Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Saturday, February 11th 2017 (1:30-2:30 pm) at MBK Office, Fremont (43006 Christy Street). Send an email to to reserve your seat.

We are offering an accelerated Hindi 1 program in Summer 2017 in Fremont for students entering grade 9th through 12th. Program will start on Monday, July 3rd and end on Friday, August 4th. Students will meet from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays.
Students with successful completion (B or better grade) will be eligible to take Hindi 2 in 2017-18 school year.

Registration Process – Students planning to join any program must submit an online application/registration form at least 2 weeks before start of the program, to avoid late fees.


MBK is WASC accredited for Supplementary Education Program.

We have approval for transfer of grades from FUSDPalo Alto Unified, Saratoga, FUHSD (Cupertino) , Milpitas and Pleasanton Unified.

Send in your request if you would like us to initiate an approval process with your school district.

Students from Districts or private schools where transfer of credits is not yet approved, will receive a transcript from MBK for their Hindi Language Credits.

For 2017-18 school year, Students in Hindi I, Hindi II and Hindi III will meet at MSJ in Fremont on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm and MBK office on Christy Street on Saturdays or Sundays. Hindi IV students meet once a week on Sundays at MBK office

Hindi IA will be offered at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto on Thursdays from 4:15-6:30 pm.

Hindi IIA will be offered at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto on Wednesdays from 4:15-6:30pm.

Students will meet for 140+ hours during the academic school year for full year program, and 70+ hours for half year program.

Curriculum for High School Hindi is in line with other World/Foreign Languages taught in High Schools in California. In general students are able to learn a lot faster and more aggressively as they mature. Some studies indicate that 2-3 years of High School level program is equivalent to 1 year of college level course, and 3-4 years of elementary level language study is equal to 1 year of High School program. We have put testing procedure in place to determine student’s equivalency to High School Hindi Program.

Testing is scheduled in February and August. Students must submit their request for testing at least 3 weeks prior to testing date along with testing fee of $80.00. Late fee of $25 will be charged for late registrations.

Students will be tested in Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension (audio or Video), presentation skills on a topic at their level, and writing skills with appropriate vocabulary for given level.

Sample Tests are posted in Student Corner. Only students in High School or entering High School are eligible to take the Placement Test.

MBK teachers are not required to be credentialed teachers. All of our staff members are highly qualified and two are credentialed teachers for Hindi. All teachers are required to meet MBK standards and go through MBK Training program. You can visit the link to ‘Our Team‘ for more details on each team member.

CSU East Bay is now offering Teacher Credential Program for Hindi teachers. Qualified candidates need to show subject proficiency by taking CSET exam (California Subject Examination for Teachers). CSET Hindi Part I  is offered by NES (National Evaluation Series). See details at

CSET Hindi Part II is offered by GRID (Global Research on Indian Diaspora). Write to for scheduled test dates and other details.

Now that we have qualified (credentialed) teachers, there is no excuse for school districts for not offering Hindi as part of the school program like other world languages. Students and parents need to push for this by going to school administrators and school board members.

We do hope to see Hindi in public school system soon.

We did not have to get the books approved, only the curriculum.

For 2015-16, we used

Beginner Hindi by Joshua Pien & Fauzia Farooqui published by Georgetown University Press for Hindi I (Chapter 1-20).

Beginner Hindi by Joshua Pien & Fauzia Farooqui published by Georgetown University Press for Hindi I (Chapter 21-42) for Hindi II along with Introduction to Hindi Grammar by Usha Jain of UC Berkeley.

Intermediate Hindi Reader by Usha Jain is used heavily in Hindi III.

Intermediate Hindi Reader and Advanced Hindi Grammar by Usha Jain of UC Berkeley for Hindi IV program, along with other novels and published news.

We use other material published by Tulika Publishers of India, Katha Publishers, Pratham Books and many other available resources.

MBK Language Center is a non-profit organization. There is no State or Federal funding available for these classes right now, and the organization is incurring expenses for teacher salary, facility rental, insurance, marketing, planning, hiring, teacher training, and much much more. Fees collected are used to cover these expenses.

Fees for each class are listed in the application form. In general students in non-credit elementary program meet for 38-45 hours during the year, and pay $1000 per year, and students in for-credit high school program meet for 140-150 hours and pay $2250. Students in accredited half year program will meet for 70+ hours and pay $1750.

Discounts – With growing enrollment in these programs we are able to offer discounts on these yearly programs. Returning students have an opportunity to get 20% discount through end of February 2017 (Coupon Code RSFEB2017). All students enrolling by April 2017 can get 15% discount (WBMA2017).

Note – Application and fees must be submitted before offer expires. No exceptions.

Late Fee – Students enrolling after August 15th will incur late fee of $100.

Cancellations – Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing.
Fees are non-refundable for cancellation requests received after start of classes. If for some reason you need to opt out of this program before the start of the program, you must inform at least 10 days before the first class meeting to get refund.
Refunds will be issued for 80% of the net fees received. Payments received through Paypal generally cost us 3%.

Yes, the four year course of study for Hindi I, Hindi II, Hindi III and Hindi IV offered by MBK Language Center is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), and approved by the UC System and multiple school districts.

We have been running the program since 2007.

The community response has been very positive. It took a lot of time, effort and paperwork to get to this stage, and we expect to make it a success for everyone. Once a batch of students starts this program with MBK, we will take the batch through completion of at least 3 year program.

These classes are for everyone. We are hoping to work with federal institutions like FAFSA for student grants. For those in need of financial help, write to the director of language programs Madhu Aggarwal to discuss your options.

Teachers are carefully selected for this program, and are required to meet the state and district standards for teaching as a substitute. Some staff members have completed the teacher credential program in Hindi and even have PhD in Hindi.

All staff members continue to attend seminars and workshops offered by STARTALK program and ACTFL. All MBK Teachers are also required to attend a summer workshop to share their thoughts and ideas for effective and well planned lessons.

Have a question? Please write to Madhu Aggarwal, Director of Language Programs at MBK. Contact

  • Madhu Aggarwal wrote the curriculum outline for four year program with help from Dr. Duarte Silva, Executive director of California Language Teacher Association. Curriculum was also reviewed and approved by Mrs. Usha Jain, professor of Hindi at UC Berkeley, and by Mrs. Gyanam Mahajan, professor of Hindi/Urdu at UCLA.
  • Madhu is part of a ten member team who wrote National Standards for Hindi Language for ‘National Standards for Foreign Languages in the 21st Century’ published by American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language.
  • Madhu has been teaching Hindi in Fremont since 1987, and has been offering Hindi as an after-school program in the Bay Area Schools since 1999.
  • To see profiles of MBK teachers, please visit the Team.