The O.P. Jindal Global University does justice to its name by not only having a milieu of faculty, staff and students from around the world but also offers a number of foreign language courses that enable students understand diversity and pluralism and equip themselves for the present global era. Being multilingual in today’s time is undoubtedly an asset.
The Spanish language is officially the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese. The 7.6% of the world’s population speak Spanish.
Spanish is the second most used language on Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter. However, it is the third most used in the total internet, after English and Chinese.
In the language class the students do not learn only language they also learn about Culture and Civilization of Spanish Speaking countries. After learning the Spanish 4 semesters the students will reach to A 2 level of Spanish according to Common European framework of Reference for Languages. So, the programme is designed to enable students to develop communication skills in Spanish and to acquire a broad understanding of the society, history and culture.
Spanish is the language not only for an exciting popular culture but one of the richest literary and artistic cultures in the world. Apart from flamenco, salsa or tango and pop latino singers and film stars, you will be familiarized with name of writers such as Cervantes, Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, painters like Picasso, Goya, Dalí, Murió.
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Spanish is offered in the form of a core-elective pairing meaning some students study it as a value-added subject and others have it as part of their core curriculum.
The Centre also engages in organizing cultural activities like film festivals, street shows, exhibition, poetry recitation, dance and music festivals wherein students are encouraged to participate. These activities aim at constructive engagement of students in cross-cultural communication and develop a wider outlook towards different cultures. The Centre aims to create a space that is plurilingual and multicultural.
The Centre offers language courses to undergraduate and post-graduate students as two or three credit subject every semester and students may opt for one or more languages as per their requirement and choice.
The Centre follows a curriculum that is in line with international standards stipulated by Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The following CEFR levels are spread over eight semesters at the end of which the learners reach a competency of A2. For more details about CEFR please follow the link:
The Centre is well equipped with resources and infrastructure like multi-media lab that enhance and make classroom conducive for learning a foreign language. The approach followed helps learners acquire languages in a leaner friendly atmosphere. Learning happens through engaging students in creative and communicative task-based activities. Equal importance is given to all the four communicative skills, i.e. reading, listening, writing and speaking. Various teaching approaches are applied as per the needs of the learners. Students are encouraged to become autonomous and reflect over their own learning strategies. A lot of importance is laid upon the authenticity of communication. Learners get an opportunity of interacting with the people of the target language countries through online chat sessions. The students are informed about the history and culture of the various target languages that they learn. The Centre currently also organizes immersion trips in the summer and winter break to Spain.
The Centre has been instrumental in contributing to the already wide global network of the O.P. Jindal Global University. In the year 2016, an MoU was signed with the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada, Spain. Ever since, students learning Spanish get a chance to visit Spain and to learn about its culture and history. JGU students even get an opportunity of attending Business and Economics courses in Spanish. There is also an ongoing project of mutual cooperation in the field of teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language among the faculty of both the universities.