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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.

Why Spanish Language

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.
If you are a bilingual or multilingual, then you have a better prospect for getting a Job or you can read the original text in Spanish and do the research in future.
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.

Scope

The main objective of the English Language Centre is to be the epicenter of teaching and learning of English in all the four language skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Language Centre aims at learning through the use of technology. This provides opportunities for both self-access learning and teacher-led instruction. The English Language Centre also takes up the task to train students who require support in improving their competence to use the English language. Special courses are run for these students according to their individual needs. In its venture to provide the global perspective, the English Language Centre offers a platform to foreign students from varied mother tongues to brush up their English Language skills.
  • Better opportunities for higher studies
The growing Interdisciplinarity among contemporary academic disciplines demands learning a foreign language indispensable and significant at the same time. Disciplines like Media & Communication, International Affairs, Cultural Studies, Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business Management, Law and Policy, Marketing, etc. could do justice to their objective and increase their scope only if the language of the region under study is known.
  • Better job opportunities
Giant multinational companies very often advertise for positions for people having knowledge of one or more foreign languages; many Indian pharmaceutical companies who have their branches in many parts of the work also look out for people who are bilingual.

Apart from these full-time openings, there is an increasing demand of translators and interpreters at various ministries in India, at international organizations, think tanks and embassies. In an increasingly globalized world, for greater cultural diplomacy and knowledge exchange being a multilingual gives you enhanced career opportunities.

  • Better social and cognitive skills

Apart from strong career prospects, studies have proved that learning a foreign language improves cognitive skills of the learner. Not only does learning a language improve memory, but it promotes tolerance through cultural appreciation. Apart from enhancing communication skills, it also promotes creativity among learners.

Curriculum

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:
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=0900001680459f97

Pedagogy

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.

International Collaborations

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.

Contact Us

The English language centre remains open five days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Students can walk into the centre or request a prior appointment for language support needs.

Dr. Gopa Nayak

Dr. Jagdish Batra

Dr. Suman Rani