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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Workshop on Art and Architecture Criticism

Department of Media Studies

Christ College (Autonomous) Bangalore

Workshop on Art and Architecture Criticism

Date: 16, 17, 18, 19 April 2007

Time: 9.30 -1.00 pm

Venue: Christ College

Max no of participants: 15

Course Fee: 500

(Includes course material, certificate, tea)

For registration and details contact:



Mail to : ajpinto42 at


Meet: Anil Pinto, Dept of Media Studies

Following is the rough syllabus. A detailed syllabus will follow.

Module I

Elements of art and architecture

Analyzing visual material

History of art and architecture through the concept of Beauty

The role of art in society and history

The performance of architecture in society and politics

Module II

Frameworks of criticism

Types of writing

Aspects of journalism

Module III

Field visits to two architecturally rich sites and two art galleries will be a part of the course.


Kaiwan Mehta
Architect and Urban Researcher; Research scholar – Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore; Senior Lecturer - K Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai; Assistant Editor - Indian Architect & Builder.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Workshop on Art and Architecture Criticism

The Dept of Media Studies is organizing a four-day Workshop on Art and Architecture Criticism on 16, 17, 18, 19 April 2007. The classes will be held from 9.30 to 1 pm at Christ College. The workshop will be reading, analysis and writing intensive.

Course fee Rs 400. Those who fulfill the all the requirement will be issued certificates at the end of the workshop.

Those who wish to participate in the workshop please mail me at: ajpinto42 at

Maximum intake: 15.

Following is the rough syllabus. A detailed syllabus will follow.

Module I

Elements of art and architecture

Analyzing visual material

History of art and architecture through the concept of Beauty

The role of art in society and history

The performance of architecture in society and politics

Module II

Frameworks of criticism

Types of writing

Aspects of journalism

Module III

Field visits to two architecturally rich sites and two art galleries will be a part of the course.


Kaiwan Mehta
Architect and Urban Researcher; Research scholar – Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore; Senior Lecturer - K Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai; Assistant Editor - Indian Architect & Builder.

The Ladies have Feeling, so... Shall we leave it to the Experts?

The Ladies have Feeling, so... Shall we leave it to the Experts? (2002)

Arundhati Roy

Contradictions that make India

Lives in many centuries simultaneously

Anarchy in India

Loaded in two convoys pulling opposite each other

Balancing is an art

Being a writer in this country

Development as undeclared war

Rules for writer: No rules. But no excuses for bad art

Art imposes responsibility

Problem of writer – once you see you can’t unsee

Civil society protects a writer

Changing situation for Indian writers – demand by western publishers

Celebrity status can kill the writer

Labeled – because she takes positions

Corporate globalization

Cannot address problems in India

We have excess within us

Way it functions

Govt stand – opposes

Euphemisms – Globalization with human face.

Questions unanswered: Globalization is not panacea

Need to question the World bank projects

Issue of displacement

Anti-poor govt and judiciary

You take part in the issues because you are a human being

Don’t depend on expert

India cannot be forced with globalization. Peoples movements cannot be silenced.

Their battle strategies span the range.

India’s redemption lies in its anarchy

Writers, artists, singers, filmmakers, should make connection and explain complexity of situations to people. – translate

New space. Opportunities for new kind of art.

Need for new kind of politics, of governance, and resistance, of opposition, of forcing accountability, of joining hands,

Only thing worth globalizing is dissent – India’s best export.

You may find the complete text of the article in the following link

On the Abolition of English Department

On the Abolition of English Department

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Comment on HOD’s paper at University of Nairobi.

Issue: Developments in arts faculty and relation to English dept.

1. place of modern languages like French

2. Place of English

3. Emergence of Dept of Linguistics and languages

Suggestion: Dept of Linguistics and Languages closely related to English

Possibility of Dept of African literature and Culture

Important questions raised – values, direction, orientation

The suggestions question the role and status of an English Dept in an African situation and environment. “The English Dept has had a long history at this College and has built up a strong syllabus which by its study of the historic continuity of a single culture throughout the period of emergence of the modern west, makes it an important companion to History and to Philosophy and Religious Studies. However, it is bound to become less ‘British’, more open to other writing in English and also to continental writing, for comparative purposes.”

