In – Design A Workshop
The Department of English (PG) organized a workshop titled ‘In – Design’ on February 7, 2020. The purpose of this workshop was to be familiarise the students with various page layout techniques to be effectively used for the designing of magazines and other creative works.
The resource person of the workshop was Prof. Abdul Rasheed, Faculty, Department of MCJ, Kristu Jayanti College. Prof Rasheed initially briefed the students about the software and its various opportunities in the designing field. Each system in the lab was pre-installed with the software, so that the students were able to follow the instructions of the resource person. Prof. Rasheed stated the fact that the workshop is just an introduction to the software, primarily intended for the purpose of magazine editing. He also introduced various technical terms like bleed, slug, gutter etc.
Riya Merin, a first year said, “It was a step by step learning process by the end of which we were equipped to create and design any kind of page or text according to our specifications.”
There were 54 enthusiastic participants who learnt the various technical aspects of In – Design software for designing.
The Language of Silence
The Department of English (PG) organised The Language of Silence, a one day Workshop for the final year students of on Wednesday, the 22nd January 2020. Prof. Maria Goretti J, Head of the Department of Sign Language at Dr. S. R. C Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bengaluru was our resource person. She is an expert in the field and began by teaching the students the two handed alphabets. Time was given to the students to learn the things right after teaching them. She elaborated on how to deal with the deaf people. It was made clear that those people are not supposed to be called dumb or mute, but society can address them as deaf.
Prof. Maria gave a detailed talk on the importance of learning Indian Sign Language (ISL) –ISL as a language and the parameters of ISL such as hand shapes, orientations, locations, movements and expressions. William Stokoe, an American Linguist is the Father of Sign Language. His research on American Sign Language (ASL) revolutionized the understanding of ASL in the United States and sign languages throughout the world. It had a profound impact on deaf culture, deaf education and sign language teaching and interpretation. Later on, several deaf vocabularies were taught, such as relationships, colours, numbers, and different varieties of food etc. She also spoke about the importance of preserving the precious gifts of speech and hearing and the means to take care of our ears. According to the resource person, “it is a myth to say that deafness only affects old people or those born deaf”. Memory game, too, was conducted by dividing the students into groups. Towards the end of the session, a revision was done on all the things which were taught. The workshop came to an end as the game lotto was played and a small assessment test was conducted. The workshop was very beneficial for the students because it was totally different from the other workshops and students who were ignorant about the sign language were imparted with the plethora of knowledge. The Language of Silence was an eye-opener for all the students.
In the opinion of Aishwarya M, a final year student, “The workshop on sign language was highly informative and interesting. The workshop provided us with the opportunity to learn the basics of sign language which will be very useful for us in our everyday life. I look forward to learn more about the subject”.
There were 24 enthusiastic participants who enjoyed being a part of this workshop and learnt the art of communicating sans words.
NATAKA SIDHANTA – Theatre Workshop
The Department of English (PG) organised Nataka Sidhanta, a Theatre Workshop on January 08, 2020. The purpose was to sensitise the students with the various theoretical aspects of theatre.
Dr. Pavithra, the resource person of the day, is a faculty in Theatre Arts, Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University. She is an expert in the field and began by briefing to the students about the history of drama and its necessities. The main focus of the session was on the ‘Theories of Theatre’. Dr. Pavithra lectured about the origin of theatre and the importance of tragedies in Greece. The students could familiarize themselves with the concept of tragedy and why a tragedy is important and how is it important to Greeks and later on to the rest of the world. Drama forms a very important part of English Literature and Literature as a whole. The workshop was very beneficial for the students because they were able to sensitize themselves with the ‘-isms’ of theatre which includes Classicism, Neo-classicism, Realism, Naturalism, Expressionism and Symbolism. Dr. Pavithra also helped the students to familiarize with the theorists by explaining to them about the structure of these theories along with an explanation of Aristotle’s ‘structure of a play’.
In the opinion of Esther Jayakumar, a final year student, ‘the workshop was very informative and enriching’.
This was a golden opportunity for the students as this workshop was a part of the Certificate Programme for the final year students of the department.
There were 51 participants who learnt to connect theatre performance with literature as well as life.
Create Art – A Workshop
The Department of English (PG) organised a workshop on ‘Create Art’ January 6, 2020. The purpose of this workshop was to explore new modalities of expression in order to broaden the artistic range and creative experience of the students.
Ms. Samyuktha Rao, an art curator, and resource person of the day started the session by dividing the students into groups of six and within the short span of time she explained through the activities that each and every one has got an artist hidden within them. With the help of few basic everyday materials like newspapers, fevicol and brush, the students were taught to make canvases. The major attraction of this kind of canvas is that it is eco-friendly. Students were also given few minutes to listen to their inner consciousness through the help of a soothing music. Later on, they were asked to draw whatever they want to pour into the paper according to the music and their mind without being distracted by wild thoughts. The intention behind such an activity was to show the students that everyone is capable to draw; even the greatest of artists has made abstract paintings. She also added that no one can judge another artist’s paintings. It can vary according to a person’s perspective. This was a fruitful experience for the students as the resource person gave many tips to make the art work creative using eco-friendly products. This workshop provided more knowledge about art works.
In the opinion of Madhuvanthy Sankar, a final year student “Create Art workshop it was an eye opener for me to realise that anyone can create art and learn how to channelize one’s creativity in the right way. The resource person who herself is an artist and art curator held my undivided attention throughout the session with her captivating ideas.”
There were 53 enthusiastic participants who enjoyed being a part of this workshop and learnt to create art.
The Rhythm of Life: Notional and Notational Connotations
The Department of English (PG), Kristu Jayanti College organised a workshop on The Rhythm of Life: Notional and Notational Connotations on 13th of September 2019. The main purpose of the workshop was to provide the students with an understanding of the relevance of Mathematics in Art and Literature. The resource person was Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan, Professor of Mathematics, American College, Madurai.M
Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan started the workshop by teaching the techniques of juggling and explained some beautiful mathematical concepts to the class. The first concept he dealt with was of Pi, which is the most mysterious value. He discussed the difficulty of finding the value of Pi as it is a never ending digit. He said that computer programmers have calculated the value of Pi to more than 22 trillion digits and also spoke about Palindrome Days. The next concept was the Fibonacci series, a series where the next number is the sum of the previous 2 numbers which is also said to be the most beautiful series in Mathematics. He even spoke about the Golden Ratio and how everything in nature is designed in accordance with the ratio even in our body. He explained how Leonardo da Vinci used this concept in his paintings and elaborated on the Vitruvian man.
Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan concluded the session by sharing a memory of his achievement when he and his team discovered the use of a letter in ancient stone carvings, which was believed to be present in recent usage.
“The workshop conducted by Dr. Emmanuel Jebarajan was enlightening as he gave us an overview about his life as a mathematician. He was an inspiration to all of us, as we tend to see maths as a difficult subject. He taught us how to use mathematics in our daily life” expressed Priyanka Lawrence, a first year student.
There were a total of 55 inquisitive and zealous participants who made their presence felt with their active participation in the workshop.
Workshop on Research Orientation
The Department of English (PG) organised a workshop on Research Orientation on 9th of August 2019. Dr. Subhashini Muthukrishnan, Head, Department of Economics and Dean of Social Sciences, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bengaluru addressed the gathering.
Dr. Subhashini Muthukrishnan began by introducing the students to the meaning of research. She opined that, “Research helps us to develop an understanding of the basic framework of academia”. Talking about knowledge she said that there might not be a single universal truth, but rather equilibrium of multiple truths. Research gives us an authority over the issue that we are not sure about and enables us to face the challenge to solve the unsolved problems.
The resource person elaborated on the various aspects of research. She further delineated on the pillars of scientific knowledge, various skills under research, research methodologies, formats of research paper, writing a research proposal and so on. Dr. Subhashini stressed on the importance of maintaining a proper bibliography. She explicated that proper documentation of the research materials at the right time makes the citation process smooth. There was an overwhelming response from the prospective researchers of the department who raised many queries and got their doubts cleared. A lot of interest was shown by the students who are very keen to look into the gaps of research in order to bridge them with their upcoming research.
“This was a golden opportunity for us because the session was very informative and thought provoking. The workshop sharpened our knowledge on research and it has given us the strength to look forward to accomplish our dreams in academic research” – expressed Maria Supriya, a final year student.
There were 51 prospective researchers who were a part of this interactive session.
The Department of English (PG) organized a Theatre Workshop for the students of English Literature on 6th of August 2019.
