Department of English
The Department of English comprises ten faculty members, of which four hold doctoral degrees and three have M. Phils. to their credit. In addition to teaching English Literature at the Under Graduate and Post Graduate levels, over the years, the Department has also diversified in areas relating to English Language, Business Communication, as well as the promotion and growth of soft skills. Inherently having a very progressive outlook, the Department takes major initiatives for promoting the use of English amongst the students of all faculties through several means. A USP of the Department is the use of latest methodologies for the teaching of literature such as ppts, live streaming through websites such as YouTube, and extensive use of web resources and audioâ€“visual teaching aids.
1. Academic Activities
A. Foundation Course:
Through this compulsory paper, the Department undertakes teaching of English Language to approximately 3500 students of the institution laying emphasis on language building and proficiency through a variety of teaching methodologies and activities. The aim is to create interest amongst the learners to adapt to an English environment with ease and fluency.
- B.A. Honours in English
- Degree Programme in English
- Post Graduate Programme in English
These programmes cover a wide range of topics from literature viz. - different ages from the history of English literature, American Literature, Indian Writings in English, Diaspora Literature, English Language ,Literary Criticism . The subject also provides the students knowledge of world literature, classics, and new age Literature. Students are taught to assimilate life skills such as understanding of language and culture, a critical perspective, the power of language, clarity and coherence in expression and effective presentation.
C Business Communication:
The Department is actively engaged in training BCA students for the Business Communication Course covering areas such as, Business Correspondence, Meetings, Group Discussion, Types of Business communication, etc.
2. Co-Academic Activities
I. Certificate Courses -
Keeping in tune with the philosophy of education beyond curriculum, the Department of English conducts 12 certificate programmes covering a wide range of studies. These are:
- Gender Studies
- Creative Writing
- Journalism and Media Studies
- Soft Skills and Business Etiquettes
- Business English and Communication skills
- Course in Translation
This initiative is intended to increase the exposure of the students and to prepare them for the job market by giving a professional touch to their academic programmes.
II. Business English Certificate Course - BEC, University of Cambridge, UK
- A functional language and communicative skills program
- Levels-Preliminary, Vantage and Advanced
- Offered to students of all faculties
In keeping with our sensitivity towards market needs and global requirements for English language proficiency and effective communication, we offer an internationally recognized certificate course in association with the University of Cambridge-ESOL. It is brought to BSSS by the British Council, Delhi. The test assesses a candidateâ€™s competency to use English language in a variety of business contexts. It is a Language Assessment exam of highest possible quality. BEC is available at three levels: Preliminary, Vantage and Higher. The candidates can take this exam online as well as in paper and pencil. These exams are aimed primarily at individual learners who wish to obtain a business related English Language qualification and provide an ideal focus for courses in Business English. Recognition of BEC is increasing tremendously as a mounting number of multinational companies are using the BEC exam for in- company training courses.
Therefore, the students in the first year of their undergraduate programme undertake this ESOL examination at two levels after going through an intensive training programme. Fluency in English can be achieved only through continuous practice in listening and speaking. Our BEC students work through a sequence of exercises and drills which are devised by the trainers in observance of the needs of the end-user in view. The examinations cover all four language skills â€“ listening, speaking, reading and writing. They include a range of tasks which assess candidatesâ€™ ability to use English effectively, so that in practicing for the examination, candidates hone the skills they need to make practical use of the language in a variety of milieu.
The course provides a qualification that complements the core degree courses. The training focuses on appropriacy and correctness and helps students achieve clarity, coherence and fluency of expression. Students are trained in skills such as socializing, telephoning, discussions, presentations, meetings, business correspondence and interviews in learner centered and friendly interactive environment. Experts trained by the British Council train students. At the end of the course, students are required to qualify a Cambridge exam after which they receive an internationally recognized certificate. The advanced levels train the students to achieve sophistication in language through cohesion, analysis, a range of structures, interpretation and productive understanding of corporate language.
III.English Edge Program/Language Lab-
A major initiative of the College and the Department of English has been the setting up of a Language Lab in the year 2010-11
installed with the EduTech software and BBC English Edge Materials from Bangalore. The lab is equipped with special furniture for 24 work stations and 1 trainer station and LAN connectivity. Dell computers with original and licensed software have been used to equip the lab.
The teachers have been specially trained to run the software and programme packages. Students from all faculties are encouraged to make extensive use of the lab to improve their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency as well as their communication skills. This is a valuable investment and we hope to bring about significant improvement in language proficiency of our students with this facility.