Assumption: the English tradition and the emergence of the modern west is the central root of our consciousness and cultural heritage. Africa becomes an extension of the west, an attitude.

There is assumed centrality of the dept into which other cultures can be admitted from time to time as fit subjects for study, and other satellite depts can spring depending on time and money. E.g. African writing in English syllabus

Imp question: If there is need for a ‘study of the historic continuity of a single culture’, why can’t this be African? Why can’t African literature be at the centre so that we can view other cultures in relationship to it?

Primacy of English literature and culture is rejected.

The aim- to orientate ourselves towards placing Kenya, East Africa, then Africa in the centre. Rest consider to understand ourselves

Suggestions: Abolish English dept

Begin dept of African literature and language.

Duty of literature dept: to illuminate the spirit animating a people, show how it meets challenges, innovate possible areas of development and involvement

Sources of influence

  1. English French, Portuguese
  2. Swahili, Arabic, and Asian
  3. African tradition – stuff gown on, base

Oral Tradition

Living littered tradition- can be found in political rallies, churches and night clubs.

Art forms are interlinked in traditional practice are interlinked.

social purpose of tale, dance, song, myth

Dance – symbolic expression system of social reality reflecting and influencing cultural and personality systems of which it is a part

Oral tradition comments on society

Multidisciplinary approach to oral literature: Literature, music, Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Psychology, Religion, Philosophy,

Study can give fresh approaches

Oral tradition can supplement Modern African Literature.


Question of literary excellence

Abolish English dept and establish Dept of African literature and language.

Establish centrality of Africa


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Minute on Indian Education

Minute on Indian Education (1835)

Thomas B Macaulay

Why English and only English

  • Need to educate people cannot be done by mother tongue.
  • A foreign language
  • English is the best: It’s preeminent, abounds with works of imagination equal to Greek
  • Best vehicles of ethical and political instruction
  • Just and lively representations of human life and nature
  • Has profound speculations on metaphysics, morals, government, jurisprudence, trade,
  • Correct and full info on every experimental science to preserve health, increase comfort or expand the intellect.
  • Ready access to intellectual wealth.
  • Great literature
  • In India English- language of the ruling class, spoken by higher mass of natives at seat of power
  • Likely to become language of commerce throughout the seas of the East
  • Language of two rising European communities – Australia and S Africa – becoming more imp and closer to Indian Empire
  • Intrinsic value of literature + context make English the best choice

What to teach?

  • In a language that does not have contemporary knowledge?
  • Science, Philosophy, History as against problematic astronomy, history, geography

Justification – Two examples

  1. Revival of learning in the West. Because they opened to sth external they grew to be equal. (Doubts about Sanskrit)
  2. Russia- change in 120 years from barbarism.

The Solution

· Impossible to educate all with limited means

· Therefore, create interpreters between us and the masses “a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals and in intellect (emphasis mine).

· That class will refine and enrich vernaculars with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature and make vernaculars fit to convey knowledge to masses

PS: Please go through the following link on Macaulay. Extremely fascinating. I strongly recommend that you go though it to understand Macaulay. If you manage to go through the link, please post your comments in the posting.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Intership briefing

There is a meeting of all the IFEP students on Wednesday 28 at 11 am in IFEP classroom.

Agenda: Internship briefing by Abhaya and the dept.

PS: Teju, I havent received the corrected ids of the bouncing mails!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Minor Thesis/ viva IFEP

Spoke to Solomon about the minor theses. He was very impressed and spoke very highly about the class. Some of the works theses were just amazing. I personally felt we were wasting our time given your abilities. I think you need to be challenged far beyond. What we now do must be child play for you.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Teaching, learning Engslish

I attended a seminar on General English teaching at Loyola College on 15 and 16 March.

I wish to present some of the points that came up in the seminar. Here they are. Of course, I have left out all those boring, clich├ęd ideas which I do not approve of myself.

