Mrs. A. Catherine Anna Pushpam

Designation : Assistant Professor (sr. Gr.)
Nature of Employment : Regular
Qualification : M.A. B.Ed., M.Phil.
Phone :
Email ID : cathie@crescent.education

Teaching

Educational Qualification

Programme Discipline Year of Passing Institution
Ph. D. English Literature– Feminism Pursuing B.S. AbdurRahman Institute
M. Phil. Indian Writing in English 2008 ManonmaniamSundaranar University, Tirunelveli
M.A. English Literature 200 University of Madras
B.Ed. General English with Special English 2001 St.Ignatius’ College of Education, affliated to ManonmaniamSundaranar University
B.A. English Literature 2000 Holy Cross College, Trichy

Experience

Institution Period of work
B.S. AbdurRahman Institute From 10.08.2009 – till date
SRM Institute of Hotel Management July 2006 – August 2009
Our Lady’s Matriculation Hr. Sec. School June 2005 – July 2006
Ministry of Education, Republic of Maldives January 2004 – May 2005
A.M.M. Matriculation Hr. Sec. School November 2001 – December 2003

Courses Taught

Course Code Course Name Programme & Semester
ENC1181 English B.Tech – I
ENC1284 General English – II B.Com – II
ENB1181 English B.Tech – I
ENB1282 Written Communication B.Tech – II
ENB2181 Oral Communication B.Tech – III
EN 101 Technical English B.Tech – I
EN 201 Communication Skills Laboratory – II B.Tech – III
EN 121 Communicative English – I B.Arch – I
EN 122 Communicative English – II B.Arch – II
EN 611 Communication Skills Laboratory MCA – II
EN 605 Communication Skills – I MBA – I
EN 615 Communication Skills – II MBA – II

Research

Area of Research Interest

  • Indian Writing in English
  • Feminism and Gender Studies

Conferences / Seminars / Workshops Participation

  • Participated in the one-day Workshop on Cultural Studies: Paradigms and Practicesorganized by the Department of PG & Research Department of English, The New College, Chennai on 13th February 2018.
  • Participated in the Seminar on Case Study Writing and Teaching Methods” organized by the Department of Management Studies, B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology on 4thJanuary 2018.
  • Participated in the two-day hands-on workshop on “OBE Software” by M/S IonCUDOS, organized by the Centre of ARIA, B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology on 7thand 8th December 2017.
  • Participated in the one-week workshop on “Strategies for Innovative and Quality Research” at B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University from 31stJuly 2017 to 5th August 2017.
  • Participated in the Faculty Development Programme on “Taming Theory – Challenges in the Indian Classroom” organized by the PG Department of English, Women’s Christian College on 29thJuly, 2017.
  • Participated in the ICSSR-Sponsored National Workshop on Virtual Learningconducted by the Department of English, B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute on 3rd & 4th February 2017.
  • Participated in the two day Workshop on Research Methodology & Quality Assuranceorganized by B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute on 2nd & 3rd December 2016.
  • Participated in the two-day Teacher Training Workshop on “Practical ways to make the class test learner-friendly” at Anna University on 14 and 15 March 2016.
  • Attended the one day colloquium on ‘Emerging Theories and Applications in English Literature and Language Teaching Research’ organized by the Department of English on February, 2016.
  • Participated in one day workshop on “Gift Yourself”held on 18th January 2016 organized by Women Empowerment Cell at B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Attended the“Two Week Faculty Development Programme on Teaching and Learning “from 29th June 2015 to 11th July 2015, organized by the Faculty Training Academy at B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Attended a Guest Lecture on Story Telling Techniquesorganized by Faculty Training Academy on September 10, 2015 in B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Participated in a two-day workshop on‘Mobile Enhanced Language Learning’ organised by ELTAI in collaboration with B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute on 21st and 22nd August 2015.
  • Attended a two-dayCambridge Master Trainers’ Workshop in July 2015.
  • Participated in the One day workshop on Quality Assurance in Academic and Sponsored Research at our University on 7 March 2015.
  • Attended thePreparation Centre Co-ordinators’ Workshop focusing on Investigating Professional Practice, Exploring Teachers Metaphors and Learning Styles – Multiple Intelligences in July 2014 organised by Cambridge English.
  • Participated in the one day Workshop on‘Drafting an effective lesson plan: An OBTL approach’ conducted on 10 October 2014.
  • Participated in the workshop on“Planning and delivering the lessons in an Outcome based education setting” on 3 January 2014 organized by Faculty Training Academy of our University.
  • Participated in the third International Workshop on Teaching and Learning in the Twenty First Centuryon 17th December 2013 organized by the Faculty Training Academy, B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Participated in the one-day state level Workshop“CELT 2013 – Creativity in English Language Teaching” held on 11 October 2013 at our University.
  • Participated in the orientation programme for handling the textbook, Cambridge Business Benchmark – BEC Preliminary effectively on 24 January 2013.
  • Participated in the webinar titled “How can assessment support learning? A Learning Oriented Approach”on 14 January 2013 conducted by ‘Cambridge ESOL’.
  • Participated in the co-ordination programmeconducted for the Oral Examiners on 29th October 2012.
  • Attended the National Conference on ‘Physical and Mental Health for Working Professionals: A Holistic Approach’ held on 19th April 2013.
  • Attended the Refresher Programme “E-Content Development Programme” on 4 and 5 July 2013 organized by the Faculty Training Academy, B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Participated in the two-day national conference on “Instructional Methods and Materials for Outcome-based Education in English Language Teaching”on 10 & 11 October 2013.
  • Participated in the training programme organized for BEC Preliminary Oral Examiners on 17th May 2012.
  • Participated and presented a paper on “Testing of Language in Higher Secondary and Tertiary Levels”at the National Conference on Innovations in English Language Teaching at Easwari Engineering College on 30 March 2012.
  • Attended two-day National Seminar onTechnology Integrated Language Teaching – TILT 2012 on March 1 & 2, 2012 at our University.
  • Participated in a two-day Workshop on “Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation” conducted by the ELTAI for Master Trainers on 28th and 29th January 2012 at Children’s Garden School, Mylapore.
  • Attended a three-day Orientation Workshop on “E-Content Development” from 23rd January to 25th January 2012 at our University organized by the Faculty Training Academy in partnership with Department of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University, Trichirappalli.
  • Attended a training programme for BEC(Vantage level) Oral Examiners on 5th November 2011.
  • Attended a Seminar on “Writing Effective Research Papers for Publication”at our university on 4th November 2011.
  • Participated in UGC-MHRD sponsored All India Workshop on “Research Methods, Methodology and Statistical Analysis for Social Science and Non-Social Science Part Time Research Scholars” at Pondicherry University on 18th & 19th August 2011.
  • Attended a one-day workshop on “Puzzle –based Learning in July 2011.
  • Participated in a two-day Orientation Programme Business English Certificate course (Vantage level) on 11th and 12 July 2011.
  • Attended a one-day training onBEC programme in December 2010.
  • Participated in a one-day workshop on “eContent Development Skills” organised by our University on 19th August 2010.
  • Attended“Faculty Induction Training Programme” organised by the Faculty Training Academy in our University from 15th to 17th July 2010.
  • Attended the Faculty Development Programme at Anna University from 4th to 11th January 2010.

