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English

Profile:

The Department of English was established in 1954 with 2 lecturers. It is now a full-fledged Department with a faculty of six. The conferment of Autonomy to the college in 1988-1989 provided the academic freedom to the Department to frame its own syllabi for General English that is taught through four semesters of B.A, B.Sc., B.com and BBMT Courses; and for the English Language and Literature Optional through three years of the B.A, course. The review of the syllabi for the under graduate courses is a continuous process and the Board of Studies constituted by the Department is the supervising and ratifying body that meets annually for the purpose. Changes in the syllabus are made to suit the requirements of the students and society. It is reviewed at least once a year and redesigned whenever required, keeping in view the latest trends and development in language and literature.

The Courses offered are:

The College follows semester system and has adopted Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2012.

  • General English for B.A, B.Sc., B.Com. and BBMT I and II year
  • English Language and Literature as an optional for B.A.
  • An Add-on Course in Communication Skills in English is offered to Semester I Students.
  • An Interdisciplinary Elective (IDE) in Business Communication Skills is offered to Semester IV students.

The Syllabus for General English is totally different from Common Core.
Successful learning is all about motivation and the Department is involved in preparing a curriculum wherein the students can be certain that the language they are learning is modern, used in everyday situations, targeted to situations that they are likely to find themselves in and corresponds to what they hear and see in real conversations, movies, radio, books, TV shows, newspapers, internet and magazines.

  • The syllabus for General English is designed by the department so as to initiate/ expose students to the different genre in literature with a focus on language skills. The main thrust of the syllabus is on Communication and Personality Development through activity based skills testing their creative abilities. Changes were made in the syllabus of General English and English Language and Literature keeping in view the employability prospects of the students. Spoken English / Communication Skills is incorporated in the General English syllabus of both I and II years.
  • The syllabus for English Language and Literature has been totally revamped with a focus on Language through Literature. Students of English literature have a unique syllabus with a perfect blend of language and literature. Semester I introduces students to English Literature, theory of Poetry, Appreciation of Prose with a focus on Communication and language skills. Semester II deals with the various Literary Movements in addition to understanding the study of Drama.
  • The syllabus and testing pattern is designed by the Department keeping in view the changing needs and demands of the students. The students are tested twice within a semester by way of internal assessment exams. Viva-Voce as second internal assessment test is conducted for all the degree I and II year students.
  • Students are given study material for better performance in examinations.

Learning Resources of the Department

English Language Lab: The English Language Lab was established in 2004 with 20 Audio systems to impart training in communication skills in English to students particularly those from Telugu medium background. The audio systems were replaced with 20 computers that were uploaded with three software- Tense Busters, Study Skills and Connected Speech in 2009 to provide students with self-study exercises in listening, speaking, writing, and reading and articulation skills. They help the learners to recognize, understand and imitate the characteristic patterns of natural, informal, spoken English. The main idea is to provide activity based practice sessions that are relevant, lively, and stimulating. In 2014, 6 new computers were added to the lab and headsets and internet connection provided for all 26 systems to meet the rising number of students. The Lab now caters to both Computer based Teaching and Learning as well as Testing with the implementation of CBT in 2015.

  • ICT is utilized to the maximum for the benefit of the students, particularly students from regional background.
  • Power Point Presentation is a regular teaching method used both for teaching of English Language (Grammar and vocabulary) and English Literature.
  • Internet, Library, Audio-visual aids and the English Language Lab are extensively used in the teaching of English apart from the lecture method.
  • Subject relevant CDs and DVDs are shown regularly to the students for better understanding and better performance.
  • Viva-Voce is one of the evaluation methods adopted by the Department to enhance the speaking and presentation skills of the students.
  • CBT is an innovative Teaching and Testing method implemented by the Department from the Academic year 2015-2016. It is a pilot project in the College and is custom made by the Department keeping in mind the needs of the students.

 

Progression

The syllabus for General English, English Language and Literature, Add-On, IDE and CBT is designed by the Department in consultation with the Board of Studies. Syllabus is reviewed at least once a year and redesigned whenever required keeping in view the latest trends and developments in Language and Literature. General English is taught as a compulsory subject to B.A, B.Com, B.Sc and BBMT programmes for I & II year students. The syllabus includes Poetry, Prose, Short story, Novel and Grammar. Business English was taught to B. Com vocational/professional students until the Course was discontinued.

