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

Sankaran Radhakrishnan

Senior Lecturer Ph.D., Annamalai University

Sankaran Radhakrishnan

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-6048
  • Office: WCH 5.103
  • Office Hours: FALL 2014: M 10-12, W 10-11
  • Campus Mail Code: G9300

Biography

Courses taught:
Tamil language (all levels): Conversational (spoken), Written, and Classical Tamil

Tamil literature: Modern and Classical  

Topics in Tamil Language and Culture; Language and Literatures

Thesis course, Plan II

Writing component courses:  Cultural History-South Indian Cultural History

                                         Arts and Dances of South India

Interests

Tamil language (modern and classical) and literatures (modern and classical); south Indian culture/history; Tamil teaching/learning material production

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural Hist

31950 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WCH 4.118
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

32840 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 506 and 604 may not both be counted.

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

32845 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.204
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 507 with a grade of at least C.

TAM 320K • Advanced Tamil I

32850 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.204
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312L with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural Hist

32205 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.204
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

33215 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.118
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 506 with a grade of at least C.

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

33220 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312K with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31882 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.208
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

32890 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 506 and 604 may not both be counted.

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

32895 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 214
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 507 with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

31720 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.122
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Course Description

Art is spiritual in its outlook, idealistic in expression and sublime in interpretation.  It is not matter of enjoyment, not something to amuse one-self with.  It has a deeper basis and a more exalted aim.  It was considered to be vital for human progress as knowledge.  In one sense, art turned inward is divinity and divinity turned outward is art in Indian cultural contexts.  All art treasures are preserved and practiced from time to time in all cultures.  India, a land of cultures for several millenniums keeps its identity through these arts which is base of intellectual history even today.

In ancient India, various art forms like paintings, architecture and sculpture evolved. The history of art in ancient India begins with prehistoric rock paintings. An advanced town planning is seen in North West Indus regions with highly developed architecture. Another remarkable example of sculpture from Harappa civilization comes in the form of the dancing girl from Mohenjo-Daro. The use of symbolic forms in India is as old as the Harappa seals. The fire altars of the Vedic period, with their astronomical significance also play an important role in the evolution of the later temples. It was followed by a period in the history of Indian art that is important for rock-cut caves and temple architecture.
Alongside the art forms like architecture, paintings and sculpture, there have been evolving, changing, transforming, folk and tribal art traditions in India. These art forms are expression of people belonging to different cultural and social groups of India. It is the expression of people whose life is tuned to the rhythms of nature. In Indian art tradition, gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. It is an art where life and creativity are inseparable.

Therefore, this class will explore and extensively discuss different art forms, both fine arts and performing arts and the social relevance. Theories and practice will also form part of the course.  As India is big for this study as region, North East, North, and South regions and the dances of these regions and their developments and types (folk theater to modern) will be discussed using print and visual materials.  Court-theater-temple transformation of the art of dances and arts associated with this art and their underlying philosophies will be also discussed. 

Grading:

Quiz (Q-1: 20+Q-2: 25) ……                                                 45%                                                                                    Attendance and class participation ……                                20%                                                                              Project/Paper(s) and presentation on assigned topic(s)…       20%                                                                                          

Topic wise analysis/Articles or Essays of analysis and criticism or argument, and presentation/                                                                              Reviews of books, selected articles on the themes, lectures as assigned)                                                                

Videos related to the topics, Critical write-up]                                                                                         

Video writes-up on video contents ……………………  .  10%

Write-up on special guest talk/assigned topic……………. 05%

 

Materials:

Course-Pack (collection of articles)

 

Selected Reference Readings:

  1. Performing pasts: reinventing the arts in modern South India , 2008, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008 edited by Indira Viswanathan
  2. Acts of authority and acts of resistance: theater and politics in colonial and postcolonial India / Nandi Bhatia, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004
  3. History of Art Development in India and Southeastern Asia, Chang Renxia, 2006-5                                                  ISBN 7-5336-4540-5 
  4. The art of India, Hermann Goetz, Crown Publishers, India
  5. Beyond performing art and culture: politico-social aspects / V.P. Dhananjayan, 2007  B.R. Rhythms, 2007. Anthology of articles chiefly on Indian classical dance, Dance -- Social aspects – India, Dance -- Political aspects -- India
  6. Sacred landscapes in Asia: shared traditions, multiple histories, 2007

New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors: Distributed in South Asia by Foundation Books, 2007.

  1. Indian Art: forms, concerns and development in historical perspective

New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture, 2000.

  1. Indian theatre, tradition, continuity, and change / Nemichandra Jain, New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House, c1992

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

32775 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.102
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TAM 507: Syllabus

INTRODUCTORY TAMIL II

 MEETING DAYS:      

FACULTY:                 Sankaran Radhakrishnan    

Office hours:              

 Course Description:

TAM 507 is continuation of TAM 506 and second level of the introductory course. The course meets four times a week and carries five credit hours. Usually one hour per week will be devoted to Structure introduction, one hour for reading, one to conversation. From the beginning of the later half of the semester, one hour for reading, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and one hour for guided and free composition will be devoted for effective and wider languages use. There will be number of activities for language developments among the learners. The classes will be very interesting by the active participation of learners.

 Revision of TAM 506 will be the first agenda for few hours before we begin TAM 507.

Objectives:

- Able to form sentences orally from given patterns and lexical items.

 - Able to participate in basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned materials.

- Able to understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances about familiar topics.  Comprehends simple questions, statements, high-frequency commands, and courtesy formulae. May be able to do rephrasing, and/or a slowed rate of speech for comprehension.

- Able to interpret written language on familiar topics. Can read for instructional and directional purposes, standardized messages, phrases, or expressions, such as some items on menus, schedules, timetables, maps, and signs.

- Able to copy or transcribe familiar words, biographic information (e.g., names, dates,nationality), some short phrases and simple lists.  Can write all the symbols in an alphabetic or syllabic system or 50-100 characters or compounds in a character writing system. Spelling and representation of symbols may be

 TAM 507 aims at:

Learning all basic structures

Development of vocabulary

Developing proficiency in communicative competence

Practice to the normal reading speed

Training in writing short passages

Letter writing practice, that is, writing letter on their (learners) own

Practice on guided composition

Practice on reading and listening comprehension

Translation of sentences and simple passages 

Preparing students to describe/narrate events or pictures (pictorial learning)

Preparation of a dictionary

 Materials: There are lessons for introduction of new structures.  The lessons are given in the form of conversation to develop effective spoken skill.  The lessons are situational and in dialogue form about various topics essential to use day to day activities.   They’re about ten passages (all are structure wise and vocabulary wise graded) and a letter in addition to the conversation lessons.   Each lesson will have variety of classroom activities and exercises to do at home.   Learners are expected to work and submit the homework on time.  Late or non-submission will leads to reduction in final grade. There will be more reading materials for reading classes.  Comprehension, guided and free composition passages will be distributed in the class to work.  Composition will be discussed in the class and work will be given to do independently.  Submission of exercises for the composition and comprehension is compulsory.  Every learner is required to prepare a dictionary.  The words used in the lessons, passages that distributed in the classroom and the new vocabularies used by the professor in the classes are the sources to compile the dictionary. For the preparation of a dictionary, the professor will give guidance in the class.  The dictionary should be submitted a week before the last day of the class. There will be audio listening passages for listening comprehension.  Also there will be multimedia materials (video) to improve reading speed.  Watching Tamil movie or clips for comprehension and cultural understanding (to catch the missing immersion environment) form part of this course.   Also the learners will get exposure to learn to write (development of writing competence) through ‘Pictorial learning’.

 Attendance:  Students are expected to attend every class (mandate).  Absences are excused only with a medical certificate from a doctor or by prior arrangement with the professor.  Attendance will be noted from the first day of the class.

 Homework: There are 13 interesting homework assignments for the whole semester.  The exercises for the structure lessons are due once a week (10 on Thursdays) and composition and reading comprehension for every ten days (3 on Mondays). Grades are based on these and hence submission should be on time.  Late submission leads to reduction in final grade.

 Oral presentation: There will be one oral presentation for this semester (sometimes, two). The presentation will be in Tamil.  However, students can use English also.  Students in consultation with the professor will select a topic for the presentation or the professor will assign the topic.  Based on the types of learners, group presentation (instead of individual) may be possible.  The time for individual presentation is 5-7 minutes for each student.  For group presentation each group (with 4 will get 15-20 minutes).  A week before the presentation, the presenters are expected to submit a list of new words that they plan to use in the presentation with English meaning and discuss with the professor. One page summary copy of the presentation should be given to all the classmates on the day of presentation. 

There will be two exams (one mid-term and final) and three tests (once in three weeks) during the semester.

 

Grading: Weights assigned to each activity:

Attendance                                     ……300 (30%)

Homework (H) -weekly (13x10)      ….130 (13%)

Comprehension & Composition (3x10) 100 (100 %)

Presentation (1x50) (P)                    ..... 50 (5%)

Tests (3x40)              (T)                   ….120 (12%)                    

Conversation/Participation (C/P)    ….  100 (10%)         

Exam (2)          (E)              ….               200 (20%)

                                           Total   ……1000 (100%)

Services for Students with Disabilities website (found here: http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/providing.php

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

32780 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm WCH 4.118
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TAM 312L: Syllabus

INTERMEDIATE TAMIL-II                                           

Meeting time and place:        

Instructor:            Sankaran Radhakrishnan

Office hours:                          

Course description: TAM 312L provides the second year of training in modern literary Tamil (“Intermediate Tamil” authored by S Radhakrishnan).  This course is advance level to TAM 312K.The course meets three hours per week and carries three hours of credit. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson introduction (text lessons), one to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one to reading passages, and developing conversation around the topic.   Variety of composition, reading comprehension, and translation passages will be used in the class besides the text lessons. Spoken-Written differences will also be focused through exercise.

Tamil films, drama and videos on cultural aspects of the languages will form part of the classes.  Students are required to comprehend and bring a short write up about the films and videos. Depending upon the learners’ level and proficiency in Tamil, Literary pieces and poems from modern to old and short stories, novels, journal Tamil will also be introduced.  Discussion in Tamil and Conversation in Tamil form part of the course.

Materials (prepared by S.Radhakrishnan):

Selected lessons from “Intermediate Tamil”

(They include: short stories, essays on festival, modern poems, old poems, etc.

Letter-writing, festivals, etc.-print and audio)

Comprehension passages, guided and free composition passages.

Listening comprehension

News paper materials (only if time permits)

Tamil movies/clips

Attendance: Attendance is compulsory for this class.  Students are expected to attend every class.   Absences will be reflected on final grade.

Homework:  In total, 5 home works will be there for the course (Lesson exercises also form part of homework). Homework is due on the class day immediately following the one on which it is assigned. Late homework will not be accepted.  The date of submission will be given as and when the lessons are completed in the class.

Oral presentation: During the term each student will make one presentation for 7-10 minutes on an assigned topic. The presentation will be on the day specified in the syllabus. A week before the presentation, the presenters must submit a list of new words that they plan to use in the presentation together with English meaning. The presentation handout copy should be given to all the classmates on the day of presentation.                                                                   

Essays: There will be 4 essays based on the audio, video clip from movie, picture(s), and topics of comprehension passages etc.   Essays should be submitted on due date.

Exam: There will be 4 Exams during the semester.

The 4th exam will be the final one. 

Grading system: Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows:

Attendance (42x5) ... 210   

Homework (5x20) ... 100

Essays     (4x 20) . . .   80

Exam 1-3 (3x50) ...   200

(One Exam for Reading-one lesson from the text lessons and one new passage: knowledge of script, ability to give exact translation, ability to read rapidly and grasp general content)

Presentation               75

Conversation/speaking85 (utilization of phonological distinctions, aspiration, retroflex ion, etc.; command of vocabulary, application of grammatical rules, overall fluency)

Exam 4 ………….    250  

                              ----------

       Total          . . .    1000 (the total will be worked out for 100% for final grade)

                             ----------

New +, - grading will be followed. 

*59 and below 59% Fail

 

 

Services for Students with Disabilities website (found here: http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/providing.php

 

Good Luck!

