Entrance test for foreign language courses on June 21

The Language Aptitude Test (LAT), for students seeking admission to Honours courses in foreign languages at Delhi University, will be held on June 21, officials at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies (GRS) said.

Delhi University offers BA Honours courses in French, Spanish, German and Italian languages. Forms for these courses are available at the Arts Faculty office, officials said.

The four Honours courses are run directly by the GRS department. Unlike other entrance tests, the LAT gives maximum weightage to students' Class XII marks, said Dr Kusum Aggarwal, Head of the Department.

"Along with language studies, the courses focus on cultural aspects of the regions where they are spoken. Admissions will be based on a merit list, with 30 per cent weightage given to the entrance test and 70 per cent to Class XII marks," Dr Aggarwal said.

Each of the four Honours courses have 39 seats and are meant to prepare students language, literary or cultural studies in the chosen field or for professional life immediately after graduation, Department officials said.

"Many of our students choose fields like tourism, teaching, hotel management, etc. After graduation, many go on to work in BPOs. Translation and interpretation skills are very much in demand. The department also offers masters degrees in these four courses. Along with language and major literatures, each course focusses on introduction to culture, history and geography of the regions where the languages are spoken," said Dr Aggarwal.

Students can attempt the entrance test either in Hindi or English. The exam will test applicants' language skills as well as logical ability. Classes will begin on July 23 and will be conducted at the Department.

Along with full-fledged courses in these four languages, short-term courses, certificate courses, diplomas and advanced diploma courses in French, Spanish, Romanian, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc. are offered by university departments, including the GRS Department, through Delhi University colleges.

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