In addition to regular teaching, the Department also takes up tutorial classes for the Hindi Medium students and those weak in English. An extensive use of the tutorial library and audio-visual materials including web resources, documentaries and power point presentations is made to make English learning a stimulating experience.
The Department of English encourages students to enhance and improve their Communication Skills by the use of a variety of techniques which include presentations, discussions, and screening of movies.
VI.Personality Development -
In addition to language development, the focus of the Department is also directed towards giving students guidance and training into personality development, especially the final year students. This training, given to students of the final years is done by conducting sessions on the basics of GD, interview skills, presentation skills, public speaking, giving introduction, greetings etc. Videos and documentaries on interview skills, etiquettes, inspirational and motivational videos are used to make teaching-learning more interactive and learner-centric.
The faculty is actively engaged in preparing UG and PG final year students for various internship programmes. As part of these internships, the students are expected to carry out short-term training programmes with various schools, colleges, print and electronic media such as Raj Express, Dainik Bhaskar and also several coaching institutes.
3. Co-Curricular Activities
a. Collaborative International Research Program: Cross Cultural Business Communication
The Cross Cultural Business Communication (CCBC) project is an ongoing ICT Virtual Learning project which is being run at BSSS since 2001. This is an International project initiated by English Language Teachers of 10 European countries and India which locates the students and teachers of these countries in a Virtual Learning environment where they set up companies and transact business as buyers and sellers, and go through a learning experience which is closer to reality. The Indian participants in the course are students of The Bhopal School of Social Sciences, Bharti College, Delhi University and Government Girls College, Chandigarh. The project on Cross Cultural Business Communication is primarily a project which uses state-of-the-art methods and information technology to give the students and teachers a hands-on experience of organizing and conducting business communication across cultural frontiers in multi cultural settings. Consequently it makes learning both relevant and meaningful.
The Project -
- Connects teachers and students across national boundaries
- Encourages social interaction
- Facilitates exchange of information / messages / business correspondence amongst these participating groups
- Enables collaborative work
- Provides a platform for application of theoretical principles and constructs to near realistic business functions and situations
- Makes it possible to download any material contributed / placed by participating countries, as and when required by participants from other countries
- Facilitates cross-cultural communication
- Enhances understanding of attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors of cultures different from your own
- Encourages stimulating discussions through its discussion forum where students put up questions or raise issues ranging from business issues in their countries, to social concerns, to domestic life
- Combines the use and enhancement of ICT skills with the learning of business communication skills and strengthening of grammatical accuracy and business vocabulary. The project website www.2cbc.net has teaching modules, interactive worksheets and guidelines for the benefit of those who wish to further consolidate their learning
- Promotes the learning of network etiquette an essential requirement of most business environments
b.The College Magazine QUEST
Another creative venture of the Department in the recent years has been the publication of the College magazine Quest. The Annual College magazine Quest is an expression of the creative potential of the students of BSSS. The HOD, Dr. Mrs. Jagtar Kaur Chawla, has been the staff editor of Quest for almost 36 years. A distinctive feature of the college magazine is the fact that it has been published uninterrupted every year since the inception of the college in 1972. This is a literary venture that provides the students with a platform to share and enrich their experiences.
c. College Newsletter CAMPUS PULSE
This is a quarterly exercise which documents all the activitiesâ€”academic as well as non-academicâ€”held in the institution. Campus Pulse is an attempt to concisely, albeit minutely, keep a record of the happenings of the College.
d. Literary Newsletter MILESTONES
Milestones is a significant part of the literary ventures undertaken by the Department since 2013. It is published annually and can be regarded as a forum that gives wings to our studentsâ€™ imagination. It is a journey of exploration which channelizes as well as showcases the creative energies of the young learners in the Department.
e. Modern Teaching methods/ ICT used by the Faculty
The teachers are encouraged to use latest teaching methodologies in the teaching of Literature and Language such as Wi-Fi, YouTube, web resources, and ppts. The Dept. has its own set of computers, printer, a scanner and 2 tape-recorders. We also have an excellent collection of DVDs based on popular fiction, classics, and several plays of William Shakespeare. The teachers make frequent use of the audio-visual methods as this leads to greater participation and more interactive teaching.
