How does the program work?
The English Communication and Soft Skills Online Program (ECSSOP) is for all the permanent faculty members and instructors of the DGS approved Pre-sea MTIs.
The program is in two stages.
Stage one consists of the Proficiency Test, which helps identify the participants' English language proficiency. The test focuses on testing participants' listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Stage two consists of the course which has three levels. Further to the proficiency test, the participants are enrolled into Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels of the course depending on their performance in the test.
- 91% and above – No training required
- 71-90% - Advanced Level
- 51-70% - Intermediate Level
- 50% and less – Basic Level
Each level is of eight weeks which helps improve overall English, focusing on all four English language skills, i.e., listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
After completing the Intermediate Level, the instructors will receive an e-certificate with proficiency statements mentioning their listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency.
Faculty members, after completing the Advanced Level, will receive an e-certificate with proficiency statements mentioning their listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency.
How do the course levels work?
ECSSOP is available at the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Each level has 40 modules spanning eight weeks. There are 32 sessions on LSRW, 4 interactive sessions and 4 tests as part of continual assessment. Different themes for each week allow the participants to learn vocabulary from different walks of life. The participants can learn the self-learning modules at their own pace according to their convenience without affecting their regular teaching load. However, they have to complete the course within the stipulated time.
The modules contain several interactive self-learning activities and tasks to learn the language in a fun manner. The user-friendly interface allows the participants to navigate through the modules swiftly. Participants can visit the spoken and written responses uploaded by their peers and learn from each other.
The four interactive sessions with the instructors are for doubt solving and receiving feedback. And the fortnightly tests will help the participants understand their progress.
Will I improve my grammar and vocabulary with these courses?
The theme-wise arrangement of the courses will help participants improve grammar and vocabulary with plenty of interactive exercises for practice. All aspects of grammar including tenses, voice, prepositions, types of sentences, conditionals etc. are integrated with the LSRW modules of each week. The video lessons will provide rich vocabulary from day-to-day life situations in the personal and professional domain. The fortnightly interactive sessions will allow the participants to receive personal guidance and feedback from the instructors.
How will the course improve my writing skills? Will I get feedback on them?
The ECSSOP course will improve all four language skills, i.e., Listening, speaking, reading and writing. During eight weeks of each level of the course , eight video/audio/presentation based lessons on developing writing skills are packed with enough writing experience. These lessons contain various writing exercises, tasks and assignments related to formal and informal situations. Participants can submit the writing assignments as directed in the lessons and receive feedback during interactive sessions. Upon completion of their tasks, exercises, or assignments, the platform will allow participants to view the exercises, tasks and assignments submitted by their peers. This will enable peer learning where participants can learn from each other.
Will these courses help me with specific skills like public speaking, personality development etc.?
Through the ECSSOP courses, you will improve your overall communication skills and build your accuracy and fluency in conversing in English. The participants will be able to apply this to a variety of situations and present their ideas more confidently and clearly. The video lessons also contain interactive exercises, tasks and assignments where participants can upload their speaking responses to the given tasks. The platform will allow participants to view the responses submitted by their peers. This will enable peer learning where participants can learn from each other.
Do I have the option of choosing the level?
No. Initially, the level will be assigned based on the performance in the Proficiency Test. Further, upon completion of the assigned level, participants will move to the next level(s) , if required and receive an e-certificate.
Will the Covid-19 lockdown affect my course?
No. As the course is offered in online mode, it can be accessed from home at any time as per the convenience of the participants.
I have a limited bandwidth internet connection. Will it affect the course?/ What are the technical requirements to access the course?
Yes. To undertake the Program, the nominated candidates should have the following devices /facilities:
- 1.Laptop with webcam and microphone along with 4 GB RAM, i3 processor (Recommended - i5 with 8GB RAM)
- 2.Operating System – Windows 10 and Above
- 3.Dedicated internet connectivity with a minimum of 5 Mbps (recommended 10 Mbps)
- 4.Chrome Browser
- 5.Updated Anti-virus Software
- 6.Mobile Phone with Adobe Scan App
- 7.Latest AnyDesk Remote Desktop Application
Will I get a certificate after I complete the course? Will it be a physical or e-certificate?
Yes. Upon completion of the Program, the participants will receive an e-certificate.
- 1. For completion of the Program, Faculty members will be required to either pass the proficiency test with a Grade A or successfully complete up to the Advanced Level of the Course.
- 2. For completion of the Program, Instructors will be required to either pass the Proficiency Test with a Grade B or successfully complete up to the Intermediate Level of the Course. Further, if the instructor wishes to take the Advanced Level course, he/she may choose to do so without the obligation of successful completion of the Advanced Level to receive his/her Intermediate Level Certificate. If he/she successfully completes the Advanced Level course, he/she will be entitled to receive the Advanced Level Certificate.