Learning a new language doesn’t always have to happen in the classroom. Check out my guide to foreign language courses in IGNOU.
Foreign language learners end up in exciting places.
You’ll see them translating in MNCs, teaching in language school, interpreting in business meetings, and proofreading novels.
There are also opportunities to guide tourists, answer customers, help guests at hotels, work in embassies, and write for companies.
From careers requiring languages to immigration overseas, the perks of language learning is pretty much endless.
Distance learning is generally not as productive as offline courses, but they are better than no classes.
When it’s done well, certification through distance education in a foreign language can be pretty helpful.
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Established in 1985, IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is a distance learning national university located at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India.
Nearly 20% of all Indian students registered in higher education are enrolled with IGNOU.
The university provides a multi-nodal learning system through print, audio, video, television, radio, teleconferencing, interactive radio counseling, internet-based learning, face-to-face sessions, ICTs, and practicals.
School of Foreign Languages (SOFL)
Established in 2007, The School of Foreign Languages is one of the 21 Schools of Studies at IGNOU.
The SOFL offers innovative, flexible, and cost-effective courses to students from all sections of society and enables them to learn the language of their choice.
The foreign language courses in IGNOU aim at introducing the beginner to essential rudiments of the language and gradually impart an ability to speak, write, and read with a certain degree of efficiency and confidence.
All language programs at IGNOU are bilingual in medium and have self-learning materials integrated with Audio Visual components.
The book supplements additional self-study materials developed by IGNOU in user manuals. It includes a study guide, exercises on grammar, CDs for developing oral language skills and pronunciation.
Foreign Language Courses offered by SOFL
Learn Foreign languages with courses at IGNOU through distance learning, regular on-campus classes, and online mode.
IGNOU offers certificates, diplomas, and Ph.D. in several languages like French, Arabic, Persian, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean through the School of Foreign Languages (SOFL).
1. Certificate Courses in Distance Learning
SOFL offers a certificate in Russian (CRUL), Arabic (CAL), French (CFL), German (CGL), Korean (CKLC), Persian (CPEL), Spanish (CSLC), and Japanese (CJL).
The course covers beginner-level proficiency in the language concerned.
The regional center for the Japanese certificate is Delhi – 3, whereas, for Korean, there are three centers in Delhi, and one each in Noida, Varanasi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad.
The six-month program has 16 credits, and the maximum duration is two years.
The course is offered in both January and July cycles. The minimum eligibility is 18 years, and you must have the 12th or comparable exam.
There will be counseling sessions and contact classes covering all the units on weekends, spanning over the course’s entire duration at the respective centers.
The Certificate in German is given in collaboration with the Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, a cultural institute of Germany.
The program is bilingual (English and the corresponding language like Russian, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean).
It has SLM (Self Learning material integrated with Audio Visual components), enhancing your learning capacity.
The evaluation for certificates in various languages comprises two parts.
- Continuous Assessment (30% weightage).
- Term End Exam (TEE) (70% weightage).
2. Diploma in Teaching German (DTG)
The Diploma in Teaching of German as a foreign language is the first of its kind through distance mode with an active, practical classroom teaching component.
This program endeavors to meet professional German language teachers’ needs and was developed in collaboration with Goethe Institut, University of Vienna, and IGNOU.
DTG is for all who are graduates and have a German proficiency equivalent to B1 or similar and want to teach German.
The DTG program comprises 24 credits, and each one amounts to 30 hours of study consisting of learning activities.
It is available only in the following cities: Delhi/NCR, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, and Chennai.
The minimum duration is one year, and the maximum is four years. The mode of instruction is only German.
3. On-Campus and Face to Face Programs
IGNOU’s School of Foreign languages offers a certificate in Russian, Chinese, and Persian. These are delivered in regular on-campus mode through face-to-face interactions.
The Persian course (CPL) is offered in collaboration with Iran Culture House New Delhi.
The program covers basic working knowledge of the Persian language and Iranian culture.
They conduct a 6-month certificate in Russian (CRL) regularly on-campus for the last few years.
A minimum of 75% attendance is compulsory to appear for the exam.
SOFL also conducts a six-month certificate (CCLC) and a 1-year diploma in Chinese language and culture (DCLC).
The face-to-face (on-campus) certificate program covers 300 elementary Chinese characters and 500 sentences and phrases. In contrast, the diploma covers 1000 and 2000, respectively.
It provides an essential grounding in the pronunciation and tonal structure of Mandarin.
Besides, IGNOU has also employed native Chinese to teach the Mandarin language in India.
This will help students to clear levels 1 and 2 of the HSK exam.
4. Online Arabic, Spanish, Russian & Chinese
The SOFL has launched a Certificate in Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Plus, they also conduct a Diploma in Chinese in online mode.
IGNOU offers the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in the online demonstrations via IGNOU satellite.
From study materials to exams, all will be offered online.
It also offers a fully online Certificate In Spanish Language (CSL) in cooperation with the Instituto Cervantes, affiliated with the Spanish government.