  • Different colleges need to come together to create Collaborative content creation on the net which could be used depending on their needs. A common pool of resources.
  • One size does not fit all. A common curriculum may not meet the needs and learning abilities of all the students
  • Need to localizing institutional curriculum (One person passingly mentioned it but no one seemed to understand either. Looked as if everyone thought there was one great way of teaching English and developing curriculum that will fit all the institutions across the country.
  • Analyzing perceived and real needs of students and society
  • The term Language lab is changed to ‘Multimedia Resource Centre’ or ‘Language Resource Centre’ in some colleges. I think the shift is important p
  • Peer learning needs to be stressed as it can be far more effective in classroom pedagogy.
  • Is there a possibility to fall back upon pre British ways of teaching? Example Persian, Prakrit were taught before the British brought English education. (This was sth new to me. Although I am not sure if there were such systems in India, because universal education was never there in India before the British came. However, I strongly feel we need to make inquiries into it. I met the person who made the comment. But he did not give me any reference to pursue this point. I have email to him. But doubt if will reply. The comment was made by one Prof Elango
  • Why has India not evolved any new theory after 60 years of teaching English in Independent India?
  • We need to shift from native speakers framework of teaching English to globally intelligible English
  • Can Language teaching be shifted to subject teachers. Because, the students get far more exposure and their profession specific language exposure from their subject teachers than us. Can we co opt other subject teachers to teach English? (I know it sounds like a death knell to us language teachers. But I feel it’s worth engaging.)
  • Most UK-originating classroom methodologies fail as they evolve from a particular classroom situation. E.g. Pair work does not work in India. It evolved in British lower classes where only two students sit on row. (My own experiments in my previous college have shown it is possible. But need to make major modifications. But I agree, direct implementation as well modified implementation are difficult.
  • Why should we depend completely on teacher and material. Can’t we make students learn on their own and from their peers.
  • Even the Cambridge Business English Certificate programmes do not meet industry needs. This was told by a person who is one of the three organizers of this exam for Cambridge University in India. Shocking. The English corporate world uses and what the Cambridge BEC certificate demands have huge gap between them
  • In its language text books Oriental Longman keeps 80% of the old curriculum and methodology and adds 20% new.
  • From the Corporate interaction session I came to know that they also expect skill like thinking differently, contextual thinking etc. And not just communicative skills.

My thoughts

  • In assessment we need to ensure as much transparency as possible if not objectivity. As it is not possible to be completely objective.
  • We need to look at new themes for perspectives.
  • Need to integrate some more objectives into our curriculum design like- building self confidence, community outlook, critical thinking, creativity, communication, decision making, team work, negotiation, collaborative learning.
  • Tamilnadu needs or experience at best can be applied only to Tamilnadu as long it caters to Tamilians and cannot be generalized.
  • I find we need to engage with Vellore Institute of Technology experiments.
  • Corporate needs and social needs are not different.
  • Autonomy has brought up need for continuous updating and emphasis on research. How do we balance between clerical needs of the subject with our and subject related intellectual needs?
  • Arent’ the needs we thought while framing the syllabus assumed needs? What is the basis of such needs? Shouldn’t we need to do structured research?
  • Where should our dept go from where we are now?
  • I think we now need to prepare ourselves to developing e and digital content. The shift also needs to made to customized learning.
  • I realized that our dept is far ahead of all prominent instutions in Tamilnadu namely Loyola, WCC, MCC, St Joseph’s Trichy, Lady Vaishav, etc in conceptual framework, classroom pedagogy, use of ICT. One of the major problems for these intuitions is their own past baggage which does not allow to see or think beyond and pushes them into binary debates which does not take them anywhere.

II FEP Summer interniship

(The note was prepared by Abhaya. I have made slight modifications to it.)

You can do your internship in one of the following fields:

Radio: AIR, FM
Television: CNN-IBN, NDTV, local channels,
Film production units - production side or script writing
Advertising agencies: client servicing or creative dept
Public relations: you get more exposure in a govt organisation like KPTCL, BWSSAB etc. private organisations are not ruled out.
Event management firms


If you are going for magazine-print- prefer the design dept - page design - as you have got exposure in newspaper in the last internship

What do you have to keep in mind while working:
Keep every piece of paper you work on
The notes you take down while doing research
Make notes to prepare questionnaires
Any notes taken in a meeting

In some cases the final product may not be given to the intern; explain to your mentor in the organisation that the product/article/script will not be used for any profitable purposes and you need evidence of your work for the report. If not the entire corpus of the work get some samples. Attest those samples - either signature of your mentor or seal of the organisation

IMP: Get a letter from the organisation before you leave.

