Tamil

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:

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'.

 

DISTRICT PROFILE

Geographical location :
North Latitude : Between 930.00 and 1030.00
East Latitude: Between 7700.00 and 7830.00

Languages spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Sourashtra, English, Hindi

Municipal Corporation: Madurai
Area: 3741.73 square Kilometers
Population : Total 3038252
Literary 81.3%

9-9.55 10-11 15 min 11.15-12.10 12.15-1 AN
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 ***
Tamil students at a local trip Tamil students at a local trip Tamil participants interacting with a monolingual guest Tamil participants interacting with a monolingual guest Tamil participants at a heritage walk Tamil participants at a heritage walk Tamil students promising to interact only in TL Tamil students promising to interact only in TL

HOUSING INFORMATION

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 wayBus : .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 day1.75 per day
Gym membership and monthly charges1500 per month (there may be an offer/special discount )30 per month (there may be an offer/special discount )
International courier charge1 kg : 3352, 1.5kgs: 3913, 2 kgs : 44741 kg : 67, 1.5kgs: 78, 2 kgs : 89.4
Entertainment ( Ticket charges at Theater )1503
Mobile set and sim charge1500 + plan charge30 + plan charge

1 USD=Rs 58

For more information, Please contact tamillp@aiis.org.in