Day 11: Session I – 22nd August, 2023 [11:00 AM – 12:00 PM]
Topic – Orientation on Foreign Language
Speaker: Mr. Nilkanth Wankhede
Mr. Nilkanth Wankhede, foreign language trainer, was welcomed by Mr. Atharva Kute, student coordinator presenting him with memento and shawl as tokens of respect. He is a renowned personality with an impressive proficiency in languages, including French, Japanese, German, and Pali. He began the presentation by providing insights into the field of language proficiency exams, highlighting IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
The session initiated with an insightful discussion on the Japanese language. He highlighted a fascinating correlation, stating that those well-versed in Marathi tend to grasp Japanese swiftly. He went on to elaborate on the diverse opportunities that emerge from a command of the Japanese language, such as roles in translation and multinational corporations.
Various proficiency levels were detailed for studying the Japanese language, ranging from N5 to N1. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) emerged as a pivotal examination in mastering the language. He validated his presentation with inspiring anecdotes of students who successfully secured positions in Japanese companies. He elucidated the array of scholarships available to students, citing examples like MEXT, Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, and NIG Postdoctoral Fellowship, which provide avenues for further education.
Moreover, he underscored the wide-ranging benefits of acquiring proficiency in a foreign language, both personally and professionally. He explained the concept of Centers of Excellence (COE) and seamlessly transitioned to discussing the French language. He detailed the six levels of French proficiency, spanning from A1 to C2, and outlined the four modules of the French examination: Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Oral. The administration of the French exam in India was attributed to Alliance Française.
Highlighting the educational landscape in French-speaking countries, he revealed that education is free, underscoring the invaluable opportunity for students. The presentation culminated in an interactive session with the students, fostering engagement and facilitating a deeper understanding of the discussed topics.
In conclusion, his presentation provided valuable insights into the world of language proficiency exams, particularly focusing on Japanese and French. It highlighted the diverse opportunities available to language enthusiasts and the benefits of mastering a foreign language. The interactive session fostered engagement and deeper understanding among the students, making it an enriching experience for all.