During research documentation is important:
Books: title of the book, name of the author, name of the publishing place, publishing house, year of the publication
Journals: title of the article, name of the author, title of the journal, volume no, issue no, year
Web: title, author, date of publication, date of access, URL

Collect the diary from the dept. Pay Rs.30 in the office, show the receipt and collect the diary.

Keep in touch with your guide regularly, at least once a week. You have the option of interning at the place of your choice. You need not search only in Bangalore. If you are working outside inform your guide, collect the email id and give yours so that you get reminders.

All the best. Enjoy yourselves.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I FEP Practical Exams

Department of Media Studies

Christ College (Autonomous)



Writing Skills

Practical Exam

22 March 2007

9 am to 12.30 pm

Batch I

06D3001- 06D3039

01 pm to 04.30 pm

Batch II

06D3040 – 06D3077

Monday, March 19, 2007

Australian Literature and the Canadian Comparison

I would not be making any posts on "Australian Literature and the Canadian Comparison", as mentioned in the class. However, you may make your posts on this essays on my blog to which I shall respond. You may also share your class notes there, to which also I shall respond.

PostColonial Scramble - Steven Slemon

I would not be making any posts on 'The Postcolonial Scramble" as mentioned in the class. However, you may make your posts on the essays here to which I shall respond. You may also share your class notes there, to which also I shall respond.Publish

'Come Thunder' - Christopher Okigbo

Come Thunder

Christopher Okigbo

The Poet and the Background

A Nigerian poet Christopher Okigbo is an important voice in post-colonial literature as well as twentieth century literature. He has been referred to as an outstanding postcolonial English-language African poet and one of the major modernist writers of the twentieth century. His poetry has a strong influence of modernist European and American poetry, African tribal mythology, and Nigerian music and rhythms. Like most African litterateur, Christopher Okigbo was also a poet activist. Okigbo spent the best years of his life tormenting over the problems within his society and trying to solve them. Through his poetry, he tried to convey his visions of Nigerian society.

Some of the recurring images in Okigbo's poems are dance, thunder, and sound of drums. One can find all these in ‘Come Thunder’ as well. One can also see a vision of a spiritual quest, in his poem/s which takes the poet to the realm of ancient myths and to his spiritual self. Okigbo uses repetition, songlike rhythm and melodious flow of words.

He is also called the poet of destiny

He follows the romantic notion of poetry in that he believes that the poet "is no ordinary mortal but a divinely inspired artist, a possessed performer through whom hidden truths of the spirit are revealed and through whose influence mankind undergoes regeneration and spiritual rebirth. The poet, in the romantic tradition, functions severally as priest, prophet, and legislator for mankind, as a man speaking to other men with a voice of moral authority strengthened by heightened sensibility. He is a man imbued with an understanding and suffering soul, a kind of a god."

His poems also gain importance as prophecy and warning to Nigerians and the misrulers of Nigeria against continued national misdirection.

To understand Okigbo better one needs to locate the poet squarely with all communalistic traditional African poetics, in which aesthetics and social functionality are coordinate components of art. He totally identified with the Nigerian people. Okigbo's project included a sustained critical introspection, and his indignation, a militancy, despair, and ultimate martyrdom do not constitute a pessimistic closure.

The poems which are cut up, divided, brief in their sections, impress from line to line. Structure of his poems also is significant. Lines are repeated and varied throughout several of the poem-sequences.

The poem

The characteristic so Okigbo’s poems discussed in the background section hold good in the case of ‘Come Thunder’ too. The style, tone, and techniques used are much like those found in modernist poets. But the rhythm is essentially non-English. Abundant use of plosive sounds, in words and lines give a pattern to the poem. All this give the poem onomatopoeic effect which is in tune with the main motif of the poem – thunder.

The language is prophetic. It prophesies what is to come. There is warning given perhaps to the rulers of the impending changes or revolution. The revolution that seems to be suggested is one that will make the entire society tremble. The impending revolution should be seen in the backdrop of Nigerian (?) civil war.

