India: You can now learn French, German in Tamil

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Apr 9 13:44:58 UTC 2009

 Forwarded From:  edling at

The Times of India

You can now learn French, German in Tamil

Tamil speakers who are not fluent in English will now be able to learn
foreign languages as Loyola College is all set to start courses in
French and German, using Tamil as the medium of instruction.

"The idea occurred to us when a student asked whether it would be
possible to teach him French using Tamil instead of English. A working
knowledge of French, he felt, could help him get a job," said Francis
M Peter, director, Research Academy of Cumulative Excellence (RACE), a
division of Loyola College that equips individuals with different
levels of language proficiency to help them better career prospects.
Speaking to journalists here on Wednesday, he said that the concept of
using the mother tongue for foreign language instruction had already
been tested in the college classrooms.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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