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Goethe-Institut launches Tiruchi Centre

Staff Reporter

Aimed at expanding employment opportunities for learners of German

Maximum of 65 students to be admitted in three batches

Centre started taking into account city's status as major education hub

TIRUCHI: Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, on Wednesday, announced the launch of its Tiruchi centre with the objective of expanding employment opportunities for learners of German language within the country and also in Germany. The centre, functioning from 73/ 1C Salai Road, has been started here factoring in the city's status as a major education centre and its central location in Tamil Nadu.

The business collaborations that engineering industries in the region have entered into with German entities, the high demand for qualified German language teachers in CBSE, State Board and ICSE schools; and the increasing need for German specialists in Knowledge Processing and Business Processing domains constitute the major factors for the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, to start its Tiruchi centre, the second in the State next to Coimbatore and sixth in the country.

The centre has started registrations on a first-come-first-serve basis to admit a maximum of 65 students in three batches for weekday (10 weeks) and weekend (16 weeks) A1 course of elementary level. Counsellors can be contacted at 86751 37065 and 98424 94892.

In view of the high demand in schools for qualified German teachers and the steady increase in the number of engineering students going to German universities for internships through DADD scholarships, the Tiruchi centre intends to offer courses at three levels: A1, A2 and B1. After completion of the first level, learners can interact in German using basic vocabulary and structure.

Second level

The second level equips learners to understand and communicate in German while the third level develops further their capability to express themselves in everyday situations using a wider vocabulary and grammar.

The Tiruchi centre will have capacity to handle up to 400 registrations in the first year, Karl Pechatscheck, the Director of Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, told media persons. The number of annual registrations with the Goethe-Institut at Chennai has gone up to 1,800 compared to 1,600 a year back, he said, adding that the next centre would be started in Madurai during 2012.

In recent years, schools and industries have been approaching the Goethe-Institut, Chennai, seeking candidates qualified in German language with lots of job offers, Prabhakar Narayanan, Head of the Language Department, says, adding that the Centre would offer scholarships for school teachers intending to learn the courses and teach German in their schools.

Launching pad

Mr. Prabhakar exuded confidence that Tiruchi Centre would serve as a launching pad for students seeking to pursue higher education in German universities.

Both, Lakshmi Gopal, who has been teaching German in the National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi and SASTRA University, and Ilango Dharmarajan, with rich teaching exposure, would be handling the classes at the Tiruchi Centre.

By virtue of their C2 qualification at the advanced sixth level that has equipped them to express themselves on a wide range of topics with a high level of skill, they will be conducting the courses in a fun-way interactive mode.

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