Children’s multilingualism and literacy learning in a Tamil Hindu Temple Mrs. Arani Ilankuberan [email protected] 04/09/2010 SS18. About BeLiFS.
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Children’s multilingualism and literacy learning in a Tamil Hindu Temple
Mrs. Arani Ilankuberan
Driving forces of Tamil migration worldwide and in the UK:
Four main migration waves to the UK:
3. 1980 - 1990s
4. 2000s (secondary migration from Europe)
Palm leaves symbolic of knowledge
Veena, a musical instrument
Swan, her vehicle is the embodiment of discernment that is a valued quality in education
Seated upon a white lotus flower
At London Sri Murugan Temple
Tray of fruit: bananas and oranges, incense sticks, a split coconut and leaves: namely of two varieties - Mango and Betal.
Tray of rice: white rice, red can also be used too
Priests chanting prayers throughout all the religious services conducted in the Temple.
Priests communicate in Tamil to the devotees who also used Tamil to communicate amongst themselves. He asks them information and to perform actions in Tamil. Tamil hymns are also used in Temple prayers and are sung by devotees too.
One family requested that their child be initiated in the English alphabet too therefore the child also traced the letter ‘A’ in rice
What children come to see
What children come to hear
‘OM Vaani Thunai’ OM Saraswathi’s blessing
‘Matha, Pitha, Guru, Theivam’
‘Mother, Father, Teacher, God’
What children come to learn