Graduate research position available for new Hindi media project

January 11, 2011

Hindi RecordingHindi in America is one of several new language-teaching projects being undertaken by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/) at UT; the project is led by Rupert Snell, Director of Hindi Urdu Flagship.

Our project will produce material to help in the learning and teaching of Hindi. We will be making a series of video recordings of informal, unscripted conversations with Hindi-speakers about the experience of coming from India to live in the US, with a special focus on issues of language use (e.g. Hindi versus English in different contexts). This is a four-year project and we are looking for a Project Researcher who would be available from spring 2011 until at least the summer of 2012.

The work would involve:
(a) working with Rupert Snell to develop a list of questions and subject areas for the conversations;
(b) finding Hindi-speaking interviewees and setting up the interviews/conversations (the actual filming will be done by a camera person);
(c) editing the filmed interviews;
(d) transcribing parts of the edited recordings and working on other written materials such as comprehension exercises and glossaries.

We are looking for a graduate student whose mother-tongue is Hindi and who is familiar with typing in Devanagari. The rate of compensation would be approximately $17 per hour and we envisage approximately 100 hours’ work per semester (spring and fall); timings and other details are to be discussed according to mutual convenience; there would be a lot of flexibility in the scheduling of the work.

If you are interested, please contact Dr Rupert Snell — rupertsnell@austin.utexas.edu, with HINDI IN AMERICA in the subject box of your email.

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