The AVE (Spanish Virtual Classroom) is an internet-based educational infrastructure set up to teach Spanish.
5. Ph.D. in Arabic and French
The eligibility criteria is master’s degrees and excellent knowledge of Arabic or French. M.Phil. or relevant teaching and industry experience are added benefits for admissions into Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Arabic imparts an understanding of the Arabic language, culture, literature, and an in-depth study of the Arab world.
Ph.D. in French aims at specialization in French language & Francophone literature and cultures. It focuses on studies of linguistic aspects and evolving didactics.
The minimum duration is two years, and the maximum is five years. Like any other Ph.D. course, there is no age restriction.
I want to do a diploma in the Russian language either distance or online. But I’m confused about where I start, like how will I give exams, how can I get my certificate, and what’s the completion process??
Apply for it, study, and take the exam per your selected study center/test center. After passing the test, you will get a certificate for the same.
I have an advanced diploma in French and B1 delf qualified. I have 3 years of teaching exp but I have done a master in commerce from IGNOU, so I want whether I am eligible for Ph.D. in French or not?
Unlikely. You require MA in French to be eligible for Ph.D. in French. In some cases, you also need relevant experience involving this language.
Sir I want to do a Korean diploma course in IGNOU, but I’m not 18 years in March. I will 18, so can I start in March and it’s possible that I clear my TOPIK level 3 before September.
You can only start in Aug/Jan as per IGNOU’s schedule. Also, it is feasible to cover TOPIK level 3 in 10 months, it will take more time.
I have done B2 from Alliance français du Bengale. I have teaching experience of 3 years in a school where French is a second language and has a Label Accreditation. Would it be helpful if I enroll for Ph.D. French at IGNOU? Please guide.
It’s not possible to get admission to a Ph.D. in French without passing MA in French or possessing an excellent academic record and experience related to French. You can check the eligibility criteria.
I am working in Kharagpur and want to become a French translator. Since I can’t do any regular course on the French language would you suggest me go for online courses in French through Udemy and go for a French proficiency test or is it better to go for some correspondence course followed by a proficiency test?
Neither. Enroll in any offline or online French course where you have face-to-face live classes with an instructor. I’m not very fond of recorded one or distance learning. But this is me. If you want to test some water before committing seriously, you can try any Udemy courses. Once you achieve some basic level, consider former courses involving a teacher.
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Sir, I want to know about the levels covered in the French certificate course offered by ignou. Which levels does it cover like A1, A2, etc?
The certificate covers basic French and not similar to DELF A1, A2, etc. There will be some similarities to A1, but it will not be the same.
Sir, how can I contact you.
Fill out the form on the contact page. For career counseling, check language career counseling section that has all details, including the price and scope.
Sir, I want to make a career in the Spanish language, from where should I start? I know the basics of Spanish and I wanna learn through IGNOU.
IGNOU only covers basic Spanish, which you already know. Try some other universities or private institutes. It may not be distance learning, but nearly all are offering the programs in the online mode these days.
Hello sir. I want to learn Korean language from IGNOU. Will this help in a job in a foreign country. Is it sufficient?
No. It won’t help.
Can we do B.Ed in french from ignou?
Can I apply for 2 certificate program at the same time while doing a UG degree?
Not sure, but I guess, Yes!
I m a part teacher by profession. And I want to learn other languages like French and German and want to be a language teacher in a short time like in a year. So will you plz guide me on which university or Institute is best for that?
And which courses or diploma is best for this?
A year is not sufficient. You can probably learn through some private institutes to achieve at least an intermediate level on the fast track.
Dear Sir, I want to know whether doing graduation in French is possible from IGNOU through distance learning? Since I am working, I cannot do it as a regular student. I want to do a BA in French and later a master’s in French by distance learning. Is it possible?
No. IGNOU doesn’t offer BA or MA in any language through distance learning.
Is it possible to do my Ph.D. in French language from Southern Africa through distance learning? I am lecturing French.
I am a Bsc nurse and have a German language B1 level qualification. I would like to continue my profession as a German language tutor. I am interested to join the DTG COURSE. How I can apply to this? Shall I do this course online?
I guess you can apply by 31st January. You can check all the information at the Goethe site.
Hello sir how can I apply for a Chinese online course from IGNOU? I am a homemaker from Rajasthan and can’t leave but I am very interested in Chinese culture.
As far as I am aware, IGNOU doesn’t offer a distance learning program in Chinese. They offer an on-campus one which is not recommended. You can learn from home by finding an online, face-to-face teacher.
I want to learn the English language.
Well, I don’t cover English courses on this blog.
I am a pharmacist (allopathy) and; also, a graduate in physiology (University of Burdwan West Bengal). I have a passion for studying books of all kinds, especially in spiritual fields. I notice that there are very few books in Bengali. There are so many world-famous books which can be translated into Bengali. For this purpose, I want your guidance, how I can pursue my dream, which degree/ diploma/necessary certificate is mandatory, and all other related papers—the procedure from where I can start on, etc. Please reply.
