English language Department

Head Of Department: Baichoo R R (Mrs)

The English Department services courses for educators in the Early Childhood, primary and secondary sectors mainly. Courses cover content (knowledge of subject area) and methodology of teaching English Language and Literature and vary from proficiency to PGCE levels.

Apart from servicing courses for the above-mentioned, Academics of the English Department also engage in the supervision of dissertations at B.Ed, MA, Ed.D and PhD levels.

Curriculum development is a major component of the day to day activities of the academics at the English Department. This comprises the design of course and module content, the writing of support materials for teachers as well as the writing of textbooks and teachers’ guide books for primary and lower secondary education. Members of the department are also solicited for workshops on language and literature teaching and are often invited in outreach activities with key stakeholders.

The responsibilities outlined above and attendant duties such as teaching practice and tutorials/counselling as well as research and administrative duties make the department a vibrant one where all the people are always busy in their work. At the same time there is a lot of sharing of experiences and consultation among academics which enhances the academic ambiance that prevails in the English wing of the 6th Floor of the MIE Tower. Relationships are always cordial, with a touch of humour where adequate, plenty of goodwill and collaboration.

Contact info

NAME STATUS
Ankiah Gangadeen A (Mrs) Dr Associate Professor
Baichoo R R (Mrs) Senior Lecturer
Nadal P S (Dr) Senior Lecturer
Ramasawmy J (Mrs) Senior Lecturer
Korlapu-Bungaree R Senior Lecturer
Gungapersand K R (Ms) Lecturer
Hookoomsing H (Mrs) Lecturer
Jawaheer M (Mrs) Lecturer
Mahadeo – Doorgakant Y D (Mrs) Lecturer
Moteea K (Miss) Lecturer
Permall J D (Miss) Lecturer

(i) Accademic Staff : Ankiah Gangadeen A (Mrs)
(a) Area of Specialisation : TESOL
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
•Head of Department
•Programme Coordinator PGCE (PT & FT)
• Course Coordinator for: BEd (FT & PT) & Teacher’s Diploma Secondary
• teaching practice
• supervision of dissertation and portfolios
(c) Research Interest:
•TESOL, Teacher Identity, Curriculum Development
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

(ii) Accademic Staff : Radha Rani Baichoo (Mrs)
(a) Area of Specialisation : Linguistics
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
• Coordinator for: Teacher’s Diploma Primary (2008-2010 resit cases), ACE, IGNOU and SEN Certificate; teaching practice; supervision of dissertations and portfolios
(c) Research Interest:
• Academic Identity; Linguistics
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

(iii) Accademic Staff : Dr Pascal Sylvain Nadal
(a) Area of Specialisation : American Literature
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
(c) Research Interest:
• Creole Studies, Drama
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

(iv) Accademic Staff : Mr Rajendra Korlapu-Bungaree
(a) Area of Specialisation : English Literature
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
(c) Research Interest:
• English Literature Teaching Methodologies
• E-learning
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

(v) Accademic Staff : Ms Shalini J. Ramasawmy
(a) Area of Specialisation : Applied Linguistics
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
• Course Coordinator for Teacher’s Certificate and Diploma Early Childhood Education
• Certificate for Instructors
• Q.A. Resource Person
(c) Research Interest:
• Language Acquisition
• Issues in Applied Linguistics
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

(vi) Accademic Staff : Mrs Yesha Mahadeo-Doorgakant
(a) Area of Specialisation : Applied Language Studies
(b) Responsibility/ies : 
• Teacher’s Certificate and Teacher’s Diploma Pre-Voc
• Dept. Coordinator Enhancement programme
(c) Research Interest:
• Second Language Acquisition
(d) Other activities & responsibilities: 
• Organisation of workshops in relation to English Teaching and Learning
• Dissertation Supervision
• Teaching Practice, Curriculum Development

On-going research in the Department
Title:1. Bridging the Divide… (Implementing Communicative Strategies in Secondary Schools)
Researcher/ Research leader: Mrs Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen
Members involved: Ashish Beesoondial, Pascal Nadal, Rajendra Korlapu-Bungaree, Shalini Ramasawmy.

Title:2. A Better Beginning (with Edith Cowan University)
Researcher/ Research leader: Mrs Aruna Ankiah Gangadeen (MIE)/ Janet Fellowes (ECU)

Projects
Title: 1. Project on Interculturalism
Project leader: Dr Vele Putchay
Members involved: Rajendra Korlapu-Bungaree, Yesha Mahadeo-Doorgakant, Shalini Ramasawmy, Ashish Beesoondial, Pascal Nadal

Title: 2. Literacy Pack Project (with Social Studies Dept)
Project leader: Mrs Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen/Dr Seema Goburdhun
Members involved: Mrs Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen

Activities of the Department
Nature of activity: 1. Departmental Workshop in collaboration with British Council with TDP Trainees
Team Leader: Anne Bell (BC)/ Ashish Beesoondial (MIE)

Nature of activity: 2. Departmental Workshop in collaboration with BC with TDP and TDECE Trainees
Team Leader: Anne Bell (BC)/ Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen (MIE)

Nature of activity: 3. Mont Ida Outtreach
Team Leader: Mrs Aruna Ankiah Gangadeen
Objectives: To provide support to the teaching staff in terms of training and resources.