TAMIL is one of the major Dravidian languages spoken in southern India, for more than 2500 years. The antiquity of the language is relatively high. It has a high literary and grammatical tradition.

The word 'TAMIL' is made up of three letters

About the City

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'.

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


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
House/ Flat rent (Including AC, breakfast , dinner, and meals on holidays)8000.00 + electricity ( as per consumption)133
Host Family Rent ( with out Food )5000+ Electricity Charges + waterCharges+ House Keeping fee(optional)+Laundry (optional)100+Electicity charges +water charges+House keepingfee(optional)+Laundry(optional)
Host family rent payment modeCASH (payment made through the Center)---
Laundry charges ( per cloth)+ Maintenance1000.00(per month)17
Conveyance (To and From LP center ) Bus 10 ( one way )Auto 70 (one way ) Bus .2Auto Rickshaw:1.25
Internet ( for buying a data card /modem) TataPhoton/Relience/Airtel/Aircell/MTS1600 + Plan charge (starting from 250)30 + plan charges 5
Breakfast and Lunch rate at Program House100 per day1.70 per day
Lunch rate at the program house ( Monday-Friday) Breakfast & Lunch at the Center @ Rs.100/- 2500.0042
Gym membership &monthly charges1500 per month30 per month
International courier charges 1 kg :3352
1.5 kg :3913
2 kg :4474
1 kg :67
1.5 kg :78
2 kg :89.4
Entertainment ( Ticket charges at Theater )1503
Mobile set & Sim charge2000+plan charge35 + plan charges
Doctor Consultation fees500 /- per consultation8
Music classes like Kathak, singing, harmonium, sitar learning etc ( Per hour charges) Yoga Rs.800/- per month Dance : Rs.100/- per class13 1.6
ISD Calling USA /Per minute6.00 per minute ( regular) 0.60 per minute (special plan )--
Drinking Water (per month) Water filter ( one time purchase )500.00 1500.008 - 25

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