Tamil Language Programme

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Tamil language, a member of the Dravidian language family, spoken primarily in India. It is the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry). It is also an official language in Sri Lanka and Singapore and has significant numbers of speakers in Malaysia, Mauritius, Fiji, and South Africa. In 2004 Tamil was declared a classical language of India, meaning that it met three criteria: its origins are ancient; it has an independent tradition; and it possesses a considerable body of ancient literature. In the 21st century more than 66 million people were Tamil speakers.

The earliest Tamil writing is attested in inscriptions and potsherds from the 5th century BCE. Three periods have been distinguished through analyses of grammatical and lexical changes: Old Tamil (from about 450 BCE to 700 CE), Middle Tamil (700–1600), and Modern Tamil (from 1600). The Tamil writing system evolved from the Brahmi script. The shape of the letters changed enormously over time, eventually stabilising when printing was introduced in the 16th century CE. The major addition to the alphabet was the incorporation of Grantha letters to write unassimilated Sanskrit words, although a few letters with irregular shapes were standardised during the modern period. A script known as Vatteluttu (“Round Script”) is also in common use.

Tamil Food

If you imagine 'South Indian Food', first things which pop in mind Idli, Dosa, Sambhar, Vada, Upma and what not.Tamil Food is accepted in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian contexts. Otherwise, rice, lentils, grains and vegetables from the main ingredients in Tamil Cuisine. Rice is a staple food here. Sambar and Coconut Chutney are served with almost everything and guess what, it makes a fine blend with most of them. For non-vegetarians, fish, turtle, mutton and venison are preferred. Some Tamilians follow the tradition of eating on Banana Leaf even today.


Performing Arts

Bharatanatyama pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. A form of illustrative anecdote of Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas emoted by dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya.

Beginner level

Tamil for Beginners at Langma School of Languages programme is designed to cater the needs of an individuals who wish to pursue the language for linguistic. The course is taught in English and Tamil with coverage of the four key skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). You will participate in frequent pair work and be encouraged to contribute to class conversation and exercises in the target language. Learning will be reinforced by weekly homework. Although all four language disciplines are used throughout, the first three weeks of this course focus heavily on the alphabet, as the ability to read Tamil is crucial for use of the assigned textbook. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

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At this level you will learn an introduction to Tamil alphabets, that can be used to practice the various characters. Preliminary lessons include lessons from very basic Tamil sentences to complex sentences introducing to all the frequently used vocabulary items. Vocabulary drill is used for beginning Tamil learning. You will also learn tense formations in Tamil that are used to form sentences. This also contains information on a series of multiple-choice questions to test how to make tense forms of Tamil verbs. These Tamil verbs are differentiated into six different groups based on tense formation which test your knowledge of Tamil tense markers at the Beginner level.

Intermediate level

At this level, you will learn a basic Tamil Reader and Grammar which gives some exercises on an elementary graded reader with a complete glossary and grammatical notes. For proficiency use of Tamil verb forms. There are short and simple folk stories in Written Tamil and some of the grammatical forms that present both spoken and written Tamil between two mother-tongue speakers of Tamil.. At the end of the programme students will be able to: describing people, location, & things, appearance, stating preference & opinion, talking about obligations, request & order, advising, guessing, talking about probability/possibility & certainty, refusing, describing faulty goods, applying for a job, giving or justifying your opinion, talking about intentions, describing experiences, talking about feelings, making comparison, buying things, talking about rules & obligations, and expressing hopes.

It also contains the grammar of Spoken Tamil, with Tamil script and in transliteration which can be useful in looking up grammar about which you might have questions and a step by step program for the acquisition of Tamil grammar which is considered to belong at a lower intermediate level.

Advanced level

At this level, you will learn several modern short stories that are written by Tamil writers with grammatical notes, a glossary, and some exercises to complete. It has stories that address real-life issues and has some spoken material in authentic dialect form. It is provided with an English translation, a glossary, and grammatical notes. You will also have the radio plays recorded on AIR and made into teaching materials. You will be able to hear the sound, see the transcription with a glossary and cultural notes and exercises that are based on the story can be completed that has a rapid-fire Tamil language.


The programme would offer the ability to research, analyse, and employ knowledge of Tamil Language from disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective

The programme would enable students to communicate in Tamil Language effectively across written, oral, digital, and visual forms

The programme would offer critical thinking and research skills to facilitate students to identify high-quality information and critically analysed it as a reader, researcher, and writer, with a major attention on well-reasoned argumentation.

Langma School of Languages promotes intercultural competence to help students to build the ability to engage with a range of diverse perspectives from which knowledge, beliefs, and values are developed and maintained from regional to the global perspective

After successful completion the programme students are rewarded with a certificate