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The conference will host over 40 scholars of various disciplines from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia:


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Abraham, S.
Ambalavanar, D.
Arasu, V.
Champakalakshmi, R.
Cheran, R.
Fukao, J.
George, G.
George, U.
Ghose, R.
Guruge, S.
Jegathesan, M.
Kanaganayakam, C.
Kanthasamy, P.
Karunakaran, K.
Karunanithi, G.
Kingsolver, A.
Mason, R.
Maunaguru, S.
Maunaguru, Sitralega
McNaughton, S.
More, J.B.P.
Orr, L.
Pai, G.
Palaniappan, S.
Pandian, M.S.S.
Rajesh, V.
Renganathan, V.
Sangarasivam, Y.
Seylon, R.
Shanmugam, K.
Sivalingam, H.
Sriramachandran, R.
Sundar, A.
Tambiah, S.J.
Tyyskä, V.
Vaitheespara, R.
Vivekananthan, P.
Whitaker, M.
Xavier, S.
Young, K.
Younger, P.

Parvathy Kanthasamy

Tamil Academy of Culture and Technology

Pedagogical Challenges in the Teaching of Tamil Language in Canada
Friday, June 1st |  3:00 - 5:00 PM

Teaching Tamil as a second Language in Canada started as a Heritage Language through some individual efforts of a few who wanted an employment. Later, Heritage language gained a new name International language. Tamil was taught both in the Catholic Board of Education and Toronto Board of Education. Academy of Tamil Arts and Technology gained power to teach Tamil for Credit Courses through Catholic Board of Education. This paper will present an analysis of limitations in the teaching of Tamil and formulate a programmatic statement for the enhancement of Tamil language teaching in Canada.

Chair: Session III & Panel I
Friday, June 1st | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Dr. Kanthasamy has held various academic appointments including  Instructor, South Asia Studies Program, University of Toronto (2005);  Research Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (1994); Senior Fulbright Fellow, Stanford University (1989); Lecturer, Vidyalankara and University of Jaffna. A community activist, she has extensively worked with at-risk groups in Toronto, particularly abused women, and is currently active on the advisory committees of the Tamil Mental Health Project and National Project on Refugee Children at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her research interests include teaching Tamil in the diaspora; comparative study of Tamil and English; gender and class construction in the Sri Lankan community in Canada; identity, ethnicity, nationalism and its relationship to gender, sexuality and masculinity; family, gender relations and sexuality in South Asia.