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Learning Tamil at Home Can Be Fun!
Dr Nirmala Karuppiah is Head, Education for the Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD) at the National Institute of Education. She has served several years in early childhood education, holding various positions including lecturer, practicum supervisor, research advisor and curriculum consultant. Her research interests include teacher-child interactions, children’s use of screen devices, and diversity and social justice. She has conducted various talks and workshops for parents and teachers and has published books, CD-ROMs and articles in local media and international journals. She has also presented at several local and international conferences. Her work experience spans several countries including Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Mr Jaya Ganesh Isuran is a very familiar face in the entertainment industry, known for his roles in Mediacorp’s Vasantham dramas. He is also an Radio Jockey at Oli 96.8FM, and a dancer and host for live shows such as Vasantham Star and Dance Jodi, and has been featured in CNA and Today Online about his popularity in the Tamil media. He received the Best Actor in a Comedy Role and the Most Popular Male Personality awards in PradhanaVizha 2021, Mediacorp’s biennial awards show that honours the best in local Indian entertainment. He is a proud father of two boys aged 5 and 4, and an entrepreneur.
In Singapore today, it is common for young children to grow up in predominantly English-speaking homes. Many parents are concerned that their children will not pick up their Mother Tongue Language before going to primary school. This presentation will discuss how parents can help their children come to love and enjoy speaking Tamil at home through simple everyday activities and interaction. Parents can provide a rich environment and numerous opportunities for their children to explore and learn Tamil at home. In the early years, when children are beginning to learn the language, the focus is picking up oral skills rather than writing skills. Language is best learnt in a stress-free and safe environment (such as the home) with caring and nurturing adults (such as you, parents).