South Asia at Yale
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Language Study | Language Lectors & FLTAs | The South Asia Language Pedagogy Conference | Shared Course Initiative

Language Study

The South Asia Council houses a growing program in South Asian languages for undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, we offer instruction in three languages – Hindi, Tamil, and Sanskrit. Students can satisfy their Language requirements at Yale by taking any of these languages.

If there are South Asian languages you want to learn, but don’t see offered at Yale, contact us! We can help you find a teacher through the Center for Language Studies, or a summer program where your needs will be met. We also maintain a database of intensive Summer Language programs for South Asian Languages in South Asia and the US.

We can offer some support for summer language programs. Please contact us for more information.

Aswini Deo
South Asian Languages Program

Language Lectors & FLTAs

BENGALI - Sreemati Mukherjee: MA, Jadavpur University. Sreemati Mukherjee is a Senior Lecturer in Bengali Language at Cornell University. She will be teaching Introductory and Intermediate Bengali at Yale through a videoconferencing initiative. She received her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, BA in English Honors and B.Ed. from Loreto College, Calcutta University. She is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and of South Asian Languages Teachers Association (SALTA). She has a double certificate from ACTFL as oral proficiency tester in Bengali for both ACTFL and the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR).

SANSKRIT | David Brick: PhD. Asian Cultures and Languages at University of Texas at Austin, 2009. His dissertation comprises a critical edition and translation of the Danakanda, a twelfth-century work by Laksmidhara, which constitutes the fifth section of his encyclopedic Krtyakalpataru. David Brick will offer an L5 course on Law and Religion in Ancient India.

HINDI | Swapna Sharma: PhD. University of Agra 1991. Her PhD dissertation is on Gadadhar Bhatt: Tradition and Literary work (Parampara aur Sahitya). Her dissertation does an analysis of the literary writings of Gadadhar Bhatt, a leading figure in Caitanyaite Vaisnavism of the resurgence of Krishna bhakti in the 16th century in Vrindaban, India. Swapna Sharma will offer an L5 course on Medieval Bhakti Literature.

HINDI | Seema Khurana: MA. Indira Gandhi National Open University. Seema Khurana is a Senior Hindi Lector at Yale University since 2001. She is constantly developing materials for teaching Hindi as well as introducing new courses to meet the demands of the students. Khurana started 'Sandeshi', a project of nostalgia and passion, giving voice to Hindi literature and bringing it to life. Seema has published and presented her short stories, poems and play in India and America.

HINDI ⃒ Isha Parasher (FLTA)

The South Asia Language Pedagogy Conference

The Annual South Asian Language Pedagogy Conference will take place in Spring of 2014 and will bring together accomplished teachers and scholars with expertise in a wide range of South Asian languages. This workshop seeks to explore and share successful models of
South Asian language instruction and research within the American academy. Broadly
speaking, it aims to create a convivial atmosphere wherein scholars and instructors can
present and discuss their work and ideas pertaining to any of the languages of historical
or modern South Asia. The hope is that by drawing together a diverse array of specialists
in South Asia, participants may broaden their perspectives on the place and possibilities
of South Asian languages within Western academe and begin to discern new avenues for
the pursuit of both teaching and research.

Shared Course Initiative

Columbia, Cornell, and Yale, through a collaborative arrangement to share less commonly taught languages, offer several languages that are not otherwise taught on our campuses via videoconferencing from a partner institution.  These are not “online” computer-based courses.  The courses are taught ‘live’ by an instructor at the sending institution, and students at the receiving institution will be expected to attend a regular class in a designated classroom which is outfitted with videoconferencing technology.  At the receiving end, students will see the teacher and be able to interact via videoconference with him/her and the other class of students. 

This academic year, we offer several languages through the South Asia Studies Council: