English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. It is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states and the most commonly spoken language in sovereign states including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union and of the United Nations, as well as of many world organisations.
Officially English has a status of assistant language, but in fact it is the most important language of India. After Hindi it is the most commonly spoken language in India and probably the most read and written language in India. Indians who know English will always try to show that they know English. English symbolizes in Indians minds, better education, better culture and higher intellect. Indians who know English often mingle it with Indian languages in their conversations. It is also usual among Indians to abruptly move to speak fluent English in the middle of their conversations. English also serves as the communicator among Indians who speak different language. English is very important in some systems – legal, financial, educational, business – in India. Until the beginning of 1990s, foreign movies in India weren’t translated or dubbed in Indian languages, but were broadcast in English and were meant for English speakers only. The reason Indians give such importance to English is related to the fact that India was a British colony.
When the British started ruling India, they searched for Indian mediators who could help them to administer India. The British turned to high caste Indians to work for them. Many high caste Indians, especially the Brahmans worked for them. The British policy was to create an Indian class who should think like the British, or as it was said then in Britain “Indians in blood and color but English in taste, in opinions and morals and intellect”. The British also established in India universities based on British models with emphasis on English. These Indians also got their education in British universities. The English Christian missionaries came to India from 1813 and they also built schools at primary level for Indians in which the language of instruction was local language. Later on the missionaries built high schools with English as the language of instruction which obliged the Indians who wanted to study to have a good knowledge of English. The British rulers began building their universities in India from 1857. English became the first language in Indian education. The ‘modern’ leaders of that era in India also supported English language and claimed it to be the main key towards success. Indians who knew good English were seen as the new elite of India. Many new schools were established in which the language of instruction was English. According to the British laws the language of instruction at university level was English and therefore schools that emphasized English were preferred by ambitious Indians. Even after India’s independence, English remained the main language of India. Officially it was given a status of an assistant language and was supposed to terminate officially after 15 years of India’s independence, but it still remains the important language of India.
Even today schools in India that emphasis English are considered better schools and the same is the case at university levels, even though there is a trend towards Indianization. In the 1970s and 1980s about one third of the Indian schools had English as their first language. For most of these students, English is their first language and it is easier for them to communicate, read and write in English than in Indian languages, including their mother tongues.
Just like the Americans, Australians or even the British who have their unique English words and phrases, the Indians also have their own unique English. The Indians and the Indian English language press uses many words derived from Indian languages, especially from Hindi. Other than that, the Indian accent is sometimes difficult for non-Indians to understand. There are some Indian pronunciations that don’t exist in non Indian languages. The British also had problems with that and they caused some changes in Indian words so that they could pronounce them. Even the Indians started using these changed words and made them part of their English. Two examples of such changed words are currey and sari.
|M.Phil. English (Full-Time / Part – Time)|
|Ph.D. English (Full-Time / Part – Time)|
|Certificate in Journalism and Editing|
The Department has a Language laboratory with 15 terminals. The Department offers a certificate course on “Journalism and Editing” under the Career orientated Programme of the UGC. The programme is offered jointly with the “Dinamalar” – A leading Tamil daily.
The Department has a Language laboratory with 15 terminals.
The Department offers a certificate Programme on “Journalism and Editing” under the Career orientated Programme of the UGC. The programme is offered jointly with the “Dinamalar” – A leading Tamil daily.
Dr. Benet, Associate Professor regularly conducts Coaching Classes on all weekends for the students of English to qualify NET / SET in English discipline. The Classes are being attended by many around the state of Tamil Nadu and most popular among them.
Students can improve their spoken English by following the Tutorials from the BBC website given below.
The following members of the staff have their doctoral degrees and are actively engaged in supervising advanced level research.
Dr.T.S.Ramesh, Associate Professor, has been guiding Ph.D. scholars – Six students from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli and ten students from Dravidian University, Kuppam. Three of his candidates have submitted their theses and are awaiting their viva voce examination.
|S.No||Name of the Staff Member||Name of the Exam||Year of Passing|
|1||Dr. R. Elavarasu||SLST||1990|
|2||Dr. D.E.Benet||UGC JRF/ Lectureship||1989 - 1990|
|4||Dr. V. Srividya||SLET||1999|
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