If you want to translate in a particular language, you have to learn that and achieve near-native level fluency. First, pick a language, and start learning on your own with books, online resources, and a teacher. Alternatively, you can consider a language school in your locality. That will make the entire learning experience simple and more effective.
Sir, how much is the fee for learning one language? How does the course happen? Like weekend classes available? I have completed my M.com so for which duration classes I can join? Please advise.
IGNOU only offers certificate courses in the distance learning mode. There won’t be any regular classes, and you have to study through their study material. The fee is Rs. 5,500.
Sir, does IGNOU provide a correspondence course in diploma in French?
Sir, other than the certificate course, what other courses does IGNOU provide through correspondence in French?
Certificate and Ph.D. are the only two French courses offered by IGNOU. You can consider some other French learning centers in your locality.
Sir, which other recognized university conducts the French correspondence course other than a certificate course?
There may be some options, but I’m not aware of such courses.
Hello sir. Is there a distance/online learning course for Masters in French in India? I wish to enroll. If not in India, would you be knowing of any abroad?
You can contact Bangalore University. As per their website, they offer 2-year MA in French through correspondence. The course comprises 5 papers each year.
Good morning Sir. My question is if I am aspiring to become a language tutor of the Spanish language, then Will IGNOU Spanish courses material be enough for becoming proficient in this language?
No. IGNOU’s Spanish course only covers beginners’ level.
For a higher level and with distance learning which university will be good? Please reply
To my knowledge, no Indian university is offering a higher-level language course in the distance learning mode.
Sir, is there any nearest study centres for Spanish in Rohini?
You can consider Instituto Hispania (Panchsheel Park) or Instituto Cervantes (C.P.). While both are a bit far from Rohini, but the quality of teaching in both the institites are top-notch.
Sir, I want to do an M.A. in French from ignou. Kindly help me with the same.
IGNOU doesn’t offer an MA in French.
Good morning sir. I am a guest faculty of a college and I want to learn the Russian language. I live in West Bengal. Does IGNOU still offer a certificate course in the Russian language in distance mode so that I can apply and study online since it is not possible to attend the regular course? Kindly help me.
Yes, IGNOU offers a certificate in Russian (CRUL) in the distance learning mode.
I want to apply for masters in Germany. So, I want to learn basic German. I can read and talk about basic things. The course IGNOU offers is good for me or not? Does it equivalent to any level Like A1, B1, C1?
No. IGNOU’s certificate is not comparable to the German proficiency test. The certificate course will take 6-12 months, and you will be merely able to learn basic things. It is better to enroll at any private institutes, or Max Mueller Bhavan, and appear for Goethe Zertifikat Deutsch test as per requirement.
Hello sir. I really want to know that the Korean language course in ignou having an oral practical test also?
Not much. As I stated in my previous reply to your question, the course is only meant to cover basic level Korean. If that is your goal, you can enroll, otherwise, look for other options.
Sir, I’m a student at Delhi University. Can I apply for a language course at ignou? Or is it necessary to be a student of ignou for applying for it?
Yes, you can apply.
Sir, can you tell me which places abroad allows a certificate from IGNOU for language?
Sorry, I didn’t get you. Are you asking which languages IGNOU offer, or something else?
Hello sir, like I already know more than basic Russian and I want to be fluent in Russian. Can you tell me if ignou is good to get a certificate and want it for my job and educational purposes?
IGNOU’s certificate course only covers the beginner’s knowledge in Russian. Since you already know this and there is no conversation class either, it won’t help. Try one of the university or private institutes.
Sir, can you suggest to me some college or university where i can try at advance level?
That will depend on the city where you want to study. For example, DU and RCSC are two good options in Delhi.
I want to pursue a long-distance course in the German language. I reside in Maharashtra and hence it would not be possible for me to physically visit IGNOU and enroll. Because of COVID, I am not even sure if the institute would be open too. I cannot find any link where I can online register for the CGL course. Please assist as to how can I proceed with it?
Why not try the embassy affiliated Goethe-Institut online course? It would be far better than IGNOU’s CGL though the price would be on the higher side. You can try https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/. To my knowledge, there is no other option.
I am learning Spanish from online websites. I had a plan of giving the Institutional exam to get the certificate and then apply for jobs. I will be completing my Post graduation this year in English Literature. Is certification necessary as there are different levels for different areas?
I wish to go ahead in the translation field, and I am already enrolled in the PGDT course of IGNOU. Should I continue learning from online mode or apply for certification from IGNOU and then proceed with the job or learn online and directly give the institutional exam to get certified?.
IGNOU’s certificate in Spanish won’t help if you aspire to become a translator. It covers only basic Spanish. You can learn online as much as possible, and then find a tutor or an institute for regular classes. In the end, take the DELE test, starting from A1 and gradually till C1/C2. Good luck, Sonali!
I wish to study the French language as a distant course. How can I apply for it? When and what is the procedures? Please reply, sir.
