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.
South Asian Languages Program
HINDI - Arshad Said Khan
URDU - Mohammad Jalaluddin
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.
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: