Events and Activities at SIFIL

Consultation Session - 2 by IGCC on April 2, 2019

Talk by Mr. Sandeep Nulkar on A New Opportunity for Language Students on March 30, 2019

Visit by Mr. Tajima Toshio and his team from Japan on March 29, 2019

Cultural Treat of Morning batch on March 20, 2019

Intercultural Workshop on Cultural Sensitivity in Communication by Ms. Rita Elekes on March.16,2019

A visit by Mr. Daniel Krassa on March 12, 2019

Cookery Competition of Morning batch on March 6, 2019

Visit by JICT Japan on March 5, 2019

Japanese event " Kouryuukai " Interaction session, for the students learning Japanese at SIFIL with Japan Railway team, learning English at ELTIS on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5.30 pm to 7 pm.

German Teacher Training Programme by Dr. Aparna Sahasrabudhe on Feb. 15, 2019

Tuesday, February 5,2019, Mr. Masahero Abe and Ms. Dhanashree Sant ( Coordinator ) of Japan Association for Promotion of Internationalization ( JAPI ) visited SIFIL.

New Year Party on January 6, 2019

A Seminar on Sun. Dec. 9, 2018 : “Study in Japan”

A Symposium on Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 : “Japan Calling: Rising Opportunities for Work and Education”

French Symposium

Evening batch Cookery Competition

Cultural treat Morning batch, May 9 to July.31, 2018

Cultural treat Evening batch Feb.26, 2018 - Jun.8, 2018

Cookery Competition of Morning batch, May 9, 2018 - July 31, 2018.

Visit by Hiraga Sensei, Language advisor, west zone, Japan Foundation

Japanese language section of SIFIL had organized a seminar by HIRAGA Sensei, Language Advisor, West zone, Japan Foundation, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 for the teachers of Japanese language at SIFIL.

The topic of the seminar was “Shadowing technique - Part 2" 

This seminar was the continuation of the last seminar held in February 2018. In this seminar various types of shadowing techniques such as, Overlapping, Silent shadowing, Muttering, Prosody shadowing were introduced which can be useful for simultaneous interpretation.

We are very grateful to HIRAGA Sensei for his visits to SIFIL for the last 2 years. In his tenure, he conducted 4 training programmes for teachers of Japanese at SIFIL.

SIFIL thanks Hiraga Sensei for his contributions. We wish him best for his future endeavours. We certainly hope that his successor will continue to foster the relationship between SIFIL and Japan Foundation.

Cookery Competition Mar. 31 to Jul. 8, 2018 (Weekend batch)

The cookery competition at Sifil, on May 20, for the weekend batches met with an overwhelming response. The event was savoured both by students and the teachers alike. The students of various languages hosted a wide variety of appetising dishes and Chef Atul Gokhale, the director of Symbiosis School for Culinary Arts (SSCA) added more flavour by judging this event.

We were all inspired by his words and valuable inputs. He highlighted the significance of how food connects to the culture of any place and how one must promote his culture via food when one goes abroad.

Chef Ghokhale’s meticulous and conscientious judging have given us our winners for the event. Now awaiting the cultural treat to know the results!

“Germany and India: Cultural and Commercial Sensitisation” held at ELTIS-SIFIL on 4th May 2018

An interesting symposium on “Germany and India: Cultural and Commercial Sensitisation” was organized at ELTIS-SIFIL on 4th May 2018. Eminent guest speakers who work closely with German companies or are office bearers of German companies shared their valuable inputs, insights and experiences. This topic which is very suitable and relevant to today’s world, was very well received by the audience.

Ms. Annette Pech, CFO & Executive Director at Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd, who is residing in Pune for the past 5 years, shared her personal experiences and a comparative study of both the German and Indian cultures from her perspective. Her unbiased opinions and observations about positive and negative sides of both the cultures were very informative and gave a transparent and clear view on what Germans think about Indians and how Indians can understand the German way of thinking.

A brief and systematic presentation was given by Ms. Isabella Jenninger, Manager at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. She manages ProRecognition India, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on career and educational opportunities in Germany.

Mr. Kiran Kadam, Managing Director of Flux Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. Pune, who is associated with Germany and German businesses for the last 40 years shared his experiences and encouraged the attendees to visit Germany to widen their horizons. At the same time he also appealed to them to return to India, the next superpower and to seek opportunities which are many more in India than over there.

The symposium was chaired by Ms. Vaishali Karmarkar, who is an intercultural facilitator with over 20 years of experience. She is currently heading the department of Intercultural Management, at the Goethe Institut - Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, and is responsible for the region South Asia. Ms. Karmarkar compared the Germans with the fruit Coconut, hard and rough from outside but soft from inside.

