Tamil Class

1st and 3rd Sundays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tamil Classes have been held in Columbia since 1996 with participating families hosting the classes at their homes on the first and third Sundays of each month. The hosting of these classes in Shanthi Mandir since October 2005 has allowed a better learning experience, given the state-of-the-art audio-visual infrastructure at the Mandir.

Children learn conversational Tamil so that they are comfortable talking to relatives back in India, learn rudimentary written Tamil, learn the culture through language and songs, develop a strong peer support structure, and generally have fun during the social time following each class. Presently approximately 14 children organized into two age groups attend these classes regularly. The two-level classes are taught ably by several volunteer parents using Tamil texts from India, interactive CD lessons and invaluable resources and lesson plans from the internet.

For more information, contact Kalai Kumar at 445-9579