FACULTY

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

The Postgraduate Department of English is a premiere department of S.D.College with more than seven decades of selfless service in imparting linguistic and literary consciousness among the aspiring youth. The department started functioning on 20 June 1946, teaching First Language English for all Pre-Degree and Degree students. Now it has become a full fledged unit offering two undergraduate courses and one post graduate course in English Studies. The courses conducted are:

  1. BA in English Language and Literature
  2. BA in Communicative English
  3. MA in English Language and Literature (Credit and Semester)                                                                            The department also offers General English Language course for all undergraduate students of the college. The B.A. Course in Communicative English gives advanced training to students in Media Studies and ELT. For its postgraduate programme, the department offers the transnational study of language and literature, along with cultural practices in English with special attention to Phonetics and Structure of English. The graduate programme features vigorous training in the four language skills. As the English language today is less and less the native speaker’s unique intellectual property and has become English without Borders. Special care is taken for the application of FLT strategies at both the UG and PG levels.

Faculty

The faculty consists of eighteen permanent teachers and one FIP substitute teacher, with 4 doctoral degrees and 10 research scholars. There are two research guides in the department, and the department is now gearing up to become an approved research centre of the University of Kerala. The areas of specialization are:

Literary Theory and Translation Studies

Film, Visual Communication and the New Media Studies

Culture/ Gender Studies

Environmentalism and Ecological Criticism

ELT/CLT Studies

Department Library and the Audio-Visual Room

The department library houses a stack of 6281 books and 7 journals to which the faculty and postgraduate students have access. All the projects submitted by the post graduate students and the Communicative English students as part of their on the job training are classified, catalogued and kept as part of the repository. The audio visual room is used to impart soft skills training, conducting seminars, power point presentations and lectures. The audiovisual room is equipped with state of the art facilities with the necessary tools, accessories, CD ROMS, and other electronic and digital resources and assists in ICT enabled teaching.

Extension activities

The Department of English plans to conduct short term certificate programmes for imparting English speaking skills to select sections of the society especially the players connected with the tourism sector. Built around the slogan “Don’t be Shy, Try”, the department plans to impart skills to accredited guides, Tourism Police, Hotels/Restaurant staff and auto rickshaw drivers.

The students of the Communicative English (U.G) and English Language and Literature (U.G) have been identified as target groups for intensive training, to enable them to take responsible positions in the BPO industry. The learners are trained in the ICT oriented basic skills for the purpose. Another SUPW is to enhance the teaching skills of school teachers on the outskirts of the Alleppey town by imparting intensive training to select groups during weekends. This activity is intended to raise the standard of teaching which would ultimately benefit the learners in their communication skills.

The Vision of DoE

To combat with the challenges of the new knowledge society and a globalised economy the DoE has transformed itself into a learning organization to meet the challenges posed by a new century and a new mindset. It has evolved into an organization skilled at creating, acquiring and transferring knowledge. The vision of DoE is to explore new territories of teaching-learning process and prove ourselves to be effective imparters of communication skills and thereby make ourselves useful to the society in general and student community in particular.

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