The place of grammar, the need to promote expression through the written word and the development of creative writing in Tamil have received really expert treatment at the author’s hands. I am fascinated by the section on ‘Teacher Planning” in which he advocates the preparation of a blue-print of the whole year’s work by the teacher. I should like to congratulate?he jearned author on his Paasterly treatment of the concept of Evaluation in its appropriateness to Tamil.
Profesor Reddiar has not, however, discarded whais of essence in the writings of experts in Linguistics. The merit of his work iies in its eclectic approach, coalescing what is still valid in the traditional approach and what Western educational thinking has to furnish as its cream. The bibliography at the end of the book is the key to the way the author’s mind must have worked at the time of his writing the book.
The giossary of technical terms, many of which he has coined, must prove the forerunner to more exhaustive glossaries.
I am thankful to Professor Reddiar for the honour he has done me by asking me to write the Foreword to his magnu”, opus. The value of this work is bound to increase with the greater realisation of the new contribution it has made and the new vistas it has opened up to the teachers of Tamil for whom it is primarily intended.
S. THIRUVEN KATACHARI Karaikudi Professor of Education, 20–2–1964 j Dr. Alagappa Chettiar Training College.