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.


The Department at present has a Professor and a Reader and four lecturers and the faculty strength is augmented by guest lecturers.


The programme is designed to impart employable skills at the same time concentrating on the perceptual and conceptual abilities.

The literature sections are taught so as to enable students to acquire cognitive skills. The pedagogical interface will involve creating awareness of cognitive processes required to make sense of the various texts.

The role of emotions in literature and their management by characters will be highlighted and treated as case studies in order to facilitate an empathic understanding of the same in real-life situations.
Concepts, ideas and theories are introduced based on real world objects and phenomena to enable students to recognize and reflect on them.

Students are led to make their own thoughts and from this point onwards they will be trained in speaking and writing. The progress in these areas of communication is supported by reading of texts and listening to lectures.
Teaching of literature will be done from the perspective of treating texts as instances of language/culture making, as sites where thoughts are made, captured and represented in language.

Students’ progress in the four domains of communication is consistently monitored by the faculty.
The well-balanced syllabus is intended to make students strong in forming holistic perspectives at the macro level and also in applying cognitive, analytical, problem-solving skills at the micro level.

The programme aims at providing competencies for the cutting edge and making the Post Graduates Industry/Academia ready.

In addition to Indian students, the department has students from China doing the Postgraduate programme and a one-year UG programme in English.


Both full time and part time

Areas of Specialization in Literature studies, English Language Teaching, Linguistics and Communication / Cognitive / Soft Skills.


The Department has a State-of-the-art Language Lab to train students in Communication.


Keeping in view the learners with varying competencies the necessary shift from the traditional teacher-centric methodology to learner-centric approach has been made. Students are trained in methods of teaching English including Computer Assisted Language Teaching.


Department of English
Bharathiar University
Coimbatore - 46