South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

National Workshop for Tamil Instructors to Draw Common Strategies in Tamil Curriculum: Spoken Tamil

Fri, March 12, 2010 | Texas Union 4.206 Chicano Culture Room

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tamil has a continuous history of spoken-written differences since fifth century BCE and it maintains the written and spoken forms as two different varieties, which are always found complementary to each other.  To make use the language more effective for the learners in attaining proficiency, it is essential to bring out the differences to them from their own learning difficulties.  Learners quite often face difficulties in Tamil speaking environment for their professional and academic endeavors.  Therefore the problem areas for the learners are identified and studied carefully by teachers of Tamil for teaching situations. There are challenges in narrowing down the gap between the written and spoken forms in Tamil. Once this is done, this will help the learners to use the language without spelling mistakes while writing and avoid speaking difficulties and increase the proficiency.  This will also help the learners of Advanced Tamil become familiar with the phonological changes (Sandhi changes) found in literary Tamil. The written and spoken differences are given as conversion rules by many scholars but there is no uniformity when they try to show the differences and adapting strategies to achieve the goals.  This makes the learners difficult and slow down the learning.

Issues such as regional variations and dialect variations among social groups and borrowed words from other cultures pose challenges to bring down to learners learning and proficiency. These put the materials producers in great difficulty to follow a way or pattern to produce materials and use.  Instantly prepared or tailored and used materials just for the hour or situations has not allowed following a common strategy.  Hence, the workshop tries to discuss and find out common strategies keeping themes for discussion.

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Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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