Welkomen! Or welcome to the foreign language courses in town. You may wish to learn a foreign language simply for the thrill of mastering a new tongue or for career enhancement. Learning a foreign language has a distinct advantage these days, especially when it comes to professional success. With the world becoming smaller, several jobs in the IT sector actually give preference to someone with basic knowledge of a foreign language, say German or Mandarin. Some institutes even offer a crash course, making you proficient enough to hail a taxi or exchange pleasantries with your business counterparts. We give you a list of some institutes across Bangalore where you can learn a foreign language.
Max Muller Bhavan
If you wish to learn German, the Goethe Institut at Max Mueller Bhavan offers several options, for beginners to advanced levels, from extensive to intensive and even super intensive courses. The regular extensive course for beginners extends to 10 weeks from Monday to Friday. Fees are Rs. 8,000 plus extra for books and CDs. If you wish to take part in international examinations after your course the charges are separate. They also have weekend courses available (Rs. 9,000) that continue for 15 weeks. If you want to learn your German fast enough, then opt for an intensive or semi intensive course. The material is the same. It's just the length of the course that differs. It's always fun to learn a language at an official institute like this as its varied range of programs and cultural activities exposes you to the language even more.
Alliance Française de Bangalore (Indo-French Cultural Centre)
If a rendezvous with the French language is what you seek, Alliance Francaise is the best place to go. Once again, being a cultural centre, your exposure levels to the French language and culture are at their best here. Classes are offered for beginners at the basic level for two months, from Monday to Friday. You can start with the basic course and then move on to intermediate and advanced levels if you clear the exams. What's more, Alliance also has classes for conversational French. They also have centers in Koramangala and Banashankari. The basic course is available even as a weekend one. Total cost of the basic course is Rs. 3,500.
Academy of English and Foreign Languages
The Academy of English and Foreign Languages has quite a huge repertoire with languages ranging from French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese etc. In total, they offer 21 foreign languages. The basic level course is of 80 hours duration with 40 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of lab sessions, which are basically practicing and working in the library. The course takes about 10 weeks to complete. Classes are held over the weekend (Friday and Sunday). The course claims to make you proficient in reading, writing, speaking and living and is open to anyone above 14 years of age. They take people in small batches, which is one of the biggest advantages of learning here. Each batch consists of four to five people and the attention given is quite personal. They also have shorter courses available for professionals.
Spanish Academy of India
Wish to say Hola to Spanish? Then opt for a course at the Spanish Academy of India. The beginners’ course here lasts for three months or 50-60 hours. They try and adjust the course to the students’ timing and convenience. Usually, there are three classes held for a total of six hours a week. The cost of the basic course is Rs. 5,000. They can also teach you to hold a conversation in Spanish, in just 15 days, if you require that.
Bangalore Foreign Language Courses has been written by Reshmi who writes for MetroMela