History of the Department
           In the academic year 1973-74, the year when W.C.C. was founded, the English department started functioning in this campus with three faculty members who were connoisseurs of English, namely, Mrs. Joy Gnanadason, Mrs. Indra Alexander, and Mrs. Kamala Justus. The college then had four P.U.C. batches. Then on, the English department has shown astounding growth and service in the field of education. It has grown to greater heights producing very good results and university ranks. The English department established its position as a major department when English Literature was introduced and taught as a major subject in the year 1981. Thereafter the department has been growing in leaps and bounds. It has been imparting quality education and consistently there has been excellent results. The first batch of UG students came out with 100% success. When W.C.C. got affiliation to undergraduate courses like Tamil, History, Economics, Physics, and Computer Science, the strength of the department grew from 3 to 11. The department became full-fledged in the year 2006 when P.G. course (S.F) in English Literature was given recognition by the M.S. University. The Department was recognized as a Research Centre in the year 2011-2012. Dr. Nirmala Manuel, our former Principal has guided 7 research scholars. Most of the Principals of our college starting with Dr. Joy Gnanadason, Mrs. E.G.M. Johnson, Mrs. Indra Alexander, Dr. Vasanthavathy and Dr. Nirmala Manuel were form the English Department. Thirteen staff members have retired from service with outstanding performance and new staff members have been appointed from time to time. The college is proud of its efficient faculty members.
Vision
           To be placed in the society to shine like little lamps sending forth the flame of knowledge, love, service and sacrifice for the betterment of human relationship and thereby bring glory to God.
Mission
           To impart holistic education that enables the students to face life with confidence and take up better jobs in future and be better citizens of the nation.
Objectives
           1. To give quality education to students 2. To equip the students intellectually, to be placed well in the society 3. To enhance the students creative skills 4. To train the students to develop their communication skills 5. To equip the students to be responsible citizens so that they can meet the needs of the society
Highlights
Highlights Securing university ranks is a regular feature with our students. Moreover the pass percentage has been consistently above 90 %. The department maintains the list of rank holders. Rank holders and meritorious students are honoured with scholarships and prizes during the College Annual Day celebrations. Bridge Course: Bridge Course in English is conducted every year for all the first year students of B.A. /B.Sc./B.Com and for English Literature students. This course helps to bridge the gap between school and college level learning. The students pick up the rudiments of English grammar. Seminar Hours: Three faculty members are in charge of a weekly seminar hour. They organize the first, second and the third year students to arrange one literary programme for every seminar hour such as one act plays, skits, ballad recitation, elocution, dumb charades, quiz, short story writing, on the spot development of stories for proverbs, acting out poems and literary characters, etc. Guest lectures are also arranged during these sessions. Lit Arena Lit Arena is a mega one-day inter-collegiate meet held annually and hosted by the department of English since 1997. The theatre day is celebrated with on-stage and off-stage events. Colleges from Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts participate. The college scoring the maximum points will be awarded the rolling shield. The students plan the budget for the programme, and carry out the responsibilities. The finance for this programme is generated by the students and through the sale of the department news letter Sparks. SPARKS Our department regularly publishes a newsletter SPARKS. An editorial board consisting of students executes the job in a very efficient manner. The major features of the issue are: Editorial, Interview, Poetry of the Season, Try it you will like it, Eye Openers (letters to the editor) Beauty tips, Advertisements etc. The publication of this news bulletin helps the students to develop their skills in creative writing, leadership skills, self confidence, team spirit and to establish a touch with the media world. English Literary Association The English Literary Association conducts meetings, seminars and competitions. Guest speakers are invited to speak on current literary topics or to share their experiences in a particular field. Competitions are conducted and the winners are honoured in the valedictory meet every year. English Association English Association meetings are conducted in which students from other major subjects who study Part II English are involved in the Association activities. Advance Facilities available: A Language Lab has been set up for the use of students. Our department library houses more than six hundred books. There is a separate library with another six hundred books for the use of students. The books in the students library are gift books collected by the students. Students celebrate library weeks and conduct competitions, and give prizes to donors and readers. Audio-visual aids like OHP, VCD player, Digital Camera, Handy Cam, and LCD Projector are available to make teaching learning process more meaningful and interesting. Department Functions: Lamp lighting is a solemn ceremony arranged by the faculty to bid farewell to the outgoing students. The out-going students are presented with a small lamp. The mother lamp was donated to the department by the very first batch of English major students. The students light their lamps from the flame of the mother lamp. The staff members bless the students, singing a farewell song and the Head of the department gives the benediction saying that they are going into the world to shine like lamps they have lighted that day.

