Hindi and Marathi

Coalition Language Representatives

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Vidya Nahar, a native speaker of Hindi, has been teaching conversational and written Hindi and Marathi to adults and children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 1998, through her institute, "Balodyan" (www.balodyan.com). She has written more than 100 children's Hindi and Marathi songs/rhymes and Hindi/Marathi plays to teach these languages playfully to learners. These songs and skits have been published in four books, and a CD of her songs has been recorded. Vidya has written A to Z in Hindi volumes 1 & 2, and A to Z in a Hindi picture dictionary, with more than 1,000 images. She has also written a textbook, "Hindi Learner 1," for novice learners of Hindi, which covers topics such as varNamaalaa, maatraaeN, self-introduction, family introduction, friend introduction, weekly routine, daily routine, weather, animals, emotions, India's map, extended family, likes, dislikes, festivals of India, etc. (www.balodyan.com). Vidya has attended several STARTALK Hindi teacher training programs and served as the director for five STARTALK student Hindi programs. She is well versed in STARTALK's learning philosophy and incorporates ACTFL's learning standards for global language acquisition in her classes. She uses technology in her language classes to assess, enhance, and reinforce her students' learning. She has organized the "Vishva Hindi Video BHAASHAN Pratiyogitaa" (World Hindi Video Speech Contest) since 2016. This is the first and only contest of its kind, where anybody, ages 7 to 18, can participate from anywhere in the world by uploading a video of their Hindi speech on the given topic on YouTube to win handsome prizes. Videos of these speeches and various projects of Vidya's Hindi students at Balodyan can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/user/Balodyan/playlists. Vidya also teaches yoga and pilates to five generations of participants in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (www.vyayam.com).

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2019