You can go to the IGNOU admission portal. Then, register, select the course, make the payment, and all done!
Sir, I need help with my French assignments as this is my last semester. Please help me.
For that, Find any French teacher.
Hello sir, I’m Kalyani Kapure from Maharashtra. I’m currently working for NGO in Aurangabad district. I want to learn the French language. Is it possible to do a certificate course on distance learning?
You can try IGNOU’s certificate in French (CFL).
I wish to study the Korean language as a distant course. How can I apply for it? When and what is the procedures? Please reply, sir.
You can apply online in Jan/July when the forms are available on the IGNOU website. Once registered, they will send you the learning material, and you can start studying. After passing the test, you will earn a certificate in Korean.
Sir, what about classes. Due to my busy schedule, I can’t attend their online classes. Learning from the book is sufficient for me? Are they practical?
They are offering CKL in distance mode. To my knowledge, they are not conducting regular online classes. You have to do self-study through their study material. If your only aim is to learn some basic Korean, and not feasible to find a tutor or enroll for offline classes, then it’s ok. Otherwise, studying a language through distance learning is not that useful.
Sir, I wanted to join in the diploma course in the Chinese language in online mode. When will be the course started, and how can I join?
Usually, they start the course in Jan and July. You can track IGNOU’s website for latest update.
Hello sir, I am doing Hons in English literature but I have a keen interest in learning foreign languages. I want to learn German, French, and Spanish at least two languages. I absolutely want to learn but between these three languages which should I prefer first and second. And also learning from IGNOU is worth in my career or not?
You can start with French or German. But do remember — language learning takes a considerable amount of time. IGNOU’s distance education might not be the best choice for career advancement. Look for regular courses.
Hi sir, I live in a small town near Hyderabad. I want to learn the French language. May I know where are the study centers are located to take classes. I have not got any information regarding the places where the SOFL-IGNOU conducts classes? Will, it is in all study centers or specified ones? or pertaining to only one city?
Certificate in French (CFL) is the corresponding course. You have to study on own through self-learning material integrated with Audio Visual components provided by IGNOU. The occasional classes are optional, and not that beneficial.
I am an electronics engineer, currently in Delhi. Sir, I want to pursue a foreign language course in German/French. Which one will be better for me and has a vast scope. Also, which institute would be best and at the same time, economically beneficial in Delhi.
Both French and German are good options and offer plenty of opportunities. If you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can pick French. There are many French institutes in Delhi, you can pick any affordable center.
I am a mechanical engineer and currently doing a job which I can’t leave. But I want to learn Japanese along with my job. So, please help me in understanding how and where I should do a course from distance and get a legal certificate for the language course.
You can try a Certificate in Japanese from IGNOU through distance learning mode. After that, you can explore some evening or weekend classes at any Japanese learning center. Other than IGNOU, I’m not aware of any Distance learning program in Japanese. You can appear for the JLPT test to get an International Japanese certification.
How I can contact you, sir. I want to talk to you please send me your personal number. My number is 099xxxxxxx.
You can send me an email, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll call you 🙂
Can I do a certificate course without the 10th? I’m 18years old
No. Minimum eligibility criteria is 10+2.
Hello sir, I’m interested in learning Japanese. So do I have to take admission in IGNOU as a college student or are there some other way. Please tell me.
You can enroll in IGNOU’s 6-months certificate in Japanese. The course is offered in distance learning mode and open to everyone. For regular classes, you can try one of the Japanese institutes in Delhi.
I want to join for Korean classes distance education mode, but this year’s admission is already closed. Is there a way I can still apply?
Hello Sir, Does any University offer a Distance Masters Degree course in Spanish?
Not in my knowledge.
When will Korean course classes start? I recently got my study material. Sir, please let me know when classes will get started?
There is no face to face class. It is a distance learning program. For regular courses, enroll in any Korean learning center.
Sir, I have passed DELE A2, and I want to enroll for a Diploma in Spanish from an Indian government recognized institution. As I am already working, I want to do the course through distance mode. Please advice in which institution should I register myself. I already know that IGNOU does not offer a diploma through distance mode. Thank you.
According to my knowledge, there is no Government institution in India that provides a diploma in Spanish through distance learning mode. If you find one, do let me know.
I am an M.A in English, and I have a diploma in French from Calcutta University. Now I want to take a Ph.D. in French from IGNOU. I stay in Kolkata. Tell me how can I be admitted to this program?
For a Ph.D. in French, you need knowledge equivalent to MA in French, and 2-year Diploma is not enough. Besides, they also consider relevant experience. Firstly, you should try to achieve near-native proficiency like DALF C2. Another option is MA in French, and then you can try for a Ph.D. from IGNOU or any other Universities.
Sir, what is face to face mode?
Most courses are offered in the distance learning mode. There are a few classrooms options at the selected regional center. You can contact IGNOU for more details.
Is there any online course open for the Korean language?
