LGE701 - Tamil Language Skills I

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Subject Title
Tamil Language Skills I

Subject Description
This course, designed for people who have little or no knowledge of Tamil, includes the study of Tamil culture and develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a communicative approach.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use Tamil for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts;
2. initiate and maintain a simple conversation in the Tamil language;
3. use Tamil to make sense of their own experiences and to share experiences with others;
4. use Tamil in a practical context;
5. demonstrate an awareness of Tamil culture;

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Topic Outline:
·             greetings
·             learning the alphabet
·             family members communicating
·             discuss your community
·             talking about food 
·             talking about the environment
·             discuss employment
·             discuss entertainment
·             let’s go shopping
·             discuss nature
·             discuss the arts

The outcomes that follow are listed under the headings Cultural Understanding, Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Reading Skills, and Writing Skills, and they represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course. As the student progresses, the acquired skills will be developed gradually and naturally, each at various levels of competence, through communicative interactions.  This Tamil course will enhance skills in the following areas: 

Cultural Understanding:
Students will be able to: 
1. express themselves and behave in a manner that reflects respect for the Tamil-speaking culture;
2. identify similarities and differences in customs, food, education, family life, and values;
3. recognize and explain the contributions of the Tamil culture to Canada and the world;
Listening Skills:
Students will be able to: 
1. interpret spoken Tamil in order to participate in conversations;
2. interpret the main idea from spoken Tamil instruction and infer meaning through some available clues;
3. demonstrate an ability to listen critically for the purpose of acquiring a new language;
4. distinguish sound patterns that are essential for comprehension.
Speaking Skills:
Students will be able to: 
1. use clear and accurate pronunciation and intonation;
2. communicate their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics;
3. demonstrate confidence and willingness to take risks when expressing ideas;
4. use Tamil to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor.
Reading Skills:
Students will be able to: 
1. grasp the main ideas and key information in the textbook and other resources;
2. deduce, infer, and predict meaning using textual and visual clues in resources.
Writing Skills:
Students will be able to: 
1. write all Tamil basic characters, take dictation, and make notes on a short text (oral or written);
2. express briefly and clearly facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and ideas from resources;
3. write in Tamil using the stages of the writing process.

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 
Attendance in all classes is crucial to being successful in this course. There will be weekly assignments and quizzes which require full class participation. Students are responsible for all materials given out or assigned in class. Being absent from class is not an excuse for not having the materials or knowledge.  

Prescribed Texts
None. Instructor will provide materials.

Reference Material
Oxford Tamil English/English Tamil Dictionary.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Ongoing Evaluation 25%
Culture/Oral/Aural 30%
Written 30%
Final Exam 15%

Student Success:
Fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will greatly improve your ability to earn a passing grade.

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at www.senecac.on.ca/ce/ad-academic_info.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood