School of Languages

The Syro Malabar Cathedral Parish has a Malayalam School, engaged in teaching the children of the migrants from Kerala, the basics of the language Malayalam spoken by their parents.

The School was started in 1992 for the children born here in the United States, to get them acquainted with the language of their parents. The School teaches the children to read and write the alphabets and to understand and communicate in the language and encourages the children to speak in Malayalam in the School and at home.

There are about 25 teachers, who volunteer their time and energy, to teach our children the basics of the language and inculcate in them and make them aware of the rich traditions of our culture. Besides text books, internet and other audio visual materials are used in the class room. Regular screening of Malayalam movies and seminars and discussions on Indian History, Geography and Culture are held.

The children are grouped into six grades, depending on their level of competency in the language. Classes are held every Sunday for about an hour. Regular evaluation of their progress in the language skills is done and final examinations are held at the end of the academic year.

We feel proud that hundreds of students have taken advantage of this opportunity and have successfully graduated from the School for the last 23 years.

The academic year2014-15 had the highest number of registrations, a total of 180 students were enrolled.

Language is more than just a means of communication.   It influences our culture and even our thought processes. It is the language that unites the people. The basic identity of the people of Kerala is the language they speak which is Malayalam. The Malayalee community forms the largest Indian ethnic community in North America.

Administrative Staff

Fr. Augustine Palackaparampil  , Vicar , 708-544-7250

Roy Thomas Varakilparampil , Principal , 708-691-1500

Rosamma Theniaplackal , Vice Principal , 224-628-0443

Aisha Lawrence , Registrar ,630-915-6989

 

Pastors

Vicar Fr. Augustine Palackaparambil
Asst. Vicar Fr. James Joseph SDB
 

Trustees

George Ampalathumkal
+1 (312) 912-1762
Joseph Kanikunnel
+1 (773) 603-5660
Luke Chirayil
+1 (630) 808-2125
Paul Vadakara
+1 (708) 307-1122
Siby Parekat
+1 (847) 209-1142
 

Contact

5000 Saint Charles Rd, Bellwood, IL, USA, 60104

Phone: +1 (708) 544-7250
Phone: +1 (708) 544-6419
Fax :    +1 (708) 688-1040

Email: contact@smchicago.org

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