Cinematic adaptations of novels / plays screened for the students
- Far from the Madding Crowd
- Pride and Prejudice
- Merchant of Venice
- King Lear
- Saint Joan
- Pilgrim's Progress
- Mourning Becomes Electra
- Oedipus Rex
The Department of English organizes an audio-visual literary quiz on a regular basis for all the literature students of UG and PG English. This quiz is essentially meant to assess and evaluate the level of literary knowledge of the students and to orient them to the latest literary developments. The quiz mainly focuses on a range of topics from Literature such as -
- Literary Terms
- History of English Literature
- History of English Language
- Plays of Shakespeare
- Contemporary Literature
The quiz has always been an immense success in terms of student participation and response.
g. Literary Society -
The faculty of the Department plays a pivotal role in conducting and organizing numerous literary activities for the students. This is done under the flagship of the literary society. The society organizes a range of literary activities and events for the students such as debates, GDâ€™s extempore, creative writing, elocution, JAM ETC.
h. Annual Literary Fest-
Held on 21st August every year, the Annual Literary Fest is solely organized by the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department. This event contains vignettes of breathtaking performances taken from myriad literary genres such as drama, poetry reading and storytelling. This fest marks the emergence of many students as amateur dramatists, actors, script-writers, editors and composers, thus mirroring their immense talent.
Skill Enhancement Workstation
- A special section has been created in the library to impart general knowledge as well as subject specific knowledge to students of all faculties. A large number of audio-visual materials selected by the Department of English are available for student use in General English, Business English as well as Business Communication. These are self-study materials.
Contribution to Administrative work
The teachers are also actively involved in administrative work. This involves undertaking frequent exam duties, admission work, and the translation of official documents in areas of academic interests of the students. The HOD English, Dr. J.K. Chawla, is the Academicâ€“In- charge of the College. She has played a pivotal role in shaping the guidelines of academics and also spearheading different institutional functions. She has also been instrumental in the initiation and implementation of several creative and useful ventures for the institutionâ€“the Teacher Resource Centre , The Teachers Lounge , The Language Lab , Work Stations in the Library
being just a few of them.
Innovations/Creative initiatives taken by the Dept. / Faculty
Teachers' Resource Center:
The Teachersâ€™ Resource Centre has been an ingenious step initiated by Dr Jagtar K. Chawla for the benefit of the entire teaching community in the College. It was formally inaugurated by our Chairman, Most Rev. Dr. Leo Cornelio, the Archbishop of Bhopal. The Centre is equipped with two computers with internet connectivity, a printer, as well as a conference table and comfortable reading chairs. Besides, it has a reference library with around 80 titles, which we hope to continue enhancing in the coming time. It is an ideal place for teachers for research-related work and for the preparation of lectures and other teaching materials.
Method of Functioning:
A wide range of methods are used for the smooth conduct and working of the Department. The essential purpose is to develop better coordination within the Dept. so as to achieve optimum results. Some of these methods are:
- Attendance Records: The teachers record the daily attendance of the students in the attendance register. This is useful to monitor the studentsâ€™ presence in the College and also to avoid any problems arising out of studentsâ€™ absenteeism. For the English teachers especially, it becomes all the more crucial as they take a lot of language classes along with literature.
- Daily Teacher Record Book: The teachers are required to maintain the Daily Dairy to document the teaching work and happenings of a working day. This functions as a form of reference that facilitates the teacher to keep track of the progress in the syllabus, the activities conducted and the additional responsibilities shouldered in the capacity of a teacher.
- Departmental Meetings: The Department meets regularly to deliberate on matters requiring the opinion of all the staff members on specific issues. These meetings provide the teachers a platform to share their ideas, teaching methodologies, problems and to evolve new and creative schemes for the Dept.
- Any other: In addition, the Department also follows a unique practice of dividing responsibilities amongst the teachers to avoid any overlapping and unnecessary pressure on any one staff member. In this way all the teachers get familiar with the working of the Dept.
Complaint Management & Problem Solving
Any issue that needs the intervention of the HOD is immediately brought to book. The Class Counsellor and the Course Coordinator ensure a harmonious teaching-learning ambience to the students as well as the teachers.
Dealing with weak students: This is done in several ways. Some of them are:
- Regular Counselling
- Arranging remedial classes
- Language Lab classes
- Regular Feedback method
- Interactive class teaching
- Providing books and study materials
- Having a tolerant approach
Dealing with Students' Problems
A hierarchical system operates here. First, the students facing problems are identified and then counselled by the teacher and the counsellor. In case the matter persists, then the HOD intervenes, and in more serious cases, the parents are approached. The Dept. has a sympathetic approach in dealing with such students. Every attempt is made to guide and lend a helping hand to such students.