9th NATIONAL CONFERENCE February 08 & 09, 2019

DAY 2:

DAY 1:

ELTIS-SIFIL is happy to announce its 9th National Conference on-

The Literary Kaleidoscope: From Bookshelves to Classrooms

February 08 and February 09, 2019

Conceptual Co-sponsors

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

These words of P.T. Barnum stand tall and... true. Literature is, indeed, an accumulation of all human experiences that brings us wisdom and joy. People all over the world read, appreciate, learn, and teach English Literature that has travelled through the ages.

ELTIS invites teachers, scholars, experts, and students to participate in this conference to discuss the genres, characters, theories, writers, poets, and more and take away something that would enrich our own experience of Literature even more.

The conference will comprise:

  1. A Keynote Address

  2. Plenary sessions by renowned experts

  3. Parallel Workshops of 20 minutes and 40 minutes

  4. Parallel paper presentations

  5. Parallel round table discussion

  6. A Panel Discussion

Main Theme

The Literary Kaleidoscope: From Bookshelves to Classrooms”

This conference is a platform to:

  1. Suggest, present and share or learn new teaching methods, practices, ideas

  2. discuss, design and create teaching materials

  3. analyse on methods of teaching literature

  4. foster teachers’ interest in literature

Tracks (Sub-themes)

Tracks for Paper Presentation:

  • Paper Presentation

Papers can be presented on topics that can come under any of the tracks. The papers must be original and based on your own ideas, practical experience and /or research.

Each presenter must personally present his/her paper on the day of the event. Each presenter should register for the paper presentation well in advance.

Papers and workshops in absentia are not accepted.

Tracks for Paper Presentation:

  1. From Ibsen’s Nora to Rowling’s Hermione: Teaching Feminist Literature

    1. Applying the theory of feminism to a literary text

    2. Understanding feminism through the ages in the light of feminist characters

  2. ‘Found’ in Translation: Teaching Translated Texts in the Classroom

    1. Strategies to compare and contrast the original text with its translation

    2. Unravelling the finer nuances of the original text to appreciate the translation better

  3. Is the Pen truly mightier than the Gun?: Strategies to teach War Literature

    1. Impact of the World Wars on society and literature

    2. Change in form and themes in various genres of literature

    3. Depiction of the glories of chivalry and horrors of war

  4. Coming out of the Closet: Study of LGBTQ Literature

    1. Role of literature in increasing awareness about the LGBTQ community in society and its concerns and issues

    2. Focus on the depiction of characters in LGBTQ literature as a representation of the community

  5. ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’: Satire in Literature

    1. Instances of sarcasm and wit, irony and humour to mock the established social/political system and revolt against it

  6. Society and Culture: Walking through the Landscape of Drama

    1. Understanding cultures and societies through the eyes of playwrights

    2. Analysing the setting used to bring out the symbolism in plays

  7. Prophecies and the Supernatural: Appreciating the Magic in Literature

    1. Place of prophecies and supernatural elements in society and Literature

    2. Witchcraft and Magic in Literature used as a means to propel the storyline

  8. The Horcrux Syndrome : Exploration of the Autobiographical Elements in Literary Texts

    1. Finding reflections of the real-life features of the author in the literary text

    2. Psychological insights into the author to understand the text better

  9. From Jazz and Blues to The Black Panther: Appreciating Afro-American Literature

    1. Literature as a means to portray the quintessential American story and the thirst to go back to the African roots

    2. Expression of the African culture through values, music and colours

    3. Portrayal of the plight of black women suffering at the hands of not only the whites but also black men

Time allotted:

  1. 15 minutes for presentation

  2. 05 minutes for Q & A

Tracks for Round-table discussions: (20 minutes)

It is a parallel discussion session with three themes. Every discussion will have 10 participants. Registrations will be on a first come first served basis.

Participants are welcome to send full papers on these discussion themes. These papers will be considered for publication, subject to the approval of the selection committee.

  1. ‘Thou Shan’t be Ignored’: Studying Monsters, Madwomen and Measly Characters in Literature

    1. Highlighting the importance of otherwise neglected characters in a literary text

    2. Impact of the said characters on the progression of the storyline

  2. The Rationale of the Rebels: Clash of Perspectives and Ideologies in 20th Century Novels

    1. Literature as a medium of commentary on the changing face of society

    2. Use of characters, setting, style, etc. as tools to challenge the existing norms

  3. Gateways to appreciating Literature of the masses: Pop fiction, Bestsellers, Fan Fiction, Fringe Fiction and Campus Novels

    1. Comparative study of bestsellers and classic literature so as to bring out their noteworthy elements

    2. Role of bestsellers in enriching the readers’ outlook towards society

Tracks for Mini Workshops: (20 minutes)

