In a bid to undertake online virtual programmes in Chinese language, the Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU's) School of Foreign Langauge (SOFL) has recently inked a pact with two educational institutes viz, Chinese Institute of Chennai, Chennai and Shri Mahavira Jaina Vidyalaya Education Foundation, Gujarat.
“This is for the first time in India that an online virtual classroom programme to learn Chinese language is offered by IGNOU. One of the main features of this programme is to reach learners to any part of India through its mode. The e-Gyankosh of IGNOU will be the conduit to offer this virtual classroom programme which is different from the online programmes of IGNOU. Through this mode, learners and teachers will be able to talk to each other and learn virtually as is done within the four walls of traditional teaching/ learning method,” said Prof. G. Chaudhuri, programme coordinator and Director of SOFL, IGNOU.
According to the pact, both the institutes have agreed to work with IGNOU in offering six and twelve month certificate and diploma respectively in Online Chinese language and culture. These programmes will be launched through online virtual class method and also face to face at both of these institutes under the supervision of SOFL, IGNOU.
One of the main objectives of this programme is to reach learners all over India through internet. Through this method, a virtual classroom will be created by which learners can interact with teachers and vice-versa.