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The foreign language courses offered by the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation can be taken by students as optional or compulsory courses to fulfill the number of units required for graduation. Students are not allowed to register for more than one foreign language course per semester. They must complete at least two levels of a foreign language course before they are allowed to register for another foreign language course. However, students are not required to complete all four levels of one particular foreign language course.

LAT 100 - Tamil Language I
This course introduces 12 vowel and 18 consonant letters of the Tamil language and sound system which encompasses stroke writing, verbal aspects and syllables. Aspects pertaining to teaching and learning comprise classroom daily greetings and general daily greetings, numbers related to date, month and year. Main verbs in present tense, interrogatives, statements and negatives will also be introduced. Topics and content of appropriate conversation for daily activities will be discussed to enable students to master basic communication skills.
LAT 200 - Tamil Language II
This course is a continuation of LAT 100, and introduces the Tamil alphabet and vocabulary of about 600 words. It includes references to numbers in terms of time, biodata, family, festivals and  others. Students are also exposed to the usage of prepositions and directions. Appropriate activities and dialogues related to everyday life with family and friends, festivals and tours will also be introduced so that students can communicate in various situations. Aspects of understanding and the linkage between language and culture of the Indian community are also introduced.
LAT 300 - Tamil Language III
This course is a continuation of LAT 200. It includes various forms of grammatical items. Word formation process that is almost identical with compound words is also taught. Apart from that, more sentence structures are introduced so that students can communicate in Tamil eloquently and effectively.The knowledge and understanding of Tamil language elements and culture among communities in India are diversified.

School of Languages, Literacies & Translation
Universiti Sains Malaysia,11800 Minden, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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