Faculty
Designation Photo Name & Qualification Description
Head of the Department HOD Dr. R.Margaret Joy Priscilla M.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D.
M.A., M.Phil.,Ph.D.
Dr. R.Margaret Joy Priscilla is heading the department of English from June 2018 onwards.She is working in the English Department since 23rd August 1983. She teaches grammar, poetry, Shakespeare and English Criticism to the students at the undergraduate level. Her area of research is Translation Studies. She is a recognised guide for Ph.D programmes in the M.S.University. Six research scholars are working assiduosly under her for their Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. J. Subitha Persis,
M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D.
Dr. J. Subitha Persis is working in the Department of English since 01.12.2003. Her area of specialization being Indian Writing in English, she did her research on the title, Different Dimensions in the Lives of Women - A Reading of the Select Novels of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Anita Nair and Amulya Malladi". She has presented papers in seminars and has published papers in various journals.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. G. Lala
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr. G. Lala is working in the department of English, Women's Christian College, Nagercoil, since 2004. Her area of specialization is American Literature. She has presented papers in many National Conferences. Her papers have been published in several reputed journals.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Mrs. G. Dhali
M.A., M.A., M.Phil. B.ED., (SET passed)
DMrs. G. Dhali has been working in Womens Christian College since 2009. Her area of specialization is Australian Literature. She has served as the editor for the college magazine and SPARKS, the English Department magazine. She has co-authored a book for UGC - SET/NET Examination aspirants..
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Mrs.T.S. Raja Jemi Subeitha Bai
M.A., NET
Mrs.T.S. Raja Jemi Subeitha has 3 years of teaching experience. She has attended seminars in her area of interest and has actively participated and helped organize seminars/literary fests. She is interested in SCM activities and she has attended several Christian programs.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr.J. M. Anusha Lahi
M.A. M.Phil,SET(Eng), Ph.D.
Dr.J. M. Anusha Lahi has 7 years of teaching experience. Her area of specialization is Canadian Literature. She has passed M.A, M.Phil and State Eligibility Test (SET) for Lectureship in English.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr.Y.G.Reni
M.A. B.ED., M.Phil, PGDCA, NET(Eng),SET (Eng), Ph.D.
Dr.Y.G.Reni has 7 years of teaching experience. Her area of specialization is Australian Literature and Postcolonial Theory. She has passed M.A, B.Ed, M.Phil, M.A(Sociology), P.G.D.C.A, Hindi Sahithyacharya, National Eligibility Test(NET, Eng) and State Eligibility Test(SET, Eng).
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. Chrissie Gracelyn David
M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D
Dr. Chrissie Gracelyn David is serving in this institution since 2005. She was awarded Ph.D. by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli in 2011. Her doctoral research is on British Literture which is a special area of her interest. Her dissertation is entitled " A Thematic and Stylistic Analysis of the Novels of Graham Greene". She has presented and published a few research papers in various journals.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. G.J. Hamlin
M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., P.G.C.T.E., Ph.D.
Dr. G.J. Hamlin has completed P.G.C.T.E from the English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad in 2008, completed the Doctoral Degree in 2015 from the Manonmanium Sundaranar University, Trinelveli, in the area of English Language Teaching, on the topic " The Acquisition of Phonology in English by the State Board and Central Board Students of Kanniyakumari District, Tamil Nadu ". Have worked as an Assistant Professor (F.D.P Substitute) in Scott Christian College, (Autonomous) Nagercoil. Has ten years of teaching experience. Interested in Phonetics and incorporates the same while teaching. Delivers engaging, interesting and motivating lessons to students. Utilizes learning technology in the planning of lessons. Creates a vibrant teaching atmosphere.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dr. Vinila Dennis,
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,
She has been working in the Department of English since 2009. Her area of interest is Caribbean literature. she did her Ph.D on the Poems of Derek Walcott. She has co-ordinated national level seminars.
Awards
           1. Prof.A.Vethasironmony Memorial Prize
           2. Packiam Davasahayam Memorial Prize
           3. Hepsibah Fenn George Scholarship
           4. M.R.Davadhas Memorial Prize
           5. Alice Perinbamuthu Memorial Prize

Activities of the academic year 2019-2020

Activities of the academic year 2018-2019
          The activities for the academic year 2018-2019 started with the orientation programme to the I year students on 26-06-2018 and 27-06-2018. The students were informed of the various rules and regulations of the college and were motivated in the areas like goal setting, self esteem, time management and facing challenges during their education here and for their future. Bridge Course was conducted for all the I year U.G. students from 28-06-2018 to 03-07-2018. The inaugural function of the English Association and the English Literary Association for the academic year 2018-2019 was conducted on 18-07-2018. Dr. Adalyn George was the Chief Guest for the function. Association meetings were conducted regularly. Essay writing, Verse writing, Short story writing, Elocution and Quiz competitions were conducted. English Literary Association valedictory function was conducted on 05-04-2019.
         A National seminar on "Women in Contemporary Indian Writing in English" was organized on 04-10-2018. Dr. Raghi P. Nair, Principal, Vivekananda College, Pondicherry was the resource person. Dr.Reni Sam, Dr. Anusha Lahi and Dr. G. Dhali were awarded Ph.D. degree during the academic year 2018-2019. Three staff members Dr. Chrissie David, Dr. Y.G. Reni and Dr. G.J. Hamlin were granted guideship during the academic year 2018-2019. Extension activities were carried out under the leadership of Dr. Chrissie David, on 09-01-2019, 22-01-2019 and 25-01-2019 during which 3 sessions of acquisition of language skills were taught to the V Std students of the Home Church English Primary School.
         LITARENA 2019, Theatre Day and Intercollegiate competitions on theatrical skills (Literary Masquerade, Verse acting, Ballad singing, Literary dance and Tableau) were organized in Moderator Gnanadason Hall on 01-02-2019. 11 colleges from various parts of Kanyakumari District participated and Nesamony Memorial College, Marthandam won the rolling trophy. On 07-02-2019, LITEX 2019 was conducted in which there was a splendid exhibition of literary characters and anecdotes presented by the students of I, II, III year UG English and I and II year PG English students.
         The Department of English won the II Prize in the Interdepartmental competition for March Past during the College Annual Sports Meet held on 27-02-2019. The students of the Department of English also won the overall Trophy in the College Interdepartmental Fine Arts Competitions for the year 2018-2019. Securing university ranks is a regular feature with our students. We are proud to state here that our B.A. English Literature students have gone out registering 100% results in the University Examinations, thus proving all the curricular as well as co-curricular skills acquired during their Under Graduate course.
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