Former Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University Prof Belliappa gave a clarion call to English language teachers to overcome challenges they encounter in teaching English by improving the teaching methods and adopting multiple strategies to help students understand better.
Delivering the inaugural address at the one-day State-level seminar on ‘Challenges of teaching English at Undergraduate level – An appraisal,’ organised by the MMK & SDM College for Women in the city on Tuesday, Prof Belliappa advised teachers to take up every class as a challenge and aim to impart something new in every period.
He said that teaching English at undergraduate level was a contentious issue more because of teachers sticking to same teaching strategy and model. “Understanding the psychology of students, a teacher needs to adopt teaching strategy that attracts their attention. All the novels and poetries are good, be it by Indian or foreign author, but the way teachers take up the literature and teach it to the students is what matters the most,” he added.
Prof Belliappa called upon the English teaching fraternity to not restrict their teachings to only textbooks. He said that students need more knowledge most of which they can acquire from outside the preset syllabus. “Do not just teach them the meaning of a word, but also sentences formation, correct the common errors that most of the Indians make, correct their pronunciation,” he advised.
Preliminary sessions on the challenges of teaching English at the undergraduate level by Prof C P Ravichandra of University of Mysore and Prof Gundur of Tumkur University were part of the seminar. Principal of the college Prof K V Damodara Gowda and HoD of the English Department K J Seethalakshmi were present.