English

About the Department

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English of the Department

Bharathi Women` s college was started in the year 1964. As early as 1970 the Under Graduate classes BA English Literature was started. Within a short time, in 1971 the Post Graduate class was started with a few students. The department of English has many firsts to its credit. It was upgraded into research facility when M.Phil. English was introduced in the year 1987 with six students. In the year 2000 this was the first department which could take in scholars for Ph.D. Degree. The department constantly upgraded its syllabus introducing new papers and also equipping students for good jobs. Of late Communication Skills like speaking, listening, writing and reading are being imparted at the first year level.

At the Post Graduate level new trends and developments in the literary field are incorporated into the syllabus. For instance Eco literature, Modern Literary Theory, Translation are some of the new papers being introduced.

At present the English Department has on its rolls 10 staff members who hold Ph.D Degrees and of them 7 are Ph.D. Research Guides. At present there are nearly 20 research candidates who have enrolled in this department. Staff members take great interest in updating their knowledge.

We are happy to announce that Dr. T. Jayasudha Associate Professor of English undertook a UGC major Research Project with a grant of over 9 Lakhs on the subject of Action Research to enhance and hone the communication skills for First Generation learners of Government College.

We also applaud the efforts of Dr. K. Srilatha Assistant Professor who undertook a UGC Minor Research Project on Oral Narratives of Malayali Tribes of the Servaarayan Hills (Salem District) from 2009- 2010

Staff Profile

SL. NoNAMEQUALIFICATIONDESIGNATIONEXPERIENCERESEARCH GUIDANCE
UGPGM.Phil.PhD
1Dr. Chitra. SM.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,Associate Professor & Head18166-
2Dr. Jayasudha TM.A., PGCTE., Ph.D., TCCP (TESOL)Associate Professor 18106-
3Dr. Vennila GM.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.,Associate Professor18 1651
4Mrs. Sandhya. SM.A., M.Phil.,Associate Professor16155 -
5Dr. Koperum Devi.DM.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D.,Associate Professor 15 145  -
6Dr. Tharani Bai. M.SM.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D.,Associate Professor14 142  -
7Dr.R.AhalyaM.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., Associate Professor
8Dr. Malarvizhi. PM.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,Assistant Professor 7 71  -
9Dr. Srilatha. KM.A. , Ph.D.,Assistant Professor 7 72  -
10Dr. Neena ManoM.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,Assistant Professor7 71  -
11Mrs. Nandhini. S. BM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor7  71 
12Mrs.Premakumari. K.SM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor772  -
13Mrs. Valarmathi. RM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor  7 71  -
14Mrs. Radha D. RajanM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor662  -
15Mrs. Jayashree. GM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor6 6 2  -
16Mrs. Bharathi. AM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor  6 6  2 
17Dr. Santhi. SM.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,Assistant Professor65 1  -
18Mrs. Kanjana Devi. RM.A.,Assistant Professor95 2  -
19Mrs. Nanda. AM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor 6 6 2 
20Mrs.Murugeswari.M.SM.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor 6 62 
21Mrs.S.Rasheeda Sultana M.A.,M.Phil.,PGDELT, B.Ed.,Assistant Professor
22Dr.U.NirmalaDevi,M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., Assistant Professor
23Mrs.K.AbeethaM.A.,M.Phil., Assistant Professor

Lab / Infrastructure/ Department Library:

Infrastructure Details of the Department
The department Library :

Our department library books, 4000 in count, cover the vast areas of literatures –like the British, the American, the Commonwealth, the Indian Writing in English – and Language & Linguistics. All the books have been classified under the specific head it belongs to and given accession number and arrayed into the cupboards neatly that gives a good sense of reading. The books are lent to the students of English Literature and faculty of the whole college.

The Language Laboratory :

Our department is technically assisted by our Language Laboratory. It was inaugurated by Dr. Nalini Ravindran, the then Director of Directorate of Collegiate Education, Chennai, in September 2009 . There are 10 computers and a projector with big white screen in our air-conditioned Language Lab. The conventional chalk-talk method of teaching is replaced by the Audio-Lingual Method on necessary grounds. The first year students are exposed to the Audio- Video clippings for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing exercises. To enhance these skills, we have installed two software packages – Issues in English from Globareena and Orell from Orell Software for Language Lab. The exercises are found highly useful and attractive to our learners.

Also, thanks to the projector and Big Screen, we, the faculty members, are able to go for on-line Teaching for both literature as well as language. It helps our students make power-point presentations for their seminars and assignments. The film versions of the literary texts like plays, fictions, poetry and prose are shown in the language lab to enable the students for better understanding of the texts and analysis.

English Lab Photos

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Library Books count 2014

No. of books : 280

Department result

No.appearedNo. PassedPass %No.of first class
UGB.A. ENGLISH LITT918492%2
PGM.A. ENGLISH LITT171376%12
M.Phil12---
No.appearedNo. PassedPass %No.of first class
UGB.A. ENGLISH LITT987071%5
PGM.A. ENGLISH LITT17847%6
M.Phil6---
Ph.D----

