Smita Daftardar

Lecturer of Hindi

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages


Mrs. Smita Daftardar received her Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and started her career as an R&D Engineer with a technology development center collaborating with National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP).

Mrs. Daftardar is currently enrolled in the MA Hindi-Urdu Pedagogy program at Kean University, NJ. She has trained in online language teaching (TTLO) under The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), a research and resource center devoted to improving language teaching and learning. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Mrs. Daftardar has been teaching Hindi for the last 15 years. Her journey as a Hindi Instructor started in 2006, as a volunteer with VHPA Balvihar, a non-profit language and culture community school in the Atlanta area. She has also been a part of the STARTALK language program, as Instructional Lead (Hindi program) since 2012. STARTALK is a project funded by the NSA and administered by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC). STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with programs for students (K-16) and teachers.

Mrs. Daftardar was a part of the STARTALK Task Force 2018 at NFLC for developing model curricula for teaching foreign language at various proficiency levels.

Mrs. Daftardar is currently teaching Hindi 1001 online and Hindi 1002 face-to-face.


Research Fields:
  • Hindi


  • HIN-1001: Elementary Hindi I
  • HIN-1002: Elementary Hindi II
  • HIN-1501: Heritage Hindi I
  • HIN-2001: Intermediate Hindi I
  • HIN-2501: Heritage Hindi II