VIT, one of the premier institutes in Tamil Nadu, was established in 1984. It is a major, comprehensive, student centred research university dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. VIT today comprises various schools and interdisciplinary research centres offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in various disciplines.The institute was established to provide quality higher education at par with international standards. The campus has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from all corners of the globe. Presently the student’s strength has crossed 25,000. Our Memoranda of Understanding with various international universities are our major strength. The mission of VIT is to educate students from all over India, including those from the local and rural areas and from other countries, so that they can become enlightened individuals, improving the living standards of their families, industries and society. VIT provides individual attention, world-class quality education, and takes care of character building. There are student and faculty exchange programmes, to encourage joint research projects for mutual benefit.
VIT Vellore obtained grade “A” for all the programmes offered by the University during the re-accreditation processes in February 2015. The University was recently ranked No.1 Private Engineering Institution by MHRD, Govt. of India. VIT – Recognised as Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the Government of India.
About the Department of English
The Department of English is part of the School of Social Sciences and Languages. The school offers language courses at basic and intermediate levels for UG and PG programmes in a diverse set of disciplines that come under science, technology, commerce and management to enable all learners to avail opportunities across the globe. The department aims to build communicative competence and confidence in students of engineering and other streams. In addition to teaching communicative English, the faculty members carry out research in different areas in literature and the humanities.
Scope of the Conference
The COVID19 pandemic has affected and disrupted all aspects of life globally. Along with other sectors, higher education sector has also been severely impacted. Due to this, the traditional Teaching-Learning methodologies and student-teacher interactive experience has been replaced with online education. Though not a permanent replacement to the traditional classroom teaching, online education will be the mode of teaching and learning until the vaccine is invented. Governments and health experts have advised Universities, Colleges and Schools to commence classes with a combination of online and tradition teaching. Further, virtual and online education is being advocated and to some extent made mandatory at least by some higher education institutes for the next academic year. With the lack of any foreseeable medical solution in the immediate future for this pandemic, the higher education institutes are left with no other option but to shift to online education to minimize health risk of students and staff. Two decades ago, technology was not optimal for online education, however, the latest technology of internet, telecommunications etc., have paved the way for online education and virtual classrooms connecting student –teacher across the globe with a few limitations. Since there is a sudden shift from traditional education to online education, there is a need to understand online education methodologies, to measure its effectiveness, as well as to prepare a shift to a new system. There is a need to examine Teaching-Learning approaches, evaluation and assessment methodologies and educational experience for students and attitude change among teachers.
Unlike other disciplines, online English Teaching and Learning poses serious challenges and needs a paradigm shift. The focus of research till now has been in a traditional classroom, but online classroom has opened a new chapter in the field of English Literature and Language research. Furthermore, motivating students to learn English through online is another challenge. In spite of these challenges and issues, online education can provide learning opportunities due to effective teaching methodologies of English Literature and Language optimizing the audio-visual aids, Internet technologies, social media and other virtual platforms when compared to traditional classroom teaching.
Though online learning of English Literature and Language has better scope and development, it is important to understand the issues like teaching-learning methodologies, specific approaches and adaptations for various courses like teaching text, prose, poetry, drama, novel for literature and communication skills and language skills. Further, there is also a need to come up with novel evaluation assessment procedures and motivate student-teacher to prepare for online education ecosystem. The onus is on English Literature and Language Teachers to take up this challenge of online education due to the COVID 19 pandemic for effective and holistic learning experience for both teachers and students. There is an urgent need to address these issues especially for engineering and management education. Against this background, the Two-day Virtual Conference on Online University Education and English Language Teaching: Scope and Challenges brings together Researchers, Teachers and professionals of English Literature and Language in India and abroad to come up with innovative teaching-learning methodologies, evaluation and assessment techniques, effective and holistic student-teacher learning experience and policy guidelines for Online Education of English Literature and Language across Universities. We invite scholarly papers on online teaching of English Literature and Language courses from higher education institutes with special focus on technology enabled pedagogy and methodologies, student engagement and motivation, novel assignments and evaluation approaches, teacher motivation and policy issues.
Themes and Sub-themes
1. Online Education for English Literature: Methodologies and Innovative Teaching Practices
2. Online Education for English Language Teaching: Methods, Approaches and Techniques.
3. Online Education –Assessment and Evaluation for Literature and Language Courses.
4. Online Education for Innovative Technologies, Audio-visual aids Social Media for Literature and language Teaching.
5. Online Education effective and holistic Teaching-learning experience: Teacher-Student Motivation, Engagement and Satisfaction.
Important Dates and Deadlines
|Abstract Submission||October 04, 2020 (Extended)|
|Notification of Abstract Acceptance||October 10, 2020|
|Registration Opens||October 1, 2020|
|Registration Ends||October 31, 2020|
|Submission of Full Paper||November 5, 2020|
Selected papers from the conference will be published in conference proceedings with ISBN. Further information will be shared in due course of time.
Abstracts of about 500-700 words on the above mentioned themes should be emailed to email@example.com on or before September 30, 2020. The abstracts, typed in MS Word (Times New Roman, 12, double space) should contain the title, name and affiliation of the author, and email address. M.L.A style to be followed for citing the references in the full paper.
- Registration is free.
- Registered presenters will be provided with the link for virtual presentation.
- Details regarding the link to the virtual conference and password will be communicated to the registered email address by November 10, 2020.
- The conference organisers will issue e-certificates to all the registered participants who attend a minimum of four sessions.
Prof. Shyam B. Menon
Professor of Education
Central Institute of Education, University of DelhiKnow More
Assistant Professor, School of Education
University of Rhode Island, USAKnow More
Dr. Shahab Yar Khan
Associate Professor, University of Sarajevo
Bosnia & Herzegovina, EuropeKnow More
Prof. G. Damodar
Vice Chancellor, Chaitanya (Deemed to be University)
Former Professor English, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana, India.Know More
Dr. Vridhachalem Pillay Subramaniam
Educational Management Consultant
Dr. G. Viswanathan
Founder & Chancellor, VIT
Mr. Sankar Viswanathan
Vice President, VIT
Dr. Sekar Viswanathan
Vice President, VIT
Mr. G. V. Selvam
Vice President, VIT
Ms. Kadhambari S. Viswanathan
Assistant Vice President, VIT
Dr. Sandhya Pentareddy
Executive Director, VIT
Dr. Anand A. Samuel
Vice Chancellor, VIT
Dr. S. Narayanan
Pro Vice Chancellor, VIT
Dr. K. Sathiyanarayanan
Dr. G. Velmurugan
Dean, SSL, VIT
Dr. Sarika Gupta
Head of the Department, Department of English, SSL VIT
Dr. S. Rukmini
Asst.Professor (Sr.), Department of English, SSL, VIT
Dr. S. Rukmini
Assistant Professor (Senior),
Department of English,
School of Social Sciences and Languages,VIT
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, PIN: 632014