Weekly Syllabus for Intermediate Tamil
(For the months of January, February and March)
Week of January 12 to 16: (Class days: 13th and 15th)
Reading News paper articles. a) Reading chosen by instructor, b) Reading chosen by students
Practice conversations - discussion of news items in the news paper.
Practice writing: Giving a brief narrative of what is read from the news paper.
Week of January 19 to 23 (Class days: 20th and 22st)
Reading chosen from popular weekly. a) Reading chosen by the instructor and b) reading chosen by students. (short stories)
Practice conversations - discussion of the stories chosen for reading.
Writing practice involving the topics in the stories and use of words and phrases including idiomatic expressions.
Week of January 26 to 30 (Class days: 27th and 29th)
Discussion on topics to be used in the Quiz. (working on model quiz)
Homework: writing practice
Quiz on the reading materials on newspaper and short stories.
Week of February 2 to 6 (Class days 3nd and 5th)
Reading material from novels. a) reading chosen by the instructor and b) reading chosen by the students.
Discussion on the topics in the readings.
Writing practice involving specific sentence patterns, use of words and phrases etc.
Week of February 9 to 13 (Class days 10th and 12th)
Use of the form "aavatu" in Tamil. Different use of this form in various speech context. Making students use this form in all possibilities as discussed in the class room. Writing exercise involving the use of "aavatu". Going over some of the readings and identify the forms involving "aavatu" - reinforcing what was done in previous weeks.
Week of February 16 to 20 (Class days 17th and 19th)
Use of the form "um" and "enRu" in Tamil. Focusing on different usages, speech contexts, idiomatic expressions involving these forms etc. Making students generate sentences with this form. Homework: Writing a letter or an essay consisting of the various use of "um" and "enRu" in Tamil.
Week of February 23rd to 27th (Class days 24th and 26th)
Use of the reading (Radio play - aaRu maNikkuL - Scene 1) on the WEB and do online exercises. Discussion of scene 1 in the class and letting them do scene 2 as part of their home work.
Quiz on the use of "aavatu", "um" and "enRu"; along with the reading materials used from the WEB.
Homework: writing practice
Week of March 2 to 6 (Class days 3nd and 5th)
Reinforcing the reading articles and use of various idiomatic expressions, sentence patterns. - Summerizing and preparing the students for Midterm.
Mid term covering the news paper article, short story, novel and the use of grammatical forms "aavatu", "um" and "enRu".
Homework: Writing exercise.
Week of March 9 to 13 (Class days 10 and 12)
Working on "Radio Plays"; "aaRu maNikkuL" - Scene 3 doing one online exercise in class and scene 4 as part of homework.
Radio plays: "enRum muppatu" - scene 1 (in class work)
Online WEB based Homework exercise on scene 2 - "enRum muppatu".
Week of March 16 to 20 (Class days 17 and 19)
Radio plays: "enRum muppatu" - scene 3 (in class work)
Online WEB based Homework exercise on scene 4 - "enRum muppatu".
Discussion of the two radio plays. Preparation for Quiz.
Week of March 23 to 27 (Class days 24 and 26)
Quiz: Radio plays - "aaRu MaNikkuL" and "enRum muppatu" (Home work: writing practice)
Reading the novel "Yuka sandhi" - Discussion of literary variety of the language. (Web based homework exercise.)