Tamil (தமிழ்) is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of South India and North-east Sri Lanka. It has official status in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Tamil is also an official language of Sri Lanka and Singapore.
Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. Tamil literature has existed for over 2000 years.The earliest period of Tamil literature, Sangam literature, is dated from ca. 300 BC – AD 300.
The following is the basic Tamil script.
Madurai is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. The city was planned in the pattern of a lotus flower with the great Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple as its center. Madurai is the Second largest city in TamilNadu. It is in an inland location almost equidistant between the East and West coasts and the Southern tip of India. Once best known for its temple, Madurai today is an amalgam of antiquity and modernity. Old Madurai, heartland of Tamil culture, was known historically to the West as the Athens of the East. Madurai was the first capital of the Pandyas, patrons of the 'Tamil Sangam'.
Geographical location :
North Latitude : Between 9°30.00 and 10°30.00
East Latitude: Between 77°00.00 and 78°30.00
Languages spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Sourashtra, English, Hindi
Municipal Corporation: Madurai
Area: 3741.73 square Kilometers
Population : Total 3038252
|Monday||Conversation||News paper Reading||Break||Radio Listening||Film preparation / Monolingual guest||Lunch||Local Trip|
|Tuesday||Grammar||Film / Situational conversation / Social function||Break||Tutorial||Pronunciation / Dictation / Oral Presentation||Lunch||***|
|Wednesday||Literature||Tutorial||Break||Magazine Reading||Grammar Review||Lunch||Zero hour|
|Thursday||Error correction||Tutorial||Break||Film review / Review of the monolingual guest tape||Cooking / Skit / Language Game||Lunch||***|
|Friday||Vocabulary Review||Tutorial||Break||Test||Feed Back & Planning (Teachers & Students )||Lunch||***|
AIIS assists students in finding local accommodation within a reasonable commuting distance of the Language Program center. Depending on the size of the Program and the availability of suitable accommodations, students are sometimes housed in furnished apartments, but more commonly live in "paying guest" or "home-stay" arrangements in private homes, preferably with families who speak the target language. Detailed guidelines will also be sent to students once they are accepted into an AIIS Program.
American Institute of Indian Studies
Tamil Language Program Center → Madurai
Expenditure information sheet 2013-14
|Item||In Rupees||In Dollars, One USD = Rs. 60|
|Host family rent ( with out food)||5000 + Electricity Charge + Water Charge + House Keeping fee(optional) + laundry (optional)||100 + Electricity Charge + Water Charge + House Keeping fee(optional) + laundry (optional)|
|Conveyance (to and from LP Center )||Bus 10 : 0ne way Auto Rickshaw : 60 One way||Bus : .2 , Auto Rickshaw : 1.2|
|Internet (for buying a data card) Tata Photon/Reliance TATA||1500 + Plan Charge (starting from 250)||TATA 30 + Plan Charge (starting from 5)|
|Breakfast and Lunch rate at Program House||100 per day||1.75 per day|
|Gym membership and monthly charges||1500 per month (there may be an offer/special discount )||30 per month (there may be an offer/special discount )|
|International courier charge||1 kg : 3352, 1.5kgs: 3913, 2 kgs : 4474||1 kg : 67, 1.5kgs: 78, 2 kgs : 89.4|
|Entertainment ( Ticket charges at Theater )||150||3|
|Mobile set and sim charge||1500 + plan charge||30 + plan charge|
1 USD=Rs 58
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