The “Annual Award Ceremony” of the Department of Languages, Australian College of Business & Technology (ACBT), Kandy, was held on August 28, 2019 at the college premises. Scholarships worth of Rs. 10 million were awarded to students who excelled in their language courses. An audience of over 350 with students who have completed the Diploma in English at ACBT together with their parents participated. Moving away from the concept of traditional “awards ceremony”, the occasion provided an arena for the students to demonstrate not only their language skills, but also the other soft skills that they have improved during the courses.
The Diploma in English at ACBT comprises Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels that cater to students’ language competence and at the end of the Diploma, students are eligible to sit for Cambridge C1 Advanced examination, a prestigious UK qualification for English, offered at ACBT. Several students who completed the Diploma at ACBT Kandy scored the highest grades at all the components of C1 exam proving their excellent English skills. During the Diploma in English, not only do students develop their language proficiency, but are trained on a host of other soft skills as well, transforming them to be creative and skilled communicators.
Dr Poornika Seelagama, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya; Chief Guest at the event;
… appreciated the fact that the courses at ACBT do not only cover the language skills, but also enhance the employability skills of the students. Ms. Suvini Swarnasinghe, Head of the Department of Languages, emphasised the significance of learning languages, and introduced the English, Japanese, French and Chinese language courses and other services available for students. ACBT Chief Operating Officer Mr Krishan Senarathne, admired the collective effort of the students and the lecturers while Mr. Indika Abeysooriyaarachchi, General Manager of ACBT Kandy, congratulated the students for their achievements and emphasised ACBT’s commitment towards providing education that makes a difference in student’s life. He highlighted the 10 million worth scholarships that were offered to students to pursue Bachelor Degrees in Science, Engineering, Business or Computing.
ACBT is an Authorised Test Centre for a number of international English language tests, such as IELTS, Cambridge English exams (CAE, BEC,TKT), OET, TOEFL, etc.
Training programs are also conducted for all these exams to drive students towards highest grades. ACBT provides learners with a wealth of exam resources and preparation materials, including exam advice, sample papers, candidate guides and online learning resources.