The Alfred Tomatis method reduces the time taken to learn a language by half and it brings people into resonance while improving attention, concentration, memory, analytical power, creativity, self-esteem & self-expression. One learns by listening in Tomatis and learning becomes joyful play. It is a phenomenal capacity-building tool. The project will provide this special listening training in English to groups of girls and women in Auroville and surrounding villages.144 per year could benefit.
Auroville is surrounded by many villages. The Auroville Language Laboratory provides the opportunity for villagers to learn languages along with the multi-national adults and children of Auroville. For the villagers, learning English is the ticket to prosperity and changing lives. But the gap between the mother tongue, Tamil, and English is huge. Many find it extremely difficult to learn. Women & girls in particular hardly speak up. A gap also exists between the villagers and Aurovilians.
The project will bring groups of multi-national Aurovilian and village women and girls together for English training sessions, using the unique Alfred Tomatis Method of listening training. The listening sessions are 2 hours per day for 40+30 hours; the second part of which involves active exercises to train the audio-vocal loop. In addition to opening up the rhythm, structure & melody of the language, they are a phenomenal capacity-building tool. Women & girls in this region really need that!
Long-term impacts include : A huge boost in self-confidence and self-expression of women & girls. Increased employability. Fewer school dropouts of girls. Better preparation for secondary education. Increased value of girls. A decrease in violence against women. More independence of girls. Breaking out of narrow societal roles. Increased communication amongst women from the multi-national population of Auroville and village women. This is critical for Auroville's goals.