Austin Tamil School
Please go to the Austin Tamil School website for more information. http://www.austintamilschool.com
Austin Tamil Sangam has been successfully conducting Tamil school since 2013 in the Greater Austin area. Austin Tamil School currently teaches Tamil to over 100 kids with the help of about 40 volunteers.
We are conducting Tamil school in the following locations:
NYOS Charter School
12301 N Lamar, Austin, Tx 78753
Levels 1A & 1B: Sunday : 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Other Levels: Sunday : 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Westoaks Baptist Church
2900 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748
All levels : Friday 5.00PM – 6:30PM
Austin Tamil Sangam started a Tamil School pilot program around the auspicious Pongal festival of 2013. The pilot was intended to study the options available for teaching Tamil and to identify the best practices to teach Tamil to the kids of Tamil community in Austin, TX. The inauguration event was presided over by notable Tamil writer and TX resident, Dr. Singara Vadivel.
The mission of Austin Tamil School is to provide an opportunity to the kids of Tamil community in Greater Austin area to sufficiently learn Tamil language to be able to understand, speak, read, and write Tamil. The goal is not to make the kids experts in Tamil language, but rather teach them enough to enable them a) to enjoy a conversation with grandparents and parents, b) to have a fun family time watching a Tamil movie with the whole family, c) to be able to manage getting around when they are in Tamil Nadu.
Austin Tamil Palli follows suit of a number of other successful Tamil schools around the United States such as Houston, Minnesota, and Atlanta. Representatives from the Austin Tamizh Sangam visited the Houston Tamil School to review the curriculum and learn the best practices. ATS cordially acknowledges the unconditional cooperation and enthusiastic support offered by every member of the Houston Tamil School, in particular by Mr. Karu. Manichavasagam. We intend to model Austin Tamil School after the successfully run Houston Tamil School.
High school curriculum in USA involves a second language, which in most locations may be languages such as Spanish, French, or Chinese. Tamil is not one of the accredited languages in TX. This led our decision to choose a curriculum that has the most possibility of getting accredited as an official second language. We have chosen American Tamil Academy (ATA – http://www.amtaac.org) curriculum to offer the best possible value to our kids. ATA is a nonprofit corporation founded for Tamil language education and other closely allied purposes. ATA coordinates Tamil schools being run in USA, create online and print resources for learning Tamil language, and spearhead efforts to get state level accreditation for school credits. ATA’s unified curriculum allows the students to easily transfer to another ATA curriculum based Tamil school across the USA.
There are several levels of classes offered through ATA curriculum. The minimum age to enroll in Mazhalai level is five and the students must be in KG-5. The following list summarizes the levels and what is covered in each of these levels.
- Mazhalai: Reading and identifying alphabets, tracing letters, beginning writing, coloring, and singing
- Nilai I: Reading and identifying alphabets, tracing, and writing letters
- Nilai II: Reading all Tamil letters, simple sentences, and phrase reading
- Nilai III: Reading all Tamil letters, writing words and sentences, and ability to spell words based on pronunciation
- Nilai IV: Simple grammar, reading, writing, and speaking
- Nilai V: Next step of grammar, reading writing, and speaking
All ATA levels consist of 25 lessons including reading, writing, songs, story, oral, group play, Thirukkual/Aathichoodi etc. All levels have an Exercise Book with 25 exercises for 25 lessons, which requires about three hours of learning at Home. We conduct three trimester exams per year for all levels. It is important to note that there is no repetition of songs/stories between levels. A student starting at Mazhalai should have progressive, continuous learning from Mazhalai, Nilai1, Nilai 2 etc.
The Tamil speaking community in Austin, TX is growing at a rapid pace and we want these children to have the opportunity to learn the language that their parents and family spoke at home and love eternally. Being a multilingual has several advantages that extend beyond linguistic knowledge. It has substantial cognitive, social, personal, academic, economic, and professional benefits that have been well documented. We believe that this effort will go a long way in stimulating children’s brains and achieving the benefits listed above.
Contact Austin Tamil School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin Tamil Palli is a 100% volunteer driven effort. We thank all the teacher volunteers for helping us run the school successfully.