ASIANLAN 455 - Advanced Tamil I
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Languages (ASIANLAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
ASIANLAN 256 or 257.
May be elected twice for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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Advanced Tamil I is for students who have completed at least two years of the study of Tamil or can show that they have attained that level of proficiency through a placement exam or an interview with the instructor. Students who have already taken third year are welcome to take the class, as the course will be structured so as to accommodate students at both the third and fourth year levels. Students who take the class this year will be eligible to take it again once more in the future.

To accommodate students at two different levels in the class, attention will be given to individual student interests, the rotation of class materials, and the use of a flexible structure in which students can participate in the class at either the third or fourth year level.

The goal of the class will be to further develop the students’ communicative skills and achieve fluency in the use of the language – both written and spoken varieties. As Tamil is a highly diglossic language (there is a great disparity between the written and spoken forms), due importance will be given to this factor in the choice of materials introduced.

Students will be given a chance to acquire near native competence both in “language structure” and “language use”, and especially the use of language in mass media, academic lectures, writings, and so on. Learners will be taught to write narratives in Tamil in different types of prose discourse, to converse in the spoken language, and to use the language in different socio-cultural contexts. Learners at the higher level will be exposed to Modern Tamil poetry (starting from one line verse to ten line verses), idiomatic usages, proverbs and short stories (with translations). Students will have opportunities to practice the language interactively in both in-class and outside of class exercises.

Standard print materials will be supplemented by materials prepared or collected by the instructor representing a wide variety of media (audio, video, web-based, etc.) Students will particularly be exposed to how the language is used in film. Class activities will include group activities and oral presentations.

Class Format:

As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning, however, students will need to be available for virtual class meetings at their scheduled time.


ASIANLAN 455 - Advanced Tamil I
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001 (REC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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