The resource person, Dr. Pavithra, Faculty in Theatre Arts, Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University began by briefing the students about the theories involved in the study of theatre and the historical inputs. Interactive games and activities were conducted to keep the students involved. Dr. Pavithra incorporated a warm up game at the beginning and made the participants understand the crux of theatre performances. She said “You must have control over your own body – this is the first rule in theatre”.
The students learned about the myths and histories surrounding drama. They were also taught about how to get their body involved in drama as actors, without being the object in it. This was demonstrated practically and it helped everyone understand the idea and the effect of it in a better way. Another important highlight of the workshop was the mask making. Dr. Pavithra taught the techniques of mask making in less than half an hour using materials like the POP (Plaster of Paris Bandage), Scissors, Vaseline, Paints and Brushes. Following this, students learned the art of mask making and started engaging themselves in groups. The room was filled with awe, excitement, and anticipation when the face masks were being made. "An interesting take off to the history of drama" expressed Jeeva, a first year student.
Towards the end of the workshop, the resource person gave an insight into the importance of expressions in art, particularly drama. The students were taught to make facial and bodily expressions as Dr. Pavithra kept on encouraging them to master their own expressions as this will for sure make them better actors. We thank the Department of English (PG) for organizing the Theatre Workshop. It was a great learning process for all of us. This was a golden opportunity for us because literature and theatre go hand in hand. "An altogether new outlook and outreach to the field of performing arts is built" opined Calvin, a final year student.
There were 53 participants who actively got involved in theatrical performances and mask making.
The Signs and Science of Language
The Department of English (PG) Kristu Jayanti College organised a workshop titled, The Signs and Science of Language on July 01, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to provide students with the knowledge about the usage and importance of phonetics.
Dr. Beena Gopinath, former Principal, Government College, Attingal, Kerala, addressed the final year students of the department. She spoke about the pronunciation barriers that a non-native English speaker faces while conversing in English. She also highlighted the importance of articulation and said, “there is a greater need for mutual intelligibility and the development of a neutral accent”. Dr. Beena Gopinath further delineated on the importance of learning phonetic alphabet, phonemic transcription, word stress and sentence stress. She also spoke about the speech sounds in English with special reference to vowels, consonants, monophthongs and diphthongs. Dr. Beena Gopinath discussed the manner of articulation which includes plosives, fricatives, affricates, nasals, lateral, frictionless continuants etc. Citing examples she elucidated that English is a ‘stress timed’ language whereas most of the Indian languages are ‘syllable timed’. She concluded with various aspects on intonation and the grammatical and attitudinal purposes served by the English language.
There were 23 enthusiastic participants who exhibited active participation and gained needful insights about the English language. The workshop concluded with an interactive session.
“Dr. Beena Gopinath’s explanations on the different aspects of phonetics and the ‘English language’ rectified many of our pre-conceived notions on pronunciation and functions of different letters and symbols. She also emphasized the importance of speaking a language correctly without the influence of the native accent,” expressed Nissi Thomas, a final year student.
WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCIES
Class and No. of students: I MA and I MA English Literature: 52
Objective: To provide students with a basic knowledge on English Language Teaching and to help device a lesson plan
Resource person: Dr.Kishore Selva Babu
The Department of English (PG) at Kristu Jayanti College, organized a workshop titled “Advanced Concepts in Communicative Competencies” on Thursday, the 7th of March, 2019. The workshop commenced with a formal session which had a beautiful rendition of an invocation song. Dr. Kishore, Assistant Professor, Christ University addressed the group. The workshop mainly dealt with the different variables and approaches that are involved in English Language Teaching. The resource person further mentioned the importance of a lesson plan in any teaching activity. This was followed by a group activity in which the students had to draft a sample of their lesson plan to teach the poem ‘Calling Him Back from Layoff’ by Bob Hicock. All the students participated avidly in the workshop and gained needful insights into the science English Language Teaching. We thank the Department of English (PG) for inviting Dr. Kishore Selva Babu who has a keen interest in disseminating the skills and techniques needed for effective English Language Teaching and has published many research papers on this field of study.
Workshop on Art Reflections: Baroque to Neo Classical
Class and No. of students: I MA and II MA English Literature: 52
Objective: To provide students with an understanding of Art Movements.
