A three day faculty development programme (FDP) was conducted by the Department of English at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore from 29th to 31st August 2013 in association with the Bangalore-based technolgy-enabled learning solutions company, Ecole Solutions. The programme was inaugurated y the PG dean of Amrita School of Engineering Dr N S Pandian and the engineering dean Dr M P Chandrasekharan. 21 delegates participated from various institutions across the southern states.
Themed “An insight into the Recent Trends in Teaching Language and Literature” the programme included a rich array of topics presented by leading practitioners of English language and literature. According to one participant, “The rhythm of language and literature was well-sequenced in this programme”.
- Language Pedagogy and Expressive Literature
- Teaching Cross-Cultural Issues in Business Communication
- The Charm of Learning Poetry in Contemporary Times
- Some Women: African-American and Indian as represented in their respective Literatures
- Tête-à-tête with Technology
- Eco-Criticism: Conversation and Conservation
- Teaching and Learning of English as a Language
- Glimpses of Drama: Ancient to Modern
The participants had the benefit of attending a “hands-on” workshop at the university’s Digital Language Lab, which was installed by Ecole Solutions. The Sanako session was led by Ms Pooja Mehta of Ecole Solutions, a leading technology-enabled learning solutions company headquartered in Bangalore.
Earlier Ms Mehta spoke on how important it is to teach English language using the modern technologies that students use and students want, which was well-received by both the faculty and students present. Participants also enjoyed the hands-on session on Sonako and commented that “it was quite a different experience” using this solution.
Resource persons who spoke were Dr P Ilamaran of the PSG College of Arts & Science, Dr Harini Jayaraman, the FDP host & English Department chairperson at the Amrita School of Engineering, Dr Gandhi Subramanian, Dr U Sumathy, an eco-critic of repute from the Govt. College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, Ms Pooja Mehta, Manager – Learning Solutions at Ecole Solutions, Bangalore, Dr Ramanathan PV, Dr Shanthakumari, English HoD at Kongunadu Arts & Science College and Dr Saravana Selvan, an accomplished faculty trainer from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore.
Thank you all for your participation.
Host: Dr Harini Jayaraman
Chairperson & Head, Department of English
Amrita School of Engineering
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham