August - 2017

We are happy to announce a New Beginners Class in Spoken Tamil, taught by Saravanan. starting on Tuesday, 1st August. Classes will be Tuesdays from 10-11am and Thursdays from 1-2pm. This will be a dynamic, fun course for 1.5-2 months, depending on the energy of the group. The base will be the material from our "Fun With Tamil", with lots of practice with audio clips and film clips as well. We'll try to arrange some Tomatis Tamil listening for this Beginners group outside of the class time (see below). Please come to the Lab and register for the class in person on Monday 31st July. Newcomers in particular, from other parts of India and other countries, are specially invited.

A new Beginners French class is also starting. This will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30am and Thursdays from 4-5:30pm. We're happy to work with wonderful Camille (Delobel) who is looking forward to bringing all her animator skills to this class. All students who want to start French are requested to come to the Lab on Wednesday 26.07.17 at 10am; those who missed this announcement can come on Monday 31st July.

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 Malcolm, are continuing. These are still open but you need to come and meet the teachers first to see if you can join.

10-Day Intensive “Introduction to Hindi”
Have fun learning Hindi with Volunteer Vandita Churiwal.  She has grown up speaking Hindi, and has a very strong desire to share it with others through teaching. Classes will be everyday from Monday to Friday from 4.30 to 5.30pm, for two weeks, starting 21st of August- 1st September.

This will be Spoken Hindi, though we will use the alphabet with a phonetic to help you pronounce the Hindi sounds correctly.  You’ll learn all the basic vocabulary and grammar (pronouns, simple verb conjugation, present past future, question words, a few adverbs, and adjectives) that you might need for a trip up North.    There’ll also be a song a day with lots of old Hindi favourites.  We might even manage to get a few classic film clips as well.  There will be a lot of practice, repetition and laughing.  Get ready to enjoy Hindi! 
Note: This is an Intensive, so you need to commit to coming every day.

Hindi Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate Class
Chandrimawill teach a Hindi group class for either the Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate level for those who already know some Hindi.  Classes will be on Mondays and Saturdays from 1-2:15pm. Since few of you have asked, here you go!

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 ( 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
Mobile: 9585207962.
Location: International Zone.