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British Council raises English bar in Tamil Nadu

The British Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Tamil Nadu to teach English to those working in the Department of Industries and Commerce of the southern Indian state. The aim of the MoU is to strengthen their writing and speaking skills, according to the Financial Express of India.

The courses were taken by 41 participants who were first assessed and put in four different classes depending on their level of English competence, from elementary to upper intermediate. They then received eight weeks of instruction, which finished on the 11th of August.

“The specially customised and curated courses delivered holistic understanding of communicating in the English language that will add long-term value to our officers,” Grace Pachuau, IAS, Additional Commissioner, Industries and Commerce, Government of Tamil Nadu, told the Financial Express. “We believe that with this training the officers will be able to carry out their tasks with more confidence and efficiency. We have received very positive feedback from the candidates and look forward to initiating more programmes like this with the British Council.”

The courses had a strong business English focus, particularly looking at writing emails and reports. It’s all part of the British Council’s aim to give government officials more opportunities and skills to effect better economic outcomes for communities.

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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