Teach Tamil through video-conferencing: US delegate at World Tamil MeetJune 27th, 2010 - 10:10 pm ICT by ANI
Coimbatore, June 27(ANI): Dr. Eric Miller, a Tamil scholar from the Unites States attending the on-going World Tamil Conference in Coimbatore, on Sunday suggested that video-conferencing can be used as a medium to teach Tamil to people across the world.
Dr. Miller had earlier presented a paper on methods and possibilities of teaching and learning Tamil language to the students across the globe by creating a virtual classroom.
According to his concept, the Tamil language instructor will be in Chennai and dispense lessons to the students from any part of the world through video-conferencing.
He also said that the Tamil Virtual University will take up the project.
“Tamil Virtual University is soon to begin offering 24 hours-a-day session for anybody around the world for a small fee. People will come and use the credit card with pay-pad and will pay for a small Tamil language lesson,” Dr. Miller said.
The idea is to spread the language in the world crossing all geo-political barriers using modern means of information technology (IT).
“Well, there is a large market of university students and younger students and especially students of Tamil descent. There are so many Tamil Sangams (associations) in every major city around the world,” Dr. Miller said.
“They meet on Sunday mornings usually for Tamil language and culture classes. We will work together with the local Tamil Sangams to give Tamil language and dance instructions by video-conferencing from Chennai,” he added.
He also spoke about the need to promote Tamil language across the globe, as so far only English is spoken across the world.
At this World Tamil Classical Conference, about 150 papers have been presented on Tamil culture and language and culture. (ANI)
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