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

31630 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GAR 0.132
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ANS 372 (Unique#31630)                                                                                  Fall 2012

ANS 372 Arts and Dances of South India

 

Instructor: Sankaran Radhakrishnan PhD                                                                                                    

Email: radha@mail.utexas.edu                                                                                                           

Meeting hours and place: 3.3.-5.00   GAR 0.132                                                                                     

Office hours: Th 12 at WCH 5.136 (by appointment)

 

Course Description

Art is spiritual in its outlook, idealistic in expression and sublime in interpretation.  It is not matter of enjoyment, not something to amuse one-self with.  It has a deeper basis and a more exalted aim.  It was considered to be vital for human progress as knowledge.  In one sense, art turned inward is divinity and divinity turned outward is art in Indian cultural contexts.  All art treasures are preserved and practiced from time to time in all cultures.  India, a land of cultures for several millenniums keeps its identity through these arts which is base of intellectual history even today.

In ancient India, various art forms like paintings, architecture and sculpture evolved. The history of art in ancient India begins with prehistoric rock paintings. An advanced town planning is seen in North West Indus regions with highly developed architecture. Another remarkable example of sculpture from Harappa civilization comes in the form of the dancing girl from Mohenjo-Daro. The use of symbolic forms in India is as old as the Harappa seals. The fire altars of the Vedic period, with their astronomical significance also play an important role in the evolution of the later temples. It was followed by a period in the history of Indian art that is important for rock-cut caves and temple architecture.
Alongside the art forms like architecture, paintings and sculpture, there have been evolving, changing, transforming, folk and tribal art traditions in India. These art forms are expression of people belonging to different cultural and social groups of India. It is the expression of people whose life is tuned to the rhythms of nature. In Indian art tradition, gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. It is an art where life and creativity are inseparable.

Therefore, this class will explore and extensively discuss different art forms, both fine arts and performing arts and the social relevance. Theories and practice will also form part of the course.  As India is big for this study as region, North East, North, and South regions and the dances of these regions and their developments and types (folk theater to modern) will be discussed using print and visual materials.  Court-theater-temple transformation of the art of dances and arts associated with this art and their underlying philosophies will be also discussed. 

Grading:

Quiz (Q-1: 20+Q-2: 25) ……                                         45%                                                                                    Attendance and class participation ……                         20%                                                                              Project/Paper(s) and presentation on assigned topic(s)… 20%                                                                                          

Topic wise analysis/Articles or Essays of analysis and criticism or argument, and presentation/                                                                              Reviews of books, selected articles on the themes, lectures as assigned)                                                                

Videos related to the topics, Critical write-up]                                                                                         

Video writes-up on video contents ……………………  .  10%

Write-up on special guest talk/assigned topic……………. 05%

 

Materials:

Course-Pack (collection of articles)

 

Selected Reference Readings:

  1. Performing pasts: reinventing the arts in modern South India , 2008, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008 edited by Indira Viswanathan
  2. Acts of authority and acts of resistance: theater and politics in colonial and postcolonial India / Nandi Bhatia, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004
  3. History of Art Development in India and Southeastern Asia, Chang Renxia, 2006-5                                                  ISBN 7-5336-4540-5 
  4. The art of India, Hermann Goetz, Crown Publishers, India
  5. Beyond performing art and culture: politico-social aspects / V.P. Dhananjayan, 2007  B.R. Rhythms, 2007. Anthology of articles chiefly on Indian classical dance, Dance -- Social aspects – India, Dance -- Political aspects -- India
  6. Sacred landscapes in Asia: shared traditions, multiple histories, 2007

New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors: Distributed in South Asia by Foundation Books, 2007.

  1. Indian Art: forms, concerns and development in historical perspective

New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture, 2000.

  1. Indian theatre, tradition, continuity, and change / Nemichandra Jain, New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House, c1992

 

 

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31650 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.208
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Fall 2012

 

ANS 372 (Unique#31650)

SOUTH INDIAN CULTURAL HISTORY

 

Instructor: Sankaran Radhakrishnan PhD                                                                                                    

Email: radha@mail.utexas.edu                                                                                                            

Meeting hours and place: 9.30-11  MEZ 1.208  T Th                                                                                   

Office hours: Th 12-1 at WCH 5.136 (by appointment)

 

Course content and goals:

This course is an introduction to one of the world's great civilizations, that of south India and India, from its beginnings in the third millennium BC to the present day.  The first quarter will deal with classical Indian civilization, its origins, its social structure, religions, arts and sciences.  The second quarter and half will examine India's encounters with the civilizations (Ancient, pre-historic, and modern). This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding to South Indian cultures, and their developments and aspects that is major social, political, and economical changes.  The course will focus major components of culture in Indian context in general and South India particular. The course will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development of social and political structures and their influences over the society.  During the course of study, the class will examine about indigenous cultural groups (races), their cultures, their influence,  pre-historic situations; role of geography in south Indian cultures, influence of other cultures on south Indian society; contact between India and south India with East Asia; role of temples, temples as cultural centers and their influence on society; emergence of social divisions and their role in modern contexts, marriage and marriage patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc. The development of art forms as art was seen as a precious human expression, capturing the truth of beauty in the natural world and the Renaissance was seen as its most fulfilled, rational and technically perfect manifestation.

A clear picture about the early, medieval, and modern cultures will be presented to understand the region, south India and its cultures through lectures, discussions, multimedia materials etc. Student's active class participation also form part of the course.

Grading/ Course Requirements: 

Grading will be done based on quizzes (2), attendance, class participation, a long Paper/project and presentation, short  critical write-ups on video contents.  There will be number of interesting visuals (videos, slides, transparencies, pictures etc) on different aspects of the cultures for this class to make the students to feel the culture of the region and for more cultural understanding.  Students are expected to observe carefully the videos and take notes to write Write-ups and prepare for quizzes.  

Class Attendance and participation:

Attendance in every class is requirement.  Class participation and discussion is expected in the class. Absences will reflect and lead to reduction in the final grade.  A sign-up sheet for every class will used where you are required to sign for your presence.  Do not sign for others. 

 

Grading: Score points distribution

Quiz (Q-1: 25+Q-2: 25) ……               50%  

Attendance and class participation ……         20% (15% for attendance; 5% for class participation)

Paper(s)/Project and presentation ………        20%

Short critical write-up (Videos/topic) ………10%

 

- Students will have opportunity to read and respond to others project (1)/papers (2) and revise the project and papers many times based on instructor's feedback.
- Students will have opportunity to see other's work and offer constructive criticism for their understanding of the subject.

 

Core Materials:  Course-Pack (selected articles)

 

Recommended reference books:

1. M.L. Bose, Social and Cultural History of Ancient India

2. Nilakanta Sastri,  History of South India

3. Thapar,  History of India Vol. I

4. Course-pack, South Indian cultural history (collection of articles from various authors and books)

Use Radhakrishnan’s Bb materials

5. Michael Thompson, Richard Ellis, and Aaron Wildavsky, Oxford, Cultural Theory, 1990

6. David Ludden, India and South Asia, Oxford, 2007

7. Charles H. Kennedy et al, Government and politics in South Asia, Westview Press, 2009

8. Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., Government and politics in developing nations, 1993

9. Course-pack

 

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

32640 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.102
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TAM 506 (Unique#32640)                                                                                             Fall 2012 syllabus

TAM 506 (Introductory Tamil-I)

Instructor: Sankaran Radhakrishnan PhD                                                                                                    

 Email: radha@mail.utexas.edu                                                                                                           

Meeting hours and place:M W  1-2 atMEZ BO 302;  12.30-2.00 0n T Th at MEZ 2.102                                                                                       

 Office hours: 12-1 Tuesdays  at WCH 5.136

Course Description:

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 using Tamil Script Book 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.  Completion of exercises in the Tamil Script Book is compulsory and mandatory as and when the script lessons are completed in the class.  Daily, there will 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. An Intensive Modern Literary Tamil (Basic Tamil) 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 written Tamil in dialogues.  Audio, video support materials like the lessons on audiocassettes, movie clips/movies, pictures will be used in the class.

 

Objectives:

At the end of the course students should be able to:

I   Perceive and reproduce the sounds and their meaningful sequences, that is:

- Identify the sounds in their meaningful sequence,

- Discriminate the sounds in meaningful sequence,

- Reproduce the sounds in meaningful sequence.

II   Form sentences orally from given patterns and lexical items.

 Speak with the professor and fellow students on specified topics under controlled situations.

Materials: (authored by S. Radhakrishnan)

  1. Tamil Script Book
  2. An Intensive Modern Literary Tamil  

Introduction to Tamil language, cultures, land, literatures, religion, etc., Feed Back, Tamil alphabets in 18 Frames, List of vocabulary and more.

Tamil Pronunciation (audio)                                                                                                                                                           Read Faster (multimedia)                                                                                                                                                                  Pictorial Learning

There may be some more additional Xeroxed materials for class-work, reading, listening- comprehension, dictation, and pictorial learning in the class.

 

Attendance:   Students are expected to attend every class meeting in TAM 506.  Class attendance is mandatory for all classes

Grading: Weights assigned to each activity are as follows:

Attendance: (72x4)              288

Homework:                              142 (in the very next day as and when the lessons are completed)

Conversation/Participation      100 (throughout the semester)

Week Tests (6x20)               120( a week before the dates will be announced)

 Exams (3x100)                      300 (one in September next one in Oct. and the last in

                                                      Nov.   Dates will be announced later)

 

               Total            1000

(This total will be worked out for 100 for final grade)

Good wishes

 

 

 

 

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

32645 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 214
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Fall 2012

TAM 312 K (Unique#32645)

INTERMEDIATE TAMIL-I                 

இடை நிலைத் தமிழ்-1                                                        

 

Instructor: Sankaran Radhakrishnan PhD                                                                                                    

Email: radha@mail.utexas.edu                                                                                                            

Meeting hours and place:12-1  PAR 214 MWF                                                                            

Office hours:    T 1-2   at WCH 5.136

 

 

Course description:

TAM 312K provides the second year of training in Tamil. The course meets three hours per week and carries three hours of credit. Since the learners already learnt spoken Tamil in the first year, now began to learn Modern Written Tamil and be able to often compare with Spoken forms.  Spoken-Written differences will be brought to the learners and worked extensively through plenty of examples and exercises.  Specially designed materials help the learners to understand and practice these differences very much. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson introduction (core text lessons), one to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one to reading passages, and conversation.   Learners will begin to get complete knowledge of basic and complex structures and their use.  For this, variety of interesting exercises, graded compositions, reading comprehensions, listening comprehensions, and translation passages will be used.  Various kinds of graded composition, reading comprehension, and translation passages will be provided. Conversational Tamil also part of the course.

 

The learner’s difficulty in understanding the use of advanced language and its structures and the curiosity in the absence of an immersion environment to know more about the culture is always found among learners.  For this, other than the core materials, number of interesting lessons, reading, listening, comprehension, composition, news paper materials will be used as supplementary and remedial materials in the class.  In the second level of Intermediate Tamil towards the end, audio materials on different topics about Tamil culture, language, games, historically important places, dances, folk traditions, etc., are used.  Tamil movies, clips, slides, pictures, transparencies, videos on culture, art, architecture, etc. will also be used in both semesters.

 

Objectives (for Second year Tamil-two semesters):

Written à Spoken

Development of communicative competence

Development of vocabulary

Composition (guided composition) writing skill

Comprehension skills (reading and listening comprehensions)

Translation skill

Literary appreciation skill

Cultural understanding

Independently presentations/speeches/talks/ to work on Area study topics

 

Materials (Radhakrishnan):

“Intermediate Tamil” (Print)

“Intermediate Tamil” (Audio CD)

“Conversion Rules for Tamil: Written à Spoken”

“Pictorial Learning”

 

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend every class.   Class attendance is mandatory for all classes and counted towards final grade. 

Grading:

Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows:

 

Attendance (43x5) ...            215   

Homework (5x20) ...              100

Essays     (4x 20) . . .               80

Tests      (3x25) ...        75 

Presentation (1)       ...  75

Conversation ……..    155 

Exam …………….      300 

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       Total          . . .      1000 (this total will be worked out for 100 for final grade

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              நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்                

                   Good wishes

 

 

 

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

31750 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.122
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31775 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.102
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

32660 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 128
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 506 with a grade of at least C.

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

32665 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312K with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

31500 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.122
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31545 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.212
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

32515 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 506 and 604 may not both be counted.

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

32520 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.122
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312K may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 507 with a grade of at least C.

TAM 320K • Advanced Tamil I

32525 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.204
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312L with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

31885 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm WAG 112
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Art is spiritual in its out look, idealistic in expression and sublime in interpretation. It is not matter of enjoyment, not something to amuse one-self with. It has a deeper basis and a more exalted aim. It was considered to be vital for human progress as knowledge. In one sense, art turned inward is divinity and divinity turned outward is art in Indian cultural contexts. All art treasures are preserved and practiced from time to time in all cultures. India, a land of cultures for several millenniums keeps its identity through these arts which is base of intellectual history even today.
In ancient India, various art forms like paintings, architecture and sculpture evolved. The history of art in ancient India begins with prehistoric rock paintings. An advanced town planning is seen in North West Indus regions with highly developed architecture. Another remarkable example of sculpture from Harappan civilization comes in the form of the dancing girl from Mohenjodaro. The use of symbolic forms in India is as old as the Harappan seals. The fire altars of the Vedic period, with their astronomical significance also play an important role in the evolution of the later temples. It was followed by a period in the history of Indian art that is important for rock-cut caves and temple architecture. Alongside the art forms like architecture, paintings and sculpture, there have been evolving, changing, transforming, folk and tribal art traditions in India. These art forms are expression of people belonging to different cultural and social groups of India. It is the expression of people whose life is tuned to the rhythms of nature. In Indian art tradition, gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. It is an art where life and creativity are inseparable. Therefore, this class will explore and extensively discuss different art forms, both fine arts and performing arts and the social relevance. Theories and practice will also form part of the course. As India is big for this study as region, North East, North, and South regions and the dances of these regions and their developments and types (folk theater to modern) will be discussed using print and visual materials. Court-theater-temple transformation of the art of dances and arts associated with this art and their underlying philosophies will be also discussed.

TEXTS:

History of Art Development in India and Southeastern Asia, Chang Renxia, 2006-5
ISBN 7-5336-4540-5

Beyond performing art and culture: politico-social aspects / V.P. Dhananjayan, 2007 B.R. Rhythms, 2007.
Anthology of articles chiefly on Indian classical dance, Dance -- Social aspects – India, Dance -- Political aspects -- India

Acts of authority and acts of resistance: theater and politics in colonial and postcolonial India / Nandi Bhatia, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004

Sacred landscapes in Asia: shared traditions, multiple histories, 2007

New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors: Distributed in South Asia by Foundation Books, 2007.

Indian Art: forms, concerns and development in historical perspective

New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture, 2000.

GRADING:

Quiz (Q-1: 15+Q-2: 15) …… 30%
Attendance and class participation …… 20%
Project/Paper(s) and presentation ……… 40%
[Essays of analysis, criticism, or argument, and presentation
Reviews of books, selected articles on the themes, lectures, and videos related to the topics, Critical write-ups]
Critical writing (topic) ……….. 10%

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31920 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.102
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This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding to South Indian cultures through a
wide variety of focus on different components and aspects of cultures. The course will examine major
components of culture (like, technology, economy, religious movements and development of religions,
arts and architecture, professions, landscapes, polity and governments, rituals, customs and habits,
marriage, and other social issues...) in Indian context in general and South India particular. The course
will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development of political cultures and
their influence on social structures and their vital institutions. During the course of study, the class will
examine about indigenous race(s), pre-historic situations, their cultures and developments, civilizations
of the sub-continent and emergence of nations, their influence; role of geography in south Indian
cultures, influence of other cultures on south Indian society; religious movements from time to time
and development of religions, contact between south India with East Asia; role of temples, temples as
cultural centers and their influence on society; emergence of social divisions (caste-structures), marriage
and marriage patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc. A clear picture about the early, medieval, and
modern cultural contexts will be presented to understand the south Indian cultures through lectures,
visual aids, class-notes, reference materials, etc. Student\'s active class participation form part of the
course.

TEXTS:

Course-Pack with articles from:
M.L. Bose. Social and Cultural History of Ancient India
David Ludden. India and South Asia
Sharpe M.E. The Making of India
Thomas Trautmann. Aryans and British India
Hardgrave. India
Slater. The Dravidian Elements in Indian Culture
Michael Thompson. Cultural Theory
Nilakanta Sastri. History of South India
Thapar. History of India Vol. I & II
Thapar Romila. History and beyond

GRADING:

Quiz (Q-1: 20+Q-2: 30) …… 50%
Critical write-ups(2)on videos 10%
Attendance and class participation …… 15%
Project/Paper and presentation 25%

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

32915 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 100pm-200pm BUR 128
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TAM 507 is continuation of TAM 506 and second level of the introductory course. The course meets four
times a week and carries five credit hours. Usually one hour per week will be devoted to Structure
introduction, one hour for reading, one to conversation. From the beginning of the later half of the
semester, one hour for reading, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and one hour for
guided and free composition will be devoted for effective and wider languages use. There will be number
of activities for language developments among the learners. The classes will be very interesting by the
active participation of learners. Revision of TAM 506 will be the first agenda for few hours before we
begin TAM 507.

TEXTS:

Readings: Prepared by S Radhakrishnan (Basic Tamil)
There are lessons for introduction of new structures. The lessons are given in the form of conversation to develop effective spoken skill. The lessons are situational and in dialogue form about various topics essential to use day to day activities. They’re about ten passages (all are structure wise and vocabulary wise graded) and a letter in addition to the conversation lessons. Each lesson will have variety of classroom activities and exercises to do at home. Learners are expected to work and submit the homework on time. Late or non-submission will leads to reduction in final grade. There will be more reading materials for reading classes. Comprehension, guided and free composition passages will be distributed in the class to work. Composition will be discussed in the class and work will be given to do independently. Submission of exercises for the composition and comprehension is compulsory. Every learner is required to prepare a dictionary. The words used in the lessons, passages that distributed in the classroom and the new vocabularies used by the professor in the classes are the sources to compile the dictionary. For the preparation of a dictionary, the professor will give guidance in the class. The dictionary should be submitted a week before the last day of the class.

GRADING:

Weights assigned to each activity:
Attendance ……300 (30%)
Homework (H) -weekly (13x10) ….130 (13%)
Comprehension & Composition (3x10) 100 (100 %)
Presentation (1x50) (P) ..... 50 (5%)
Tests (3x40) (T) ….120 (12%)
Conversation/Participation (C/P) …. 100 (10%)
Exam (2) (E) …. 200 (20%)
Total ……1000 (100%)

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

32920 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.102
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TAM 312L provides the second year of training in modern literary Tamil (“Intermediate Tamil” authored
by S Radhakrishnan). This course is advance level to TAM 312K.The course meets three hours per week
and carries three hours of credit. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson introduction
(text lessons), one to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one to reading passages,
and developing conversation around the topic. Variety of composition, reading comprehension, and
translation passages will be used in the class besides the text lessons. Spoken-Written differences will
also be focused through exercise. Tamil films, drama and videos on cultural aspects of the languages
will form part of the classes. Students are required to comprehend and bring a short write up about the
films and videos. Depending upon the learners’ level and proficiency in Tamil, Literary pieces and poems
from modern to old and short stories, novels, journal Tamil will also be introduced. Discussion in Tamil
and Conversation in Tamil form part of the course.

TEXTS:

Materials (S.Radhakrishnan):
“Intermediate Tamil” (They include: short stories, essays on festival, modern poems,
old poems, etc. Letter-writing, festivals, etc.-print and audio)
Comprehension passages, guided and free composition passages.
Listening comprehension
News paper materials
Tamil movies/clips
Pictorial Learning

GRADING:

Grading system: Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows:
Attendance (42x5) ... 210
Homework (5x20) ... 100
Essays (4x 20) . . . 80
Exam 1-3 (3x50) ... 200
Presentation 75
Conversation/speaking85
Exam 4 …………. 250

ANS 372 • Arts And Dances Of South India

30755 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PHR 2.114
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Art is spiritual in its out look, idealistic in expression and sublime in interpretation.  It is not matter of enjoyment, not something to amuse one-self with.  It has a deeper basis and a more exalted aim.  It was considered to be vital for human progress as knowledge.  In one sense, art turned inward is divinity and divinity turned outward is art in Indian cultural contexts.  All art treasures are preserved and practiced from time to time in all cultures.  India, a land of cultures for several millenniums keeps its identity through these arts which is base of intellectual history even today.
In ancient India, various art forms like paintings, architecture and sculpture evolved. The history of art in ancient India begins with prehistoric rock paintings. An advanced town planning is seen in North West Indus regions with highly developed architecture. Another remarkable example of sculpture from Harappan civilization comes in the form of the dancing girl from Mohenjodaro. The use of symbolic forms in India is as old as the Harappan seals. The fire altars of the Vedic period, with their astronomical significance also play an important role in the evolution of the later temples. It was followed by a period in the history of Indian art that is important for rock-cut caves and temple architecture.
Alongside the art forms like architecture, paintings and sculpture, there have been evolving, changing, transforming, folk and tribal art traditions in India. These art forms are expression of people belonging to different cultural and social groups of India. It is the expression of people whose life is tuned to the rhythms of nature. In Indian art tradition, gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. It is an art where life and creativity are inseparable.
Therefore, this class will explore and extensively discuss different art forms, both fine arts and performing arts and the social relevance. Theories and practice will also form part of the course.  As India is big for this study as region, North East, North, and South regions and the dances of these regions and their developments and types (folk theater to modern) will be discussed using print and visual materials.  Court-theater-temple transformation of the art of dances and arts associated with this art and their underlying philosophies will be also discussed.  

TEXTS:

History of Art Development in India and Southeastern Asia, Chang Renxia, 2006-5                                                  ISBN 7-5336-4540-5                                                                                                                                                 Beyond performing art and culture: politico-social aspects / V.P. Dhananjayan, 2007  B.R. Rhythms, 2007.                                                                                                         Anthology of articles chiefly on Indian classical dance, Dance -- Social aspects – India, Dance -- Political aspects -- India
Acts of authority and acts of resistance: theater and politics in colonial and postcolonial India / Nandi Bhatia, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004
Sacred landscapes in Asia: shared traditions, multiple histories, 2007
New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors: Distributed in South Asia by Foundation Books, 2007.

Indian Art: forms, concerns and development in historical perspective
New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture, 2000.

Indian theatre, tradition, continuity, and change / Nemichandra Jain, New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House, c1992
Ancient Indian dramatic music and aspects of melodic theory in Bharata's Natyasastra [microform] / by Renee A. Holoien, 1984
Rukmini Devi Arundale birth centenary volume /Edited by Shakuntala Ramani, Chennai: Kalakshetra Foundation, [2004]                                                                                                                                              Contributed articles on the life and work of Rukmini Devi Arundale, 1904-1986, an Indian dancer.
Joy of dance -Natya Kala Conference '97 : the joy of dance / created by Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts, Chennai, Chennai, 1977
Bharata natyam : from temple to theatre
1996, Gaston, Anne-Marie., New Delhi : Manohar, 1996

Bharata's art, then & now
Padma Subrahmanyam  
Bombay : Bhulabhai Memorial Institute ; Madras : Nrithyodaya, 1979.
1st ed.

GRADING:

Quiz (Q-1: 15+Q-2: 15) ……                    30%   

Attendance and class participation ……     20%

Project/Paper(s) and presentation ……… 40%                                                                                          
[Essays of analysis, criticism, or argument, and presentation                                                                              
Reviews of books, selected articles on the themes, lectures, and videos related to the topics, Critical write-ups]

Critical writing (topic) ………..         10%

 

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

30780 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.212
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This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding to South Indian cultures through a wide variety of focus on different components and aspects of cultures.  The course will examine major components of culture (like, technology, economy, religious movements and development of  religions, arts and architecture, professions, landscapes, polity and governments, rituals, customs and habits, marriage, and other social issues...) in Indian context in general and South India particular. The course will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development of political cultures and their influence on social structures and their vital institutions.  During the course of study, the class will examine about indigenous race(s), pre-historic situations, their cultures and developments, civilizations of the sub-continent and emergence of nations, their influence; role of geography in south Indian cultures, influence of other cultures on south Indian so! ciety; religious movements from time to time and development of religions, contact between south India with East Asia; role of temples, temples as cultural centers and their influence on society; emergence of social divisions (caste-structures), marriage and marriage patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc.  A clear picture about the early, medieval, and modern cultural contexts will be presented to understand the south Indian cultures through lectures, visual aids, class-notes, reference materials, etc.  Student\'s active class participation form part of the course.

