The cultivation of quality Hindi Urdu programs at the K-12 level is a crucial component of the Flagship’s mandate. To this end, HUF spearheads a number of efforts to increase and enhance Hindi Urdu K-12 programs in the US. Our efforts focus on the following areas:
The Flagship hosted a workshop to develop linkages between K-12 and university Hindi Urdu educators Dec 19-20, 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin. K-12 educators from New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Houston, Dallas, and Austin discussed common pedagogical and logistical issues related to the development of K-12 Hindi Urdu programs in the United States. The workshop is the first step in an effort to start a national dialogue on the importance of Hindi Urdu at the K-12 level.
Existing K-12 Programs
The Flagship is working to provide teacher training, curriculum consultancy, and occasional financial support to existing K-12 Hindi Urdu programs. HUF has established partnerships with the following K-12 programs:
- Fremont Unified School District | Fremont, CA
- Edison High School | Edison, NJ
- JP Stevens High School | Edison, NJ
- Hindi USA | Edison, NJ
- Bellaire High School | Houston, TX
- HEB School District | Bedford, TX
- Woodstock School | Mussoorie, India
Emerging K-12 Programs
HUF hopes to establish partnerships ― similar to those listed above ― with K-12 schools who are considering establishing a Hindi and/or Urdu language program. If you are affiliated with such a school and would assistance in starting up a language program, you can submit a Request for Information.
HUF is developing language learning materials with an eye to their use in contexts beyond the Flagship setting; K-12 learners are a significant element in our broader intended audience. HUF materials are free, web-based, and not tied to particular textbooks. Our media projects will hopefully be a significant resource for K-12 learners and teachers alike. In addition, HUF has provided logistical support for the development of the first Hindi textbook for high school students.