One can notice a lot of juxtapositions. To understand the poem read it aloud.

I am aware that I have not substantiated my points with quotations from the poem. I leave t hem to you to do. You may comment here on the poem or on my post I shall respond to all your comments. I do it order to make it interactive and allow you to explore the poem. This is my reading of the poem. You may challenge it.

Try and see how this is a postcolonial poem? How it incorporates some of the issues I mentioned in the section on background.


“Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967).” 2000. 19 Mar. 2007 <>

“Christopher Okigbo: The Fallen Bard.” 19 Mar. 2007

“Christopher Okigbo.” 10 March 2007. 19 Mar. 2007 <>

“The Complete Review's Review Complete Review.” 2005. 19 Mar. 2007

Communicative English Syllabus from June 2007

Introduction to Mass Communication
Computer and Communication

II Sem
Applied Phonetics & Communication Skills
Introduction to Writing Skills

Writing for the Media – Print
Creative Writing

IV Sem
Broadcasting Media – Radio
Basic Photography

V Sem
Media laws and Ethics
Films and Television

VI Sem
Public Relations

Philosophers' pose!

Group photo taken after the last Certificate course in Philosophy Class on 10 March 2007 at Christ College Bangalore. The two-month long course had 36 participants enthusiastically participating. Prof Sundar Sarukkai of National institute of Advanced Studies, (NIAS) was the course instructor.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

II Opt Eng essays

I had promised to make postings on two of the essays and also a poem if it's not dealt with in the class. Since my copy of the essays is in the college, I am unable to get make a post. Will do it may be tomorrow or within a few days.

Tomorrows workshop cancelled

I had expressed my desire to have a workshop on the Writing skill paper and the classes we had. But, since you have practical exam on Tuesday, I do not wish that you come here and spend your precious time. Once you come, even for a short time, your entire day is wasted.
Please tell all your other classmates calling or smsing that tomorrow s proposed workshop is cancelled.

We will have the workshop in the beginning of the next academic year

All the best for your exams.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Communicative English Paper IV

Introduction to Writing Skills


Viva 10 + Thesis 15 = 25


Viva will try to understand the genuineness of the student work and the learning outcome by posing questions on

1. The research method

2. Analysis

3. Understanding of the conclusions drawn


Thesis will be evaluated by Felix and Anil which will be then be ratified by the external examiners based on the viva and the re-examination of the thesis.

Thesis Evaluation criteria:

1. Content : Presentation Analysis of the research issue and conclusion

2. Understanding of research report format

3. Language: Grammar, spelling, punctuation, style

For clarification please contact Anil Pinto or Felix

Format for the Minor Thesis

I FEP Students

The Format for the Minor Thesis

Cover page (Same as title page)

  1. Title page (Do not mention the page number)
  2. Student, guide declaration
  3. Acknowledgement
  4. Content (Do not number)
  5. List of Illustrations (if necessary)

  1. Chapter I - Introduction
  2. Chapter II – Objectives and Methodology ( also mention the limitations)
  3. Chapter III – Analysis, Discussion
  4. Chapter IV - Conclusion
  5. Bibliography
  6. Appendices( if necessary, like questionnaire model in the case of a survey)


  1. You may have a fifth chapter if the discussion requires more than one chapter.
  2. Limitation in Chapter 2 refers to the limitation you would like to put for your research regarding the scope, area covering etc. This chapter can be one or two pages.
  3. The entire report should be printed in black ink.
  4. Photographs, graphs can be use, if necessary. But do not use them for the sake of using them
  5. Print on one side of the paper
  6. Justify (alignment) the complete text of the report
  7. Do not use footnotes. Use only endnotes.
  8. Use 1.5 spacing

Other instruction regarding the printing format of the report

Font size of the title: 22, do not make it bold

Font size of the name and reg. no : 16

Font size of the other matter on the title page :16

Font size of the “Acknowledgement” and “Title” 16 in Capital. Do not make it bold

Font size of the text 14

Line spacing 1.5

Text margins: left-hand side- 1.25 cm, top- 1, right-1, bottom-1


I hereby declare that this minor thesis entitled (Title) ___________________________submitted to Department of Media Studies, Christ College, as part of the Writing Skills paper of Communicative English (vocational) Course, is a record of the original research work done by me under the guidance of (Name of the teacher-in-charge) _______________, Lecturer, Department of Media Studies, Christ College, Bangalore and that this work has not been submitted for any other award of degree, diploma or grants.


