Rhode Island Foreign Language Association CFP

– This organization is seeking to be more diverse and inclusive and also has a focus on Heritage Programs. If your program is in the Rhode Island area (I assume this means Mass, Conn, etc.) consider this.

(via Kristin Archambault: RIFLA)

We are hosting a virtual conference on Saturday, October 2, and is are actively looking for presenters.  We have five strands: Intercultural Competency, Technology, Social Justice/Equity, Heritage Programs, and Comprehensible Input/Proficiency-based instruction. 

We welcome proposals from anyone, but we would especially like to offer presentations from a more diverse group of teachers (BIPOC/LGBTQ+) and we are also looking for more presentations that focus on teaching Chinese.

Information about our conference is on our website (www.rifla.org) in the turquoise box. Presenters are not compensated but can attend the conference for free and will have access to all sessions. 

Deadline for proposals is July 15, but it is fine if you submit it a little later than that. Please reach out if you have questions.

Annual Early Hindi Workshop

(via Imre Bangha and Gyanam Mahajan)

This year’s summer Early Hindi Workshop (the eighth since 2021) will be held online between 12 and 24 July 2021, with one 90-minute reading session each working day (Monday to Saturday) followed by a 30-minute discussion.

As in previous workshops, we are going to read and discuss texts on which a particular academic is working. Academics and students with a solid foundation in Brajbhasha or another form of early Hindi, and familiarity with essential grammatical terminology in English or Hindi, are welcome to join. The workshop will be bilingual – participants are welcome to converse in both Hindi and English; of course, this means that participants are expected to understand academic conversation in both languages, and speakers are asked to speak clearly.

Texts to be read and discussed this time come from the borderlands of Hindi, namely from Panjab, Rajasthan and eastern India. They have been produced in a variety of literary idioms, such as Rajasthani (Marwari), Sant Bhasha (Sadhukkari), Maithili/Brajabuli and Panjabi. Although most of them are now considered as early versions of distinct modern languages, they were to a large extent mutually comprehensible, so much so that at some point of time most of them came to be associated with Hindi.

As last year, it will be open both to auditors who would simply like to listen in without participating and reading participants. Our website is now live, so if you are interested please take a look (you can find the dates, eligibility criteria, and the application form on the site): Eighth Workshop – Online! – Early Hindi & Brajbhasha Workshop (wordpress.com). To apply, please return your application form to earlyhindi2021@gmail.com by 4 July.
If you have any questions, please write to earlyhindi2021@gmail.com.

World Hindi Secretariat Database

(via Kusum Knapczyk and Rajni Bhargava) The World Hindi Secretariat is making a world database to gather information about the universities that teach the Hindi language, literature, and culture outside of India. This information will be made available on the website of the “World Hindi Secretariat” (www.vishwahindi.com). If you are a Hindi instructor, please fill this form with as much detail as possible. It will not take you more than 10 minutes of your time but it will be a tremendous help for us. This database is also one which SALTA uses as a cross reference.

Please note that we only need one form for each college/university/institution so you may want to coordinate with other colleagues. If you teach other languages you can forward this email to your Hindi colleagues or fill this form on their behalf.

Your contributions are valuable to the global Hindi field.

Here is the form https://forms.gle/HbsLHPURU8xKMnrp6

2021 Conference in Four Days!

The 2021 South Asia Language Teachers Association’s annual conference is only a few days away! This year’s virtual format brings together scores of teachers and scholars from across the globe with skills an interests in over eighteen South Asian languages. From Assamese to Urdu, we are pleased to bring together this dynamic group of language professionals for three days of presentations, discussions, and community building from Friday, June 25th to Sunday June 27th. The schedule of panels can be found on the SALTA website at https://mysalta.org/2021-conference/.

Topic: SALTA Conference 2021

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meetinghttps://vanderbilt.zoom.us/j/92512796836?pwd=NjdlQUNJNzdYSk1QamMwcTlpMDNqQT09

NSLI-Y Job Opportunity

via Rebecca Manring and Sara Hansen, edited

The Virtual NSLI-Y program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, that introduces U.S. high school students to languages critical to U.S. national security, is a 10-week,  beginner-level foreign language and culture experience, in line with the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, that will also introduce participants to the people and culture of places where the target language is spoken.

Virtual NSLI-Y 2021-22 programs will take place this cycle in Fall 2021 (Sept – Nov) and Winter 2022 (Jan – Mar), and we will be hiring teachers of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.

Though we have many teacher applicants for certain languages, we are in need of additional teacher applicants for Hindi in particular, and to a lesser extent Korean, Turkish, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese as well. The application for the 2021-22 Virtual NSLI-Y Language Teacher position can be found here.

You can find additional information about the program in the flyer attached, at our website (linked above), and I am very happy to answer any questions that may come up as well.

Best regards,

Sarah Hansen

Program Officer, Enrichment

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200

Washington, D.C. 20036

202.833.7522 ext. 125




via Divya Chaudhry, Research Director

  • New this week!! The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Reading Group led by Dr. Rajiv Ranjan. It will meet every alternate Friday. Its first meeting is this Friday, 5-28. A tentative schedule of readings is provided in the table below. Please reach out to Rajiv ji with suggestions for additional/alternate readings. 
  • If you would like to lead a reading group on another topic , schedule a co-writing hour on another day/time, or initiate another learning community, please reach out to me. This group is in service of you and your professional development, and I would love to hear from you on how we can best accomplish that. 

Schedule for the week of May 24, 2021: 

Tuesday, 5-25
1100-1300 CST
1200-1400 EST
Weekly Co-Writing Hour
(led by Elliott McCarter; Thank you, Elliott ji!!)
Zoom Meeting Link Co-writing hour : Guidelines & Structure
Friday, 5-28
1000 -1100 CST
1100-1200 EST
Fortnightly SLA Reading Group
(led by Rajiv Ranjan) 
Zoom Meeting Link Schedule and Selection of Readings 
Friday, 5-28
1100 -1200 CST
1200-1300 EST
Weekly Urdu learning community
(led by Ritu Jayakar)
Google Meet  Link Urdu Resources Google Drive Folder
Saturday, 5-29
1700-1900 CST
1800-2000 EST
Weekly Co-Writing Hour
(led by Divya Chaudhry)
 (same as Tuesday)(same as Tuesday)

Research and Urdu Script Groups

via Divya Chaudhry, SALTA Research Coordinator

In an attempt to support each other and create more opportunities for collaboration, the research group will be hosting the following in the month of May. 

  • weekly co-writing/working sessions on Tuesdays (11am-1 pm CST) and Saturdays (5 pm-7 pm CST). Here‘s the meeting link for both sessions for the months of May and June. The first session will take place on May 18, Tuesday
  • In a usual co-writing session, individuals will work on their projects in small increments of time (~25 mins) with their videos turned off. At the 25 min mark, they have the choice to take a 5-min break or continue working. You do not have to stay for the entire time. 
  • Dr. Simone McCarter, an expert in language, pedagogy, and critical writing and the current Academic Support Coordinator at Vanderbilt’s Writing Studio,  has graciously agreed to guide us through goal setting for these writing hours and making the best use of our time. She will join us at 11 am CST for the first session.  
  • If you would like to join the Writing Group’s WhatsApp group , please use this link on your phone. Use it to ask any writing or writing -group- related questions. 
  • If you would like to lead a session on another day/time, please reach out to me so I can help with its organization.
  • Weekly Urdu learning community held on Fridays 11 am-noon CST
  • Join us to get some dedicated practice on reading Urdu. 
  • Ritu Jayakar is organizing this group, please contact her if you would like to join.
  • SALTA Material Development Resources folder – This folder will house any personally vetted resources shared by our SALTA colleagues. You will find speaking proficiency rubrics shared during yesterday’s s meeting in this folder. 

If you would like to suggest any additional professional development activities that you would like to lead as part of SALTA, please do not hesitate to contact Divya.