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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2007

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32640 MW
TTh
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
SZB 286
SZB 434
Radhakrishnan, S.

Course Description

TAM 506 and 604 may not both be counted. Not open to native speakers of Tamil. TAM 506 provides first year training in Tamil-I (First Semester). The class meets five hours per week and carries five hours of credit. Tamil alphabets will be introduced for 16 hours in the first 16 classes and introduction to Tamil language, land, traditions, socio-cultural importance, traditions of grammar, religions, literatures etc., are for two hours. While learning Tamil alphabets, also the learners will learn to speak in Tamil and they are introduced to Tamil language structure patterns. After 18 hours of classes, learners are thorough with alphabets and know considerable number of Tamil words. They are able to write and read Tamil. Daily, there will be a dictation (5-10 words) in the classroom for students. Learning Tamil continues in Tamil for the rest of the semester. Drill practice, reading, speaking etc. will be done in the following classes after introduction of a theme (through a lesson). Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to introduction, one hour for reading and conversation;, one hour listening and drills of various kinds and revision. See the schedule of activities for more details. The course aims at developing proficiency in the four basic skills of language learning: namely, writing, reading, listening and speaking. The book on the script aims at imparting proficiency in the writing and reading skills of Tamil and vocabulary development. The course-pack materials aimed at imparting proficiency in listening and speaking and Tamil culture extensively. Classroom discussions about the aspects of language and culture make the learning more interesting and fun. The materials cover the basic structures of Tamil used for certain identified topics of common interest. Lessons are presented in the form of conversations. Audio, video support materials like the lessons on audiocassettes with drills, movie clips/movies, pictures will be used in the class.

Texts

Tamil Script Book Tamil Pronunciation Course-pack Read Faster Pictorial Learning There may be some more additional Xeroxed materials for class-work, reading, listening- comprehension, dictation, and pictorial learning in the class.

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