Anil Pinto Abhishek

Monday, March 12, 2007

As the Philosophy course concludes....

A big thank you to all of you for enthusiastically participating in the Philosophy course. I am sure the course has benefited you immensely.

Personally, it is an emotional moment for me. I have lost count of the various programes I have organised for my students in the past. But this was special in that it was neither fashionable to have philosophy course nor was it considered 'current', 'relevant', 'useful' by anyone I spoke to. Your response and support only encourages me to go ahead with the dreams that I dream. Thanks a million. I hope and earnestly request you that you take what you have picked up/learnt ahead in your own little ways.

I thank Sundar for being so flexible and approachable. It's rare that a person of his caliber is also so approachable. I wish that many more youngsters across Bangalore benefit from him.
I must thank Fr Principal and Fr Vaghese for their support. They have gone beyond the institutional constraints to have this course. For those of you who are not aware, this is the only certificate course happening outside the regular certificate programmes. In that way it is a special concession offered by the college.

Can't forget Padmakumar and Solomon who have been always there to manage the arrangements so that I could attend my law classes or some seminar/workshop somewhere. I owe a special debt of gratitude to them. I also appreciate their eagerness to learn new things and pray this spirit spreads among other staff as well.

Thanks to ever-encouraging Kennedy, my HOD, for permitting to have the course under the banner of the dept.

I wish that you come up with suggestions to see how we can move forward from here
I am organising a course in Art and Architecture criticism for three days between 15 and 20 April 2007. Those of you who are interested may get in touch with him. The course will be taught by Kaiwan Mehta, himself a pracising art and architecture critic, journalist and professor or architecture.

Good luck for 5000 word essay!


IFEP Writing skill model Question paper



Model Question Paper

Course: BA Marks: 50

Subject: Introduction to Writing Skills Time: 2 Hours

I. In the following paragraphs identify the topic sentence, the supporting sentences, and the concluding sentence. (5 x 2=10)

1. In times gone by, lions lived in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Humans killed hundreds of lions either out of fear or for sport. When areas were cleared to make towns and villages, lions and other animals were killed in large numbers. Now there are no lions left in the Middle East or Northern Africa. Lions can be found in Asia and the Eastern part of Central Africa. They are mostly found in zoos or national parks.

2. In these modern times we live a fast-paced life. We speed on highways that never end, take jet planes to travel faster. Fast food restaurants save us time. Our machines are working faster than ever, and we can enjoy more leisure time. Then, in our leisure time, we grumble because things move too slowly.

II. Write a paragraph each for the following types. (2x5=10)

(Evaluation criteria: Knowledge of paragraph type, paragraph structure, spelling, grammar)

  1. Cause and effect
  2. Argumentative
  3. Process
  4. Descriptive
  5. Narrative

III. Read the following passages and identify paragraph type. Do not rewrite the passage.


1. The old store lightened by 360 watts bulbs, smelled of coal oil and baking bread. In the middle of the rectangular room, where the oak flow sagged a little, stood an iron stove. To the right was a wooden table with an unfinished game of checkers and a stool made from an apple – tree stump. On shelves around the walls sat earthen jugs with corncob stoppers, a few canned goods and some of the 2000 old clocks and clock works Thurmond watts owned. Only one was ticking; the others he just looked at.

2. The young man started out to look for wood. It was not long before he saw wood that would make a beautiful warm fire, and he began to busy himself gathering the wood. Suddenly he felt the presence of the owl. The owl reached down and put the young man in its ear. The young man strung his bow and fitted one of his arrows, letting it fly from his bow deep into the ear of the owl. And the young man was free.

