The English and Foreign Languages University is producing English Communication course for the National University Students’ Skill Development (NUSSD) programme. This ambitious project, which is at the cutting edge of skill and language development, is a dynamic collaboration between the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. The aim of this course is to develop the employability skills of undergraduate students in different universities.
English Communication is one of the prominent courses of the National University Students’ Skill Development programme, which is a notable outcome of the initiative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister (APM) on Skill Development. Following a meeting between Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, The EFL University and Ms Anita Rajan from the Prime Minister’s office on 10 June 2013, a proposal was sent by the EFL University to TISS on 14 June 2014 which was accepted by TISS on 21 June 2014. On 26 June, a meeting was held between Prof. Sunaina Singh and Sri Ramadorai which led to a series of meetings and exchange of emails between the EFL University faculty and TISS. Subsequently, on 31 October 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
According to the MOU, the EFL University is responsible for designing and developing the English Communication Course and training the master trainers. Further, it will monitor the quality of the English Communication Course delivery (for one year) in the following five universities:
1. Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
2. Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
3. Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
4. Pt. Ravi Shankar University, Raipur, Chattisgarh
5. Hemachandacharya N. Gujarat Univeristy, Patan, Gujarat
On 13 October 2014, Hemachandacharya N. Gujarat Univeristy, Patan, Gujarat was replaced by Mumbai University, Mumbai,Maharashtra
Initially, the English Communication Course was perceived as a 150 hour course to be offered at four levels. However in the course developers meeting held on 28 and 29 January 2014 at TISS, Mumbai, it was decided to reduce the English Communication Course to 120 hours and offer it at three levels. This was to accommodate some other courses at the foundation level. The duration of the three levels is as follows:
Level one: 60 hours
Level two: 30 hours
Level three: 30 hours
Work done so far:
1. A team of thirteen faculty members from the English and Foreign Languages University is working on this project.
2. The English and Foreign Languages University has developed the English Communication Course (Level One) (60 Hours) and sent the materials to Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. This includes the following:
a. Listening Skills – Student Activity Book
b. Speaking Skills - Student Activity Book
c. Reading Skills - Student Activity Book
d. Writing Skills - Student Activity Book
e. Listening Skills – Teacher’s Handbook
f. Speaking Skills - Teacher’s Handbook
g. Reading Skills - Teacher’s Handbook
h. Writing Skills - Teacher’s Handbook
i. A DVD
These materials are being tried out in five universities mentioned above.
3. The English and Foreign Languages University has organized two ‘Training of Teachers / Trainers’ (TOT) programmes in Hyderabad. The first training programme was held from 2 December 2013 to 7 December 2013. Fifteen participants attended the programme. The second TOT was held between 28 April 2014 and 3 May 2014. Thirty participants participated in this programme. More TOT programmes will be organized depending on the need.
4. We are developing English communication course materials for Level Two and Three.