The Department of English and Foreign Languages became functional from June 2007. Started with the objective of enhancing English/Communication Skills, the Department offers M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes.
The programmes aim at enabling students to gain subject knowledge, generate their own knowledge and the emphasis is especially on devising enabling processes to carry that knowledge into the real world in a meaningful manner - in other words converting knowledge into productive action.
The Department has implemented a teaching-learning process that involves more participation by students. The classroom transaction is interactive, significantly departing from the teacher -tell-it-all modes. The students, instead, will do the course, learning how they learn. And by this exercise, the students are expected to become effective monitors of their learning. The pedagogy comprises training the students in capturing, storing, accessing, sharing, creating and applying knowledge.
The Department is also going to play an important role in conducting special classes for Remedial English and Communication Skills for students drawn from the various disciplines in the campus.
The special paper on Thinking and Cognition offers the most up to-date knowledge on perception, memory, imagery and problem solving to enhance one’s approach to problem solving.
The paper “Soft Skills through Literature” is designed with the purpose of first sensitizing students to soft skill capacities by having for examples famous characters from classics and then prompting them to identify those concepts and traits in the areas of movies, comics, commericials etc.
As a next step, they are asked to select a personal experience that can give scope for a case study. This methodology enables them relate and carry knowledge in real life situations.
In addition the syllabus contains skill-based courses – “Literature: Analysis, Approaches and Applications,” “Copy Editing,” and “Public Speaking, Journalistic and Creative Writing.”
The Department’s future plans include design of customized short-term courses for students from other disciplines to improve their communication skills.
Department of English,
Coimbatore – 641 046.