Lavanya is a Masters graduate in Ecological Science. Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, her school and college education was in Chennai and partly in Salem. More than Tamil language being a part of her school education, it turned out that she started admiring and exploring the language way beyond its curriculum’s horizons. She has participated in various Tamil public speaking events. She is very passionate about the language and is a voracious reader of Tamil literature books. She has been teaching Tamil at Balvihar for the last 5 years.
Lalitha has done her MPhil in Hindi literature and her Bachelors in Music, majoring in Vocal and Violin. She had a short stint of teaching in India, trained in Translation of texts from Hindi to Tamil. This is her fourth year with Balvihar.
Course Syllabus ------------------------------
The Tamil chapter of Allentown Balvihar had tied up with American Tamil Academy (http://amtaac.org/).
மழலை (Primary): Learning of letters and numbers in Tamil Learning the names of Fruits, Vegetables, Colors, Plants, Animals, Body parts, Directions, Tastes, Seasons, Shapes, etc Learning to speak tamil words & sentences clearly Tamil Rhymes
நிலை 1 (Level 1): Learning to write all the combination of letters Tamil language fundamentals, Aathi Choodi (ஆத்தி சூடி) Konrai Venthan (கொன்றை வேந்தன்) Tamil Rhymes Further names of domestic animals, wild animals, vehicles, flowers Matching the pictures to workds
நிலை 2 (Level 2): Learning nouns, verbs More words and translating to English Learning small sentence formations
நிலை 3 (Level 3) Learning small sentence formations Learning short stories and sonnets Grammar foundation, Adverbs, Tenses etc. More sentences, words and ancient literary sonnets like திருக்குறள், பாசுரங்கள்
நிலை 4 (Level 4) Introduction to ancient literature Translation from Tamil to English and vice versa Learning to write small sentences with grammar in Tamil Learning to read prose, poetry and other formats
நிலை 5 (Level 5) Learning Tamil Grammar in an intermediate state. Adverbs, Adjectives, Verb classes, Negative infinities, Conditional verbs, etc Simple and Compound sentence formations Active and Passive voices Interrogative sentences
நிலை 6 (Level 6) Learning next level Grammar implied verbs / nouns, combination / compounding etc Prose reading and writing Speech training Non-detailed texts.
நிலை 7 (Level 7) Advanced and final stage of Tamil Grammar Prose / Poetry reading, writing and translation Non-detailed texts Ancient and Modern literature