Pranjali Sirasao

Lecturer
Email: 
pranjalisirasao@berkeley.edu
Address & Office Hours: 

347 Dwinelle Hall
Office Hours Fall 2016: Mondays and Tuesdays 1 pm to 2 pm

Pranjali Sirasao is passionate about learning and teaching languages from the Indian sub-continent. Besides being fluent in English and Hindi, she is also well versed in various Indian languages like Marathi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Guajarati, and Chhattisgarhi. She also has a diploma in German language. 

Her research interest involves second language acquisition theory and practices. She has been trained in NYU, New York in standards- based teaching methodologies. She is an ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) certified OPI rater.  Previously, she has taught in UC Davis and Stanford University.  During summer of 2014, she worked as Hindi consultant with the Speech team at Google, which builds speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies that enable voice-based interactions in Google products.

Pranjali Sirasao hosts a weekly program, Chai Time, on Stanford Radio, KSZU 90.1 FM. The program explores current events and issues relevant to South Asian literature, culture and music in both Hindi and English. She also actively volunteers in her community. She is a board member of Ethnic Art foundation, which is working towards the preservation of Mithila paintings created by women in the Mithila region of Bihar in North India. She is also involved with non-profit organization, Omkar Trust, in India working towards education and development of underprivileged children.

Areas of Interest:

Hindi Language and Literature, South Asian history and Culture, Second language acquisition theory and practices, Linguistics, Social Entrepreneurship