Our Unique Approach: The Startalk Way
STARTALK Hindi programs organized by YHS and HSF are designed to implement a standards-based and thematically organized curriculum that integrates culture, content and language. Our instructors are trained under the STARTALK-endorsed Principles. These principles are characteristics of highly effective language teaching and learning. We provide multiple opportunities for our learners to work with authentic, age-appropriate authentic audio visual material and texts in a learner-centered environment where they engage in real-world performance tasks that allow them to use the target language beyond the classroom.
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the World Readiness Standards for Language Learning:
The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are descriptions of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context.
Language learning as described in the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages is based on five goal areas that connect the development of communication skills (through three modes of communication that connect reading, writing, listening, and speaking with a communicative purpose) with meaningful contexts and engaging content (exploring cultures, examining connections, making comparisons, and participating in communities).
The Five C’s
The five “C” goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) stress the application of learning a language beyond the instructional setting. The goal is to prepare learners to apply the skills and understandings measured by the Standards, to bring a global competence to their future careers and experiences.