playful ways through stories, video clips, books, sports, hands on activities such as preparing meals, participating in different clubs (art club, cooking club, theater club, movie-making club, dance club), and games. They will be immersed in the language and culture of Hindi through games like kho-kho, bacaao, sher - bakarii, ruumaal - paanii, cards and movies. 

Hindi will be used 90% of the time inside and outside the classroom. 
Camp objective is to facilitate learning of Hindi through 5 C's (world readiness standards of foreign language learning propounded by ACTFL) - communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational), culture (perspectives, practices and products), comparison (of cultures and languages), connections (with other disciplines such as science, health, arts, math and distinctive view-points), and communities (taking learning beyond the classroom and becoming life-long learners).

Volunteering students and adults with some proficiency in Hindi will be able to volunteer in classrooms taking pictures, videos, teaching dances, managing games and other group activities, compiling videos, leading various clubs, preparing and serving meals. The volunteer application process for CMSSHC-2017 is now closed. Thank you all for your overwhelming response and selfless service.

Please write to the program director (Vidya Nahar) at or call her at 847-537-4710 for any questions.