IGNOU offers six months CKLC. Beyond that, I’m not aware of any online Korean course.
What is the weekend class timing of Spanish language in IGNOU Maidan Garhi center?
For that, you have to contact IGNOU.
Brother, kindly tell me about this. I am also searching for this. Share your experience.
It is better to Contact IGNOU.
Are there any jobs in Europe or Hispanic countries after completing DELE C2 for Indians?
It will be extremely challenging to find a job solely on the basis of Spanish since nearly everyone speaks Spanish as a native language in Hispanic countries.
Hello sir, I have completed B2 level in the German language, but I am not graduate. I want to do graduation in German from distance education, what should I do?
I’m not aware of any University offering a BA in German through Distance learning mode.
Is there a degree course like BA honors Spanish or MA Spanish from IGNOU too or just a certificate course?
Thanks, Sir. And is Amity university a good university to study BA honors in Spanish? Or DELE C2 is better?
I personally consider Amity below average. Thus, I’d suggest in favor of C2.
I am working in a private firm and keen to join the Chinese language for a better future. Please advise us the best language institutes with weekend classes.
Where you want to study?
Hello sir, I want to know, will ignou provide me teacher for Spanish language or I have to study own my own. Where will I get classes? Please reply
You have to study on own through their self-learning materials integrated with Audio Visual components.
I wish to pursue online Spanish course.
I’m not aware of any good Online Spanish course.
Hi, I want to learn the French language as it might help later in my career. But I don’t know where to start. Should I opt for IGNOU basic certificate in French? As a job professional, I can’t attend regular classes that’s why thinking of IGNOU. My plan is to learn the language from the Duolingo app and get the certification from IGNOU. So I am confused whether to opt for IGNOU or take any private language classes. Please guide me.
I just want to learn it as a hobby right now, no urgencies. Also, suggest some institutes that can provide all levels of French certifications.
Whatever your reason may be to learn French, you should join any French Institute for part-time classes. Most of the institutes offer weekend and evening classes too. L’Alliance Française is a good option.
I want to do a certificate course in French from ignou but I want to know that how many classes ignou gives in a week and where we get study material. What is the admission process sir. I’m very confused about it. Help me sir.
The CFL is a distance learning program. Thus, there is no class. Once you take the admission, they will send the study material. The admission for CFL usually starts in Jan/July.
A word of advice — If your goal is a career in French, Avoid IGNOU and try any regular classes in any French learning centre.
I want to do a certificate course in the French language from IGNOU. I want to know Is IGNOU also give weekend classes for it. I want to learn for basic first after that i will go for advanced level from any institute.
The certificate course is offered in the distance learning mode. You have to study on own with the help of study material. The IGNOU’s certificate course is not enough to get admission in Advanced level since IGNOU course is just equivalent to any 3-month part-time course in any institute. To pursue an advanced level in French, you need to attend at least 2 years of regular classes.
Thanks, sir for reply. Sir should I go for IGNOU’s certificate course as a beginner. After that, I can join any institute for it?
You can avoid IGNOU. It is better to join any institute for regular classes to start from scratch.
I want to do MA in German but I don’t have any idea about the entrance exam and syllabus. Can you help me please?
If you have studied German for 3 years like BA/Advanced Diploma in German or Goethe-Zertifikat B2, you will be ready for the entrance test. The University syllabus usually covers Advanced level German grammar, culture, history, and literature part.
Sir, I would like to know about the scope for learning the Korean language and which institute offers the best course for the Korean language?
You can find all your answers through these articles — Scope of Korean Language and Korean Courses in India.
Hello sir, I want to confirm that which language course in IGNOU has regular classes?
IGNOU is a distance learning education university. To my knowledge, there is no language program with regular classes. You can try some private institutes or other Universities.
Sir, I want to learn Spanish for job purpose but I don’t know where to go for this. There are few private institutes in Delhi but their fee is very high. Recently I came to know about IGNOU certification in Spanish, they provide A1 level certificate. Can I get a job with this certificate or are there any difference between ignou certificate and other institutes certificate.
Ravi, I understand your concern fully. Firstly, IGNOU’s Certificate in Spanish is a beginner’s level program. The course is okay to learn some elementary Spanish for hobby or for fun but it won’t be beneficial for your career.
If you wish to learn from the job perspective, enrolling in any institute or University is the right thing to do. Not all courses are expensive. Check out — Learn Spanish in Delhi.
Sir, I want to do ba hons. in Spanish language. Can u suggest me the best colleges from where I can do? Also, mention the private colleges as the application date of JNU or Jamia Islamia has been over.
Jesus & Mary College and Department of GRS at Arts Faculty of DU are the two options. I am not aware of any good private University offering BA in Spanish program.
I am a BA program graduate with Spanish as the main subject from DU 2010 batch. Now revising Spanish at home. I want to become a Spanish teacher please advise what kind of further courses can help me. For now, I can only go for distance learning, and I am also interested to appear for DELE exams.