TEXTS:

Course-Pack with articles from:
M.L. Bose. Social and Cultural History of Ancient India
David Ludden. India and South Asia
Sharpe M.E. The Making of India
Thomas Trautmann. Aryans and British India
Hardgrave. India
Slater. The Dravidian Elements in Indian Culture
Michael Thompson. Cultural Theory
Nilakanta Sastri. History of South India
Thapar. History of India Vol. I & II
Thapar Romila. History and beyond

GRADING:

Quiz (Q-1: 20+Q-2: 30) ……              50%   
Critical write-ups(2)on videos               10%
Attendance and class participation ……  15%
Project/Paper and presentation            25%

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

31745 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 2.124
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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 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 f! or 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:

1. Tamil Script Book by
Inside the book:
Introduction to Tamil language, cultures, land, literatures, religion, etc., Feed Back, Tamil alphabets in 18 Frames, List of
vocabulary and more.
2. Tamil Pronunciation/drills (audio)
3. Course-pack
4. Read Faster (video)
5. Pictorial Learning
There may be more additional Xeroxed materials for class-work, reading, listening

GRADING:

Attendance: (72x4) 288
Homework: 142
Conversation/Participation 100
Week Tests (6x20) 120
Exams (2x50) 100
Final exam 200 200
Total 1000
(This total will be worked out for 100 for final grade)

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

31750 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.204
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TAM 312K provides the second year of training in Tamil. The course meets three hours per week and
carries three hours of credit. Since the learners already learnt spoken Tamil in the first year, now began
to learn Modern Written Tamil and be able to often compare with Spoken forms. Spoken-Written
differences will be brought to the learners and worked extensively through plenty of examples and
exercises. Specially designed materials help the learners to understand and practice these differences
very much. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson introduction (core text lessons), one
to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one to reading passages, and conversation.
Learners will begin to get complete knowledge of basic and complex structures and their use. For this,
variety of interesting exercises, graded compositions, reading comprehensions, listening
comprehensions, and translation passages will be used. Various kinds of graded composition, reading
comprehension, and translation passages will be provided. Conversational Tamil also part of the
course. The learner’s difficulty in understanding the use of advanced language and its structures and the
curiosity in the absence of an immersion environment to know more about the culture is always found
among learners. For this, other than the core materials, number of interesting lessons, reading,
listening, comprehension, composition, news paper materials will be used as supplementary and
remedial materials in the class. In the second level of Intermediate Tamil towards the end, audio
materials on different topics about Tamil culture, language, games, historically important places, dances,
folk traditions, etc., are used. Tamil movies, clips, slides, pictures, transparencies, videos on culture,
art, architecture, etc. will also be used in both semesters.

TEXTS:

Materials (Radhakrishnan):
“Intermediate Tamil” (Print materials)
“Intermediate Tamil” (Audio CD)
“Conversion Rules for Tamil: Written à Spoken” (print with lots of exercises)
“Pictorial Learning”

GRADING:

Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows:
Attendance (43x5) ... 215
Homework (5x20) ... 100
Essays (4x 20) . . . 80
Tests (3x25) ... 75
Presentation (1) ... 75
Conversation …….. 155
Exam ……………. 300

ANS 372-W • South Indian Cultural Hist-W

31020 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 MEZ 1.102
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ANS 372-W Cultural history of South India Spring 2010 Happy New Year and Welcome to the ANS Class

 
Instructor:     Sankaran Radhakrishnan Ph.D.        
Meeting time:     T Th 9.30-11 at MEZ 1.102        
Office hours:     Tuesdays: 2-3 at WCH 5.136 (or by appointment)     
 
Course content and goals:
This course is a Writing component course. This class is about one of the world's great civilizations, that of south India and India, from its beginnings in the third millennium BC to the present day and require students to write regularly several times during the semester.


The first quarter will deal with classical Indian civilization, its origins, its social structure, religions, arts and sciences. The second quarter and half will examine India's encounters with the civilizations of ancient, pre-historic, and modern. This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding to South Indian cultures, and their developments and aspects that is major social, political, and economical changes. The course will focus major components of culture in Indian context in general and South India particular. The course will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development of social and political structures and their influences over the society. During the course of study, the class will examine about indigenous cultural groups, their cultures, their influence, pre-historic situations; role of geography in south Indian cultures, influence of other cultures on south Indian society; contact between India and south India with East Asia; role of temples, temples as cultural centers and their influence on society; emergence of social divisions and their role in modern contexts, marriage and marriage patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc. The development of art forms as art was seen as a precious human expression, capturing the truth of beauty in the natural world and the Renaissance was seen as its most fulfilled, rational and technically perfect manifestation.


A clear picture about the early, medieval, and modern cultures will be presented to understand the region, south India and its cultures through lectures, discussions, multimedia materials etc. Student's active class participation and critical comments form part of the course. About 50% of the final grade reflects on writing 15-20% for attendance and active class-participation/discussion 30% quizzes


Readings:Books and collection of articles
Cultural theory authored by Michael Thompson, Richard Ellis, Aaron Wildavsky
Aryan and British India authored by Thomas R. Trautmann
India and South Asia authored by David Ludden
India: Government and Politics in a developing nation, authored by Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr and Standley Kochanek
Social and cultural history of ancient India, authored by M.L.Bose
History of India, authored by Romila Thapar
A history of South India, authored by Nilakanta Sastri
And collection of about 12 course themes related articles by various authors.
Essays of analysis, criticism, or argument, and presentation Reviews of books, selected articles on the themes, lectures, and videos related to the topics, Critical write-ups

Class Attendance and participation:
Attendance in every class is requirement. Class participation and discussion is expected in the class.
Absences will reflect and lead to reduction in the final grade.

Grading: Score points distribution
Quiz (Q-1: 15+Q-2: 15) …… 30%
Attendance and class participation …… 20%
Project/Paper(s) and presentation ……… 40%
Critical writing (topic) ……….. 10%
-Students will have opportunity to read and respond to others project /papers and revise the project/papers many times based on instructor's feedback. -Students will have opportunity to see other's work and offer constructive criticism for their understanding of the subject in the presentation.
NO final exam.
Class activities: We meet 29 times for this class.

Classes Lecture and discussion topics
Introductions to India:
Culture, components of cultures
The two Great civilizations:
Aryan and Indus Valley: land and development of cultures
Dravidians and Aryans
Political culture and cultural influence and synthesis:
Emergence of India
Moguls
Moguls to Indian Independence
British colonial period
Indian Independence
Gandhi -Father of Nation, Non-violence
Presence of Dutch and Portuguese
After Indian Independence (After British regime)
Modern India as Nation Discussion will be on: Two Great Civilizations of Indian subcontinent Who are the Dravidians? ………………………………… Aryans? …… The Dawn of History: Aryanization …………………………. The Impact of Aryan Culture …………………………... Indian Philosophy: A Historical Overview
Medieval stage in India/South Asia:
The Mughal Empire: State, Economy, and Society The Globalization of the Development Challenge Creating Nations Political Culture and Heritage

South India
Geographical Factors in South Indian culture Pre-history of South India Indian Civilization: from Pre-history to the 18th century Racial background of South India The Early Peoples and Cultures The Racial Theory of Indian Civilization Ethnic composition and foreign elements in Indian history Africans in early Asian civilizations
South Indian society and social institutions:
Society in the early and medieval periods Marriage, Sex-Relations and Status of Woman
Role of Temple:
Temples as cultural centers (developments Arts, architecture…) Temple Festivals of South India
Contact and Adjustment:
South India and China: Early contacts Contacts between India and Southeast Asia

15% Quiz 1: 04 March
Quiz-1: 1-9 classes contents
15% Quiz 2: 15 April
Quiz-2: 10-20 classes contents

Project and papers
10% Paper on “History of India” Due: 09 March
40% Paper and Project Assigned topic Critical writing: 10%: Assigned topic (Paper based on an Article)-will be assigned later, in a week through email.
Topics on cultures-creative writing: Paper and presentation Draft #1 due: 16 Feb Draft#2 due: 23 March Final paper (draft#3): 25 April Presentation: 04 May
Good Luck!!!

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

32030 • Spring 2010
Meets MW 100pm-200pm BUR 128
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Spring 2010 TAM 507
INTRODUCTORY TAMIL II

 
MEETING DAYS:     MW: 1-2 at BUR 128 and TTh : 11-12.30 at CAL 323        
FACULTY:     Sankaran Radhakrishnan        
Office hours:     Th 1-2 (By appointment) at WCH 5.136        
Course Description:         

TAM 507 is higher and continuation to TAM 506 of the introductory Tamil. The course meets four times a week and carries five credit hours. Usually one hour per week will be devoted to Structure introduction, one hour for reading, one to conversation. From the beginning of the later half of the semester, one hour for reading, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and one hour for guided and free composition will be devoted for effective and wider languages use. There will be number of activities for language developments among the learners. The classes will be very interesting by the active participation of learners.
Revision of TAM 506 will be the first agenda for few hours before TAM 507 begins.  

TAM 507 aims at:
Learning all basic structures
Development of vocabulary
Developing proficiency in communicative competence
Practice to the normal reading speed
Training in writing short passages
Letter writing practice, that is, writing letter on their (learners) own
Practice on guided composition
Practice on reading and listening comprehension
Translation of sentences and simple passages
Preparing students to describe/narrate events or pictures (pictorial learning)
Preparation of a dictionary
Materials: There are lessons for introduction of new structures (Course-pack for TAM 507). The lessons are given in the form of conversation to develop effective spoken skill. The lessons are situational and in dialogue form about various topics essential to use day to day activities. They’re about ten passages (all are structure wise and vocabulary wise graded) and a letter in addition to the conversation lessons. Each lesson will have variety of classroom activities and exercises to do at home. Learners are expected to work and submit the homework on time. Late or non-submission will leads to reduction in points and will be reflected in final grade. There will be more reading materials for reading classes. Comprehension, guided and free composition passages will be distributed in the class to work. Composition will be discussed in the class and work will be given to do independently. Submission of exercises for the composition and
comprehension is compulsory. Every learner is required to prepare a dictionary. The words used in the lessons, passages that distributed in the classroom and the new vocabularies used by the professor in the classes are the sources to compile the dictionary. The dictionary must be submitted in the class a week before the last day of the class.
There will be audio listening passages for listening comprehension. Also there will be multimedia materials (video) to improve reading speed. Watching Tamil movie/silent movie or clips for listening and writing comprehension and cultural understanding form part of this course. Also the learners will get exposure to learn to write (development of writing competence) through ‘Pictorial learning’.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class (mandate). Absences are excused only with a medical certificate from UT health center/doctor or by prior arrangement with the professor. Attendance will be noted from the first day of the class.
Homework: There are 13 homework assignments for the whole semester. The exercises for the structure lessons are due once a week (10 on Thursdays) and composition and reading comprehension for every ten days (3 on Mondays). Grades are based on these and hence submission should be on time. Late submission leads to reduction in final grade.
Oral presentation: There will be one oral presentation for this semester (sometimes, two). The presentation will be in Tamil. However, students can use English also. Students in consultation with the professor will select a topic for the presentation or the professor will assign the topic. Based on the types of learners, group presentation (instead of individual) may be possible. The time for individual presentation is 5-7 minutes for each student. For group presentation each group (with 4 will get 15-20 minutes). A week before the presentation, the presenters are expected to submit a list of new words that they plan to use in the presentation with English meaning. One page summary copy of the presentation should be given to all the classmates on the day of presentation.
There will be two exams (one mid-term and final) and three tests (once in three weeks) during the semester.
Grading: Weights assigned to each activity:
Attendance ……300 (30%) Homework (H) -weekly (13x10) ….130 (13%) Comprehension & Composition (3x10) 100 (100 %) Presentation (1x50) (P) ..... 50 (5%) Tests (3x40) (T) ….120 (12%) Conversation/Participation (C/P) …. 100 (10%) Exam (2) (E) …. 200 (20%)
Total ……1000 (100%)
New +, -grading will be followed.


WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNT IN ONE SEMESTER (506)
Introduction to Tamil language, culture, traditions etc. Test-1 is based on the introduction materials.


1. Introduction to Tamil culture, tradition … and Script/Alphabets

2. Structures: Simple sentences (NP+NP) Pronouns Emphatic marker Negative (No, Yes/No) Tag Different question forms (who, what, -aa, how many, which, Numerals (1-12): Cardinals, collectives, ordinals, universal Adjectives (base, numeral, derived, demonstrative) Nominalization Predicate sentences Verb, FV structure Cases Comparative forms Defective verbs Verb structure, strong/weak concepts Classification of Verb Tenses (present, Future, and Past) Infinitives Permissive Negatives Basic Sandhi (glide-y-/-v-)

CULTURES AND RELATED VOCABULARY ITEMS, STRUCTURAL PATTERS ARE LEARNT THROUGH CONTENT LESSONS.