3. You enter with a violin and prepare to play some lovely music. Taking out a pocket handkerchief you fold it carefully and place it on your shoulder as a violin rest. You then put the violin under your chin on your left shoulder ( or vice versa if you are left handed). Drawing the bow back on the strings, you suddenly send the bow flying offstage into the wings like an arrow! Dismayed, you produce a second a bow and repeat the action, launching the bow offstage as well. You investigate the violin and discover the elastic strings, reacting with either embarrassment and delight.

4. The great increase in the free black population in America came after the Revolutionary War. In appreciation of the service of some 5000 blacks in the War for independence and as a result of the libertarian and egalitarian spirit that the declaration of independence and the war inspired, many masters, especially Northerners, freed their slaves. Soon individual states in the North decreed the gradual abolition of the institutions, beginning with Vermont’s action in 1777. In 1776 the population of United States was about two and a half million, more than 500,000 back slaves and approximately 40,000 free blacks. More than one half of these free blacks lived in the south. The revolutionary leaders, including Washington and Jefferson anticipated a constitution of the trend toward emancipation until eventually slavery would disappear from the land. This expectation was to be drowned, almost literally, by the whirring noise of Eli Whiney’s cotton gin. The invention of this native of Massachusetts made cotton production increasingly profitable and caused rapid and substantial increases in the slave population, so that on the eve of Civil War they were four million black slaves in the South.

5. To begin with, dinosaurs fell into two groups: the bird-hipped ones or ornithischians, and the reptile-hipped ones, saurischians. The bird-hipped dinosaurs were almost all herbivorous or plant-eaters, while the reptile-hippped group contained both meat eaters and plant eaters.

IV. Write an essay on any ONE of the following topics in about 600 words. (10x1=10)

(Evaluation criteria: Knowledge of essay structure, paragraph structure, spelling, grammar, punctuation, development of ideas, language)

  1. A sound knowledge of political science, sociology and economics is crucial to become a competent journalist/media person.
  2. Students of humanities and social sciences are more important for an inclusive and humanistic growth of societies.
  3. Social evils like caste and gender discriminations do not disappear; they only change forms.
  4. Indian society in 2020.
  5. Bollywood films and the Indian Diaspora

V. Prepare a bibliography of the following books and articles using recent MLA or APA styles. (Evaluation criteria: Knowledge bibliography formats) (1x5=5)

  1. Benedict Anderson. Book: Imagined Communities. Published in London by Verso in 1991
  2. Bill Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin. Editors. Book: The Post Colonial Reader. Published in London/New York by Routledge in 1995.
  3. Felix Wilfred. Article: ‘Publishing History of the Bible’. Published in the The Hindu. on 02 Oct. 2001
  4. John J Kenndy, Abhaya, Anil Pinto, Shaila Gaur, Sudhamshu. Book: Perspectives Published by Oxford in Banglore in 2007
  5. Mrinalini Sebastian. Article Understadning culture. Updated on 7 Febraury 2006. Accessed on 5 February 2007. URL:

VI Prepare a research proposal on any ONE of the following topics. In about 150-200 words (5x1-5)

(Evaluation criteria: Knowledge of proposal format, quality of research areas identified and formulated, grammar, spelling, punctuation)

  1. The impact of mobile phones on communication among youth
  2. Communicative English syllabus
  3. Impact of Rang De Basanti on politics in India
  4. Multilingualism and contemporary media in Bangalore
  5. Impact of autonomy in education in the college
  6. TV viewing habits among college going students
  7. Impact of Harry Potter on school children
  8. Use of library by students
  9. Emerging trends in FM radio
  10. Elite academic institutions and their attitude towards student from slums

IFEP minor thesis evaluation

Dept of Media Studies

Christ College (Autonomous), Bangalore


Communicative English Paper IV

Introduction to Writing Skills


Viva 10 + Thesis 15 = 25


Viva will try to understand the genuineness of the student work and the learning outcome by posing questions on

1. The research method

2. Analysis

3. Understanding of the conclusions drawn


Thesis will be evaluated by Felix and Anil which will be then be ratified by the external examiners based on the viva and the re-examination of the thesis.

Thesis Evaluation criteria:

1. Content : Presentation Analysis of the research issue and conclusion

2. Understanding of research report format

3. Language: Grammar, spelling, punctuation, style

For clarification please contact Anil Pinto or Felix