Kongunadu

Arts and Science College (Autonomous)

Institution Affiliated to Bharathiar University

Re-accredited by NAAC with 'A' Grade 3.64 CGPA (3rd Cycle)

College of Excellence (UGC), Star College (DBT)

Co-Educational Institution Approved by UGC, New Delhi

  G.N.Mills Post, Coimbatore - 641029, Tamilnadu, INDIA

44 years of educational excellance

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH (UNAIDED)

Mission

The curriculum is designed to enable students to become informed citizens and active members of society.

  • We have designed our English major programs to meet the needs of English majors entering the 21st century.
  • We incorporate new technology at PG level like computer applications, web-based learning environment in our courses and encourage innovations in research and program development.

Our unique degree and course provide students with high quality education that emphasizes the following:

  • A Firm Foundation in Literature: Our core English courses provide a solid background in literary traditions, history and research.
  • Multiculturalism: Our degree is specifically oriented to multicultural literature and diverse approaches to the study of literature. Course offerings, Faculty and Resources focus on bringing the world and its literature into the classroom.
  • In addition, our faculty is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, evident in their involvement in programs such as Copy Writing, World Literature, Single Author Study and Environmental Studies. Our graduates are well prepared for professional and for lifelong learning. They pursue careers in education, research, business, law, government, and publishing. The Department's policies and its reading- and writing-intensive curriculum demonstrate our commitment to the liberal arts.

VISION

To provide appropriate pedagogies - including class size - and environments (classrooms, equipment, resources, and technology) that will lead student retention and success as well as an increase in the number of majors.

  • To help students see themselves as professionals, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in the business, teaching, publishing, or post-graduate work.
  • To give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging participation in service learning and in diverse and national course work and programming.
  • To balance the needs of general education - communication, diversity, global perspectives, interdisciplinary studies - with those of the major.

HISTORY

  • The Department of English (PG) was established in the year 2003.
  • The Department offers MA English at the PG level and BA English Literature and Part II English at the UG level.
  • It also offers 'Copy Writing' as a career-oriented course.
  • B.A English Literature was established in the year 2012.

FUTURE PLAN

  • Spoken English classes for II UG classes.
  • Language Lab classes for UG and PG classes.
  • A One day Literary Festival every year.
  • A One day National Level Seminar every year.
  • To introduce a Diploma course in Communicative English.
  • One day Inter-Collegiate Drama Festival every year.

PG Diploma course in Communicative English. To introduce Part-time and Full-time M.Phil programme in the Department.

  • To make all teachers obtain their PhD Degree before the end of the year 2016.
  • Modifying and updating teaching methods in keeping with challenges and demands of the teaching of English as a second language especially to the learners of the disadvantaged sections.
  • Designing multimedia packages, web-based courses and materials for use in the Language Laboratory.

COURSES OFFERED

  • BA English Literature
  • MA English

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

A Research Club called STARS (Singular Transformation After Research Studies) was inaugurated on 18.9.2007. Staff and students present Research papers between 4.15pm and 5.30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The motto of the Club is "Think Twice".

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

  • The Department achieved 100% Result at the PG level in the years (2011-12) & (2012-13).
  • Dr. Diwakar Thomas, Head, Associate Professor presented a paper in the International Seminar held on 12-07-2013 in Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai- 600059.
  • Ms. S.P. Sasi Rekha published her article in the International journal Contemporary Discourse, January issue 2014.
  • Professors, Dr. Diwakar Thomas, Ms. S.P. Sasi Rekha, Ms. M. Priya, Ms. S. Jeyalakshmi, Mr. S. Sakthivel, Mr. J. Athisayaraj Jebakumar, Ms. V. Meenambigai, Mr. C. Sakthivel, Mr. S. Vidyananth, Ms. Aswitha Mani and Ms. B. Sneha presented their papers in the One day State level UGC seminar held on 28-02-2014 in Saraswathi Narayanan College, Madurai - 625022.
  • The Department bagged the overall Championship Award in Sports for the year 2013-2014.
  • The Department organised A One day National Level Seminar on Children's Literature –A Plethora of Pleasure on 20.03.2014.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

All the members of staff are attending and presenting papers in various National, State and International level Seminars, Conferences and Workshops.

The students of UG and PG classes along with the members of Staff visited three orphanages (Uthavum Karangal, Saranalaya and Bergedorfer) English Literary Club – ELYSIAN FIELDS was inaugurated on August 23, 2013 in the Conference Hall.

A Guest lecture on Feature Writing and Children's Literature was held on 26. 9.2013.

A National Level Workshop was conducted on 27.9.2013 bearing the title - BORN TO WIN: Enrich Your Personality through Excellent English.

  • The Business English Certificate (BEC) is an internationally recognized qualification offered by the Cambridge University, England, through the British Council, Chennai. Dr. Diwakar Thomas, Ms. S.P. Sasi Rekha, Ms. M Priya and Ms. S. Jeyalakshmi are BEC trainers.
  • At present, there are four teachers who have undergone the Teacher Support Programme of the Cambridge ESOL conducted by the British Council, Chennai.
  • Classes are conducted to prepare students for the BEC Preliminary, Vantage and Higher Examinations held in March and September every year.
  • The Department offers an Extra-Departmental Course in Reading and Writing Skills. The course is open to PG students of other departments in their third semester.

The teachers of the department are members of various Libraries and Associations such as:

  • English Language Teacher's Association of India.
  • British Council Library.
  • Indian Science Congress.
  • SCILET, Madurai.
  • Indo - American Centre for International Studies, Hyderabad.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

  • Professional Writing: Journalism, resume production.
  • Technical Writing: Copy writing, translation services.
  • Literature and Culture: Poetry, drama, great authors, understanding cultural influences, critical thinking.
  • Research Methodology: Writing research papers following the correct methodology, presenting papers in Seminars and Conferences.

The MA Course opens up excellent job opportunities in a number of fields. Students who have completed the course can be employed as:

  • Teachers in schools and colleges
  • As E-content writers and web designers
  • Online tutors
  • Creative writers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Front office executives and HR executives
  • Copy Writers in advertisement agencies
  • Translators and interpreters
  • In various capacities in BPOs
  • As copy / technical editors in publishing houses

NOTABLE ALUMNI

  • Mr. Solomon Paulraj is working as Assistant Professor in Karpagam University.
  • Mr. Gift Thompson is undergoing Divinity course in Chennai.
  • Mr. R. RajKumar is working as a Govt School teacher in Dharmapuri.