diploma in foreign language education

(French | German | Italian | Portuguese | Spanish)

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Aims and Objectives

The course is designed as a one-year, part-time post graduation diploma. It will provide training in Foreign Language Education (FLE) and emphasise the how of foreign language education, on the basis of both didactic and linguistic theories and practice.

It has been uniquely conceived to bring together future teachers of French, Italian and Portuguese in a common course structure to create a methodological and pedagogical base for foreign language teaching in India. The common theoretical component will be taught in English and the language specific parts in each of the languages concerned.

The course comprises of 206 hours out of which 116 hours are devoted to teaching theoretical concepts and 90 hours are allocated for practical training. The theoretical framework of the course will include four hours of teaching every week for a total of 23 weeks and two intensive weekend workshops of 12 hours each (one per semester).

The practical training includes observation, practice teaching under supervision and discussions with the supervisors. Observation of classes may be done at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, at different DU colleges, Cultural Centres and schools.

This year, due to shortage of teachers, the Department will not be able to offer Diploma in Foreign Language Education (FLE).

For further details on the development and concept of the course, see here

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates with any one of the following requisites are eligible to apply:

  • B.A. (any subject) and Advanced Diploma in the foreign language concerned with a minimum of 50%, or in an examination recognised as equivalent
  • B.A. (Hons) in the foreign language concerned with a minimum of 50%. For in-service teachers the minimum requirement in either case will be 40%

Admission Procedure

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All candidates are required to appear for a written entrance examination, after which they will be called for an interview. 70% weightage will be given to the written examination and 30% to the interview.

Dates for the Entrance Examination in 2014

Written Examination


Oral Examination
Last date for payment of fees
Commencement of classes

Number of Seats

The total number of seats is 25, i.e. 5 seats for each language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish). In case of fewer applicants in any language, overall adjustments within the upper limit of 25 seats will be made subject to availability of resources.

Course Structure



101  The Foreign Language Classroom


101.1 Observation and analysis


101.2 Learner and learning process


102  Foreign Language Teaching: Learner Centred  Methodologies


102.1 Characteristics of the Communicative Approach


102.2 Intercultural communication and multilingualism


102.3 Other current methodologies


103  Teaching vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation


104  The four skills


105  Microlanguages


105.1 Literary text as a tool to teach language and culture.


105.2 Language for Business / Tourism and Hospitality Industry


106  Theory and Practice of Evaluation


107  Research Project


108  Teaching Unit


Total Marks



Mode of Evaluation

50% marks are assigned for Internal Assessment for papers 101-106.
Papers 107 and 108 have 100% Internal Assessment.

Internal assessment will be based on continuous evaluation. It will comprise of presentations, written assignments and holding of classes.

For modules 101-106 the break up will be 50% in internal assessment and 50% in the final examination. The duration of the final examination in Modules 101-106 will be of one and a half hours.

Passing marks for each module is 50%.

60% and above will be considered First Division.

75% and above will be considered Distinction.

The course can be completed within a maximum period of two years i.e. a student who is either absent or fails in any paper/s will be allowed to appear in the particular paper/s at the next examination.

Attendance Requirements

University rules require a minimum of 75% attendance in theoretical and practical work separately. Hence the students are expected to attend classes regularly.

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