Think and Write: Online Academic Writing Workshop was organized by the department of English, Presidency University for research scholars in the field of English language and literature. The 19 day workshop was conducted through Microsoft Team platform from Monday 5th to Saturday of July, 2021. Dr. Venkata Ramani Challa, the Head of the Department gave opening remarks encouraging participants to take the sessions seriously with the aim of improving their academic writing skills. The lecture sessions included, recent trends in English literature and teaching, literature review, theoretical framework in English literature and teaching, citation and references, and reviewing a research article.

The workshop aimed at strengthening academic writing skills in the respective area of research scholars. A team comprising in house faculty members and reputed academicians delivered lecture sessions for 40 minutes every day till Friday, 16th of July 2021. Later the participants presented their assignments and feedback sessions were followed by resource persons. The workshop committee identified resource persons and shared the participants’ submissions, in order to make the discussions productive. Participants have benefitted from intensive, interactive hand-on training during which they learned to develop arguments. By the end of the last week of the workshop, the participants identified peer reviewers for themselves.

A participant-centered approach was used because the research scholars work on different topics and individual concentration was required to identify existing weakness, strengths and need for change in their academic writing. At the end of the workshop each participant submitted and peer reviewed the first draft of their research. Feedback forms were circulated time to time to keep the flow of the workshop.

Resource Persons

The resource persons of the workshop were Dr. Rekha Datta, Associate Professor, The National College, Bengaluru; Dr. Sudeesh K, Assistant Professor, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru; Dr. M. Ibrahim Khalilulla, Associate Professor, Sahyadri Science College, Shivmoga; Dr. Sajo Jose, Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakkuda; Dr. Pradeep S. Raj, HoD of languages, IFIM College, Bengaluru; Dr. Udayaravi S. V, Associate Professor, P. A. College of Arts and Commerce, Tiptur; Dr. Jayshree Goswami, Assistant Professor, Kolkata Police Law Institute, Kolkata; and Dr. Jindagi Kumari, Assistant Professor, Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Associate professors, Dr. Ch. V. Ramani and Dr. J. G. Ravikumar; and assistant professors Dr. Narasimha Murthy S. V, Dr. Bibhti Mary Kacchap, Dr. Payal Mukherjee, Dr. Priayanka, Dr. Noor Fathima, Dr. Kirankumar Nattali, Dr. Shibily Nuaman VZ and Dr. Barnashree K from the department of English, Presidency University conducted lecture sessions as well as served as resource persons for the feedback sessions.

Lectures Sessions

Day 1 – 5 July 2021, Monday

Day 2 – 6 July 2021, Tuesday

Current Research Trends in English Language Teaching & Learning (Applied Linguistics)

Day 3 – 7 July 2021, Wednesday

Recent Research Trends in English Literature

Day 4 – 8 July 2021, Thursday

Literature Review

Day 5 – 9 July 2021, Friday

Identification of Research Topic in Literature

Day 6 – 12 July 2021, Monday

Identification of Research Topic in English Language Teaching

Day 7 – 13 July 2021, Tuesday

Theoretical Framework in Literature

Day 8 – 14 July 2021, Wednesday

Reference in Academic Writing

Day 9 – 15 July 2021, Thursday

How to write a review of a Research Article?

Day 10 – 16 July 2021, Friday

Theoretical Framework in ELT Research

Feedback Sessions

Day 1 – 19 July 2021, Monday

Day 2 – 20 July 2021, Tuesday

Day 3 – 22 July 2021, Thursday

Day 4 – 23 July 2021, Friday

Day 5 – 26 July 2021, Monday

Day 6 – 27 July 2021, Tuesday

Day 7 – 28 July 2021, Wednesday

Day 8 – 29 July 2021, Thursday

Day 9 – 30 July 2021, Friday

Valedictory Session

The valedictory session was held at 10.30 am on Saturday, 31st of July, 2021 and the program was well appreciated. Most of the participants had never attended this type of workshop where they get enough time to write and present their research progress. Participants were enthusiastic to put what was learnt in practice. Certificates of invited speakers and participants were awarded to both participants and resource persons during the valedictory session. Dr. Surendra Kumar, the pro-vice chancellor of Presidency University felicitated the participants, resource persons and organizing committee. Resource persons, Dr. Rekha Datta, Dr. Pradeep S. Raj, Dr. Jayshree Goswami, Dr. Jindagi Kumari, Dr. Narasimha Murthy and Dr. Kirankumar Nattali appreciated the efforts of participants to make the workshop a great success. Participants, Ms. Pritha, Mr. Nikhileshwar, Mr. Kannan and Ms. Ayushi expressed their gratitude and willingness to be part of such activities in future. The head of the department, Dr. Ch. V. Ramani, in her presidential address, congratulated the participants as well as the organizers, and promised her commitment to continue academic engagement and encourage research in the field of English studies. Dr. Shibily Nuaman VZ, the coordinator of the workshop expressed vote of thanks.

List of Participants

Sl. No. Name Institution
1 Ajitha Presidency University
2 Anindita Chowdhury Presidency University
3 Anupama Dhavale Presidency University
4 Apoorva Presidency University
5 Ayushi Gupta Bloom International School
6 Chetana P Presidency University
7 Gautham C Presidency University
8 R. Indumathy Bharathiar University
9 Kannan.D Presidency University, Bangalore
10 Machagari Nikhileswar Reddy University of Hyderabad
11 Pritha Mukherjee Presidency College Bangalore
12 Priyanka Ghosh Presidency University
13 Rochelle Ann Fernandes Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus
14 Sandhya Devi N. K Presidency University
15 Siva V Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, TamilNadu
16 Himani Sharma Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women
17 T. Sreevani K. L. University
18 Reena Rani Justin Presidency University