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In a country like India, multilingual experience is the norm and learning new languages is often an unconscious process. The Foreign Languages Programme (FLP) at IIT Kanpur offers a platform to our students to sensitize themselves to languages used in social contexts other than their own. The programme owes its success to the combined efforts of a set of highly motivated teachers and successive batches of students who, despite a demanding academic schedule, show a keen interest in enriching their multilingual repertoire.

 
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Basic Information

The Foreign Language Programme was started more than 30 years ago under the Dept.of HSS. It was later shifted to Dean of Students' Affairs. Since then it has grown and attracts students and faculty not just from within the campus, but also from the city. Eager and motivated students learn a language either purely out of interest or for professional reasons. Many students, who wish to pursue a higher degree or a job outside India, find the knowledge of a foreign language an additional benefit.

The classes are conducted 5pm onwards from Mondays to Thursdays in the Lecture Hall Complex. The recently opened New Language Core Lab. provides an excellent opportunity for the students to learn a language using computer monitors fitted with headphones, which helps in increasing their listening, writing and reading skills.

Four exams are conducted in a two-semester course and students are expected to clear both semesters separately.

 

 

 
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Languages

FLP offers two-semester courses in French, German and Japanese. Level 1 and Level 2 courses are offered in all the three languages. Certificates are given by IITK to students who successfully complete the two-semester course at the end of the academic year.

History of French Language - le français is a Romance language that belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. French was the most important language of diplomacy and international relations from the 17th century to approximately the middle of the 20th century.

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We have 2 Levels in French - Level 1 and Level 2.

Books currently used by the instructor are / ECHO A1/ for Level-1 and / ECHO A2/ for Level-2.

 

History of German Language – Deutsch comes from the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages of family and most of the words are derived from Latin and Greek and some from French and English, too. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is written using Latin alphabets. German is the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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We have two Levels in German - Level 1 and Level 2.
Books currently being used by the Instructors are – Netzwerk Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1 (Langenscheidt Klett) for Level 1.
"Netzwerk" Deutsch als Fremdsprache A2 (Langenscheidt Klett) for Level 2.

 

History of Japanese Language - 日本語, Nihongo, is an East Asian Language, spoken by primarily in Japan. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family.

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Japanese basic course is called and advanced course as, Books currently being used by the Instructor are - for (basic course) and for (advanced course).

 

 

 

   
 
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Instructors

Courses are conducted by trained instructors who have had foreign language exposure in both institutional and naturalistic settings. Some of the Instructors have been teaching at FLP for more than 20 years now.

 

French Instructor


Shubha Karnick
Teaches Level 1 & 2

Teaching Level 1 since 1987 and Level 2 since 2009.

M. A in French from University of Bombay and Diplôme de Langue from l'Alliance Française de Bombay.
Has taught French language at Jai Hind College, Mumbai and French language and literature at Elphinstone College, Mumbai.

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German Instructor


Deepaa Anandh
Teaches Level 1 & Level 2

Teaching Level 1 since 2011 and Level 2 since 2012.

Language course from Volkshochschule, Stuttgart, Germany and Goethe Institut, (Max Mueller Bhavan)Pune, India.

Teacher's Training done from Goethe Institute, Pune, India.

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German Instructor


Gauri Sharma
Teaches Level 1

Teaching Level 1 since 2013

Language course from Steinke Institute, Bonn, Germany.

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German Instructor


Neelam Saxena
Teaches Level 1

Teaching Level 1 since 2013

Language course from Sprachenakademie, Aachen, Germany.

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Japanese Instructor


Vatsala Mishra
Teaches Level 1 & 2

Teaching since

Language course from

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A call for applications for registration in the Foreign Language Programme is sent out in July every year. In addition to being posted on IIT Kanpur notice boards, this call for applications is also advertised in newspapers. Those interested may download the applications form from the Dean of Student Affairs (DOSA) site on the IIT Kanpur homepage or collect it from the DOSA office. Completed applications need to be submitted to the DOSA office by the deadline. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis in the order of receipt of applications.



   
 
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Contact us


Coordinator


Prof. Mini Chandran

Foreign Language Programme

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
I.I.T Kanpur
208016

Ph - +91-512-259-7191

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Mr. Banerjee
DOSA Office
I.I.T Kanpur
208016

Ph - +91-512 -2596926

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Mr.Yogesh Kanaujia
DOSA Office
I.I.T Kanpur
208016

Ph - + 91 512-2596924

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