DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

By different methods different men excel But where is the one who can do all things well? - Charles Churchill

In the era of 'networking', it's heartening that English teachers constitute one of the largest networks in India. However, the challenges they have to tackle are many. Beginning with the problem of first generation learners who find the learning of a language which is not their own inscrutable, to the e-savvy learners who have moved beyond the academics and find traditional teaching unpalatable, English teachers have an uphill task every day. Yet, English Department, everywhere, to this day, remains one of the most vibrant departments and the English Department of St. Agnes College, fortunately, is no exception. The English department was established in the year 1921 and Major English was introduced in the year 1991.

Operating at both UG and PG level, the department has a sharpened focus on Spoken English in General English and new trends in literature and research in Major English. In addition, the department runs a Public Speaking Add-on Programme 'Gavel Club', Communicative English Certificate Course, Extension activity 'English for fun' and a newly introduced Extracurricular activity' LIT-WIT literary club. The department engages students from all streams. B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.B.M., B.S.W. and B.C.A. As a major subject English is offered to students of the B.A. in different combinations.

The General English syllabus designed by the Department has set goals at various levels. At a lower level the goal is to drill students, especially those from a non-English medium stream in school and pre-university education, in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The students receive a basic course in English grammar structures and phonetics. They also have practical exercises. The facilities available in the Language Laboratory are employed to meet the above-mentioned goal. At a higher level, the goal is to make students cultivate effective communication skills, to hone their powers of expression and comprehension and to draw out their latent creativity. The syllabus, therefore, offers teaching/learning material ranging from media and journalistic writing, business communication, poetry selections, short pieces of prose and fiction and one-act plays.

The syllabus for Major English is tailored to meet the needs of students seeking literary training and to sensitize the students to the finer nuances of literature. The selection of background material, prose, fiction, drama and poetry introduces students systematically to each age of English literature and the characteristic genres and literary movements of that period. The students are also grounded in the basics of research writing and methodology by being trained to write a 20-page term paper. The objective is to fit students out for post-graduate studies in literature and jobs that require advanced literary skills as also to acquaint them with a broader and more sensitive understanding of human and societal relations and their inherent issues and problems.

The English Department is active in involving students in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities organized by the department and college. The faculty also offer their services to other academic bodies and social organizations. They function as examiners, assessors, text book writers and editors, curriculum designers, guest speakers, comperes, judges, health counsellors, and resource persons. They also are in contact with the large number of students as value education/moral science/religion teachers and remedial and tutorial facilitators.

 

Objectives:

General English:

  • To hone the powers of comprehension, analysis and expression in the English language in the students
  • To develop their skills in public speaking, leadership and the histrionic arts
  • To shape the reading habits which would turn them into well informed young people
  • To fit them out for careers at the local, national and global levels in academics, the media, the corporate world and administrative services
  • To train them in etiquette through exposure to contemporary use of the English language
  • To mould them into effective communicators in day-to-day transactions as also business and academic affairs
  • To familiarize them with teaching aids and presentation skills

English Major:

  • To nurture sensitivity towards works of Literature
  • To develop powers of critical thinking through a grounding in literary criticism and appreciation
  • To create awareness of the interdisciplinary possibilities of English studies.

Teaching Faculty:

  • To be competent learner-centered teachers with necessary knowledge and skills
  • To achieve personal goals
  • To be constantly in touch with the innovative and creative developments
  • To be conscientious, punctual and systematic
  • To draw out creativity and originality in students
  • To motivate and work with slow learners and advanced learners

  • The department of English conducted a Bridge course in English for the I year students from 5th June to 10th June 2017.There were a total of 32 students who attended these classes.The students were enrolled during the class assemblies held for the respective streams of B.A. B. Sc. B.com B.B.A. and B.C.A.The classes were conducted from 9.00a.m.to 12.00p.m.daily in Room36 Carmel Block.The classes on the first three days were handled by Ms. Shruthi and Ms. Benzita who are facilitators,and the rest of the classes were handled by the faculty of the English department.The topics that were touched upon were mostly related to spoken English as the purpose of the Bridge course was to help students brush up their spoken English skills and build up their confidence and make them more job worthy in the present day global context.
  • The department conducted an orientation programme for the I year English Major students on 22 June 2017. Dr. Lourdesamy , Professor in English ,St. Agnes centre for postgraduate studies was the chief guest. He addressed the students on the topic "CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGLISH MAJOR STUDENTS"
  • The College Magazine is an ongoing activity of the department. The Magazine Week was conducted from 1st to 9th September. Various competitions were held for the students. Bulletin board; Cover page Design and Slogan Writing on the theme- A Clean and Healthy Planet; Creative Writing- Short story and Poetry. The department conducted TURNCOAT - a competition for the Arts students under "Artspire" the Intra college fest on 8/8/2017
  • Students of II B.A. participated in an intercollegiate Elocution competition conducted by the literary club of Rosario college on 17/8/2017
  • Students of II B.A. participated in "EXPRESSIONS" a regional level fest organized by Roshini Nilaya on 16/9/2017 and Ms. Neema won second place in stress interview
  • The Communicative English classes were held on a regular basis for 18 students

1) Dr Geralyn Pinto

May 13:   Dr Geralyn Pinto, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English at St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangalore is one of the four winners of an International Short Story Contest organized by Poetry Space, Bristol, England. Her story, "The Chrysanthemum Man" dealing with class prejudices, social taboos and the disadvantaged stands out for its original handling of more than one sensitive theme, as also for the gentle irony created through the use of a child narrator.

