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.

ACTFL Teacher Certification Pathway

via Gautami Shah (UTexas); Paul Sandrock (ACTFL)

ACTFL is offering a program to start teachers on the pathway to certification.  Our STARTALK Multistate Pathways to Teaching program is completely virtual and free, which allows for participants to manage their time through the asynchronous and synchronous sessions. This is fully available to people in any state (we are collaborating with four states, but are not limited to participation from those four states).  All the details are available on our website:

The program operates in three phases to develop teachers’ skills and identify specifically a route to state teacher certification:

  • Phase One (June 16 – July 14: 1.5 hour virtual session each week)
  • Phase Two (July 19 – August 9: synchronous sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 14 hours each week)
  • Phase Three (August through February: once each month, 1.5 hour virtual session)

Attached are materials to help you spread the word (our media toolkit).  You can pull the social media messages and images to send out via Twitter, Instagram, and to put a web banner on your website, or include the flyer in your newsletter or other ways of communicating with teachers in your network.

Thank you in advance for helping us reach your teachers with this valuable opportunity.  Please share any questions, requests, or suggestions with me.  ACTFL greatly appreciates this collaboration in support of teachers of Hindi and Urdu

New Website

SALTA has a new website! We will continue to generate content, provide South Asian Language pedagogy resources, and link to other organizations as our web presence grows. You are invited to add the website and contact for your language program on our site. You can use the website’s contact form, email, or respond to this post. Vanakkam, Swagatam, Wel-a-come!

SALTA Conference 2021 Call For Papers

UWisconsin-Madison SALTA Conference; June, 25-27, 2021 (Fri-Sun)

Call For Proposals (Panels and Individual Presentations)
Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, May 10, 2021

The South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA) is pleased to announce a three-day conference to be held online in partnership with the University of Wisconsin at Madison on June 25-27, Friday-Sunday, 2021. Sessions will be split with one session occurring in the morning and another session occurring in the evening on each of the conference days. The theme of this year’s conference is South Asian Language Teaching: Adaptation and the Future.

The conference aims to bring together teachers of South Asian languages of all experience levels and all backgrounds to share and discuss how we can use innovative methods of instruction and collaboration to expand the horizon of South Asian language teaching. We hope to explore an array of topics including language pedagogy, building resources, emerging platforms for language teaching, and opportunities for collaboration that can potentially allow colleagues to work together on joint projects and programs.

We solicit proposals for panels on relevant topics, as suggested by the themes mentioned above, but proposals for individual presentations will also be considered. Each panel will be 90 minutes long with 3-4 panelists/presenters; and individual presentations will be 20 minutes long. A proposal should include name(s) of presenters/panelists and a short description (250-500 words) of your proposed panel/presentation. Please send your proposals to by Monday, May 10, 2021. Selected panels and presentations will be announced by May 14.

Conference registration is free. To register, please click the following link: