Offered:

  • Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Aug-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrollment.

  • Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances our Tamil classes are unable to run in Term 3 (August-September) this year. Tamil courses will resume again in 2022 Term 4 and are offered on Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm beginning on 19 October 2022.

Date & Time:

  • Our Tamil 101 classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm (New Zealand time) and begin on 19 October 2022.

Time Zone equivalents

  • Honolulu, Hawai'i: begins Tuesday 18 October 6:30-8:00pm

  • US Pacific: begins Tuesday 18 October 10:30pm-12:00am

  • US Eastern: begins Wednesday 18 October 1:30-2:00am

  • London, UK: begins Wednesday 19 October 6:30-8:00am

  • Paris, France: begins Wednesday 19 October 7:30-9:00am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Wednesday 19 October 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Wednesday 19 October 12:30-2:00pm

  • Singapore: begins Wednesday 19 October 1:30-3:00pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Wednesday 19 October 4:30-6:00pm

Description:

  • Please note that this course is only offered if sufficient numbers register. Please contact us if you are unsure about registering. If you do register, and this course is cancelled due to low enrolment, please be advised that we will refund your tuition in full.

  • Our Term 1 Introductory Tamil 101 course is specifically designed for adults (and children over 10 yrs) who do not know how to read, write or speak the Tamil language.

  • Introductory Tamil 101 begins with learning the Tamil script (தமிழ் அரிச்சுவடி), writing and reading practice, and includes basic introductory grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Subsequent Terms reinforce both reading and writing, and focus on grammar, conversation and vocabulary. Tamil 102 continues with script reading and writing practice, and with introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Adults and teens who already understand and speak Tamil, but who do not know how to read and write, may chose to enrol in our Tamil 101 course.

Meet our Instructors:

Tamil Instructor

Ganga Sudhan, MEd

Ganga (கங்கா) has decades of experience in education and has worked with individuals from all walks of life and across a broad range of age-groups to achieve specific learning outcomes. The common thread of all these professional experiences – as well as his career aspirations, in general – has been the empowerment of others to achieve their goals. He is a native speaker of English from Singapore who is bilingual in his ethnic language of Tamil (தமிழ்).

Location:

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.
Location

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning option:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand Dollars

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

Notes:

  • Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.

Materials:

  • All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files as the course progresses.

  • You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class digital whiteboard will be emailed to you as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

Prerequisites:

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to both adults and kids 10 years and older.

Upsells: