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Subject:

Learning to teach spoken Tamil, the creative way

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"Harold F. Schiffman" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:46:51 -0500

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Date:08/12/2007 URL:
http://www.thehindu.com/2007/12/08/stories/2007120859220200.htm
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Tamil Nadu - Chennai

Learning to teach spoken Tamil, the creative way

J. Malarvizhi

CHENNAI: A group of Tamil teachers from Singapore have been in the city
over the past week to learn creative ways of teaching spoken Tamil.

As the language environment at home also becomes overwhelmingly English,
the classroom is the only space where children speak Tamil, said S.
Samikannu, president, Singapore Tamil Teachers Union. The teachers have
visited Corporation and private schools in the city and observed classes
in progress.

Several teachers have been especially impressed by the Activity Based
Learning methodology. S. Jegathesan said he was initially sceptical about
the process. Having children of different skill levels learn together at
the same pace with senior students mentoring the younger ones and the
teacher functioning as a facilitator had created a class full of
confident, motivated and self-disciplined students, he said. He hopes to
reproduce some of the energy that he found in the classrooms here in his
own classes.

Mr. Samikannu also praised the eagerness to learn among students here.
Classes with nearly 50 to 60 children were perfectly quiet with children
sitting still and eager to answer questions. Students in Singapore are far
more boisterous, he said.

The Singapore Tamil Teachers Union, Malaysian Secretariat for World Tamil
Teachers Conference and the All India Primary Teachers Federation were
involved in organising the workshops on teaching of Tamil language and
Teacher Work Attachment (TWA) programme. The teachers from Singapore were
attached to various schools in the city for two days. The workshops are
organised in the years that fall between the biannual conferences of the
World Tamil Teachers Organisation as a follow-up to discussions that take
place at the conference, Mr. Samikannu said.

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