Aptis Student Support Programme
The Department of English organized Aptis Student Support Programme in collaboration with the British Council Chennai. Aptis Student Support Programme was conducted for the students of First year Arts and Science students. Nearly 47 students from B.A.English (Hons.) /B.Com(Hons.)/B.Com General/BBA/BCA /B.Sc took the online Diagnostic test in the Language lab on 5.3.2020 and underwent training on the four language skills namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing from 9th to 10th March 2020 in E &I Seminar Hall. The lead trainer from British Council, Ms.Veena Krishnamurthi was the Resource Person.
The Department of English conducted a One day Faculty Development Programme on ‘Language Testing and Assessment.’ The objective of this FDP was to know the nuances of designing a standard question paper and how to give constructive feedback to students while evaluating their answer sheets. Nearly 50 participants attended the programme out of which 25 were from other institutions. The Resource Person was Dr.T.Shrimathi Venkatalakshmi, Head of the Department of English, Anna University(CEG) Guindy. Nearly 50 participants attended the programme out of which 25 were from other institutions. The participants were highly benefited by the expert’s valuable resource. Our Dean of School, Dr.Ayub Khan Dawood graced the occasion and enlightened the participants with his motivational talk.
The Department of English conducted organized a Teacher Development Programme for Teachers of English,“Re- energizing English Language Teaching” on 21.2.2020.This programme was conducted for the English Teachers teaching higher secondary to develop their teaching skills. Thirty five school teachers from various schools in Chennai attended this workshop. ELT columnist, Teacher trainer and former Head of the Department of English, Dr.Albert P’Rayan was the Resource Person. He gave many activities and made the session very interactive .He emphasized the important role of English in the globalized world and the challenges faced by the English Teachers in the classroom today.
Our Pro Vice Chancellor Dr.A.Peer Mohamed, Registrar Dr.A.Azad, Deputy Registrar Dr. N.Raja Hussain and Dean of School of Social Sciences & Humanities Dr. Ayub Khan Dawood make the workshop memorable by making their presence. They addressed the participants and also distributed certificates to them.
Dr.A.Shahin Sultana, Professor of English has been awarded “Extra Mile Award” for Continuous Excellence by Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge, London on 22.11.2019 at the Annual Coordinators’ Conference held at Hotel Rain Tree, Chennai. The award was given in recognition of the special efforts taken by her as the Coordinator of Business English Certificate Courses in conducting the Courses and the exams well and producing good results consistently. The award was presented by T.K. Arunacahalam, Regional Director, South Asia Region, Cambridge Assessment English.
In 2016 she was awarded “Best Staff of the year – All Rounder” award by Cambridge Assessment English at the Cambridge Partners’ function held at Hotel Hyatt Regency in recognition of her contributions towards Business English Certificate Courses and the multi-task role she played in preparing and training the speaking examiners and administering the BEC exams successfully and achieving good results every year She was instrumental in starting Business English Certificate Courses and in the signing of Mou. The university became the first private university in the whole of South India.
Our institution which has been functioning as BEC Centre has been given the award “Preparation Centre Award 2019-2020” for Continuous Excellence in recognition of conducting the exams as per the standards set by Cambridge Assessment English.
A Guest- Lecture on Énglish: Modern Day Lifeline was organized by the Department of English for Ist semester students of B.A.English(Hons.) on 17.10.2019. The Resource Person was Dr.David Wesley, Assistant Professor of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai-59. He created awareness among the students about the different career avenues available for the programme they have chosen. He was very interactive and the students enjoyed the session. Dr.Ayub Khan Dawood, Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities and faculty members also attended the lecture.
The Department of English in association with the Office of Dean Research conducted a two-day workshop ‘Writing for Research Purpose’ on 19 th and 20 th July 2019. The convener was Dr.H.Sofia, Associate Professor of English & Head i/c and the Co- convener was Dr.E.Syed Mohamed, Assistant Dean, Research. Nearly 100 participants from B.S.Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology and other institutions from all over Tamilnadu attended this workshop. The aim of the workshop was to enable the researchers of all disciplines whose first language is not English to write a good research paper and thesis. The resource papers were Dr Albert P’ Rayan, HOD English from KCG College of Technology, Chennai, Dr Antony samy, HOD English Loyola College, Chennai, Dr K.Ganesh, Former Head, Department of English, Chennai, Dr S.Vijayakumar, AP/English, BSACIST, Dean Research Dr Raja Md, Dr Syed Mohamed, Assistant Dean and Dr Khurshid, Deputy Dean Research. All the sessions were well received by the audience. The participants not only learnt how to write a research paper without errors but also to publish papers in good journals free of plagiarism.
The Department of English organized a one day workshop ‘Pedagogies for Language and Literature in the 21st Century’ on 30.4.2019 in order to provide input on various techniques for handling the learners of language and literature of the 21st century. 52 participants from various institutions in and around Chennai attended this workshop.The resource persons were Dr.Shrimathy Venkatalakshmi, Professor & Head,Department of English Anna University, Guindy and Dr.K.Ganesh, Professor & Head, Department of English, Madras Christian College, Tambaram.
Our institution has been the pioneer in signing MOU with Cambridge, being the First of its kind in 2010, in 2014 and the third and most recent one in August 2018, offering Business English for engineering students in India.
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TRAINING PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED
In order to prepare the faculty for the teaching of Business English Certificate courses effectively and to prepare them and the technical staff for conducting the Computer based test, the following training programmes were organized.