IBTE CET to offer more short language courses
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s Continuing Education and Training Division (IBTE CET) will be offering more short language courses next year, said its divisional director of Continuing Education and Training.
According to Sumardi Hj Abd Hamid, the courses in Malay, English, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish and Tagalog are scheduled to be introduced sometime around January and February.
Sumardi said the short language courses will be intensive as they will cover the same basic materials in the one-year programme in 36 hours. Each session will run for two hours and will be held once every two weeks.
When asked about the aim of introducing these new courses, Sumardi said IBTE CET wants to provide more opportunities for the public to pick up a new language.
“The short courses allow us to provide more opportunities for people to enrol as (the currently available) one-year programme only opens up for registration once a year.
“Some people may not be able to enrol (and commit) to a long programme as they’re busy in the first half of the year but (are actually interested and keen to learn),” he said.
Currently, the new courses will only be covering the basic level, and students who would like to advance will have to apply for the one-year language course.
But Sumardi said IBTE CET is currently in discussions to introduce advanced levels for these short language courses if there is high demand for it next year.
“We definitely want to include the advanced levels as we want the participants to continue learning further after they’ve completed the basic level,” he added.
According to Sumardi, the first short language course that was introduced was Mandarin, which began this year on October 5.
The Brunei Times