Resource Person: Ms Samyuktha Rao, Art Curator
The Department of English (PG) at Kristu Jayanti College, organized a workshop titled “Art Reflections: Baroque to Neoclassical” on Wednesday the 3rd of October 2018. The workshop commenced with a formal inaugural session which also had a beautiful rendition of an invocation song. Ms Samyuktha Rao, Art Curator from Sublime Art Gallery, UB City addressed the gathering. The workshop mainly dealt with the three periods of European Art namely Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. The resource person also further elaborated on how the different styles of the three periods depicted the changing social attitudes of the people and the specific culture of the ages. This was also reflected in the art and literature of the time especially the sculptures which were heavily influenced by the concerns of the period. The workshop was well attended by both the first year and second year students of the Postgraduate programme in English literature giving them a good and insightful understanding of how Literature reflects Art. The workshop was also followed by certain group activities that demonstrated the learning of the participants. We thank the Department of English (PG) for inviting Ms Samyuktha Rao who is a very enthusiastic art curator and who is an artist herself for providing us with this eye opening session on Art.
Digital Media: Careers and Trends
Class & No. of students: I and III Semester MA English Literature: 52
Objective: To explore Journalism as a career and understand the current challenges in digital journalism.
Resource Person: Ms. Anna Isaac, Deputy Editor-News Minute
We were delighted to have in our midst Ms. Anna Isaac of the 'News Minute' - a Bengaluru-based digital news house, on 11th September 2018 for the PG students of the English department. Her talk was focused on the changing dynamics of Indian journalism with Ms. Isaac's career as a journalist serving as an example of the changing paradigm currently shaping the industry. The speaker also elaborated on the various challenges facing digital journalism and the professional remedies and solutions devised to tackle them. She also stressed on the industry's growing relevance in the wider scope of communication in refuting bogus news as they surface and, in the process, reaching the readers with important issues through factually corroborated reporting. This is essentially done by making prudent use of the potentials of social media coupled with the indispensable element of dedicated journalism ethics towards the selfless cause of ensuring public welfare. According to the speaker the prospects of a career with digital news agencies is also looking up for those who are committed to creating a world of equity.
A workshop on Theatre as a Tool for Conflict
The workshop dealing with the use of theatre as a tool for conflict resolution was held in Mini Audi 1, 5th floor PG Block. Dr. Selvaraj briefed the students about the embedded power in theatre and also the illuminated ways to look at particular instances of life with open eyes to understand and analyze the range of problems which might persist. Dr. Selvaraj not only spoke about theatre and its power but also shared a few experiences of his own as a director of plays. He helped the students to experience the inbuilt power of theatre by breaking the audience into groups and giving each group a chance to come up with different themes through acting. Not only did he guide and direct them, but he even became a part of the group.
Workshop – A day with author
The first lecture on 'A Day with an Author Series' was addressed by Mr. Tony V. Francis, the author of 'The Autograph Seeker'. His lecture was about how to be a good writer and he also spoke about his book and the stories behind the inspiration to write the book. The lecture and presentation was very enlightening and almost all the information presented was very helpful to the students. This presentation was relevant in a way that we came to know about the inner conflicts that happens in a writer’s mind. He used audio visual methods which helped the students to understand clearly what he was trying to convey. By the end of the lecture, a question-answer session was also included in which he cleared everyone's doubts about his book and other queries.
Workshop on translation Studies
The department of English, Kristu Jayanti College conducted a Workshop on translation Studies titled Anuvaada. Its main objective was to make the learners aware of the importance of translation in a multilingual country like India; and to understand the simple concepts of translation. The program Anuvadha was inaugurated by the Vice Principal, Rev. Fr. Augustine George. The chief guest of the day was Dr. K.M. Sherif, HOD Department of English, University of Calicut.
A workshop on Emerging Media trends in Mass Media ‘Darpan’
A workshop on emerging media trends in mass media was organized by the department of English on 19/9/17, titled ‘Darpan’. The purpose of this was to channelize the interest of students in mass media in the professional spectrum and to define its opportunities and challenges. The resource Person for the day was Mr. Edison Thomas, who is the editor of the famous and most widely read ‘Indulge with ‘The new Indian Express’. His insights were very informative in the field of journalism and its practical agendas. He broadened our thoughts and perspective on various kinds of media, its significance and effects of transformations occurring in the media. The workshop was an ideal Session for the passionate students of English literature and mass communication.