  • Doctoral Degree in English(2006)
  • Runner-Up Prize in the "Fouth Annual Non-Fiction Writing Contest"organized on a national level by the Outlook Magazine and Picador India (Feb 2005)

Special Prizes awarded by Unisun Publications for:

"Angel Gabrial"(children's fiction )and "No Talking After Lights Out" (general short fiction)in the national level 2007 creative writing contest

  • Recepient of the "Agnesian Achiever" award cby the Alumni association of St.Angnes College (March 2009)

  • Recepient of trophies awarded to teacher achievers by the Association of Mangalore University College Teachers (AMUCT)(July 2006 ,July 2007,Jult2008)

Winner of the 3rd prize in the Western (Solo)singing contest organized at the district-level by the Rotract Club.(Aug 2005)

Dr. Geralyn Pinto won the first prize in the short story section of the 2010 Unisun Reliance TimeOut  Creative Writing contest for her short story titled "Two Is Company"

2)       Mrs. Sonya Karkera: Distinction earned in the Grade 8 exam in Communicative English organized by the Trinity Guild Hall London (Feb 2008)

Mrs Sonya Karkera was invited by the Pilton Bluecoat Church of England School at Barnstaple, Devon, England for a guest lecture series on Indian folktales from Feb 26 - Mar 15th, 2010

Name : Dr. Malini Achar B. (Malini N. Hebbar)
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Associate Professor
Qualification:M.A, Ph.D

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended


Date Level Title Place Participation Type
5/2/2016-6/2/2016 National (1)Quality Initiatives in Higher Education with a Special Focus on Women St. Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangalore Organiser and Presented Paper
8/1/2016 - 9/1/2016 National Changing Literary Trends and Perceptions School of Social Work, Mangaluru Organiser and Resource Person
15/09/2015 National Cultural Revolution & Gender Sensitivity Nirmalagiri College, Cannanoor, Kerala Resource Person
05/03/2015 National Challenges and Problems Faced by an Average Indian Woman in the 21 Century Mount Tabor Training College, Pathanapuram, Kerala Resource Person
07/02/2015-08/02/2015 National Reconstitution of Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture St. Aloysius College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Panelist

Papers Published


Year Level Paper Title Book Title and Publication No.
2015 National Emotional Health in Women Women & Health. Mangaluru: Mangala Publications, 2015. (ISBN - 81-88685-16-X)
Name : Sandhya M Pai
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A,

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended


Date Level Title Place Participation Type
06/02/2016 National Seminar on QUALITY INITIATIVES IN HIGHER EDUCATION WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON WOMEN St.Agnes College(Autonomous),Mangaluru Participant
30/11/2015-01/12/2015 National Seminar on LITERATURE AT THE CROSS ROADS :Millennial Challenges St.Aloysius College(Autonomous),Mangaluru Participant
09/01/2015 National Seminar on 'Teaching Languag Through Literature' :Feasibility of a Holistic Approach M.G.M College Udupi, Karnataka Participant
07/02/2014 - 08/02/2014 National Seminar on Re constitution of Sexuality St.Aloysius College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Participant
21/01/2013 - 22/01/2013 National Workshop on Research Methodology and Ethics S D M College Participant
18/02/2012 - 19/02/2012 National A Seminaron Indian Women Writers St.Aloysius College(Autonomus), Mangaluru Participant
31/08/2016 National SMART ART -A workshop on Communication, Pronunciation and Presentation skills St. Agnes College(Autonomous) Mangaluru Organiser
18/02/2012 - 19/02/2012 National A Seminar on Indian Women Writers in English St.Aloysius College(Autonomus), Mangluru Participant
07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011 National A Two Day Workshop on Contemporary Indian Drama St.Aloysius College(Autonomus),Mangaluru Participant
14/09/2015 State SMART ART - A Workshop on Personality Enhancement for upcoming Professionals St. Agnes College(Autonomous) , Mangaluru Organiser
23/01/2015 State SMART ART - A Workshop on Career Oriented English St Agnes College(Autonomous) , Mangaluru Organiser
Name : Geetanjali Prabhu
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A,

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended


Date Level Title Place Participation Type
31/08/2016 National SMART ART - Communication, Pronunciation and Presentation Skills St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
14/09/2015 State A workshop on Personality Enhancement for upcoming Professionals - SMART ART St Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising Committee Member
23/01/2015 - 24/01/2015 State SMART ART - A Workshop on Career Oriented English St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
19/09/2013- 20/09/2013 National ALL WRITE St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Magaluru Participant
9th and 10th March 2012 National Emerging Images of Woman in India Fiction in English and in translation From Regional Languages Besant women's college, Mangaluru Parrticipant
Name : Jyothi D'Souza
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A,

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended


Date Level Title Place Participation Type
14/09/2015 State SMART ART - A workshop on Personality Enhancement for upcoming Professionals St Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising Committee Member
31/08/2016 National SMART ART - A workshop on Communication, Pronunciation and Presentation Skills St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
23/01/2015 - 24/01/2015 State SMART ART - A Workshop on Career Oriented English St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
Name : ASHA JUDITH ALBUQUERQUE
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A,

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended


Date Level Title Place Participation Type
31/08/2016 National SMART ART - Communication, Pronunciation and Presentation Skills St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
23/01/2015 - 24/01/2015 State SMART ART - A Workshop on Career Oriented English St.Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising committee member
14/09/2015 State SMART ART - A workshop on Personality Enhancement for upcoming Professionals St Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Organising Committee Member
28 and 29 August 2015 National Contemporary Literary Discourses in Indian English Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala Paper Presenter

Papers Presented


Year Level Theme Place Participation Type
2015 National Hold of Materialism over Indian Families with special reference to Mahesh Dattaniís plays, Dance Like a Man and Where There Is a Will Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala Presented Paper
Name : Sophia
Department : ENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A,

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