Introduction

The Department of English has a pivotal role to play within the University, providing the means for students to reach an advanced level of proficiency in English, as a support subject for other departments, as well as to promote a greater sensitivity to the literary and cultural traditions of the language in a global context. It is one of the largest departments in the university and its aim is to provide all students with the communicative tools they need in order to be successful users of English at an advanced level.

The underlying philosophy of the Department is that all students extend their proficiency in English, both oral and written, and learn about the English language in a global, multicultural context. Fundamental to this is the appreciation of all forms of literature throughout their school life. The department of English is a dynamic faculty of highly qualified and trained professionals. This department offers students the opportunity to master through immersion in the currency of language. The BS and M.A programs in English offer large variety of courses to the students in the area of Literature as well as Linguistics and impart knowledge essential for the management of language. Further, the department of English offers M.Phil. in Linguistics and promotes a research oriented culture among students. A special focus is set on the contemporary issues and their solutions in the fields of Literature as well as in Linguistics. The purpose of the department is to develop analytical, critical, creative and communicative skills among the students to a large extent.

 Mission Statement

The department of English at Government College Women University, Sialkot helps students build knowledge of the content and methods of literary studies, Linguistic variations, English education, and academic, professional, and creative writing. It also provides General Education courses in Communication Skills, Human Rights, Philosophy of English, Islamic Studies, Pakistan studies, and computer literacy. In addition, our faculty is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, evident in their involvement in special courses such as CALL, Corpus Linguistics, major Literary Theories, Depiction of global theater through Movies and Media. Our graduates are well prepared for professional and Post-graduate study and for lifelong learning. They pursue careers in education, research, business, government jobs, and publishing. The Department’s policies and its reading- and writing-intensive curriculum demonstrate our commitment to the liberal arts.

Further, our mission is to provide study in English that:

  • Conveys knowledge of literary history, literary forms, literary theory, and a wide variety of texts and a wide array of vocabularies and practices used to consider them.
  • Gives students an understanding of an appreciation and usage for the English language in our society.
  • Provides students with sophisticated writing and critical thinking skills useful not only in the academy but also in the world at large.
  • Offers opportunities to explore identity, values, manners, and morals.

  Vision

  • To provide appropriate pedagogies including: class size and environments (classrooms, equipment, resources, and technology) that will lead to student retention and success as well as an increase in the number of majors and minors.
  • To help students see themselves as professionals, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in the business, teaching, publishing, or post-graduate work.
  • To give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging their participation in service learning and in diverse and international course work and programming.
  • To assure that students encounter creativity crucial to English studies through theater productions, readings by professional writers, and their own creative and critical production and presentation.
  • To balance the needs of general education : communication, diversity, global perspectives, interdisciplinary studies , with those of the major.
  • To acquire adequate funding to support the department’s contributions to general education and the liberal arts through departmental budgets and hiring.
  • To value faculty scholarship and service through greater support for and participation in activities of the profession.
  • To offer them with valuable higher degrees like M.Phil and PhD in both Literature and Linguistics by hiring highly qualified and skilled faculty in order to make our students excel in the field with distinction.

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