The German course started last week but you can still join it. It is on Tuesday and Thursday 4.30 – 6.00pm.
Hindi Beginner course is starting on Tuesday 5th December.
The class will be on Tuesday and Thursday 11.30am – 12.30pm.
English Advanced conversation course is starting on Saturday 9th December with Fiona, English mother tongue.
A new Anti-Gymnastic course is starting in December with Francesca. Previous students as well as new students can join the course. It will last from 16th December to the end of January. For more information please contact our office.
Spoken Hindi classes
The class is open to students who are already familiar with Hindi but require polishing and need to practice more spontaneous Hindi speaking. We have already conducted two classes and the response has been encouraging. A film in which Hindi is spoken very clearly and slowly is the base. Discussion of phrases and sentences which students could not catch are discussed for better, clearer understanding. It is imperative to feel some Indian cultural background while studying the spoken aspect of Hindi. Therefore the class also tries to incorporate this feel aspect for faster and in-depth learning of the language. Rohit is a Friend of Auroville who is happy to share his beautiful mother tongue with all those who need to practise their Hindi.
Are you interested in learning Hebrew?
We are happy to welcome Nur, from Israel. She is a native speaker and a trained teacher (graduated from the Hebrew teacher’s course at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem). Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 11:00 – 12:30. Or if you’re an Israeli and you want your children not to forget our beautiful and unique language, that class will be every Saturday from 11:00 – 12:30.
Interested students can register for the class by sending a email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0413-2623661. We will start the course as soon as there is a group of interested students. Course starting date will be informed after the registration.
We are looking for an additional English teacher, preferably with experience teaching English as a second language, as well as a German teacher.
Please contact us for both therapeutic and language programs.
All other classes as per the schedule.
Camille will be backed up by Gwendoline and Romain, whom we are happy to welcome to the Lab. They are from France and have been selected to come to Auroville (along with a third, Remi, who will help out at Tomatis) and will be with us for the entire year under the "Service Civique" programme, thanks to the enormous efforts of Dominique of Savi (Merci, Dominique, chapeau!). They will arrive in the beginning of August and together with them, we will organise a year-long programme to meet the needs of everybody, at all levels, in their French-learning journeys. With all our energies going towards finishing the building construction over the last two years, there was a long-gap for French. That wait is over, and by mid-August, we will announce several other new classes, since they will be with us full-time. We will be happy to welcome all our old students to the new building, and new students as well.
Note that the existing Beginners and Intermediate groups for Tamil taught by Buvana and Saravanan, and for English taught by Ra, are continuing. These are still open but you need to come and meet the teachers first to see if you can join
Beginners and Intermediate Spanish
We announced last week that Susana is back and Spanish classes will start. Timings have been fixed :
Beginners: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm.
Intermediate: Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6pm.
The Intermediate is for the group that completed the Beginners course before the summer. New people can join of course, but please come and meet Susana first.
Tomatis listening sessions!
In the last News and Notes, we promised to talk about the benefits of Tomatis for adults.
In brief, according to Dr. Alfred Tomatis’ research, the ear does more than simply hear. It acts as a dynamo and energizes the brain. It ensures equilibrium and verticality. It controls all body movement and posture. It ensures bodily integration and coordination. It is profoundly related to the psyche and the nervous system. And finally, it controls listening, communication and language. We read with our ears. We speak and we sing with our ears! So the machine he devised, called the “Electronic Ear” can act in all these areas.
In addition to language learning, Tomatis can help with improving attention, concentration and memory/retention. It can break lethargy and depression. It can give a much-needed energy boost at certain stages of life. On the other hand, if someone is too “speedy” it can help slow them down. Teenagers can help get clarity in the midst of confusion. So can those going thru mid-life crises. It is wonder for learning disorders, dyslexia, for instance. It can help with stuttering and aphasia, where language is affected.
Sometimes, emotional baggage and the resulting listening postures limit our awareness and consciousness. Ever talked with someone and got the feeling that they aren’t really listening, aren’t really there; they seem to be nodding and responding, but the responses are perfunctory. Or they are full of themselves and answer everything you say with some response of their own without really listening? Ever had the feeling that you are stuck and something imperceptible is holding you back, or it’s like your wheels are rotating in the same place without moving forward? Ever felt at a cross-road and that you need a change but you are scared to try? Ever experienced stress, anxiety and sleeplessness? Tomatis is a tool that can help in all of these situations.
It can help with vertigo/dizziness, Meniere’s Syndrome and other balance and coordination issues. It can help with certain kinds of hearing loss and tinnitus (depends on the cause and type). It has applications for voice, singing and music – for example, difficulties to hear different tones, or to follow a tune. Musicians can discover that more refined listening helps in a deeper connection with their instrument. Artists can find it deepens their creative expression.
Many people suffer from oversensitivity to sound. This indicates a weakness in the ear’s ability to sieve out unimportant information. Overhearing is basically poor listening! The Tomatis Ear-training can help.
The listening training can be used by singers, public speakers, broadcast professionals, since, according to Tomatis, the ear controls the voice. It can be used to prepare for exams, and by pregnant women…
Tomatis can help get clarity, boost creativity and self-confidence and uncover hidden potential. It has applications for people of ALL ages – kids, teenagers, adults, seniors…..
However, Tomatis isn’t for “problems” alone : Better Listening benefits everybody!
The kinds of programs depend on the need/aim of the person as expressed and as identified in the diagnostic Listening Test. These programs are longer in duration than the language training programs, and they are highly individualized. However, in our experience, even a small period doing Tomatis’ “ear-obics” helps!
(And yes, of course, we offer it for languages too!).
There is a film of 45 minutes, in French with English sub-titles, available at the Lab and on our website (www.aurovillelanguagelab.org) who want to know more about the Tomatis Method. This film is available at any time on our mediatheque. Please ask.
Phone: 0413-2623661 / 0413-2623088 / 0413-2622467
Location: International Zone.