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, proofreading novels, guiding tourists, answering to customers, helping guests at hotels, working in embassies, and writing for companies.
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 quite useful.
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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 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
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 cycle. 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 graduate and have a German proficiency equivalent to B1 or similar, and who 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.
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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 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) in a regular on-campus mode 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, whereas 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 the 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.
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.