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Singapore to spice up Tamil lessons

With this aim, the government would introduce lessons for students of pre-school and junior college levels.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 14:43 IST

A decline in spoken Tamil has prompted a move to imbue young ethnic Indians in Singapore with a knowledge of the language, media reports said Saturday.

The Tamil Language Learning and Promotion Committee is introducing activities targeted at students from the pre-school to junior college levels.

"It is not possible to change a fundamental social trend like the fall in usage of mother tongues," the group's chairman S. Iswaran was quoted as saying by The Straits Times.

But by reaching out to the young, an interest in the language may "possibly last a lifetime", said Iswaran, minister of state for trade and industry.

The city-state's population is predominantly Chinese, but six percent are Indian.

Among the activities planned to spice up language lessons are study trips to Tamil Nadu in India and Tamil language forums for parents.

A soon-to-be launched website will enable parents to download podcasts of nursery rhymes in the language, the report said.