Situational Lessons introduced to you:
Meeting teacher (respect forms…) Meeting friends Hostel In the classroom First Prime minister of India Umbrella In the hostel What nature is Radha? House-number Shopping
Who are you? Do you own land? Boundaries Dress Tanjavur is as beautiful as Madurai How is weather now?
Rent a hotel-room Hotel

Will continue from here on the following topics (some may be consolidate based on structures and dropped or new lessons in the form of passage will be issued in the class):
Buy fruits Restaurant Do you know Tamil?
Friend’s house Bus ticket Board the bus
Market Kanyakumari Receiving a friend See off a friend
Home assignment Food items in the restaurant Buy a Sari
Telegram Leaving house Kitchen
Where did you studied? When did you join the job? Will you give this book to him?
Guide Laboratory
Recommendation Don’t worry much
Homework What we do? (Body parts) Are you OK? -Meeting a doctor (Health) With a servant Cook
Teach Tamil Duties
When is coming…
Learn Tamil Invite a friend Loan Expect a guest Do you read Marathi? I play in the morning
Enquiry Movie Railway station Rameswaram Conversation Story (crow-fox)
Guided composition:
Train New York Market Mind Marriage
Reading comprehension:
Depends on weight The king who changed his mind ‘kozukkattai’-a dish Letter Guest doctor and may be more passages
Tentative Schedule of daily classroom activities for the semester:

TAM 507
Tentative schedule of activities

 
WEEK     Days     Activities        
0     T-Th     Revisions-TAM 506        
        Script/Structures        
1     M-Th     Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4        
        Dictation        
        Conversation     

2 M-Th     Lessons 5, 6, 7 Dictation Reading Conversation
3 M-Th     Lessons 8, 9, 10 Dictation Reading
Test-1 (Th)
Conversation
4 M-Th     Lesson 11, 12, 13 Dictation Reading Conversation-Pictorial learning
5 M-Th     Dictation Revision/discussion Conversation-Pictorial learning


 
Reading Exam 1(Th)        
6     M-Th     Lessons 14, 15, 16 Reading comprehension Conversation-Pictorial learning Reading        
7     M-Th     Lessons 17, 18, 19, 20 Conversation-Pictorial learning Fast Reading (video clip)        
8     M-Th     Reading comprehension Lessons 21, 22, 23 Test 2(W) Fast Reading (video clip) Conversation and group work        
9     M-Th     Lessons 24, 25, 26 Conversation-Pictorial learning Fast Reading (video clip)        
10     M-Th     Presentation Reading Comprehension Lessons 27, 28, 29, Conversation and group work Fast Reading (video clip)        
11     M-Th     Reading comprehension Lessons 30, 31, 32, Conversation-Pictorial learning Fast Reading (video clip) Test-3 (Th)        
12     M-Th     Listening comprehension Lessons 33, 34, 35, 36 Conversation-Pictorial learning Fast Reading (video clip) Songs practice        
13     M-Th     Working with verbs Conversation-Pictorial learning Fast Reading (video clip) Movie/movie clips* Songs practice** Exam 2 (Th)        
14     M-Th     Submission of all exercises Submission of dictionary (English-Tamil) Revision/discussion Listening comprehension     

Oral presentation (Th)
* Activities:
Watching Video clip: Follow:
Watch the clip (shown three times)
Note down the cultural differences you observe that is different from your culture. Write in the form of an essay (in English).
Write down the words you listen (in Tamil)
Write down the sentences you listen (in Tamil)
Analyze structure your Tamil sentences (like, Pronoun, oblique form, adjective, case phrase, verb (S/W), RP, VP, adverb….)
Write the context in English.
Describe/talk/narrate about the clip in Tamil.

**Activities:

Audio songs (simple modern songs):
Listen three times the song.
Note the words (in Tamil)
Tell the theme now
Follow reading
Sing now in group

GOOD LUCK!
WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN IN THE INTRODUCTORY TAMIL (SECOND SEMESTERS)

TAM 507
Active class participation (conversation) Structure continues
FV Strong/Weak verbs Tenses (Pr./Fut./Pa.) PNG
Adj. P (RP) Adv. P (VP) Conditional (positive, negative) Concessive (positive, negative) Perfect verb Auxiliary Verb Continuous/Progressive Verb Passive Verb Reflexive Verb Causative Verb

3. Listen and repeat: Language Lab (every day one hour)

4. Language Table

5. Tamil movies (once or twice a month) -culture

6. Watching Video clip: Follow:

Watch the clip (shown three times)
Note down the cultural differences you observe that is different from your culture. Write in the form of an essay (in English).
Write down the words you listen (in Tamil)
Write down the sentences you listen (in Tamil)
Analyze structure your Tamil sentences (like, Pronoun, oblique form, adjective, case phrase, verb (S/W), RP, VP, adverb….)
Write the context in English.
Describe/talk/narrate about the clip in Tamil.


7. Audio songs (simple modern songs):

Listen three times the song.
Note the words (in Tamil)
Tell the theme now
Follow reading
Sing now in group
8. Translation (sentences/simple passages)

TESTING AND EVALUATION
Script book completion (compulsory-writing all exercises-home assignment) Dictation (class activity) Reading (class activity) Writing exercises for lessons (compulsory) Assignments: homework and others Dictionary preparation Weekly tests (Script tests 6-8) Structure tests (6-8) Take home test/exam Other assignments

Finals (unless and otherwise mentioned in the syllabus):
Paper I Paper II (multiple choices) Conversation –informal with the instructor Translation of sentences (English to Tamil) Reading comprehension (Translation: Tamil to English-free translation) Speak about a picture (picture will be given)

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

32035 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1100-1200 MEZ 1.102
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Dept. of Asian Studies The University of Texas at Austin
TAM 312L: Syllabus  

INTERMEDIATE TAMIL-II
Meeting time and place: MWF 11-12 MEZ 1.102 Instructor: Sankaran Radhakrishnan Office hours: M 12-1 at WCH 5.136
Course description: TAM 312L provides the second year of training in modern literary Tamil (“Intermediate Tamil” authored by S Radhakrishnan). This course is advance level to TAM 312K.The course meets three hours per week and carries three hours of credit. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson introduction (text lessons), one to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one to reading passages, and developing conversation around the topic. Variety of composition, reading comprehension, and translation passages will be used in the class besides the text lessons. Spoken-Written differences will also be focused through exercise. Tamil films, drama and videos on cultural aspects of the languages will form part of the classes. Students are required to comprehend and bring a short write up about the films and videos. Depending upon the learners’ level and proficiency in Tamil, Literary pieces and poems from modern to old and short stories, novels, journal Tamil will also be introduced. Discussion in Tamil and Conversation in Tamil form part of the course.
Materials (prepared by S.Radhakrishnan): Selected lessons from “Intermediate Tamil” (They include: short stories, essays on festival, modern poems, old poems, etc. Letter-writing, festivals, etc.-print and audio) Comprehension passages, guided and free composition passages. Listening comprehension News paper materials (only if time permits) Tamil movies/clips
Attendance: Attendance is compulsory for this class. Students are expected to attend every class. Absences will be reflected on final grade.
Homework: In total, 5 home works will be there for the course (Lesson exercises also form part of homework). Homework is due on the class day immediately following the one on which it is assigned. Late homework will not be accepted. The date of submission will be given as and when the lessons are completed in the class.
Oral presentation: During the term each student will make one presentation for 7-10 minutes on an assigned topic. The presentation will be on the day specified in the syllabus. A week before the presentation, the presenters must submit a list of new words that they plan to use in the presentation together with English meaning. The presentation handout copy should be given to all the classmates on the day of presentation.
Essays: There will be 4 essays based on the audio, video clip from movie, picture(s), and topics of comprehension passages etc. Essays should be submitted on due date.
Exam: There will be 4 Exams during the semester. The 4th exam will be the final one.
Grading system: Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows: Attendance (42x5) ... 210 Homework (5x20) ... 100 Essays (4x 20) . . . 80 Exam 1-3 (3x50) ... 200 (One Exam for Reading-one lesson from the text lessons and one new passage: knowledge of script, ability to give exact translation, ability to read rapidly and grasp general content) Presentation 75 Conversation/speaking85 (utilization of phonological distinctions, aspiration, retroflex ion, etc.; command of vocabulary, application of grammatical rules, overall fluency) Exam 4 …………. 250
Total . . . 1000 (the total will be worked out for 100% for final grade)
New +, -grading will be followed. *59 and below 59% Fail
…………………………………………………………………………………… DATES AND TIME ON ACTIVITY FOR GRADING:
JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY

 
-    F 16 Exam-1     -    F 13 Essay-3     W 02 Exam        
-    F 23 Essay-1     F 09 Essay-2     F 20 Exam-3     -       
-    -    F 23 Exam-2     F 27 Presentation            
-    -    -    M 30 Essay-4     -    

………………………………………………………………………………… Services for Students with Disabilities website (found here: http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/providing.php
Good Luck!

TAM 320L • Advanced Tamil II

32040 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1000-1100 MEZ 1.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Prerequisite: Tamil 320K with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

31160 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 MEZ 1.102
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ANS Syllabus      University of Texas at Austin  

Welcome to new culture 

  

SOUTH INDIAN CULTURAL HISTORY  

ANS 372  

     

Instructor:                     Sankaran Radhakrishnan Ph.D. 

Meeting time:     T Th 3.30-5.00 RLM 6.120  

Office hours:               Monday 10-11 at WCH 5.136 (By appointment) 

 

Course content and goals: 

This course is an introduction to one of the world's great civilizations, that of south India 

and India, from its beginnings in the third millennium BC to the present day.  The first 

quarter will deal with classical Indian civilization, its origins, its social structure, 

religions, arts and sciences.  The second quarter and half will examine India's encounters 

with the civilizations (Ancient, pre-historic, and modern). This course will provide the 

student with a thorough understanding to South Indian cultures, and their developments 

and aspects that is major social, political, and economical changes.  The course will focus 

major components of culture in Indian context in general and South India particular. The 

course will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development 

of social and political structures and their influences over the society.  During the course 

of study, the class will examine about indigenous cultural groups (races), their cultures, 

their influence,  pre-historic situations; role of geography in south Indian cultures, 

influence of other cultures on south Indian society; contact between India and south India 

with East Asia; role of temples, temples as cultural centers and their influence on society; 

emergence of social divisions and their role in modern contexts, marriage and marriage 

patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc. The development of art forms as art was seen as a 

precious human expression, capturing the truth of beauty in the natural world and the 

Renaissance was seen as its most fulfilled, rational and technically perfect manifestation. 

 A clear picture about the early, medieval, and modern cultures will be presented to 

understand the region, south India and its cultures through lectures, discussions, 

multimedia materials etc. Student's active class participation also form part of the course.  

Grading/ Course Requirements:   

Grading will be done based on quizzes (2), attendance, class participation, a long 

Paper/project and presentation, critical write-ups on specific themes.  There will be 

number of interesting visuals (videos, slides, transparencies, pictures etc) on 

different aspects of the cultures for this class to make the students to feel the culture 

of the region and for more cultural understanding.  Students are expected to observe 

carefully the videos and take notes to write Write-ups and prepare for quizzes.    

 

Class Attendance and participation:  

Attendance in every class is requirement.  Class participation and discussion is 

expected in the class. Absences will reflect and lead to reduction in the final grade.   

 

Grading: Score points distribution 

Quiz (Q-1: 15+Q-2: 10) ……                 25%    

Video write-up     05% 

Attendance and class participation ……  20% 

Paper(s)/Project and presentation ………  40% 

Short critical write-up (topic) ……….. 10% 

 

- Students will have opportunity to read and respond to others project (1)/papers (2) and revise the 

project and papers many times based on instructor's feedback.  

- Students will have opportunity to see other's work and offer constructive criticism for their 

understanding of the subject. 

 

ACTIVITY:   

Classes will be supported by many video films related to the lecture topics.  The 

course will be made interesting for student by involving him/her in the discussions.   

The aim is to motivate the student to think on specific area of interest in Asian 

Studies.  The course is organized in such a way that student gets motivated for 

further study in the subject.  Talks on campus related to the course especially in the 

Asian Studies will be informed in the class a week before the commencement.  

Student can attend them on his/her will.  

If students need help, they can feel free to discuss with the instructor any time 

out side the class hours or during the office hours or by appointment.    

 

NO final exam. 

 

Class activities:  We meet 29 times for this class. 

Hours            Lecture and discussion topics                                       

1-8                    Introductions to India: 

Culture, components of cultures 

The two Great civilizations:  

Aryan and Indus Valley: land and development of cultures 

                        Political culture and cultural influence and synthesis: 

                        Emergence of India 

Moguls 

Moguls to Indian Independence  

British colonial period 

Indian Independence  

Gandhi -Father of Nation, Non-violence  

Presence of Dutch and Portuguese  

After Indian Independence (After British regime) 

                        Modern India as Nation 

 

            Reading materials:  

             From the Course Pack: 

The Impact of Aryan culture  

             Aryan  

   Who are the Dravidians?  