Paper Presentations:

  • Presented a paper titled “Feminist History: A Comparative Study on Two novels about the Mughal Empire” in the international conference on “Culture and Literature: Convergence & Divergence” at Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore – 27 & 28 September 2018.
  • Presented a paper titled “Creating Awareness in English Language Learning through Alternative Assessment”at the 8th National Conference on Methods and Outcomes of Research in English (MORE 2015) at SRM University, in association with IATEFL on 30 & 31 March 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “Assessing Writing through Alternative Assessments”in the National Conference on Trends in English for Science & Technology with special focus on Technical Writing (TEST’14) at Sathyabama University on 29 January 2014.
  • Presented a paper titled“Integrations of Skills in English Classroom for Teaching and Testing” in the National Conference on Innovations in English Language Teaching organized by Easwari Engineering College on 23rd November 2013.
  • Presented a paper titled “Testing in English Language in Line with Outcome-based Teaching” at the two-day national conference on “Instructional Methods and Materials for Outcome-based Education in English Language Teaching” on 10 & 11 October 2013.
  • Presented a paper on “Administering Speaking Tests at Tertiary Level: A Novel Approach” in the two-day National Conference “A Paradigm Shift in English Language Teaching & Testing: A Literary / Linguistic Approach” on 14 & 15 March 2013 at our University.
  • Presented a paper titled“Assessment Pattern in a Heterogeneous Language Classroom – An Evaluation” in the International Symposium on ‘Testing English as a Second Language at the Tertiary Level’ at Anna University, Guindy campus on 28th and 29th June 2012.
  • Presented a paper titled “Testing English as a Second Language – A Novel Approach” at the 6th International and 42nd Annual ELTAI Conference organized by VIT University, Vellore from 16 to 18 June 2011.

