The 2012 STARTALK Program offered by the School for Global Education & Innovation at Kean University is designed primarily for high school heritage language students from New Jersey’s Hindi and Urdu communities who wish to gain higher levels of language proficiency through the study of Hindi/Urdu in real world contexts and in contemporary learning environments that integrate innovative learning strategies and technologies. 

A key feature of the program is daily student interaction with students in the Mayoor School in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India and the Saint Anthony's High School, Lahore, Pakistan as part of a Global Project-Based Learning experience entitled Educating Children Worldwide. Lessons will focus on the issue of education equity as the context for developing increasing linguistic, cultural and global competencies. The project addresses two UN Millennium Goals and supports Academic Impact, a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.  Accordingly, students will develop increased proficiency in Hindi or Urdu while using these languages to engage in a cross cultural dialog about an important global issue for which they will propose solutions that will be shared face-to-face and virtually.

Teacher education is also critical component of the 2012 STARTALK Program. The primary goal of this program is to enhance the knowledge and skills needed for successful teaching in standards-driven, face-to-face and virtual learning environments by providing professional learning experiences that integrate content, theory and pedagogy with practice and that leverage the power of advanced technologies.

2012 Kean Startalk Program Overview (Video)