Mode of Attendance: Online Learning
The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Tamil. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes place in the target language. By the end of the course, students will have covered basic grammatical constructions and acquired an essential working vocabulary allowing them to communicate within a limited range of situations in which learners are likely to find themselves
The course is taught in English and Tamil and it covers the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each module offers a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to sixteen to allow intensive
practice. Transliteration is employed as a tool to facilitate access to Tamil, whilst familiarity with the Tamil alphabet is being developed. There is a mid-term revision and practice test to consolidate the language skills acquired.
This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.
Course material is provided by the tutor.
Online Course Requirements
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Entry Requirements and Progression Route
For the first stage of Tamil Beginners (that is, Tamil Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours blended learning per each sub-level). If after looking at the Course Structure, you are still unsure about your level, please contact the LC to arrange an assessment with the tutor.
Please note that each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.
For course dates and information, please see our Enrolment Page