English is the language observed as the’ lingua franca’, and also one of the two languages spoken at the UN Secretariat. Attributing all the significance to the language, Department of English, Annie Besant, in collaboration with all the other departments always works for the language enrichment of Students of different streams which includes life sciences, physical sciences and commerce.
Every academic year, our institution prestigiously undertakes multiple English language activities which includes Spoken English classes to benefit students both academic and career related opportunities, conducts ITCS (I Too Can Speak) on current topics to enrich day-to-day vocabulary of the students, special care is taken to explore the innate talents of students through, Creative Writing’ classes along with various coaching classes for placements in reputed MNCs.
In addition to the language sessions classroom , Dept. of English also encourages the students to become proficient in the language through discussion about the everyday news from’ English dailies’ and render articles for the college- in- house magazine – Dhristi, the dear child of Annie Besant Degree College since its foundation.
Dept. of English has made debutant attempt for the students of English to celebrate “English Day”, in memory of Shakespeare’s birthday. English day is celebrated on September 1st this year with great enthusiasm rendering a special tribute to English language by our students.
Celebrations of the day included quiz on the grammar of the language,poster presentation, storytelling, debates, spell bee, skits, songs, dances,etc. Students also bagged prizes in all the activities
Esteemed of Mrs. Sumita Roy, Chairman, Board of Studies, Dept. of English, who is also associated with Personality development classes
at Ramakrishna Math, was invited as the Chief Guest of the English day. Mrs Roy spoke about various tips of enriching English language skills, and also elaborately explained the significance of learning the language, as a skill and not as a subject, and distributed prizes to all our English language prize winners.
Our students also had an extensive chat with Mrs. Sumita Roy and the day buzzed with dazzling cultural activities and made the day cherish-able.
On 25-08-2014 Dept. of English organized a Seminar on “IMPORTANCE OF PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN THE PRESENT COMPETITIVE WORLD” inviting Mr.N.Satyanarayana, C.I., Malakpet Police Station, and Mr.Akella raghavendra, Motivator and Psychologist and Trainer and Founder of Akella Raghavendra Foundation as the Resource Persons.
English Department organized two important events in this year. One is organizing a workshop on “English Creative writing” for Final year students of B.Com. & B.Sc. 180 students divided into 3 batches were given the training in this 15 days workshop (05 days for each batch) organized by Mr.Arman Fareed, youngest Indian English Novelist awarded by USA. In this work- shop Mr.Arman focused on plot, description, characters, dialogue, story running, characterisation and all related topics which are to be remembered by a creative writer. He encouraged the students to write stories on their own.
Another Programme taken up by English Department is, “Spoken English” classes for selected students with the collaboration of Akella Raghavendra Foundation. 200 students divided into four groups were trained by Ms.Kavitha and Mrs.Volga faculty members from the foundation. The course was planned for 40 days spreading to 60 hrs. Students attended these classes without disturbing their regular classes- and became confident in speaking in English in their daily classroom activity and in general.
Knowing the importance of English speaking and to avoid the stage fear and to make the students fit with leadership qualities the Department has planned “ITCS” (I too can speak) programme in which every student will speak on a selected topic for 6 to 8 minutes under the guidance of class In charge / teacher / CR / Coordinator. Grades of A, B, or C will be given to each student. Topics will be selected by the students; programme will be organized by the students on a selected day of every week. As it is compulsory and self-guided, all the students participated with enthusiasm and interest. It is found that the ITCS is very much useful for the students in making themselves confident in English speaking.