SUMMER LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The Institute organizes an intensive 8 week summer language program during June-August. The classes will be held in mornings from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. In all there will be 45 working days, nine weekly tests, two field trips, four film shows, 20 personal tutorial classes, nine student-teachers meetings, two guest lectures, five monolingual guests and six local trips. The student teacher ratio will be less than 4:1 .

Eligibility

AIIS will offer instruction in Bangla, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Kannada as well as other languages if there is interest. For the summer we require at least a year for Hindi, Urdu, Bangla and Tamil, two years for Sanskrit, but we offer instruction at all levels, including the beginning for other languages. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply; AIIS will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate them.

Language Program

Instruction will be offered at the AIIS Language Centers and the program will be administered in India by AIIS staff. This is an intensive language program that provides four hours of classroom instruction five days a week. Classes are small and multiple individual tutorials are provided. There will be regular assignments outside of class and there is special emphasis on connecting with the local speech community and on self-management of learning. Participants are encouraged to identify and prioritize their needs and keep track of their language development. Participants must take part in all program events, such as attending films, plays, and other cultural activities. They are also encouraged to stay with local host families. This is not a research program; participants are expected to devote all their energies to activities that will increase their competence in all areas of language skills--speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Participants will have ample opportunity to study their research-related materials in the target language during personal tutorials.

Application Procedure

Applications and information are available on the web:
American Institute of Indian Studies
1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
Tel. (773) 702-8638.
aiis@uchicago.edu
www.indiastudies.org