“English Language and Literature (ELL)” is taught as an optional subject to B.A students. Earlier it was called Modern Language (ML) English.

Activities:

Workshop

  1. The Department of English & IQAC organized a Workshop on “Communication for Professionalism”. On 5/11/2014 at 2.00 p.m.in the Seminar hall, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College. Resource Person – Prof. S. Mohanraj, Dept. of Training and Development, EFLU Hyderabad.
  2. The Department organized an Extension Lecture on “The Craft of Poetry” on 27/01/2015 at 2.00 p.m. in the College Auditorium, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College. Resource person: Ms. Mani Rao, Author, Poet and Translator.
  3. The Department organized a Workshop for Staff on Computer Based Testing (CBT) on 30/03/2015 at 10.00 a.m. in the P.G. Computer Centre, R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College Resource person: Ms. Gopika U.K., Director, Ostrya Labs, Hyderabad.
  4. The Department organized the Inauguration and Orientation Program for Computer Based Teaching and Testing in English Language on 26/08/2015 at 10.00 a.m. in the Auditorium, Chief Guest: Prof. T. Vijay Kumar, Professor of English, Osmania University, Guest of Honour: Prof. C. Muralikrishna, Head and Professor, Dept. of English, Nizam College

Mission

To carry forward the vision and mission of the College and prepare the students to face the increasingly competitive world with competent English Communication Skills.

Laboratories Details

  1. Six New Computers have been added in 2015 to the existing 20 Computers in the English Language Lab and Internet connection is provided to all the systems for implementation of CBT.
  2. Software for Spoken English that is available in the Lab:
    1. Connected Speech
    2. Tense Buster
    3. Study Skills Success
  3. A new LCD Projector in the Lab enables PPT and Documentaries to be screened.

Innovations

  • Our College is one of the first Colleges affiliated to Osmania University to set up an English Language Lab in 2004 with 20 Audio Systems and 10 Computers to facilitate students to learn Spoken English. A Certificate Course in Spoken English for I & II year students was conducted from 2005-2011.
  • General English Course Books were prepared by the Department and implemented from 2012 for Semester I, II, III and IV for B.A, B.Com, B.Sc and B.B.M.T students. It is an In-house production and a pioneering work done in the College.
  • Computer Based Teaching and Testing in English Language (CBT) has been designed by the department of English and is a pure Online Examination which gives students a unique chance to practice and take a test which is similar to GRE, TOEFL and IELTS. It will help students to keep pace with modern testing methods and face the competitive world with greater confidence and better Communication Skills. It is a pilot project in the College and custom made for the students. CBT is being implemented from the Academic year 2015 – 2016 as part of continuous evaluation under Choice Based Credit System.

Academic/Co-curricular Activities:

The English Literary Club ‘QUILLS’ was established in the Academic Year 2015-2016 with the aim to encourage and propagate literary creativity among student members and to enhance literary and cultural perspectives on life. It also creates a platform for free and wholesome expression of ideas.

Faculty details

S.No

Faculty Name

Qualifications

Experience

Specialization

1.

Ms. Grace Sudhir

M.A.

31 years

Indian Writing in English

2.

Ms.M.Suchitra

M.A

25 years

Commonwealth Literature

3.

Dr.Sumitra Jaiswal

M.A. M.Phil, PhD

13 years

American Literature

4.

Ms.M.Pushpa Reddy

M.A

21 years

Indian Writing in English

5.

Ms.Jhilam Chattaraj

M.A, M.Phil, PhD,NET

2 years

Indian Diaspora Literature, Popular Culture, Popular Indian Fiction

6.

Ms. D. Pankaja

M.A, PGDTE

18 years

Indian Writing in English

7.

Ms K. Anupama

MA

1 year

Indian Writing in English

8.

Ms T.S. Mary Jehoshubha

MA , B.Ed, PGDELT

1 year

Postcolonial Literature

9.

Ms. K. Ashwini

M.SC Comp.Sc

3 years

Computer Science

Staff Achievers:

Activities:

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