I also did an online course from Cervantes A2 level. Earlier I was working in a different line so that I couldn’t continue with Spanish studies. Now I want to study at home to become a teacher. Please advise courses and college options?
If you want to become a Spanish teacher, you should at least aim for DELE B2. For that, it is better to join any reputed Spanish centers, like Instituto Hispania or Instituto Cervantes. Online or distance mode is not effective and successful. Plus, there aren’t any good option beyond beginners level.
Hi sir, I am Harish Singh living in Chandigarh. I lived in Thailand for some years. During my stay in Thailand, I learned the Thai language spoken part. I am looking for some university offering a Thai language course.
To my knowledge, no University offers Thai language courses in India.
Sir, I have applied for IGNOU Certificate Course in the Spanish Language, I am looking for study material but cannot find anything. Kindly help.
When you applied? Usually, they send the study material within 4 to 6 weeks. You can always contact them or visit their nearest regional centre.
Sir, I m applying from Jalgaon Maharashtra for a certificate course in German and there is no regional centre in Maharashtra. I can apply online but don’t want to choose other states or city then how should I attend my exam or What should I do?
The regional centres are usually helpful to facilitate admission, offer few occasional classes and provide study material. Even if there is no regional centre, you can still enroll in CGL course online. If there is any German learning institute for regular classes in Jalgaon. Then it is even better.
Hello sir can you tell me IGNOU Placement is better.
As far as I am aware, IGNOU does not offer any placement.
I want to do certificate French course from ignou. Can I take french tuition after doing a course from ignou. Is it beneficial? I m a homemaker. I have done my +2 in 2000.
IGNOU’s Certificate is neither an effective way to learn French nor sufficient to become a French teacher. Try some god reputed centre for regular French classes. You can achieve Upper Intermediate level proficiency in 2 years.
Can you recommend any regular classes?
Sure I can. Which Language and in which city you want to study?
Sir, I am a first year btech student in sikkim manipal. I want to learn a foreign language. How can i apply for online courses at IGNOU?
You can choose and apply online in June/July.
Hello sir, I am from Patna and completed Graduation in 2018 in Art’s (Public Administration). So, I am interested in learning foreign language sir can tell me which is the best Diploma in a foreign language or PG diploma?
PG Diploma in Foreign language is usually full-time and better!
Hello sir i am from chattisgarh i am on 1st year of my graduation. I am interested in learning foreign language as my skills so what would be better to start my beginner’s level from ignou or by any other institutions so that in future it may result fruitfully.
You can pick a foreign language. For starter, French, Spanish, and German are three good options. You can select one of the programs between Certificate in French, German, and Spanish. I will suggest you join any institute depending on availability at your location.
Want to learn Japanese
頑張って (Good Luck).
I want to learn foreign language in online as a distance course and i need a certificate too, so sir will you suggest me something what to do and how, because present I’m in another course.
Other than 6 month beginners level Certificate course in various languages offered by IGNOU, there are hardly any good option for Online / Distance learning. I’d suggest you to join any learning centre for regular language classes. Maybe part-time evening/weekend classes if you’re busy with another full-time course.
I am PG (MA ECONOMICS). Now want to start my career in teaching. Before that I want to learn French language. Want to start first by distance leaning universities like IGNOU after that I will continue IN REGULAR MODE. Please guide for it. Please also give fees details.
I’m not sure what you want to know? If you want to learn, it is better to join any Educational institution to pursue French in a regular mode. Fees will depend on the learning centre. IGNOU offers CFL (certificate in French) and Fees is Rs. 5,500.
Sir i graduated from du in 2018 and now i want to do french certification course so doing it from ignou or du which will be best for getting a job? Plz explain. And what will be the time period from both the universities.
Neither one. A certificate course is not enough to get a job. You need minimum DELF B1/B2 or Advanced Diploma. This will take roughly 3 years. You can try DU or Jamia.
Sir I have completed my A1 and A2 in french from inlingua and pursuing my B1 french right now. Sir if I wanna take admission in ma french what should I do further?
Admission in MA in French is usually through entrance exam and to qualify, you need French proficiency equivalent to DELF B2 or BA / Advanced Diploma in French. Once you complete your B2, you can appear for the DELF exam at the Alliance Française.
Sir, I’ve done my 12th in 2012. Right now I’m doing BA from IGNOU. I want to know if there is any bachelor degree program in foreign language? Please guide me.
NO. IGNOU does not offer BA in any foreign language. As far as i am aware, No University in India offers BA program in any foreign language through the distance learning mode. May be because language learning is not effective in the distance education due to lack of proper interaction, communication, and regular guidance.
hi, i want to know the dates of registration for teaching diploma course in German for January 2019 course. Can you please help me?
Currently, the DTG course is offered in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. If your German is good enough (like Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch B2 though eligibility is only B1), You can apply online. In case of error, contact IGNOU.
Sir, I completed my (10+2) with 85% in 2013. And I want to do certificate course in German language. Am I eligible for IGNOU? And please tell me what the admission processes. Thank you.
