National Seminar On Designing Materials for Language Laboratory

Friday, 2 December 2011 ·

The two-day national seminar was attended by delegates from Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. One delegate came from Uganda, Africa. The seminar conducted on 14 & 15 October, had many firsts. It was the first one to be organized by the Department of Science and Humanities at KC Tech. At the outset of her Keynote Address the Chief Guest, Dr. Bharathi Harishankar congratulated the organizers for the theme of the seminar. She said that of all the colleges in the State, whether arts and science or engineering, KCG College was the first to conceive the idea of holding a seminar on designing learning materials. One of the delegates from Maharashtra, Dr. Pratibha Mahato, during her feedback at the Valedictory Programme said that she had come all the way from Maharashtra, because this was the first seminar to her knowledge on such a theme.

At the inaugural programme, Dr. Anita Manuel, one of the organizing secretaries, presented the theme of the seminar and welcomed the dignitaries and delegates. Dr. P Balakrishnan, Dean of Academics and Research, and Prof Sivaramakrishna Das, Head of the Science and Humanities Department, felicitated the gathering. The Principal Dr. T Rengaraja delivered the Presidential Address and stressed the importance of designing materials with the rural students in mind. Dr. Albert P Rayan, one of the organizing secretaries, delivered the Vote of Thanks.

The Chief Guest of the Inaugural Programme was Dr. Bharathi Harishankar, Associate Professor of English from the University of Madras. Her stints as Research Associate at IIM Ahmedabad, Principal Project Officer for an Online Rural Education Project at IIT Madras, Coordinator for the Design of Self Learning Materials and Coordinator of the Centre for E-Learning at IDE, Project Leader for a project on Open Education Resources on Soft Skills, funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, have given her extensive experience in designing teaching-learning resources for language and literature. Author of 4 books and 61 papers, she is also the recipient of numerous awards and honours. Her presentation on designing teaching-learning resources was exhaustive and gave the delegates a number of ideas. The Guest of Honour Mr. Dorai Thodla, CEO of imorph inc USA represented the world of technology. A great teacher and out-of –the box thinker, his presentation was well appreciated by the delegates.

Two workshops were conducted during the course of the day. The first workshop was conducted by Dr. Revathy Viswanathan, BS Abdur Rehman University. The workshop focused on using web resources and tools for preparing laboratory materials designed to enhance listening and speaking skills. The second workshop was conducted by Dr. Sujatha Priyadarshini, Anna University. The workshop focused on developing materials to enhance the reading and writing skills of the target group.

The second day of the seminar began by a presentation made by Dr. Anita Devi, VIT University, Vellore. This was followed by parallel sessions of paper presentations. One of the paper presenters was pleasantly surprised to meet the chief guest of the Valedictory Programme, Ms Mary Kay Seales, for part of her paper was based on the work of Mary Kay Seales. After lunch three papers comprising three different perspectives (literature, technology in the form of google.docs, and popular culture) were presented at the plenary session. The Valedictory Programme began at 2.45 pm. Dr. Anita Manuel welcomed the delegates and summarized the proceedings of the seminar. Dr. T Rengaraja felicitated the gathering. The chief guest Mary Kay Seales is a US Department of State Senior English Language Fellow, as well as the Coordinator of Academic Programs at the University of Washington in Seattle. While delivering the Valedictory Address, she praised the quality of the papers she had listened to earlier. She encouraged the delegates to get their work published and presented each delegate with a package containing copies of language journals, as well as copies of recently published articles of significant interest. Prof Sivaramakrishna Das, HOD of Science & Humanities Department, delivered the Vote of Thanks.

Feedback was collected from the delegates. On the whole the feedback was very positive and some have requested more such seminars.The organizing secretaries Dr. Anita Manuel and Dr. Albert P Rayan thank the management, for without their encouragement and funding the national seminar would never have taken place. They also thank Clement for sponsoring the brochures, folders, and certificates. They would also like to place on record the efforts of Prof Das, HOD S&H, and the members of the Organizing Committee (Ms R Revathy, Ms Sumathy, Ms. Jayalakshmi, Ms Geethumani, Ms Krupa Joseph, Mr. Akhther and Mr. Libin) towards the successful conduct of the two-day national seminar.


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