Chinmaya Mission STARTALK Summer Hindi Camp (CMSSHC) - 2019

Learner and Full Time Volunteer application process for CMSSHC-2019 is closed, as our roster is full, and many applicants are on the waiting list. 

Thank you all for your support and interest.

Chinmaya Mission STARTALK Summer Hindi Camp - 2019 (CMSSHC-19) will take place in Grayslake (30877, North Fairfield Road, Grayslake, IL, 60030 - Yamunotri campus of Chinmaya Mission), IL, July 15 to August 2, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (+ 60 minute daily online learning through Voicethread) offering 105 instructional hours over the 15 day camp (M-F each week for three weeks) to introduce forty eight 8-10 year old students to conversational and written Hindi at novice mid (proficiency) / novice high (performance) and novice high (proficiency) / levels. 

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 ). 

CMSSHC 2019's vision 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, geography, health, arts, math and distinctive view-points), and communities (taking learning beyond the classroom and becoming life-long learners).

CMSSHC 2019'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 their own dream tourist destination, and by maintaining a personal travel journal showcasing their daily learning.

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, card club, video club, and dances), yoga, and games, like kho-kho, bacaao, sher - bakarii, ruumaal - zapaTTaa, carrom, piThThuu, kabaDDii and movies. 

Hindi will be used 90% of the time inside and outside the classroom.  


There will be three classrooms of  about 16 students per class, with a total of 48 students. 
Neena Kathuria, Ashish Kathuria, and Shikha Pant will serve as main classroom teachers.
All the teachers are trained by STARTALK.
Vasanthi Rangarajan will serve as the administrative assistant. 
Vidya Nahar will serve as the program director.
This is the sixth year of STARTALK Hindi camp offered by the team mentioned above.

The theme of CMSSHC-2019 will be "Oh, The Places You'll Go". 

While virtually traveling to three different places in India (Delhi, Goa, and Jaisalmer), students will exchange information about themselves (name, age, where they are from and their family) with fellow travelers. 

Students will learn weather, topography, and food of the three places. 

At Jaisalmer, students will explore the famous "living fort", visit the historic temples and lake, watch a traditional puppet show, and go on a camel safari in the desert. 

In Delhi, they will explore dilli haat enjoying popular street foods, music, arts, and toys. They will visit tourist attractions such as India Gate, Deer park, National Rail Museum, and national zoological park. 

They will visit famous beaches in Goa, build castles in sand, trek near dudhsagar falls, and visit the spice plantation. 

Students will be able to ask and answer questions regarding their preferences (likes/dislikes) for these various activities, topography, weather and food at each of the places. 

At the end of the program, working in small groups, students will make a video presentation / poster board presentation of their trip in a mini travel fair for their classmates, parents. 

Working in teams of four, students will design and present their own tourist attraction, and present its features in Hindi.

Learners will 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 weather, animals, food, topography of the three places through listening, reading, and watching different media. 

3) Presentational - Learners will be able to give information about their places they visit in India, write a simple postcard in Hindi about the same to a relative / friend. They will present their own tourist attraction in Hindi. 

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 the three places. 

They will be able to take their learning beyond the classroom by interacting with Hindi speaking senior citizens, giving information about the places they visited and asking questions about the favorite tourist places visited by the senior citizens.

Please write to program director Vidya Nahar ( for more information.

Occasional Parent Volunteer / Food Donation Application       CMSSHC 2018     CMSSHC 2017     CMSSHC 2016    CMSSHC 2015                                                   

Balodyan Bhav Bhasha Bharati,
Jun 16, 2019, 1:33 PM