Yes. You are eligible for Certificate in German Language (CGL). You can apply online in December or June/July.
I am 36 years old and i am completed 12th (science). can i do foreign language courses and eligible for job. please guide to me. thank you.
Yes. Age is no bar to study and get a job. If you want to make your career in languages, you have to study for at least 3 years. IGNOU distance learning certificate is not enough. Try some Universities or private institute.
This is with regards to French Language Certificate Course. As an outsider I have a query – Delhi will be the nearby centre for me to enroll, hence I will not be able to attend regular classes rather will prefer to take online classes. Therefore, please advise for how many days exams there will be at the centre. Additionally also advise is there are any other formalities (e.g. assignments) to be completed , if yes, then for how many days one needs to be physically present at the centre.
IGNOU neither offer any regular class nor online course. What they offer is distance learning program. They send study material, you study on own and then fill the form and appear for the exam. I’m not sure about assignment part in certificate course. Enroll yourself in IGNOU only if you don’t have any other option.
Sir thanks for the reply, please advise the number of days exams will be held , and candidate needs to be there at the centre.
I guess exam will be held on one day only. You can contact the regional IGNOU office for more clarification.
Sir, it been wonderful to have interaction with you, such instant and satisfying answers we get. I have lined up another query with regards to higher studies in French language. I wonder if I can enroll myself by next year for Phd from IGNOU, my education background- M.A.( Hist.), and Diploma levels in French from Alliance Française de Delhi. Past approximately three plus years I am in teaching profession. Please advise.
NO. For PhD in French – other than Master degree in any discipline and experience, you also need a very high proficiency in French something like MA in French or DALF C2. This will take 3-5 years to achieve.
Sir, I want to enroll myself for French Certificate course programme as a distance lerner, and will be able to take classes and exams online, is this possible? OR I need to to be there at the main center, I believe that is Delhi. However, I have already done some level French Diploma from Alliance De Delhi, hence I can manage classes online. My motive is achieve prestigious IGNOU certificate too.
Please advise, Regards, Prakash
If you have already completed some beginners level French, then there is no need to pursue a Certificate from IGNOU. They don’t offer any Online French course. If you enroll in a distance learning certificate course, then you have to take the exam at the centre only.
IGNOU course only covers beginner level French and offers limited benefit from a career perspective. It is better to join any reputed institute and prepare for the international DELF exam.
Sir i am a homemaker of 43 years stayin out of mumbai. I wish to study a foreign language online either Spanish or Japanese. Could you suggest which to study? Which authentic website can provide online study material and online exams?
IGNOU offers a Certificate in Japanese Language (CJL) in distance learning mode and Certificate In Spanish Language (CSL) in online mode. You can enroll in one of these courses in December/January.
These courses are only meant to cover beginners level. Language is interactive and that is the reason online/distance learning are not that effective. There is no intermediate level course offered through online or distance learning. After completing the course, you can join any institute to learn. You can choose Spanish.
I have applied for CKLC. I want to know if it is important to attend counselling? Due to personal reasons i couldn’t attend it. And also please tell me what are the job opportunities available for me through this certificate course?
No. It is not mandatory. Certificate is just a beginner level. There is negligible job opportunities after completing the CKLC. It is just a start. If you want to make your career in Korean Language, You should aim for Advanced Level like TOPIK Level V or Advanced Diploma from any University, or Advanced Level from any Pvt. institute or Korean Culture centre. It will take 3 years if you study 10-15 hours per week.
sir, i have taken admission in french language course but study centre is delhi and am from karnal, i have small baby i can’t come to attend classes so is it compulsory to attend classes.
No it is not compulsory. It’s distance learning program. Good Luck 🙂
I have done my post graduation (m.com). I want to be a translator then which language should I choose which is beneficial for me.
All languages are equally important though Top 5 languages, namely French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Mandarin offer better career opportunities. To be a successful translator, you need near-native proficiency in both the language (Source as well as the target language).
Hello Sir, I am Sakshi from Jaipur. I would like to take admission in Certification in Korean language course which was started recently this year only. But I have come to know about it a few days back and the admission date has been passed. So when can I apply for the same course later? And also on their website, they haven’t Korean language certification course yet so it’s been difficult for me to know about this course in brief.
The last date for registration was 31st August. All the details were there on the IGNOU website and the same was updated here too. You can check the announcement Update. This is the LINK for registrationCheck. Register, fill the form, upload photo, 12th Marksheet, Aadhar Card, Select the nearest regional/study centre, and Pay the fees of Rs. 2700. All done!
It’s a beginners level Korean course. You have to study on your own through the study material which they will send. For the CKCL course, there are 5 Regional Centres in Delhi, Noida, Varanasi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. You can wait for 5 months and then apply in the next session i.e. Jan 2019.
Sir is CKLC an online course to learn? I live in BANGALORE and wanted to take up this course.
