The NCLRC is thrilled to announce that it has received an award for South Asian Languages K-12 Research Study!
The South Asian Languages K-12 Research Study, to be called DesiLearn, is designed to document and describe all K-12 programs for the following languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. “Desi” refers to the people and cultures of these South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The project is named DesiLearn to express the desire for connecting the diverse language communities through the information gained as a result of this research.
The South Asian Languages K-12 Research Study is designed to document and describe all of the South Asian Language programs for K-12 age students in the U.S. This will allow the South Asian language community to marshal and strengthen existing resources for the teaching of these languages. The research will identify currently used resources and areas of need, and is designed to answer the following questions:
(1) What is the current state of South Asian language education for K-12 school-aged students in the U.S.?
(2) What do teachers and administrators involved in these programs report as the needs of their programs?
Read More at the new DesiLearn page