Are looking for Foreign language courses in IGNOU through distance learning or On-campus regular classes or Online? The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers Certificate, Diploma and Ph.D. programs in various foreign languages such as French, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc. through The School of Foreign Languages (SOFL).
Established in 1985, Indira Gandhi National Open University known as IGNOU, is a distance learning national university located at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India. Approximately 20% of all students enrolled in higher education in India are enrolled with IGNOU. Today, It operates through a strong network of 21 Schools of Study, 12 Divisions, 14 Centers, 63 Regional Centers, over 3000 Learner Support Centers, 67 Partner Institutions spread across 35 countries, over 400 teachers and academics, and more than 1,205 administrative staff.
Additional help is also sought from about 6,000 experts from conventional universities of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others, and about 45,000 part-time academic counselors. The University provides a multi-nodal learning system through print, audio, video, radio, television, teleconferencing, interactive radio counseling, internet-based learning, (online) face-to-face interactive sessions, ICTs, counseling and practical’s.
There are several advantages of learning a foreign language in India. One major reason is Career Scope and Job Options in Foreign Languages. If you’re not sure which Foreign Language to Learn, then choosing French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese is a great choice.
School of Foreign Languages (SOFL)
Established in 2007, The School of Foreign Languages is one of the 21 Schools of Studies at IGNOU. SOFL Offers innovative, flexible and cost-effective foreign language programmes to learners from all sections of the society and to enable communication across borders. The School of Foreign Languages (Link) works in collaboration with other Schools of the University to develop manpower for a number of sectors.
The globalisation of business has led to the demand of specialized foreign language experts. This foreign language programme aims at acquainting the beginner with essential rudiments of the corresponding Language, and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to speak, write and read the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence.
All programmes are bilingual in medium and has self learning materials integrated with Audio Visual components, which are quite simple, innovative and learner friendly and eventually enhance their learning capacity. The book is being supplemented with additional self study materials developed by IGNOU in the form of user manuals with study guide, exercises on grammar plus CDs for developing spoken language skills and pronunciation.
School of Foreign Languages (SOFL) offers various Certificate, Diploma and Ph.D. courses in various foreign languages such as French, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, etc.
Foreign Language Courses offered by SOFL – IGNOU
At present, School of Foreign Languages offers A wide variety of following programmes in different foreign languages:
Russian, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean (Distance Learning)
The Certificate in Russian Language (CRUL), Certificate in Arabic Language (CAL), Certificate in French Language (CFL), Certificate in German Language (CGL), Certificate in Japanese Language (CJL), Certificate in Korean Language & Culture (CKLC) aims at people who want to acquire basic level communication skills in Russian / French / Arabic / German / Japanese / Korean language.
Regional Centre for Certificate Programme in Japanese (CJL) is Delhi – 3 whereas for Certificate Programme in Korean Language & Culture (CKLC), Regional Centres are Delhi – 3, Noida, Varanasi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
This programme aims at acquainting the beginners with essentials of the grammar, phonetics and other important components of the language and gradually and systematically inculcates in them an ability to read, write and speak the language with a certain degree of accuracy and confidence in their daily communications.
It is six-month On-campus regular programme of 16 credits. Minimum duration is six months whereas Maximum 2 years offered in both January and July cycle of admission. The book is being supplemented with additional self study materials in the form of study guide, exercises on grammar plus CDs for developing spoken language skills and pronunciation.
The Certificate in German is offered in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, a cultural institute of Germany. (Link)
The programme bilingual (English and French / Russian / Arabic / German / Japanese) in medium and has Self Learning material integrated with Audio Visual components, which will further enhance their learning capacity. The SLM is being prepared keeping in mind the requirement and needs of today’s learner.
Minimum eligibility is 18 years of age and above + passed 12th or equivalent exam. There will be Counselling Session / Contact classes on weekends spanning over the entire duration of the course at the respective centres. These contact classes would cover all the units of the syllabus.