No. CKLC is a distance learning programme. You have to study on own through Self Learning Material (SLM) integrated with Audio-Visual components which will be provided by IGNOU. For CKLC, there are only 5 regional centres i.e. Delhi, Noida, Varanasi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Today i.e. 31st July is the last date to apply.
Sir is there regular classses available for french language?
NO. IGNOU is an open university for distance learning courses. Only occasional Saturday and Sunday sessions are possible.
Sir, does IGNOU have full online language course?
Yes, IGNOU’s School of Foreign Languages offers Certificate in Spanish, Certificate and Diploma in Chinese in online mode.
Sir, Is there any advance course offered by IGNOU after completion of certificate course in Japanese?
NO. IGNOU offers only Certificate in Japanese. It will be difficult to master Japanese through online or distance mode. May be that is the reason. After certificate course, it would be better to join any Japanese learning centre.
Myself (Professor Atul Kumar – Professor Plant Physiology. Age 60 years at GBPUA&T. I want to go for Certificate course in French language through Distance education mode. Please guide me. Thanks
Duration of Certificate in French Language (CFL) is 6 Months. Admission is done twice a year (January / July), One can take admission through Online as well as Offline. You can apply online through the IGNOU portal.
HELLO sir I got compartment in my 12th standard boards this year only. plz let me know is it possible to pursue japanese language course on 10th standard qualification. I tried to contact admission dept but nobody receives the phone call. Plz sir let me know if my admission is possible for the japanese language course.
No. For Certificate in Japanese, Eligibility Criteria is 10+2 or equivalent. You can try a few private institutes.
I am from Vadodara. I wish to apply for PhD in French. I have completed B.com and also have completed DELF B1 French. I have 5 years of teaching experience in French language. I am translator in MNCS . Can I apply for PhD in French?
NO. For Ph.D. in French, minimum eligibility criteria is MA / M.Phil in French or any discipline with good knowledge of French something like DALF C1/C2. The admission is done on the basis of written test followed by interview. If you’re interested in Ph.D. in French, first you should try for MA in French and for that, you need proficiency equivalent to DELF B2/DALF C1.
To what level are these languages taught ? Like B2.2 FOR Spanish , N2 For japaneese
It cannot be compared to any language proficiency test since these are mostly distance learning. IGNOU offers only Certificate level in most courses. These courses are for those who want to learn Beginners level at affordable fees without taking expensive regular courses in any professional institutes.
Sir, i want to know about french distance course from ignou. Actually i am from Bhuj Kachchh (Gujarat) can you help me where is near by regional center
You can check the list of centres and then contact them. Study Centers
I have came across a news about a Certification course in Korean language. Is there really any course on Korean language which I can take as a distance learning? Please let me know about it in details. Thank you.
Yes. IGNOU has already launched a Certificate in Korean Language and Culture Programme (CKLC). Last date for fresh admissions is 15th August, 2018.
Hello, sir is there any online course for Russian language if yes then how can I get admission .please reply
Not in my knowledge. Also, Online and distance learning is not that effective for language courses. Try some institute or College for Russian if it is feasible for you.
Is there any online course for french language?
IGNOU does not offer any online course for French.
I do forigen language course can I admission this time online ya offline. What is correct time
I guess Admission is open for July 2018 session. Last date for fresh admissions for Certificate program is 15th August, 2018. Contact IGNOU or visit their Admission website. LINK
Sir, I am 12th com pass out in 2004. Is there any scope for me in any language for further study & career opportunity. Please help me.
Yes if you are ready to study a foreign language for next few years and complete Advanced level.
Thank you for your reply sir, how would I start / how would I apply for this. Which language course is more preferable or career oriented in future pls guide.
First, choose a language, then join any institute or College.
i am a science graduate. Is there any use of certificate in french language for me? can i get job on this basis?
You can surely pursue Certificate in French. However, Only Certificate is not enough to get a job. Minimum Advanced Diploma or B1/B2 is required for most jobs.
I am from bhutan and I am very much interested in learning french language please do let me know the procedures..
If there is any French learning centre in Bhutan, you should pursue the course over there. If you’re interested in IGNOU, then you can definitely enroll in a French course. For Admission Eligibility, Countries and Fees, Check. You can apply online or contact the nearest regional centre or Delhi centre.
I am student of MSW enrolled in January 2018 batch with IGNOU and now i want to join certificate course in French language but it is not available at any center in punjab. So if i join this course at Delhi then how many classes i have attend. Please help me. Thanks.
It is difficult to say but generally classes are held once in a week though not compulsory. You can contact the local IGNOU admission department for the official information.
There no option of diploma in teaching german when i am trying to select course in online admission procedure.
Contact the admission dept. This course is there on the IGNOU website.
Sir i want to know about french distance course from ignou. Actually i am from bihar can you help me where is near by bihar regional center
You can check the list of Centres and then Contact them. LINK
I want to pursue a long distance course in the German language. How can I proceed with it?
You can pursue a Certificate in German Language (CGL) from IGNOU. After Certificate, you have to enroll for regular classes.