   Early civilizations of northwest 

   Videos contents 

 

Quiz -1 on: 

QUIZ 1(1-8 classes): Multiple choice and short answer questions.  

For Extra points (10): One essay question (based on the course-pack article, “Impact of 

Aryan culture”.  

Quiz model will be discussed in the class a week before the quiz date.  

 

Topics for the quiz-1:  

Emergence of India- a complete sketch on Indian History based on the class activities 

(lecture and videos contents) and the Reading materials listed above.   

The expected quiz is to test your understanding of India since Indus and Aryans civilizations 

to Modern period (mainly from the class lectures, notes, course-pack and videos content). 

 

9-19                I 

Lecture and discussion topics 

Pre-history of South India  

              Geographical factors in South Indian Culture 

                        Race-cultures: Background of South India 

Videos  

 

Reading materials:  

                        From the Course Pack:  

                        Pre-history of South India ) 

                        Geographical factors in South Indian Culture  

                        Race-cultures: Background of South India 

                        Ethnic composition and foreign elements in Indian history 

   Africans in early Asian civilizations…  

 

  II 

              Lecture and discussion topics 

Cultural History: Society, Interaction, and caste systems 

                     South Indian Society in the Early and Medieval period 

                     Marriage in South India, Modern brides, Arranged marriages 

                        Video Contents 

 

Reading materials:  

            From the Course Pack: 

  South Indian Society in the Early and Medieval period  

Marriage, Sex relation and status of women  

                    Videos contents 

 

Quiz -2 on:  

QUZIZ-2 (lecture topics from 9-19 classes): Multiple choice and short answer questions.  

One essay type question for Extra points (10) based on the course-pack article, “Marriage, 

Sex relation and status of women”.   

Quiz model will be discussed in the class a week before the quiz date.  

The quiz largely depends on the course-pack, videos contents, class note, handouts, and 

lectures. 

 

20-27   Lecture and discussion topics  

Temples - cultural centers- in South Indian culture 

                     Temple festivals  

                     Worship in S.I.-Pooja: Expression of devotion 

                     Mother Goddess worship in S.I. 

  Videos 

 

Reading materials:  

            From the Course Pack-Radhakrishnan: 

Contacts and Adjustments: S.I. – China, East Asia 

Lecture and discussion topics  

Religious movements in S.I.                     

Rituals, Believes, Faiths…..  

Fine arts and performing arts of S.I.: 

                      Classical dance forms, painting, music…. 

                      Architecture 

TV culture and Indian and south Indian cinema 

                     Videos: 330 Millions of Gods etc.  

 

                     Read (the following articles will be placed on Bb) 

                    1. Religion and Philosophy 

          2.  Spirituality, religion and philosophy 

 

(Optional and only if we get time) 

Language culture:  

      Language and Literature of South India 

                      Development of Classical Tamil and literature, Sanskrit literature, 

                     Old Telugu, Prakrit language and literature, Malayalam language and  

                      Literature, Urdu language and literature 

                      Folk arts of S.I. 

                      Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu 

                      Folk and Tribal dances 

 

Good Luck 

 

 

 

 

Note important dates: 

Grading: Score points distribution 

Quiz (Q-1: 15+Q-2: 10) ……                 25%    

Video write-up     05% 

Attendance and class participation ……  20% 

Paper(s)/Project and presentation ………  40% 

Short critical write-up (topic) ……….. 10% 

 

Quizzes:  

 There are two quizzes.  They are conducted during the class hours. 

Quiz #1 (for 15%) on:  Feb 26 

Quiz #2 (for 10%) on:   April 16 

 

Project and presentation: (40%) 

Details will be discussed after two weeks from the first day of class.  

 

Submission of the project to the Instructor:  will be announced later 

Paper(s)/Project Presentation date: will be announced later 

Late submission leads to loss of 5% a day from the 40%. 

 

Video write-up: (5%) 

There will be many videos shown that are related to lecture topic(s).  Out of many videos, 

one or two will be for writing critical write-up. The listed ones or the name(s) of the video (s) 

will be announced by the instructor a week before the class in the class.  The write-up must 

show you understanding of the video(s) content and link the lecture topic(s) with the content 

of the video(s).   

The write-up must be minimum two and half pages in length and with 1.5 spaces with 

12 point letter type (Times New Roman). 

 

The video write-up must be submitted on the following class day.   

Only hard copy must be submitted.  

Late submissions will result reduction of 2.5% from the 5% for the write-up for each late 

day. 

 

The videos will be on: 

1.Understanding Traditions and Expression of devotion-Pooja (rituals)  

             and World religions (2 videos) 

2.Indian pilgrimage(ritual, faith, and belief) 

 

Short critical write-up (topic)-10%  

The write-up must show you understanding of the article/essay/videos content.  Your critical 

comment or opinion form part of the write-up through a separate section towards the end of 

the write-up.   The write-up must be minimum three and half (maximum five pages) pages in 

length with 1.5 spaces and in 12 point letter type (Times New Roman).  Only hard copy must 

be submitted.   

Late submissions will result reduction of 2% from the 10% for the write-up for each late day. 

 

Topic and Date for submission will be announced in the class later. 

 

Attendance and class participation: (20%) 

Attendance is mandatory.  You have to sign the sign-up sheets for your presence in the class 

with out fail if you are present in the class. Never sign for others. 

 

Extra credit: (2%) 

There will be number of talks by invited scholar guest speakers from other institutions in the 

Dept. of Asian Studies (WCH 4.118); 3.30-5.00 on Thursdays.  Normally the talk will be for 

40-50 minutes followed by discussions.  You may skip the discussion part if you have class 

in the following hour though you are welcome to sit. You can attend any two talks to get the 

2%.  After attending each talk, you have to give ONE page write-up [1.5 spaces with 12 point 

letter type (Times New Roman)]. That means, you need to give 2 write-ups to earn the 2%. 

Each write-up is due on the very next day in the class as hard copy.  This is a good 

opportunity for you to learn more about South Asia and earn 2% extra. 

 

Since the talks are during our class time, we all will compulsorily attend the two 

talks. 

 

The dates of the talks and topics will be placed on Blackboard or 

announced later. 

 

Since there is no FINAL EXAM for this course, there is no make-up policy is considered.   

Students are strongly advised to do this and easily earn 2%. 

 

 

Services for Students with Disabilities website (found here: 

http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/providing.php 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed Schedule of activities: 

Scheme: 

Class hours  Class discussion                                 

1-7                  Introductions to India: 

Culture, components of cultures 

The two Great civilizations:  

Aryan and Indus Valley: land and development of cultures 

                        Political culture and cultural influence and synthesis: 

                        Emergence of India 

Moguls 

Moguls to Indian Independence  

British colonial period 

Indian Independence  

Gandhi -Father of Nation, Non-violence  

Presence of Dutch and Portuguese  

After Indian Independence (After British regime) 

                        Modern India as Nation 

 

            Read 

            Thapar. Chapter 2 - The Impact of Aryan culture 

            Radhakrishnan. Course pack Articles 

  Nilakanta Sastri. Chap.IV,  

  Nilakanta Sastri. Chap. V, VI, VII (optional) 

Videos content 

 

8-11                 Pre-history of South India (S.I.) 

                        Geographical factors in South Indian Culture 

                        Race-cultures: Background of South India 

Videos content 

 

                        Read  

                        Radhakrishnan. Course pack Articles-All the three topics 

Bose, Chap. 2, Ethnic composition and foreign elements in Indian 

history 

 Nilakanta Sastri. Chap., The Earliest People and Cultures 

 

12                Political History of S. India (self-reading) 

 

                     Read  

                     Nilakanta Sastri, Chap. V, VI, VIII  

 

13-16               Cultural History: Society, Interaction, and social institutions: caste, 

marriage and other systems of cultures 

                     South Indian Society in the Early and Medieval period. 

                     Marriage in South India 

Modern brides 

Arranged marriages-a challenge in the face of economic and 

technology growth 

 

                     Read                     

                     Nilakanta Sastri, Chap. XIII (optional) 

       Bose, Chapt-6, Marriage, Sex relation and status of women 

Radhakrishnan. Course pack-Article topic: South Indian Society in 

the Early and Medieval period 

Videos content 

 

 

17-20         Temples - cultural centers- in South Indian culture 

                     Temple festivals  

                     Worship in S.I.-Rituals/ Expression of devotion 

                     Mother Goddess worship in S.I. 

Videos content 

 

                  Read 

                     Radhakrishnan. Course pack article: Temples as cultural centers.. 

Videos content 

 

21-22            Contacts and Adjustments: S.I. – China, East Asia 

                     Foreign missionary in S.I.: Portuguese/Dutch in S.I. 

 

                     Read 

Radhakrishnan. Course pack- Contacts and Adjustments: S.I. – China, 

East Asia 

Videos content 

 

23-26           Religious movements in S.I.                     

                     Rituals, Believes, Faiths….. 

                     330 Millions of Gods (Video) 

 

                     Read  

                    Nilakanta Sastri. Chap. XV, Religion and Philosophy 

          Bose. Chap.7, Spirituality, religion and philosophy 

                     Radhakrishnan notes 

Video content 

 

 

27                    Fine arts and performing arts of S.I.: 

                      Classical dance forms, painting, music…. 

                      Pallava, Vijayanagar architecture 

TV culture and Indian and south Indian cinema 

 

           Read  

                      Bose. Chap. 9 

   Nilakanta Sastri. Chap. XVI 

   Radhakrishnan’s notes 

Videos content 

 

 

(Optional)     Language and Literature of South India 

                      Development of Classical Tamil and literature, Sanskrit literature, 

                     Old Telugu, Prakrit language and literature, Malayalam language and  

                      Literature, Urdu language and literature 

 

                      Read Nilakanta Sastri, Chap. XIV also you can read Chap. VII 

                     for more information 

 

                      To know about Folk arts of S.I. 

                      Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu 

                      Folk and Tribal dances 

Books recommended: 

1. M.L. Bose, Social and Cultural History of Ancient India 

2. Nilakanta Sastri,  History of South India 

3. Thapar,  History of India Vol. I 

4. Course-pack, South Indian cultural history (collection of articles from various 

authors and books) 

Use Radhakrishnan’s Bb materials  

 

Additional References: 

Michael Thompson, Richard Ellis, and Aaron Wildavsky, Oxford, Cultural Theory, 1990 

David Ludden, India and South Asia, Oxford, 2007 

Charles H. Kennedy et al, Government and politics in South Asia, Westview Press, 2009 

Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., Government and politics in developing nations, 1993  

 

TAM 506 • First-Year Tamil I

32170 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 2.124
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Dept. of Asian Studies 

The University of Texas at Austin 

 

TAM 506: Syllabus 

INTRODUCTORY TAMIL I 

 

MEETING DAYS:    

FACULTY:                 Sankaran Radhakrishnan Ph.D.      

Office hours:              

 

Course Description:  

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 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. 

 

Objectives (for one year):  

At the end of the course students should be able to: 

I  

- Perceive and reproduce the sounds and their meaningful sequences, that is:  

- Identify the sounds in their meaningful sequence,  

- Discriminate the sounds in meaningful sequence,  

- Reproduce the sounds in meaningful sequence. 

II   

- Able to form sentences orally from given patterns and lexical items. 

 - Able to participate in basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned materials. 

- Able to understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances about familiar 

topics.  Comprehends simple questions, statements, high-frequency commands, and courtesy 

formulae. May be able to do rephrasing, and/or a slowed rate of speech for comprehension. 

- Able to interpret written language on familiar topics. Can read for instructional and directional 

purposes, standardized messages, phrases, or expressions, such as some items on menus, 

schedules, timetables, maps, and signs. 

- Able to copy or transcribe familiar words, biographic information (e.g., names, dates, 

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nationality), some short phrases and simple lists.  Can write all the symbols in an alphabetic or 

syllabic system or 50-100 characters or compounds in a character writing system. Spelling and 

representation of symbols may be 

 

Materials: (S. Radhakrishnan) 

1. Tamil Script Book by  

Inside the book:  

Introduction to Tamil language, cultures, land, literatures, religion, etc., Feed Back, Tamil 

alphabets in 18 Frames, List of vocabulary and more. 

2. Tamil Pronunciation/drills (audio) 

3. Course-pack  

4. Read Faster (video) 

5. Pictorial Learning 

There may be more additional Xeroxed materials for class-work, reading, listening 

comprehension, dictation, and pictorial learning in the class. 

 

Attendance:  

Students are expected to attend every class.  Class attendance is mandatory for all classes (M- F).  

Students are allowed three unexcused absences. After three absences, each additional absence 

will be counted towards final grade and affect the final grade. However, for unavoidable reasons 

if arrangement is made in advance with the instructor. 

 

Homework: 

During script learning period, there will be homework everyday. As soon a particular Frame 

(Script lesson) is completed, the learners are expected to complete the exercises (at home) for the 

Frame from the 'Tamil Script Book' and submit in the next class day to the instructor.  

Submission of completed script book exercises by the students is compulsory everyday. This is 

for the first 16 days or till the exercises in the Tamil Script Book are completed. On time 

submission of exercises is considered towards final grade.   

Late homework will not be accepted. 

 

As mentioned before, while learning Tamil alphabets, the learners will also learn to speak.  After 

16 hours of learning Tamil alphabets, the learners will know more about the Tamil through all 

situational lessons on interesting and interactive conversations.  Exercises for the lessons are 

assigned as homework.  Students are expected to complete the exercises part from the lessons 

without fail.  The entire exercises and whole language learning environment in the class will be 

really interesting.  The Script Book exercises and the Structure lesson exercises carry points and 

will be included for final grade. 

 

Conversation/Weekly tests:  

Written and oral Weekly tests form part of the course. During the course each student will make 

attempt to speak in Tamil and take five to six tests (Script and Structure). 

Few pop quizzes may be there too.  

 

Exams: During the semester there will be two exams lasting  

one hour to one and half hours.  There will be one three hours final exam for the course. 

 

Grading: Weights assigned to each activity are as follows: 

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Attendance: (72x4)   288 

Homework:    142 

Conversation/Participation     100 

Week Tests (6x20)   120 

Exams (2x50)    100 

Final exam 200  200 

                       Total        1000  

(This total will be worked out for 100 for final grade) 

 

Printable Modules and Schedule of daily classroom activities for the  

Semester is on Bb. 

 

For Bb: 

1. Schedule of daily classroom activities for the semester is on Bb. 

 

TAM 506                           

Tentative schedule of activities                             

 

 

WEEK            Days                            Activities 

 

0   W-F   Introduction to Tamil land,  

     Language, culture, etc.,      

     Tamil Script introduction 

     Tamil Script: Frames 1 and 2 

     Spoken Lesson 1     

     Conversation 

 

1  T-F   Frames 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  

     Spoken Lessons 2, 3 

     Weekly Test 1 

     Conversation 

 

2  M-F   Frames 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 

     Spoken Lessons 4, 5 

     Weekly Test 2  

     Conversation 

 

3  M-F   Frames 14, 15, 16, 17 

     Spoken Lessons 6, 7, 8 

     Weekly Test 3  

     Conversation 

 

4   M-F   Frame 18 

     Spoken Lesson 9, 10 

     Revision of Script 

     Dictation 

     Conversation 

 

5  M-F   Exam 1  

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     Revision of Spoken lessons 

     Spoken and Structure Lessons 1-4 

     Conversation 

Reading 

 

6  M-F   Spoken and  

Structure Lessons 5-8 

     Reading comprehension 

     Weekly Test 4 

     Conversation 

     Reading 

 

7  M-F   Spoken and  

Structure Lessons 9-11 

Conversation 

Reading 

 

8  M-F   Reading comprehension 

     Spoken and  

Structure Lessons 9, 10, 11, 12 

Weekly Test 5  

     Reading 

     Conversation and group work 

 

9  M-F   Spoken and  

     Structure Lessons 13-16 

     Conversation 

     Reading 

 

10  F, M-F   Reading Comprehension 

     Spoken and 

     Structure Lessons 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 

     Conversation and group work 

     Reading  

     Exam 2  

 

11  M-F   Listening comprehension 

     Spoken and Structure Lessons 22, 23, 24 

     Weekly Test 6  

     Conversation 

     Reading 

 

12  M-F   Listening comprehension 

     Spoken and  

     Structure Lessons 25, 26, 27, 28 

     Conversation      

     Reading 

 

13  M-F   Spoken and  

     Structure Lessons 29, 30, 31, 32 

     Conversation 

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     Reading 

Final Exam 

 

14  M-F   Submission of all exercises done 

Revision of structures 

     Listening comprehension 

     Group presentation 

 

 

Services for Students with Disabilities website (found here: 

http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/providing.php# 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD LUCK! 

 

WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN IN THE INTRODUCTORY TAMIL  

(ONE SEMESTERS) 

 

Phase I (TAM 506) 

Introduction to Tamil language, culture, traditions etc.  

Test-1 is based on the introduction materials. 

 

1. Script/Alphabets  12-14  hours 

 

2. Structure introduction 6-8 lessons during the script introduction 

Simple sentences (NP+NP) 

Pronouns 

Emphatic marker 

Negative (No, Yes/No) 

Tag 

Different question forms (who, what, -aa, how many, which,   

Numerals (1-12): Cardinals, collectives, ordinals, universal  

Adjectives (base, numeral, derived, demonstrative) 

Case: Genitive 

Nominalization 

Basic Sandhi (glide-y-/-v-) 

 

CULTURES AND RELATED VOCABULARY ITEMS (kinship terms; household items; …): 

STRUCTURAL PATTERS ARE LEARNT THROUGH CONTENT LESSONS. 

 

Situational Lessons 

Teacher-student Pronouns, question forms, respect forms…) 

Other languages students  

Mother tongue (Possessive, yes/no) 

Good watch (Adjectives, time, numerals…) 

Dome  

In the classroom 

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First Prime minister of India 

Umbrella 

In the Dome  

What nature is Radha? 

House-number 

Shopping 

 

Who are you? 

Do you own land? 

Boundaries  

Dress 

Tanjavur is as beautiful as Madurai 

How is weather now? 

 

Rent a hotel-room 

Hotel 

Buy fruits 

Restaurant  

Do you know Tamil? 

 

Friend’s house 

Bus ticket 

Board the bus 

 

Market 

Kanyakumari  

Receiving a friend 

See off a friend 

 

Home assignment 

Food items in the restaurant 

Buy a Sari 

 

Telegram 

Leaving house 

Kitchen 

 

Where did you studied? 

When did you join the job? 

Will you give this book to him? 

 

Guide 

Laboratory 

 

Recommendation  

Don’t worry much 

 

Homework 

What we do? (Body parts) 

Are you OK? - Meeting a doctor (Health) 

With a servant 

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Cook 

 

Teach Tamil 

Duties 

 

Examinations 

When is coming… 

 

Learn Tamil 

Invite a friend 

Loan 

Expect a guest 

Do you read Marathi? 

I play in the morning 

 

Enquiry 

Movie 

Railway station 

Rameswaram 

Conversation 

Story (crow-fox) 

 

Guided composition: 

Train 

New York  

Market 

Mind 

Marriage 

 

Reading comprehension: 

Depends on weight 

The king who changed his mind 

‘kozukkattai’- a dish 

Letter  

Guest 

TAM 312K • Second-Year Tamil I

32175 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1200-100pm MEZ 1.204
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  Sankaran Radhakrishnan 

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Dept. of Asian Studies 

The University of Texas at Austin                              

 

TAM 312 K: Syllabus 

INTERMEDIATE TAMIL I 

 

MEETING DAYS:    

FACULTY:                 Sankaran Radhakrishnan Ph.D.      

Office hours:              

 

 

Course description:  

TAM 312K provides the second year of training in Tamil. The course meets three hours per week 

and carries three hours of credit. Since the learners already learnt spoken Tamil in the first year, 

now began to learn Modern Written Tamil and be able to often compare with Spoken forms.  

Spoken-Written differences will be brought to the learners and worked extensively through plenty 

of examples and exercises.  Specially designed materials help the learners to understand and 

practice these differences very much. Usually, one hour per week will be devoted to the lesson 

introduction (core text lessons), one to detailed explanation of the materials in the lesson, and one 

to reading passages, and conversation.   Learners will begin to get complete knowledge of basic 

and complex structures and their use.  For this, variety of interesting exercises, graded 

compositions, reading comprehensions, listening comprehensions, and translation passages will 

be used.   

Various kinds of graded composition, reading comprehension, and translation passages will be 

provided. Conversational Tamil also part of the course. 

 

The learner’s difficulty in understanding the use of advanced language and its structures and the 

curiosity in the absence of an immersion environment to know more about the culture is always 

found among learners.  For this, other than the core materials, number of interesting lessons, 

reading, listening, comprehension, composition, news paper materials will be used as 

supplementary and remedial materials in the class.  In the second level of Intermediate Tamil 

towards the end, audio materials on different topics about Tamil culture, language, games, 

historically important places, dances, folk traditions, etc., are used.  Tamil movies, clips, slides, 

pictures, transparencies, videos on culture, art, architecture, etc. will also be used in both 

semesters. 

 

 

Objectives (for Second year Tamil-two semesters):  

Learner is: 

-able to handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations. Can initiate, 

sustain, and close a general conversation with a number of strategies appropriate to a range of 

circumstances and topics to some extend. Vocabulary development helps to avoid hesitation in 

using language to form connected discourse in simple narration and/or description. 

 

-able to sustain understanding over longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics 

pertaining to different times and places.  Gain skills to grasp main ideas and/or details. 

 

-able to understand simple texts dealing with basic personal and social needs. Get some main 

ideas and information from texts featuring description and narration.  

Reading practice will be given to read text several times for understanding. 

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-able to meet most practical writing needs and limited social demands (e.g., simple letters, brief 

synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data).Get practice on content words and 

time expressions to express time, tense with precision; verbal inflections. Gain skills to describe 

and narrate in paragraphs. 

 

All these are achieved through practice and training: 

Written ? Spoken  

Development of communicative competence  

Development of vocabulary  

Composition (guided composition) writing skill 

Comprehension skills (reading and listening comprehensions) 

Translation skill 

Literary appreciation skill  

Cultural understanding 

Independently presentations/speeches/talks/ to work on Area study topics 

 

Materials (Radhakrishnan):  

“Intermediate Tamil” (Print materials) 

“Intermediate Tamil” (Audio CD) 

“Conversion Rules for Tamil: Written ? Spoken” (print with lots of exercises) 

“Pictorial Learning” 

 

In the “Intermediate Tamil” book variety of passages on various language and cultural aspects of 

Tamil heritage are found.  These passages are designed to inculcate interest among the learners of 

Tamil for further learning of Tamil and understanding of Tamil culture.   

The beginners through one year Tamil learning learned the basic skills of language learning, 

graded structures, and a quite handsome amount of vocabulary.  Through the first year courses 

the learners are motivated to think more about the real functional use of Tamil for their future 

aims and goals.  Hence the “Intermediate Tamil” book aims to explain the complex structures of 

Tamil in detail and their use; thus helps the learners to develop higher order skills for effective 

language use.  The major focus of the “Intermediate Tamil” is vocabulary development, 

translation practice, and development of literary appreciation skill, increased cultural 

understanding and much more.   

Each lesson is structure free and includes a glossary, grammatical notes, exercises, assignments, 

and cultural or historical notes wherever needed.  All the lessons in the book, “Intermediate 

Tamil” are on CD to practice reading and increase reading speed.  Each lesson is read three times 

with different speed (slow reading with a gap to repeat; with little speed with a gap to repeat and 

to normal speed with gap to repeat). 

 

At the beginning, a sample conjugation list of strong and weak verbs are given. Following the 

verb conjugation, “Tamil Conversion Rules”’ are provided with suitable examples, exercises and 

tests to work and practice for easy understanding of the written and spoken dichotomy that 

persists in Tamil. The lessons in “Intermediate Tamil” are on different interesting topics, like 

festivals, short stories, letters, stories, modern poems, Tamil etiquette, village temple festival, 

literary personalities, and reading comprehension passages. At the end, a translation part is 

included to translate.  This will help the learners to evaluate their understanding of the basic 

Tamil structures. Finally, an exhaustive list of useful vocabulary on 28 different culture bound 

topics is provided for the learners to work with it for vocabulary development, their use and 

increased cultural understanding.  

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Learners are expected to keep the print lessons (seven lessons for this semester) before them and 

listen carefully the audio CD and repeat each and every lesson many times till they reach normal 

reading speed. 

 

Attendance: 

Students are expected to attend every class.   Class attendance is mandatory for all classes and 

counted towards final grade.  Absences are excused only with a signed medical excuse or by prior 

arrangement with the Instructor. Attendance will be noted from the first day of class.   

 

Homework (HW):   

In total 5 home-works will be there for the course (Exercises in the core print lessons form part of 

homework). Homework is due on the day specified by the Instructor in the class. 

Late submission leads to reduction in final grade (5 points will be off per home-work per day). 

 

Oral presentation:  

During the term each student will make 1 presentation of 10-14 minutes each on topics of their 

choice or on an assigned topic.  A week before the presentation, the presenters are expected to 

submit a list of new words that they plan to use in the presentation together with English 

meanings and discuss with the Instructor.  The presentation copy should be given to all the 

classmates on the day of presentation.  

 

Essays: There will be 4 essays assigned. Essays should be submitted on the date indicated.  Late 

submission leads to reduction in final grade (5 points will be off per home-work per day). 

 

Tests: There will be 3 tests during the semester. 

 

Exam: During the semester there will be 2 exams for the semester each lasting two to two and 

half hours.   

 

Grading:  

Grading is on a straight scale. Weights assigned to each activity are as follows: 

 

Attendance (43x5) ...  215     

Homework (5x20) ...  100 

Essays     (4x 20) . . .    80 

Tests      (3x25) ...        75   

Presentation (1)       ...  75 

Conversation ……..    155   

Exam …………….      300   

                              ---------- 

       Total          . . .      1000 (this total will be worked out for 100 for final grade) 

                             ---------- 

 

GRADING SCALE: 

A = 90 – 100; B = 80 – 89; C = 70 – 79; D = 60 – 69; 59% and below 59% Fail 

 

 

For details of class activities see Bb. 

TAM 312K 

Tentative schedule of activities                                                       

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WEEK            Days               Month                        Activities 

 

0    W, F  Aug.   Revision of Basic course    

       Structures*  

       Verb conjugation 

       Conversion Rules 

       Spoken - Written 

 

1  W, F  Sept.   HW 1 due 

Structure Revision  

       Conversion Rules 

Spoken -Written 

Test 1 (Friday)-Spoken/Written; verb 

conjugations, Basic structures, translation of 

simple sentences 

 

2  MWF  Sept.   Lesson 1 

Spoken -Written 

 

3  MWF  Sept.   HW 2 due 

Spoken –Written 

       Read Faster 

Lesson 2 

 

4   MWF  Sept.   Test 2 (Monday)-Lessons 1 & 2 

Lesson 3 

       Dictation 

       Read Faster (clips)    

 

5  MWF  Sept.-Oct.  HW 3 due 

Modern poem 9 

       Dictation  

Exam 1 (Friday)-1 through 4 weeks portions 

 

6  MWF  Oct.   Lesson 4  

Read Faster (clips) 

       Dictation 

 

7  MWF  Oct.   Silent movie (Essay 1) 

Test 3 (Friday)-weeks 6-7 

 

8  MWF  Oct.   Movie 

Silent movie-write description of the events seen 

and tell the events (Essay 2) 

Read Faster (clips) 

 

9  MWF  Oct.          HW 4 due 

Listening Tamil video  

       List the vocabulary    

       Comprehend the content 

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 10  MWF Nov.    Lesson 7 

       Read Faster (clips) 

        Reading Comprehension 15  

       Exam 2 (Friday) - weeks 6 through 9 

 

11  MWF  Nov.   HW 5 due 

        Listening comprehension 

       Read Faster (clips) 

     Tamil movie-Culture-  

        ‘Karakaattakkaaran’ and a clip (Essay 3) 

 

12  MWF  Nov.   Listening comprehension 

       Reading Test 

       News paper Tamil- reading from Web 

 

 13  MWF  Nov.   Reading (audio CD) 

       Audio: Tamil Arts:   

Listening and comprehension (Essay 4) 

List the vocabulary 

Comprehend the content 

 

14  MWF  Dec.   Presentation (Monday) 

       Revision/discussion  

        Submission of all exercises and assignments 

GOOD LUCK! 

 

 

* REVISION CLASSES INCLUDES: 

Script/Alphabet: 

Tests and Exercises to write Tamil alphabets 

Dictation (daily) 

 

Basic structures (Introductory Tamil): 

NP+NP: Equitation type  

Nouns: Animate/inanimate; human/non-human 

Pronouns and oblique forms  

Question form (yes/no), Tag, -aa 

Adjectives (Base, derived, numeral, and demonstrative) 

Numerals 

Case: Possessive/Genitive 

Nominalization (Adj. and Genitive) 

 

Sandhi rules:  

y and v glide 

Doubling (k, c, t, p) 

 

NP+VP: Predicative type 

Verbs: simple  

Verb (strong/weak) 

Tense (tense markers)  

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PNG markers 

FV 

Cases (locative, dative, objective) 

Defective verbs 

Permissive 

Infinitives 

Transitive/intransitive 

Cases revision: Objective (direct/indirect objects), Locative 

Ablative of motion 

Associative 

Instrumental 

Future Subjunctive 

AjP. (RP): Present, Past, Future, Negative 

PN (Pr., Pa., Fut. –patikkiravan, patittavan, patippavan; Negative PN: patikkaatavan)   

AvP. (VP): Positive (having ……), negative (without……..)  

Conditional clause: Positive (if…….), Negative (if not …….) 

Concessive (patittaalum)-even if…….. 

Concessive negative (patikkaavittaalum) – even if not ……… 

Hortative (patittum) - even though………  

Hortative (patikkaamaliruntum) – even though not ………. 

Gerund Pr. (patikkiratu) – the act of ……… (Pr.) 

Gerund Pa. (patittatu) – the act of ……… (Past)   

Gerund Fut. (patikkum) 

• It is to be noted here that the future AjP form is the proper gerund future form but the 

present gerund form is used commonly for Gerund Fut. 

Verbal noun (patittal) act of ………..  (Here, there is no tense significance comparing with 

Gerund) 

Perfect verb (Structure: AvP+iru) 

Progressive verb (Structure: AvP+kontiru) 

Reflexive verb (AvP+kol): past tense marker is –l- 

Causative is conveyed using V. Inf. + vai/cey 

Passive verb (V. Inf. +patu)  

 

Practice on Verb conjugation exercises 

Use of Connectors 

II 

Conversion:  

Written ? Spoken 

Class work, exercises, tests 

III 

Class room activities/meetings:  

Text Lessons 

Audio materials (listening comprehension): topics on different topics 

Project: paper and presentation 

IV 

Extra activities: Outside class hours: 

Watching Tamil movies (listening comprehension: culture, content, language) 

Web materials (Radio, Tamil newspaper, BBC Tamil news) 

Family visit-community interactions 

Other projects done for learning Tamil by other institutions 

TAM 320K • Advanced Tamil I

32180 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 900-1000 MEZ 2.102
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312L with a grade of at least C.

TAM 384 • Topics In Tamil Lang And Cul

32195 • Fall 2009
Meets
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Study of various aspects and periods of Tamil language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Tamil 312L with a grade of at least C.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

30560 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm RLM 6.120
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

TAM 507 • First-Year Tamil II

31560 • Spring 2009
Meets MW 300pm-400pm JES A303A
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 506 with a grade of at least C.

TAM 312L • Second-Year Tamil II

31565 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm UTC 3.120
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Tamil 612 and 312L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Tamil 312K with a grade of at least C.

TAM 320L • Advanced Tamil II

31570 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm JES A205A
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Not open to native speakers of Tamil.  Prerequisite: Tamil 320K with a grade of at least C.

UT Tamil Courses

Courses Offered

Fall: TAM 506, TAM 312K, TAM 320K

New in Fall 2010: "Arts and Dances of South India"

Spring: TAM 507, TAM 312L, TAM 320L

What you learn through the University of Texas at Austin Tamil courses?

Tamil is one of the classical languages of the world with rich literary and cultural traditions. Language and literatures of this society is significantly unique and thus studied and researched by native scholars and scholars from the West, Europe and other parts of the world for its vast heritage.

Four levels (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, and Classical) of Tamil are taught in the UT at Austin. Graduate level Tamil research programs on literatures (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern) like, Cankam literatures, Bhakti literatures, contemporary literatures, and on theater art, ancient grammar, etc., are available. Spoken, Modern Standard Written and Classical (literary) Tamil courses are taught. Translations of Cankam literatures by A K Ramanujan, Martha Selby, George Hart, Indra's translation, and others are also form part of graduate level courses.

Learning begins from the very beginning, from Tamil alphabets. Learning Tamil as second language makes interesting with different levels of adult learners with different cultural background. Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels are designed to make the learners to feel comfortable in their learning from the very beginning to the level of higher order skills. This development brings learners to achieve their academic/ professional goals or personal development or both. This platform helps the learners to acquire language skills to choose and work for their research interest.

First year (two semesters; TAM 506, TAM 507: each 5 Credit hours) of learning involves thorough learning of alphabets, writing and reading, and speaking. The learners begin to learn Tamil from literally from zero vocabularies. Hence, vocabulary development forms part of this level of learning as each vocabulary is culturally loaded and not just meaning of the word. Learning basic structures of Tamil and cultural differences are main focus of this level. Development of communicative competence and use of Tamil in normal, day-to-day life in controlled situations/specific contexts are aimed. The day-to-day standard spoken Tamil is introduced through content lessons in the form of conversation/dialogue. This pattern not only teaches the basic structures, but also develops communicative competence, besides enormous amount of cultures. However, the spoken/written dichotomy is brought to the learners at the end of the first year of learning because the second year learning will be in Modern Written Tamil and thus set foundation for second year of learning.

Modern Written Tamil course is also available for Introductory levels.

Second year (two semesters; TAM 312K, TAM 312L-each 3 Credit hours) of learning involves thorough practice on written/spoken Tamil in the beginning. The specially designed materials help the learners to understand and practice these differences very much. Since the learners already learnt spoken Tamil, now began to learn completely Modern Written Tamil and be able to often compare with Spoken Tamil. However, the conversions in the classroom will be in Spoken Tamil. Now the learners are allowed to think and prepared for their area of interest for their future academic/professional development. Learners get to show interest about literatures (classical and contemporary), arts (folk/modern theaters, dance, music, architecture,), politics and governments, religions, language development, use of Tamil in mass-media usage, science, judiciary etc. Learners will be taught to approach and understand Tamil poems (modern to medieval period). The learners will have complete knowledge of basic and complex structures and nature of Tamil language. Content learning begins well at this stage. More understanding of cultures forms part of the course that continued from the first year. Print and multimedia materials are used to support learning.

Third year (two semesters; TAM 320K, TAM 320L-each 3 Credit hours) of learning focuses on variety of topics. Introduction to the history of Tamil literatures/land helps the learners to feel the societies of different period and their rulers. Along with Modern Written Tamil, Literary Tamil is also introduced through poetic pieces from medieval and classical time literatures. More understanding and manipulation of all learned structures and grammars for effective language use like, creative writing, translation, discussions, and oration/speech/talk are focused. 'Pictorial learning' is also introduced for this purpose. More understanding of Tamil grammar at this level is seen. However, vocabulary development continues and new vocabularies (context sensitive, emotional words, etc.) are learnt. Content learning is very active at this stage. Learners are ready to choose specific area/topic for their academic goals/research. Learner of this level is in a position to understand differentiating Spoken, Modern Written, and Literary and Poetic usages of Tamil language. Stylistic variations are also brought before the learners through writings from various authors. Learners of this level will have more language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Fourth year Classical Tamil (grad. level) course helps to do research on old Tamil literatures and to know more about Tamil literatures and cultural heritage and social life of Tamils or any culture related topics. Students get involved reading and analyze Tamil literatures starting from Modern to Classical. They develop interest to know about, theology, comparative literatures, literary analysis, stylistic variations, histories (social, cultural, political-rulers and ruled, govt., politics), arts, etc., from the main and secondary sources. From here they begin to look and compare at language and literature, and language and cultures of South Asia and chose their topic for research. Any special interest on any theme or on any particular classical Tamil literature, Seminars are available. Graduate courses like Asian languages and cultures, Asian languages and literatures or any specific topic(s) of interest are also available.

Materials Available for Tamil Learning: (Sankaran Radhakrishnan)

  1. Tamil Script Learner's Manual 
  2. Tamil Pronunciation (CD) 
  3. Intermediate Tamil I & II (Book on Blackboard-Bb)
  4. Pictorial Learning (Bb)
  5. Intermediate Tamil: Reading Practice I & II, CD (Bb)

Tamil Script Learner's Manual

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