Students of Karim City College in Jamshedpur will soon be able to say Hallo or Bonjour to foreign language courses.
The college, which ambitiously had once before introduced optional French, German and Arabic classes in 2006, is set to restructure and reintroduce its foreign language courses to make it more student-friendly.
So while the year-long beginners level course in French will most likely be cut to a crash course of mere three-months, the German classes — that had to be suspended sometime in 2008 due to lack of a teacher — will make a comeback by the end of August.
“The French course was an 80 hour module with classes being held only once a week. Hence, we decided to come out with a compact crash course that would be tailored to suit the needs of both working professionals and those of our students,” said Yahiya Ibrahim, a teacher associated with the college’s language labs.
The new module for French, he claimed, would be a 50-hour affair. Under the new course structure, the classes will be held twice a week for two hours a day.
While college students will be encouraged to opt for the weekday course, the weekend course would be mainly for working professionals.
The German classes too will be a three-month affair with classes being held for two hours a day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the week and Saturday and Sunday at the end of it. The Arabic classes, for which the college has not found many takers, too would be trimmed to a three-month module.