Publication:

  • Published a paper titled, ‘Use of Alternative Assessment in Engineering Classes’ in the international peer-reviewed open access journal LangLit, Vol.3, Issue 1, pp. 59 – 62 in August 2016.
  • Published a paper “Creating Awareness in English Language Learning through Alternative Assessment”in the Conference proceedings of the 8th National Conference on Methods and Outcomes of Research in English (MORE 2015), SRM University with ISBN-948-81-908397-5-4 in March 2015.
  • Published a paper titled “Assessing Writing through Alternative Assessments”in the conference proceedings of the one-day National Conference on Trends in English for Science & Technology with special focus on Technical Writing (TEST’14) at Sathyabama University with ISBN 978-93-83409-03-7 in January 2014.
  • Published a paper titled“Administering Speaking Tests at Tertiary Level: A Novel Approach” in the conference proceedings “A Paradigm Shift in English Language Teaching & Testing: A Literary / Linguistic Approach”, ISBN 978-81-923661-1-1 in March 2013.
  • Paper titled “Assessment Pattern in a Heterogeneous Language Classroom – An Evaluation”in the conference proceedings ‘Testing English as a Second Language at the Tertiary Level’ was published by the Department of English, Anna University, Chennai with ISBN: 978-93-82062-42-4 in June 2012.
  • Published a paper titled“Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: A Bildungsroman Novel” in the International Online journal “Journal of Teaching Language and English Literature” Vol.2.No.4, ISSN 0975-8828 in April-June 2011.

Book Publication:

  • Co-authored a book titled “Interactive English” with the faculty members of the Department of English, BSACIST. ISBN: 81-923661-0-4. Revised editions: 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Chapters in Books:

  • Authored a chapter titled “A Quantitative Approach to Alternate Assessment” in the edited book Research Practices in Computer Assisted Language Teaching & Assessment. Eds. Vijayakumar.S& Michael Des Jardins. Beau Bassin: Scholar’s Press. ISBN:978-620-2-31559-3 (pp.49-71)
  • Co-authored the chapter titled “Reimagining Blended Models for Course Delivery” in the edited book Research Practices in Computer Assisted Language Teaching & Assessment. Eds. Vijayakumar.S& Michael Des Jardins. Beau Bassin: Scholar’s Press. ISBN:978-620-2-31559-3 (pp.1-48)

Awards Won:

  • Won the first prize in the English in the Classroom competition, organized by Cambridge English Language Assessment, for developing exam based classroom activity for Higher Education/ Tertiary Learners in 2015.

Extension:

  • ISO Internal Auditor
  • Member of ELTAI (English Language Teachers Association of India)
  • Assistant Coordinator – BEC Exams

Extension Activities:

  • Was an auditor member of the Academic Audit team at C.A.Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering and Technology, Vellore on 30thNovember 2017.
  • One of the organizing committee members of the two-day ICSSR-Sponsored National Workshop on Virtual Learning conducted by Department of English, B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology on 3rdand 4th February 2017.
  • One of the organizing committee members of ‘Emerging Theories and Applications in English Literature and Language Teaching Research’ organized by the Department of English on February, 2016.
  • One of the members of Coordination Committee for ICTACT Digital Youth summit held on 30 January 2016.
  • One of the organizing committee members of National Workshop on Mobile Enhanced Language Learning, conducted on 21 and 22 August 2015 at B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • One of the organizing committee members of the one-day workshop on ‘Drafting an effective lesson plan: An OBTL approach’ conducted on 10 October 2014
  • One of the organizing committee members of the two-day national conference, “A Paradigm Shift in English Language Teaching & Testing: A Literary/Linguistic Approach” held during 14-15 March 2013.
  • One of the organizing committee members of the one-day workshop, “Creativity in English Language Teaching – CELT 2012” held on 11 October 2012.
  • One of the organizing committee members of the two-day national seminar on “Technology Integrated Language Teaching” held during 1-2 March 2012.
  • One of the organizing committee members of the two-day national conference on “Instructional Methods and Materials for Outcome-based Education in English Language Teaching” on 10 & 11 October 2013.

Sessions Conducted:

  • Served as an expert member for assessing the speaking skills for PET, KET, Flyers, Movers and Starters for thestudents of G.B. Public School, Melmaruvathur.
  • Was the resource person for handling a session on‘Communication Skills’ during the one-day workshop on Internet of Things and Communication Skills on 26 February 2016 at our University organized by the Department of Computer Applications.
  • Have been the resource person for the one week training programme on Communication Skills for the Technical Staff of our University from 18.01.2016 to 22.01.2016.
  • Served as a resource person for the orientation programme for Cambridge YLE Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET and BEC Preliminary at Adiparasakthi Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Melmaruvathur on 21 February 2014.
  • Handled a session on ‘Communicating through Writing’ in the induction training programme for the non-teaching staff in August 2013, organized by FTA at B.S.Abdur Rahman Institute.
  • Gave a guest lecture on the Aspects of Communication Skills and Career Guidance at SBOA School for the students of 11th standard on 29 January 2011.

Courses Completed

  • A four-week course on “How to Read a Novel” offered by The University of Edinburgh on Future Learn in August 2018.
  • A four-week course on “English as a Medium of Instruction” offered by University of Southampton on Future Learn in January 2018.
  • An online course on “Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction”offered by University of Virginia on Coursera in September 2017.
  • NPTEL online course on “Literary Theory and Literary Criticism” in March 2017.
  • A six-week online course on “Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills” on Coursera conducted by the University of Melbourne from October 2016 to November 2016.