  1. Deconstructing a Short Story: Telling and Re-telling

    1. Innovative activities to teach a short story with an emphasis on the literary aspect

  2. ‘Less is More’: Exploring Minimalistic Writing

    1. Using minimalistic writing (6 word stories, Haiku, etc.) as a precursor to teaching a literary text

  3. Teaching Literature to Children: Use of Abridged Versions of Literary Texts

    1. Methods to teach abridged versions of Literary Texts to children so as to bring out the essence of the original text and lead them to the mainstream literature

  4. Using ‘Enchantment’: Children’s literature in EFL Contexts

    1. Exploiting Children’s literature through classroom activities in order to create interest among EFL learners.

Presenters should share one idea/method that can help to teach these themes effectively.

Time allotted:

  1. 15 minutes for presentation

  2. 05 minutes for Q & A

Tracks for 40-Minute Workshops:

  1. Parts of the Whole: ‘Decomposing’ a Poetic Text to advantage

    1. Using activities like ‘chunking’ so as to render the essence of a poetic text in its entirety

    2. Fragmenting the selected poem for Pre-, During- and Post-Teaching

  2. Read ‘Up and Close’: Reading Literature with our Classes

    1. Close - reading as means to enhance comprehension of a literary text

  3. Use of Prescribed Literary Texts to teach Language Skills

    1. Stylistic analysis to enable students to make meaningful interpretations of a text

    2. Approaches to better language skills like listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc.

  4. Looking at Life through the Literary Window: Literature as a means to teach Life Skills

    1. Inculcating skills like leadership, motivation, problem-solving, decision making and general awareness through literature

  5. Bringing Literature to Life: Dramatising a Literary Text

    1. Engaging students in activities like skits, dialogue, dance, music, art and craft, etc. through various types of literary texts.

Student-centric activities/methods should be shared/conducted, so that the take-away is practical.

Time allotted:

  1. 30 minutes for presentation

  2. 10 minutes for Q & A

Workshops should contain student-centric activities/methods, so that the take-away is practical.

This conference is meant for –

  1. Teachers/ Lecturers/ Asst. Professors/ Associate Professors/ Professors of English at-

    1. Senior Colleges

    2. Junior Colleges

    3. University Departments of English

  2. Post-Graduate/ M.Phil. students/ PhD. scholars of English Literature

  3. Participant may-

    1. present a paper

    2. conduct a workshop (20 minutes or 40 minutes)

    3. take part in the round table discussion, or

    4. attend the conference as a delegate

Important Dates

A.For Abstracts:Abstracts not exceeding 400 words should reach us latest by Monday, January 14, 2019. Decision on the acceptance of the abstracts will be conveyed to the authors by Monday, January 21, 2019. Abstracts should be submitted as a word attachment with Subject as Abstract for 2019 conference. Please email it as a new email and not as a trailing email.

Email your abstracts to and cc to and

B.Final Papers: Complete final papers (soft copy) not exceeding 3000 words should reach us by Monday, January 28, 2019,

Email you complete papers to and cc

Last date of registration for participation only: Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Prescribed Formats

All abstracts and final papers must keep to the following prescribed format:

1) Abstracts sample click here

2) a)Complete Papers with sample guidelines click here
    b)Model MLA Paper click here

3) Workshop format click here

4) Registration form click here

  • Best Paper Award

A panel of experts will identify the best three papers presented at the Conference. Their decision will be final and binding. Awards will be announced on the last day of the Conference. The awards will be cash amounts of Rs.1500/- Rs.1200/-& Rs. 1000/- for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions respectively along with a merit certificate.

This year too we continue to have a separate category of best papers written by students. One best paper award of Rs.1000/- cash will be given.

Please note you need to stick to the final dates of submission of complete papers to include your paper in the competition. Please register yourself for the paper presentation as per the deadline so that we could plan your paper presentation schedule.

Registration fees:

  1. For domestic participants: Rs. 2124/- (Rs. 1800/- + GST @ 18%) per participant (up to Sunday, January 27, 2019).

  2. Registration fee after Sunday, January 27, 2019: Rs. 2301/- (Rs. 1950/-+ GST @ 18%) per participant.

  3. For Foreign Nationals: US$50 per participant (up to Sunday, January 27, 2019) Registration fee from Sun. Jan. 27, 2019 US$ 60 per participant.

    Registration fee covers conference materials, three meals and light refreshments / tea / coffee during breaks between sessions.

Mode of payment: By RTGS/NEFT/Cash

  1. RTGS / NEFT Details :

  2. Name of the Bank: Axis Bank

    Branch: S.B. Road, Pune

    Account Number: 315010100023339

    IFS Code: UTIB0000315

For online payment

Please visit our for the format.