The speakers appealed to the audience to be culturally sensitised about and respect other cultures and at the same time inculcate the right values of other cultures in one’s own culture.

The session was followed by a very fruitful and informative round of question and answers.

The beauty of this event was, it was open for all and free. ELTIS-SIFIL promises such interactive sessions for the benefit of local enthusiasts and students pursuing foreign languages, informed Mr. Shirish Sahasrabuddhe, Director, ELTIS - SIFIL and Ms. Asavari Tamhane, Chief Coordinator, SIFIL.

A joint event of ELTIS-SIFIL & Association of Language Professionals (ALP)

French Fun Fair on April 28, 2018

SIFIL French section had organised a very innovative event of French Language Fun fair from 6.00 to 8.00 pm on Saturday,  April 28 , 2018 at the ELTIS - SIFIL Lobby.

There were 7 games in all. To test the knowledge of Level 3 students, a “Quiz” was organised by our faculties, Ms. Vandana Chavandke & Ms. Ashwini Bavkar. A total of 75 questions were asked in this quiz.

“Scrabble”, a word building game, was conducted by our faculty Ms. Bhavna Shastry. This game had 6 rounds. The winner was the one with the maximum score.

An exciting game of “Housie” was conducted by Ms. Divya Chhatre. She was assisted by a couple of students of our level 1 weekend batch, they were announcing the numbers. This game had 5 rounds and was the most popular game of the Fun Fair!

A “Memory” testing game was conducted by Ms. Ruchi Sule. Students were shown 20 items and they were given 1 minute to observe and remember the items they saw. Later they were asked to write the names of the objects in French. The items to be written were as per their level. Level 1 students were supposed to write 10 objects, level 2 students 13 objects and advanced level students minimum 16 objects.

An innovative “Match the following” was conducted for the students of level 2 by Ms. Bhavna Shastry & Ms. Ashwini Bavkar.

An interesting round of “Name, object ,verb” was conducted by Ms. Sumedha Joshi and Ms. Ankita Mahajan, something similar to the old school game, Name, Place, Animal & Thing. 3-4 students at a time were given one alphabet and they were given 2 minutes to write  a French name, a masculine object, a feminine object and a verb starting from that alphabet.For the spelling wiz students, a “Spell B” was conducted by Ms. Kaushika Badal & Ms.Snehal Walia. They said aloud 5 words and students were supposed to write the correct spelling. Winners were called in later for the final round. All the shortlisted students were called for a final round at 7.30 pm and one winner from each level was selected.

Former SIFIL students also participated in these games wholeheartedly. Students from Ranade Insitute also participated in this Fun Fair. This event saw around 60 students learning various levels of French.

A feather in the cap was the live telecast of this event on Facebook page. Every Language is not only to be learned but also lived and experienced, this was the main idea behind this unique Fun Fair event, said Ms. Medha Purkar, Section Head of French language.

Visit by Mr. Laurent Pozzana, Didier Publishing India on April 23, 2018

Project Display - March 24 - Jul 8, 2018, Weekend Batch

Cookery Competition - Feb.26 - Jun. 8, 2018, Evening Batch

Project Display - February 26 to June 8 2018 (Evening Batch)

Prose & Poetry Presentation ( Spanish ) held on Saturday March 24, 2018

On Saturday, March 24, SIFIL had organised a programme to commemorate ‘día de Sant Jordi’ (Day of Saint Jordan), ‘día de libros’ (Day of Books) and Juegos Florals (Floral games).

On this occasion, Spain, Italy, France & Latin America have been conducting floral games for hundreds of years. It usually includes a poetry writing competition and the winners get different flowers as prizes.

SIFIL’s Spanish Dept. also has been organising a Prose and Poetry writing competition for their students of all levels for a couple of years. This year the topics were:


Levels 1 & 2 – My favourite novel/film.
Levels 3 & 4 – Story of science fiction.
Levels 5 & 6 – I want to be……


Levels 1-6 - Love/Country/Patriotism

From each category, a prose & a poem were selected and all the winners recited their creations on the day of the event.

The programme also included recitations of poems and short stories of famous poets and writers from Spain and Latin America. The students of level III conducted a very interesting game related to literature. Additionally, students from Symbiosis School of International Studies, Viman Nagar (SSIS) made a presentation about history and importance of Juegos Florales.

The Chief Guest of the program was Prof. Ms. Belen Rodriguez. She is currently a lecturer for the Master’s program in the University of Pune. She shared some wonderful insights with the students about the importance of learning a foreign language through culture and literature. The students really liked her speech and could understand it very well although it was completely in Spanish.

The programme ended with prize distribution ceremony where the winners were awarded with a certificate and a rose.