In a country like India, multilingual experience is the norm and learning new languages is often an unconscious process. The Foreign Languages Programme (FLP) at IIT Kanpur offers a platform to our students to sensitize themselves to languages used in social contexts other than their own. The programme owes its success to the combined efforts of a set of highly motivated teachers and successive batches of students who, despite a demanding academic schedule, show a keen interest in enriching their multilingual repertoire.


Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay

Phone: 0512-259-6105

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Basic Information

The Foreign Language Programme was started more than 30 years ago under the Dept.of HSS. It was later shifted to Dean of Students' Affairs. Since then it has grown and attracts students and faculty not just from within the campus, but also from the city. Eager and motivated students learn a language either purely out of interest or for professional reasons. Many students, who wish to pursue a higher degree or a job outside India, find the knowledge of a foreign language an additional benefit.

The classes are conducted 5pm onwards from Mondays to Thursdays in the Lecture Hall Complex. The recently opened New Language Core Lab. provides an excellent opportunity for the students to learn a language using computer monitors fitted with headphones, which helps in increasing their listening, writing and reading skills.

Four exams are conducted in a two-semester course and students are expected to clear both semesters separately.


FLP offers two-semester courses in French, German and Japanese. Level 1 and Level 2 courses are offered in all the three languages. Certificates are given by IITK to students who successfully complete the two-semester course at the end of the academic year.


History of French Language - le français is a Romance language that belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. French was the most important language of diplomacy and international relations from the 17th century to approximately the middle of the 20th century.

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We have 2 Levels in French - Level 1 and Level 2.

Books currently used by the instructor are / ECHO A1/ for Level-1 and / ECHO A2/ for Level-2.


History of German Language – Deutsch comes from the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages of family and most of the words are derived from Latin and Greek and some from French and English, too. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is written using Latin alphabets. German is the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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We have two Levels in German - Level 1 and Level 2.

Books currently being used by the Instructors are – Netzwerk Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1 (Langenscheidt Klett) for Level 1.

Netzwerk Deutsch als Fremdsprache A2 (Langenscheidt Klett) for Level 2.


History of Japanese Language - 日本語, Nihongo, is an East Asian Language, spoken by primarily in Japan. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family.

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Japanese basic course is called and advanced course as, Books currently being used by the Instructor are - for (basic course) and for (advanced course).


Courses are conducted by trained instructors who have had foreign language exposure in both institutional and naturalistic settings. Some of the Instructors have been teaching at FLP for more than 20 years now.

French Instructors

Shubha Karnick

Teaches Level 1 & 2

Teaching Level 1 since 1987 and Level 2 since 2009.

M. A in French from University of Bombay and Diplôme de Langue from l'Alliance Française de Bombay. Has taught French language at Jai Hind College, Mumbai and French language and literature at Elphinstone College, Mumbai.


Lekha Rajesh

Teaches Level 1 since 2018

Master Sciences de l'Homme et Humanites,Universite de Perpignan via Domitia,Perpignan, France.

M.A. in French from Madurai Kamaraj University.


German Instructors

Gauri Sharma

Teaches Level 1 since 2018

Teaching Level 1 since 2013 and Level II since 2017

Language course from Steinke Institute, Bonn, Germany.


Neelam Saxena

Teaches Level 1

Teaching Level 1 since 2013

Language course from Sprachenakademie, Aachen, Germany.


Deepaa Anandh

Teaches Level 1 & 2

Teaching Level 1 since 2011 and Level 2 since 2012.

Language course from Volkshochschule, Stuttgart, Germany and Goethe Institut, (Max Mueller Bhavan)Pune, India.

Teacher's Training done from Goethe Institute, Pune, India.


Japanese Instructors

Vatsala Mishra

Teaches Level 1 & 2

Mandarin/ Chinese Instructors

Ya-Hsin Yu

Teaches Level 1

M.A., Teaching Chinese as Second Language 2017
National Taiwan Normal University

B.A., Business Administration 1994
Providence University (Taiwan)


Time Table

Language Days Time Venue Instrutor
French Level -I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-02 Ms. Shubha Karnick
French Level -I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-14 Ms. Lekha Rajesh
French Level -II M, T, W, TH 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM TB-207 Ms. Shubha Karnick
German Level - I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-10 Ms. Deepa Anandh
German Level - I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-13 Ms. Gauri Sharma
German Level - I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-12 Ms. Neelam Jauhari
German Level - II M, T, W, TH 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM WL-235 Ms. Gauri Sharma
Japanese Level - I M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM L-15 Ms. Vatsala Misra
Japanese Level -II M, T, TH 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM TB-208 Ms. Vatsala Misra
Japanese Level-II Friday 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM TB-207 Ms. Vatsala Misra
M, T, W, TH 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM TB-210 Ms. Ya-Hsin Yu
*LHC: Lecture Hall Complex
**TB: Tutorial Block
***WL: Western Lab


Mr. Vinay Kumar

Phone: 0512-259-7795