The English Department of Nizam College is as old as the college itself, being one of the first departments to start functioning in 1880. The department has been handling English language classes for the various courses offered by the college since the days of its inception. The strength of the department lies in the well qualified teaching staff and their research oriented approach to academics. In the initial years, only Intermediate and Undergraduate classes were conducted in the college. The Intermediate classes, however, were discontinued in the 1960 s.From then, till today, the Department has been responsible for the teaching of English for the Degree courses. The fact to be noted is the way the Department has moved with the times in reviewing its syllabi and updating its pedagogical tools and strategies from time to time.
The conferment of Autonomy to the college in 1988-1989 provided the academic freedom to the department to frame its own syllabi for General English that is taught through four semesters of B.A, B.Sc., and B.com Courses; and for the Modern Language Optional through three years of the B.A, course. The review of the syllabi for the under graduate courses is a continuous process and the Board of Studies constituted by the Department is the supervising and ratifying body that meets annually for the purpose. The college has also adopted the semester system of teaching and evaluation.
The department is proud to state that since the academic year of 2005-6 has embarked on preparation of teaching material for undergraduate General English course in short story and Poetry in semester I, Prose and Drama in semester II. The emphasis is on Listening, Reading, and Writing skills besides Pronunciation. The main thrust of the syllabus is on Communication and Personality Development through activity based skills testing their creative abilities. The feedback is duly conducted and results recorded. In the near future the department also hopes to go in for publication of the material. In addition, the department also introduced examination reform by introducing a new method of evaluation blending the language component with text based questions. This type it is felt would test a students ability to comprehend and offer inferential answers.
Postgraduate classes were started in the college from 1975. The department continues to engage classes for M.A. English for which, the syllabus comprises twenty courses through four semesters. All matters pertaining to the Postgraduate courses offered by the constituent colleges of the University are handled by a centralized academic and evaluative monitoring system in consultation with the individual departments. For the last five years, the department has been handling the English and Soft Skills components for M.Sc IS course being offered by the college and this year it started handling General English course also for the newly started 5- year Integrated course in Law and English skills for Health care course. The department in collaboration with the department of Commerce had last year conducted a three week course in Communication Skills and Professional Competence. Recognizing the need for equipping our students of M.A Program who all aspire to be teachers in English, the department started a course in Soft Skills and Communication skills in the afternoons to prepare them for future career in teaching. Remedial courses are being conducted for the students who are weak in English Language. The department offers a self-financing course in Spoken English and Communicative English through its English Language Teaching Cell. This is done in the form of two special courses through the year and caters to both students of the college as well as to outsiders. The classes for these courses are held in the afternoons.
|Dr.Sreedevi.A||Asst. Prof& Head|
|Mr. A. Srinivas||Asst.Prof(Contract)|