Colourful graphics welcome students to the Namnaadi website.
“Can everyone win a prize please? “How about different prizes? We’ve had the same one for two months already!” Feedback like this has kept MOE Tamil language website
Namnaadi buzzing since its new look was launched in May this year. It has a huge following among its target audience of Pri 4 to Pri 6 pupils, while teachers have asked that the interactive games section be updated only bi-monthly instead of monthly, so that their pupils have more time to enjoy each game before a new one takes its place.
Meaning “pulse”, the name Namnaadi encapsulates the website’s role to enhance the learning of the Tamil language and culture. Its resources are spread over five key locations:
1. “Knowledge” is rich in content ranging from pupil contributions to useful tips, contests, and other projects. A team of 25 teachers from various zones works actively to ensure a diverse portfolio of pupils’ creative efforts - poems, school news, quizzes, essays and riddles, etc. - for the site.
This section also provides useful tips such as “How to prepare for examinations” and “How to manage your time”. Lower primary school pupils get an early introduction to Namnaadi, with Rainbow, a monthly contest open exclusively to them.
2. “Language” extends beyond what the name suggests. While there are sub-sections on grammar and syntax, a Specialist Officer (who is a retired Master Teacher) is also on hand to answer questions on Tamil language and culture. This section also uses audio and video recordings about the family or other related themes to stimulate discussion and thought.
3. “News” keeps pupils abreast of current affairs. Pupils can also share information about happenings in their school through the e-magazine platform.
4. “Fun”, understandably, scores as the pupils’ all-time favourite section. Indeed, this compilation of riddles, jokes (both visual and written), quizzes, and games pushed Namnaadi’s hit rate to a record high in the post-examination months.
5. “Culture” is all about Tamil language and culture. Offering a range of topics from dance and music, to wedding rites, dress and ornaments, to a host of other “whys” and “whats”, it is supported by in-house audio and video productions that allow pupils to showcase their talents for their peers.
With such an array of activities to excite and engage the pupils, there’s certainly no excuse for anyone to think that Tamil language learning can’t be fun and effective. With Namnaadi, parents, teachers and pupils have access to a wealth of resources they couldn’t get anywhere else.
Read Schoolbag's previous features on
Nadi, MOE's Malay language website and
Happy Town, MOE's Chinese language website.