The evaluation for Certificate in Russian / Arabic / French / German / Japanese Language consists of two parts: (1) Continuous Assessment (30% weightage) and (2) Term End Examination (TEE) (70% weightage).
Diploma in Teaching German as a Foreign Language (DTG)
The Diploma in Teaching of German as a foreign language is the first of its kind through distance mode with an active practical component of classroom teaching. This programme is aimed at meeting the needs of professional German language teachers. This programme was developed in collaboration with Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, University of Vienna and IGNOU.
DTG is meant for all persons who have a B.A. , German knowledge of B1 or equivalent German language proficiency and who want to teach German. The DTG programme comprises of 24 credit in all. Each credit amounts to 30 hours of study comprising of learning activities. To successfully complete the programme, you will have to earn 24 credits in of one year.
DTG is activated only in the following cities: Delhi/NCR, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Chennai. Minimum duration is One year and Maximum is 4 years. Mode of instruction is only German.
Certificate in Russian, Chinese & Persian (On Campus / Face to Face)
IGNOU’s School of Foreign languages offers Certificate in Russian Language, Certificate in Chinese Language, Certificate in Persian Language. These programmes will be delivered on campus regular mode / Face to Face.
The Persian course is offered in collaboration with Iran Culture House New Delhi. The Programme is expected to provide a basic working knowledge of the Persian Language and Iranian Culture. (Link). They also provide learning support along with the content software to the learners. This programme is expected to be extended to Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore.
For last few years, they are also offering Certificate in Russian Language in on campus regular mode. The attendance is compulsory in the regular on campus classes. A student needs to attend minimum 75% of classes. 10% of attendance could be condoned based on medical grounds only. (Link)
This introductory Certificate in Chinese Programme offered face-to-face (on campus) has two parts: Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Chinese Culture. It gives students a basic foundation for their study of Standard Chinese mandarin. With 300 basic Chinese characters as well as recognise a further 500 Chinese sentences and phrases, It provides essential grounding in the pronunciation and tonal structure of Chinese Language.
Learning Outcomes (LO) upon completion of the Diploma in Chinese course, students will be able to participate in simple conversations in Chinese and produce the tones of Modern Standard Chinese accurately using the pinyin system of Romanisation; explain the principles of the Chinese character writing system; recognise and write approximately 1000 basic Chinese characters; recognise a further 2000 Chinese words and phrases.
Besides IGNOU has also employed Chinese National to teach Chinese Language. Duration for Certificate in Chinese and Russian is 6 months whereas for Diploma in Chinese, it’s 1 year.
Online Spanish and Chinese Courses
The School of Foreign Languages has launched a Certificate in Spanish, Certificate in Chinese, and Diploma in Chinese in online mode. (Link). This is for the first time in India that the teaching of Chinese language and culture will be imparted through online demonstration via IGNOU satellite. Under this scheme, study materials, teaching and holding examinations will be held through online mode.
The Certificate In Spanish Language (CSL) is a fully online programme is being offered by IGNOU in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, a public institution under the auspices of the Spanish government. (Link). AVE (Spanish Virtual Classroom) is an internet-based educational infrastructure set up to teach Spanish.
Ph.D. in Arabic / French
Masters in any discipline with good knowledge of French / Arabic. Candidates with M Phil or relevant 5 years teaching/ industry experience may be considered for admission into Ph.D. The Doctoral Programme in Arabic is aimed at developing a critical understanding of Arabic Language, Literature and Culture.
Scholars are likely to contribute in the modern teaching methods for Arabic, contribution of Indians to Arabic world of knowledge and a deeper understanding of the Arab world with emphasis on Language, Literature and Culture.
Ph.D. in French aims at specialisation in French & Francophone literatures and cultures. Special emphasis has been laid on studies of linguistic aspects and on evolving didactics for ODL mode of teaching foreign languages (French). Minimum duration is two year and Maximum is five years. Like any other Ph.D. course, there is no age bar.