Online Refresher Course in English Language Teaching

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Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)
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Post graduate
Course Length
40 Hours
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4 Hours
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We are going to be a part of history. Yes, we are going to create history.  This is for the first time that a refresher course is being offered online as SWAYAM MOOCs: Massive Open Online Course under SWAYAM: Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds. As it is on SWAYAM, it is learning at our time, our place and our pace. For the first time, it is an Online Refresher Course on English Language Teaching by MHRD-National Resource Centre, HRDC, Gujarat University.  When you hear the name of Human Resource Development Centre or Academic Staff College it makes you recollect 28 days or 21 days of face to face Orientation Program, Refresher Course, Faculty Development Program or Short-Term Course scheduled on pre decided dates and venues which may have been inconvenient but had to be completed as it is professionally mandatory. I am presenting a refresher course at your place, your time and your pace. An Online Refresher Course on English Language Teaching.  

It is a privilege and a matter of pride for me to be associated with the pioneering efforts of MHRD as the coordinator of this online refresher course on English Language Teaching. This pioneering effort is being undertaken to train the trainers and to enhance the skills and Competences of in-service academic faculty members. This course is intended to transform us from good teachers to effective teachers and is specially designed for you if you are an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or aspiring to be on such positions related to language teaching and learning, especially English Language. We know that English is an international language and the skills of English Language are a passport to global success.

Learning outcomes or objectives

The course is not planned on the assumption that we, professors do not know how to teach. We, being in the teaching profession for years, very well know that we need to learn, unlearn and relearn as the society, knowledge and technology around us is constantly evolving. The course is to help us keep ourselves updated.

It is just an effort to assist us…

·         to enhance our competence

·         to engage us in collaborative team work in taking learning and teaching beyond the boundaries of the classrooms

·         to use ICT tools for effective teaching-learning

·         to bring the latest trends, development and technology in ELT to us

·         to use mobile for teaching, learning, testing and feedback

·         to produce need-based instructional, teaching and learning materials

·         to prepare and administer a variety of language tests

·         to think in a different perspective to make your teaching-learning experience more interesting

and to discover new areas of teaching, learning, research and enquiry in the field of English Language Teaching, Learning and Testing.


The methodology of the course

It is a course of 40 hours. 20 hours of e-content and 20 hours of video content.  At your time, place and convenience. We need to devote just 2 hours a day for five days in a week or just 8 hours a week. It is flexible. We need to complete 40 hours in two to three months’ time.  It will be a blend of e-text, self-check exercises, tasks, activities, audio and video content, assignments with continuous and term end evaluation. How can I miss one of the most important parts of the course, that is, Discussion Forum? We all can discuss, comment, suggest and empower ourselves with the help of the discussion forum.  There will be a list of resources for further studies. There is a group of enthusiastic techno-savvy experts invited from across the country to support the course.  


The areas to be covered in the course are:

·         Theories of Learning and Teaching Language

·         English Language Teaching in Indian Classrooms

·         English Language Teaching in India

·         Designing Syllabus and Courses

·         Effective Classroom Communication

·         Communicative Language Teaching 

·         Education Technology for Language Education

·         Teaching English using mobile applications

·         Teaching Listening

·         Teaching Reading

·         Teaching Speaking

·         Teaching Writing

·         Teaching Drama

·         Teaching Poetry

·         Using Language Labs

·         Offline ICT Tools

·         Web Portal on ELT

·         How to teach effectively with web tools

·         Teaching Learning Materials: Basic Principles of Material Production

·         Feedback Mechanism

·         Language Testing and Assessment

·         Latest trends in ELT


Join the course on SWAYAM and experience the transformation.


To access the content, please enroll in the course.



Prof. Jagdishkumar Shantilal Joshi is an accomplished academician and astute educational administrator with over 20 years of professional experience, handling multiple aspects of organizational administration, institutional planning, teaching, research, research guidance, event management, academic development, curriculum design, editorial responsibilities, membership of committees (academic and governmental), international collaboration, etc. in different roles. He has received international felicitation and been the recipient of the prestigious National Award for Education, conferred by the United Nations Organization in 2006 (UNLD; IAEWP, USA; CAETA, UK; The Global Open Uni., Milan). Presently Professor & Director, UGC-HRDC, Gujarat University, Director, James Reney Canadian Centre, Gujarat University and President, Indian Association for Canadian Studies, Prof. Joshi is associated with esteemed international (Modern Language Association, USA; The Asia Association of Computer Assisted Language Learning, Republic of Korea) and national (English Language Teachers’ Association of India, etc.) academic bodies. 

Precision, efficacy, meticulous man-management, optimal resource utilization and punctuality characterize his brand of leadership, which fetched him the Best Youth Leader Award, from NYKS, New Delhi in 2006. His visit to China as a Delegate, being part of the Indian Youth Delegation to China in 2008, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, was significant in improving bilateral ties. Further, his role as a Co-ordinator of the NAAC Peer Team Visit to Academic Staff College, Gujarat University, in 2012, was instrumental and appreciated by the AAC of Gujarat University (chaired by the VC).

He represented MHRD, India, in the 11th Asia-Pacific Training Workshop on Education for International Understanding (EIU), sponsored and hosted by APCEIU, under the auspices of UNESCO, in Seoul, Korea in 2011. Prof. Joshi has been pivotal in the planning and deft organization of 45 Orientation Programs (2005–17), 113 Refresher Courses in different disciplines (2005–17), 14 Workshops, 4 Seminars and 64 Short Term Courses covering a wide variety of topics and issues, for college and university teachers, Principals of colleges, research scholars, college and university administrators, etc.

He has authored and edited 17 books, alongside the publication of 12 research papers in international journals, 29 in national journals and nine book chapters. He has also translated and reviewed several books. A reviewer for the textbooks of English, as appointed by the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks, he has also been actively involved in designing the curriculum for 22 different modules for different standards and target groups. He has completed UGC sponsored Major Research Project entitled “Researches in English.” Moreover, Prof. Joshi makes extensive scholarly contributions to national and international T.V., Radio, Satellite Programs, e-journals, websites and academic journals. He has chaired sessions and delivered key-note addresses in 18 International, 27 National and 6 State-Level Conferences and Seminars and has been a Subject Expert (English) since 2004. For his academic and literary achievements, he received the coveted Sahita Gaurav Sanman Award, jointly conferred by the Hindi Pracharini Sabha, Mauritius and Sahityik Sanskrit Shodh Sansthan, India in 2015.

Apart from Prof. Joshi, there is a team of experts of ELT from across the country who contributed in this course. 



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