Classical Tamil Didactic Materials

One reason why it is difficult to learn classical Tamil is that to this day there are virtually no teaching materials, be in the form of a textbook or of a grammar for students. The Classical Tamil Winter and Summer Seminars (CTWS/CTSS) yearly held since February 2003 at the Centre of the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient in Puducherry have produced a number of readers, both on beginner’s and on advanced level. They usually contain a Tamil text in metrical form, a word-split transcript and complete analytic indexes of the vocabulary.

CTWS 2003
The first CTWS in 2003


  1. Grammar
  2. Reader