Classroom Activity: Puppet Show

Dates: June 27, 2016 – July 15, 2016

Location: Franklin High school, 500 Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873

Story Telling Festival: A Cultural Trip to India


Sangam-Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Program 2016, is a performance-oriented Hindi learning program for Novice level learners. It is a three-week-long program from June 27 to July 15, 2016, in which we are expecting both heritage and non-heritage students from 6-12 grades. The overarching theme of the program is "Storytelling Festival" that aims to introduce Indian culture and basic Hindi language skills. The three sub-themes of the program will be My Story, Moral Stories, and Cultural Stories.  

Students will be grouped based on their proficiency and cognitive maturity levels, and they will be engaged in age and grade-appropriate performance activities in all the three modes - interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. The primary goal of the program is to impart basic Hindi language skills and increased appreciation of Indian culture to non-heritage and heritage students with little or no prior exposure to Hindi at home or in the community. The focus will be on listening and speaking skills. Students will learn Hindi script and they will be able to read familiar words and simple sentences in Devanagari by the end of the program. The program will design differentiated activities to help all the students in the program to move up by at least one notch within the Novice level.

Curricula will be designed based on the "Backward Design Principle" and classroom will be student-centered by aligning with the "Startalk Endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning ".  Instructors will provide comprehensible input and will design activities for developing and assessing students' interpretive listening skills and interpersonal speaking skills. Learning tasks will provide opportunities for developing creative and critical thinking skills.  Students will construct and present their stories with the help of pictures, posters and multimedia tools such as Google slide deck.  Our instructors will help them interpret meanings out of comprehensible inputs, followed by thinking, pairing, and sharing ideas in groups and finally constructing their own narrative. They will use multimedia tools, like Google slide deck, posters to present their unique story at a ‘Story Festival’ to be held on the final day of the program. We will collect students' evidence of learning through informal comprehension checks, formative assessments, summative assessments, Linguafolio online self-assessments and daily exit cards.

The three-week intensive program will integrate Hindi language and Indian culture (products, practices and perspectives) through animated stories and video clips. Students will go on a daylong field trip to a community television studio where they will have an opportunity to see how community stories are collected, constructed, and relayed. A structured post-program follow-up program will be in place so that students continue to maintain and improve their Hindi skills.


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