MoU for English proficiency courses

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Ethiraj College for Women, with Cambridge University and British Council as partners, launched two English proficiency building programmes for students aspiring for higher education overseas on Thursday.

The Business English Certificate (BEC) and the First Certificate in English (FEC) will provide globally recognised language certifications.

The MoU in this regard signed by S. Jagadeesan, chairman, Ethiraj College Trust and Nirupa Fernandez, Head, Examination Services, British Council is an important step towards fulfilling the institution-industry relationship.

Language competency

The BEC course enables job seekers to demonstrate their language competency during the recruitment process as well as in varying job situations.

The certificate course (Rs. 1,950) focuses on the set of tasks to be undertaken in a business environment such as taking and passing messages, drafting letters, reports and proposals.

Both BEC and FEC (Rs. 2,250) are similar in their focus on the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. While BEC trains candidates for the job market, the FEC strengthens the English competency of the learners.

At Ethiraj, the courses will be offered as a subject for all students.

Prepare students

A 11-member faculty has been trained by the British Council to prepare students for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) examination besides the BEC and FCE programmes.

Vice Chancellor, University of Madras, Prof. S. P. Thyagarajan, said since opening an international centre to serve as a single window for international collaboration a year ago, the Varsity had signed 27 MoUs with various institutions in 13 countries. The programmes would help candidates synergise the advances taking place in various disciplines, he said.

Ms. Nirupa Fernandez the BEC launched eight years ago in India was now valued certification in the corporate world and education sector.

Susan Randall, Director, Business Planning and Development (Asia), University of Cambridge, Duncan Rayner, Sayne Hayde from Cambridge and M. Thavamani, college principal also participated.