7 April 2023 at 7:03:03 am
Assistant Professor of English
Chikkaiah Naicker College, Erode
I am Dr.S.Subramanian from Chikkaiah Naicker College Erode. I have been associated with Teaching for the past twenty years and my field of pedagogy has been both literature and language. I have penned more than thirty articles and three books. I belong to Southern part of Tamil Nadu and my roots are from Nellai district. I was born in the year 1975 and got educated in Jain Vidyalaya School in Madurai. My higher education was in Madurai American College and my doctorate was from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. I have been into research field and have produced 6 Phds and 6 Mphils. My family comprises of my wife and a Seventeen year old Son.
TITLE: SHORT STORIES AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAN CLASSROOMS BACKGROUND
KEY WORDS: institutions, Skills, purge, psychic impact, LSRW, Morality, Receptivity.
From the times of Macaulay’s Minute that introduced English Education in India, English Teaching has been mostly through short stories. Higher educational institutions, even today, has few stories in the syllabus that makes an excellent impact on the Anglo Anemic students from rural background. Mostly the Tamil Medium School Students who enter public Colleges are mostly weak in English Skills. Chikkaiah Naicker College in Erode,Tamil Nadu, India is an affiliated institution with a lot many students from poor working class background and rural essence. Here, for third and fourth semester, the Bharathiar University of Coimbatore has prescribed short stories and the present paper would delve on the impact of the stories on students’ mental and academic psyche.
It is believed that the prescribed Short Stories has had a terrific impact on the thought process of the students as their receptivity has been astonishing. The short narratives purge lethargies from the minds of the students and make them doubly involved in the sessions. The paper would focus on the select stories and would bring out the factualities and possibilities of using stories as tools in English teaching in India.
EXPERIMENT WITH EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
Teaching English Language to the Humanities’ class with a strength of fifty plus is a real challenge for an English teacher. Three prescribed Stories are taken as samples,- R.K.Narayan’s Sweet for Angels , Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant are the stories. The class room was divided into ten batches , with each one tasked to work on the real impact of the story on their minds. Different types of readings were practised and critical analyses and linguistic analysis were also experimented . Narration of the story was conducted in spoken and written form. The batches did work with involvement and exhibited traces of language improvement. Apart from psychic impact, the stories stoked the batches to attempt new readings. A comprehensive vocabulary growth too was evident.
Short stories provides platform for rural students to hone their language skills. Psychic blocks plague English development and Short stories are stents that clears the language flow. In short, receptivity is complete with stories and morality becomes a possibility through the short narratives.