6th Grade in India and in the US

17 08 2009

My 10-year-old niece, Isha, who attends 6th grade in New Jersey, visited the orphanage with me recently. Since there were a lot of 6th graders there, we got together as a group and the kids shared their experiences learning languages in the different settings. They talked about books they read, what kinds of tests they had, and topics they liked to write about. The discussions occurred in Hindi, Bengali, and English.

Getting together!

Getting together!

We're the same age!!!!

We're the same age!!!!

One student discusses language pedagogy in his Indian classroom

One student discusses language pedagogy in his Indian classroom

Sharing language learning experience across contexts

Sharing language learning experience across contexts

Sharing the 6th grade experience in New Jersey

Sharing the 6th grade experience in New Jersey

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We’re Multi-Lingual!

17 08 2009

This is one of our coolest videos! The youngest kids get together and talk about their mother tongues, and other languages that are closest to them. The best fun ensues! One child says his favorite language is Hindi because he’s Hindu; one gives us a taste of Bihari, another of Nepalese, and yet another of Bengali. Check it out below!





Farm Animals!

17 08 2009

After I read them a book on farm animals, we made this video of the kids talking about their favorite farm animals! Check it out below, and watch out for the twist at the end!





A Visit to the Village School!

8 08 2009

In order to sustain the computer instruction beyond my stay here, we’ve started collaborating with the principal of the village school the kids attend. Check out the pictures of our visit to the school. And my kids would like to know if you can spot them among the students!!!!! 🙂





A Tiny Visitor from New York!

24 07 2009

My tiny 5-year-old niece, Ms. Bela Battu, visiting from New York, came with me to the orphanage yesterday. She and the kids conversed a little. The kids at the orphanage were stunned that she could speak Hindi, Bengali, and English with them, given that she’s “from America.” We worked on farm animals from a FUN book, and the new (related) blog posts are up here: http://vishwashaanti2009.wordpress.com/

Ms. Bela Battu (in pink) visits

Ms. Bela Battu (in pink) visits





New posts!

16 07 2009

The kids did some more micro-blogging today! Check us out here:

http://vishwashaanti2009.wordpress.com/





I want to be…

15 07 2009

The kids helped prepare a video-blog about what they want to be when they grow up! We’ve got some Hindi micro-blogs ready to go, but we’re facing technical difficulties, and soon as theyre resolved, we’ll have some Hindi posts up!