Research contribution

Faculty Publications
S.No.NameTitleJournalVolumeNo./ Issue/Page No.
1Dr. S. ChitraDemocratizing the Classroom: Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed as a Critical Pedagogical Tool. Language and Language Teaching Pub. By Vidya Bhavan Society and Azim Premji Univ. Bengalaru (26-31)Vol.1 No.2 July 2012 ISSN:2277-307X
Dr. S. ChitraChronicling the Saga of a Clan: Gendering Regional Identity in Kaveri Nambisan’s The Scent of Pepper.Transforming Spirit of Indian Women Writers Ed. Anita Balakrishnan. Authors press Pub. New Delhi, 2012ISBN-978-81-7273-640-8. (B)
2Dr. T. Jayasudha“Redefining Identities through Poetry: Study of Select Poets of north-East India”. Multi-Ethnic Poetry in English from North-East India: A Critical Spectrum. Eds. Indu Swami. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishers. 2012.Vol. II.
07-29. ISBN 978-3-659-23772-0. (B)
3Dr. G. Vennila“Led forward by Thee” – A Flash Fiction Featuring I n “Inspired by Tagore” Ed. Anne Cockitt & Miriam Pagano, Sampad. Pub: Sampad British Council Birmingham ; 2012. ISBN 978-0-9565416-3-5 (236-237)
“Silencing Ethics as Disempowering Features of Women’s Articulation in Anita Nair’s “Ladies Coupe” An article published in Transforming Spirit of Indian Women Writers Ed. Anita Balakrishnan. Authors press Pub. New Delhi, 2012(177-190)
Two poems Published in Contemporary Literary Review India, June 2014. ISBN-978-81-7273-640-8. (B)
Two poems Published in “Rainbow Hues” at the International Poetry Fest 2014 by JKC College at Guntur.
ISSN-2250-3366
“For Whom the EMUs Run?” a poem Has been selected to be presented and published at the International Poetry Fest – 2012 on 12.12.2012. Title of the Book: “Poetic Bliss”.ISBN-978-81-908822-7-9
4Mrs. R. Kanjana DeviState of the Widows and Struggle for their survival in Bapsi Sidwa’s waterpublished in Discourses of the Decolonised Essays on Post Colonialism published by The Dept. of English, Madura College, Madurai, published on Sep2012ISBN 978-81-920310-2-6, page 294 – 300
5Mrs. A. Nanda‘Origin of English Fiction in Indian Scenario – A glimpse’ Published in Lietrary’Exploration (Quarterly international Refereed Jounal ) July 2013Volume 1 no:3 ISSN-2319-9946
6Mrs. M. S.
Murugeswari
“Chitra Divakaruni’s Affair : A paradigm shift from Third Wave Feminism to Post-Feminism on Feb 16th,2013volume1,No:3 ISSN-2319-9946
”Computer Aided Instruction at college level –A Study”-published in, Literary Exploration (Quaterly International Refered Journal) July 2013ISBN: 978-81-927500-1-9

Seminar / Workshop / Conferences Organized – 2012–13, 2013-14

S.No.DateTitleResource Person
110th Jan 2013Quality in Research.Internal Quality Assurance Cell
26th March 2013Theatre and Performing Arts.Research Department of English

Projects ongoing/completed

Dr. T. Jayasudha, Research Officer,
Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education

Project 1

Already completed a project with the Directorate of Technical Education to design M Scheme Curriculum for Polytechnics. Review of the Draft Syllabus and Text Book completed on 6 March and the book shall be in use from June 2015.

Project 2

SCERT Communicative English syllabus designed with a team of 8 teachers. Shall be in use from 2015 -16

Project 3

(1 of 3 in Higher Education and 1 of total 32 Projects)

(CLIL) Content and Language integrated Learning to Enhance the Communication Skills
Sanctioned a Project under Tamil Nadu Innovative Initiatives (TANII) launched this year for the first time to introduce innovation in different fields where the Government’s intervention has not been done so far. It has to have a Public Delivery system where the outcomes have to be measurable.

Duration: 3 years

Amount Sanctioned: 63.90 lakhs

Rationale for the Project:

To cover the entire state and reform the Part II English content and teaching with support from US State Department with an English Language specialist deputed 4 times a year for 3 years for needs analysis, materials production, training of faculty, implementation, follow up and assessment.

Brief description of the Project

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an interventionist model used to teach foreign languages and is built on the strengths in specific domain knowledge that the students are already sound in. It is an effective intervention as it does not have any bearing on the English language acquired or learnt at the school level. It focuses on the knowledge that the students have acquired in the specific domains that they have opted to graduate in. It has a strong theoretical orientation and is an eclectic approach that can be customised to the proficiency levels of the students and the needs of the job market. It is fully task-driven providing adequate exposure and opportunities for the students to imbibe, develop, practice, try out and use all the skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – with more opportunities to experiment and fine tune their productive skills – Speaking and Writing.

The orientation in English language teaching in CLIL is founded on lexical knowledge and grammar is taught implicitly. Lack of vocabulary and grammar rules that petrify students is an obvious and serious impediment to learn English. CLIL will foster learner autonomy and create a conducive environment for the students to overcome that fear as it is built on the knowledge in their core disciplines, and language functions are imparted through core subjects with due emphasis on social and professional skill sets that they require in the real world after graduation.

Project 4

Education USA Leadership Institute fellowship awarded by US Dept of State. In US from 10 – 25 February 2015 for Campus Internationalisation: Support Structures for Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility
Programme coordinated by the Institute of International Education for the US Department of State in Washington D.C. from 10 – 13 February followed by Academic Residency in University of North Carolina, Charlotte from 14 – 25 February 2015.

Project 5

Applied for a Project to State Planning Commission: A Study of the Decadence in the Entry Level Performance of High Achievers in Engineering Courses in Tamil Nadu.

Financial Assistance: Rs. 5,24,700/-

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In UNC, Charlotte with Davidson college Team in the Symposium

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In US Dept of State Office with Study Colarado team Stephenie, Inta