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Tamil Elementary Course

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Key information

1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part time, online/blended learning

Course overview

Course aim

This course is intended for students who have taken and completed Tamil Beginners. Grammar and vocabulary are revised and consolidated then expanded. Structures of greater complexity are presented, enabling students to speak about a larger number of everyday topics.

Learning objectives are met by a step-by-step process, through communicative, interactive teaching. Situational reinforcement is widely used during the course, in which students refrain from using English as much as possible.

By the end of the course, students can compare and contrast objects, say that they have been somewhere and describe places, tell the time and talk about everyday situations using all three tenses. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.


The course is taught in English and Tamil with coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to sixteen to allow intensive practice.

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 10-week course.

Online course requirements

Please ensure you have checked the learner support page.

Entry requirements and progression route

For the first stage of Tamil Elementary (that is, Tamil Elementary 1), you should have completed the full Beginners course (Beginners 1, 2 and 3). To be able to join Elementary 2 or 3 you should have completed Elementary 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 timetables.

Related information

See more information on the Language Centre short courses in Tamil on the Tamil homepage.


The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.


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