The Department of English traces its history to the very beginnings of our institution itself and has been a part of the family of Government Arts College for Women, Salem-8, since 1979. As one of the oldest departments, it is also one of the well-established departments. As a language department, it enjoys the distinction of touching the academic life of every student and staff member of the college. No student enters or leaves our college without being in touch with the English department in more ways than one. The faculty members of the English department handle the Part Two English classes for the entire college. B.A. English literature, and M.A. English Literature (from 2013) are two of the most sought after courses in our college. Be it Part Two English or major English literature, the faculty members lavish all care and attention on the students to enable them to develop their competence, fluency and subject base in the English language.
Apart from the regular classes which are a part of the curriculum, the English department keeps itself and the students busy with various other activities and research projects. The Department of English continues to endeavour to provide the much needed language competencies to the first generation rural women learners from the socially and economically backward areas and get them English-ready for the industry / academia.
Learner Centered Teaching is an approach to teaching that is increasingly being encouraged in higher education Learner Centered teachers do not employ a single teaching method. This approach emphasizes a variety of different types of methods that shifts the role of the instructors from givers of information in facilitating student learning .Traditionally instructors focused on what they did and not on what instructors do often leads to students who are passive learners and who did not take responsibility for their own learning. Educators call this traditional method as ‘instructor-centered teaching’. In contrast, Learner-Centered teaching occurs when instructors focus on student learning. In view of this, the department of English organised National Level Workshop on Learner Centered teaching methods in English for the staff on 21.08.14 and 22.08.14 in the college premises. Prof. Bhaskaran Nair former Professor of Pondicherry University was the resource person. More than 200 academics and research scholars participated from various colleges, and universities. He spoke on the significance and dire need for adapting the Learner-Centered Teaching methods in the educational institutions in the present scenario. The two days sessions were very beneficial.
|1||Mr. K.Shanmugam M.A, M.Phil, B.Ed.,||Assistant Professor & Head|
|2||Dr. K.Ramachandran M.A, M.Phil ,Ph.D.,||Assistant Professor|
|3||Dr. S. Kirubhakaran M.A.,M. Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D.,||Assistant Professor|