Very Important formalities for registration process:

Please email us the scanned copy of the NEFT or transaction details on the very same day that you make the payment.

Please ensure that you fill the form and email it to and cc to

Please note that we cannot process the registration fees without the properly filled in registration form.

We will acknowledge receipt of the registration fees only after two days and not before that. Moreover, please note that we need to also receive the filled in form and the details of the transaction from you. An official confirmation from our bank is also required before we confirm receipt of payment.

We request you to follow the procedure so that your certificates of participation could be prepared on time. Any delay or lapse in the above mentioned procedure may lead to delay in processing your certificate.


  1. Decent accommodation is available (optional) at the cost of Rs. 1,300/-

  2. (+ GST @ 18%) per person per night on twin sharing basis.

  3. For booking accommodation, please email to

  4. The mode of payment will be the same as above.

  5. Accommodation will be confirmed only after we receive full payment.

  6. We can arrange a 2 or 3 star hotel accommodation, if a participant specifically mentions so. The cost (payable by the participant) depends upon the market rate and your preference/choice.

In case you need any help with hotel accommodation, please feel free to contact

Ms. Madhura Thakur, Assistant-Co-ordinator. Email:

  • Travelling to Pune

By Air

Pune airport is located at Lohegaon, about 12 kms. from the heart of the city. Prepaid taxi and auto-rickshaws operate to and from the airport. You can also hire private taxi services like Ola/Uber. Regular direct flights are available to Pune from many cities in India like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Indore.

By Rail

Pune is an important railway junction in the Indian railway network. You can hire auto-rickshaws/taxis from the railway station to the venue. It is approximately 10 kms. from the station.

By Road

Pune is well connected with many major Indian cities by state-owned bus services. Private luxury buses also operate from Pune to many cities in India including Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Indore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

Report on the Eighth National Conference at ELTIS-SIFIL, Pune

The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) and Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL) held their eighth National Conference on February 9 & 10, 2018.

The theme of the conference was “Empowering Students of Bharat with English for Career Development”. This was a two day programme consisting of plenary sessions, a symposium, workshops, paper presentations and a panel discussion.

The event brought together 109 participants from 28 cities and 11 states.

The sessions mainly focused on the creative use of limited resources, and how to effectively adapt to the evolving needs of the rural area. The significance of changing text books, evaluation systems was also highlighted.

The symposium titled “Desi Tadka to the Native Speaker’s Sandwich: The Role of L-1 in Teaching English in Bharat” was a lively session. It agreed upon cautious usage of ‘Mother Tongue’ to support students’ understanding of the target language. Expert speakers opined about scaffolding as an essential element of effective teaching. They explained that such scaffolding is often necessary to bridge the learning gaps.

Plenary sessions threw light on the facets of global English and the need for alignment of pedagogical activities and instructional materials with learner’s immediate local environment. English language teaching must be viewed from a larger frame of socio-cultural, politico-economic perspective so that the teaching learning process crosses the threshold of the classroom into the world of reality.

The interactive parallel workshops helped the teacher fraternity to practise real-life teaching skills.

The paper presentations were based on many areas of concern, and offered a variety of solutions to enable teachers to empower and prepare the students of rural India for their career development. The presentations touched upon the assessment patterns, technology and the dire need of training for teachers of English.

The panel discussion summed up the vital outcomes of these two days. The Panelists focused on how teachers should equip themselves to upgrade students for career development.

The Director of ELTIS-SIFIL concluded the conference stating that students could be nurtured to respect their mother tongues, their state language around them, their official link language and also English. The vital question is how we as teachers would equip them with English language skills and soft skills despite some adverse factors.

The Director thanked the Conceptual Co-sponsors, Advisory Board members, and Jury members, and also all presenters, delegates and colleagues.

About ELTIS:

ELTIS is a prominent language school of India and a department of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU). The university has been re-accredited in Grade ‘A’ by NAAC with a high score of 3.58 on a scale of 4. Recently, our university has been declared by MHRD of India as Category 1 University. Out of 800+ universities in India, only 21 have been included in category 1. 

ELTIS is the coordinating an international project under SIU. SIU is one of the seven partner universities in an international project, CLIL@India, to promote a new teaching methodology among in-service school teachers. This is an Erasmus+ programme funded by the European Union.

We are proud to be selected as a centre to conduct a Micro scholarship Program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This is a two-year program called the English Access Micro scholarship Program (Access program). Fifty students from the underprivileged sections of the society are getting the benefit of this scholarship.

Since 2011, ELTIS has been functioning as an authorised centre for training and examination for Cambridge Assessment English, Cambridge University, UK.

ELTIS was the first institute started by Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis. It imparts English Language training to 7500+ Indian students every year. International students learn English as a full-time foundation course with us. We have students of more than 54 nationalities.

For further queries, please contact the following persons:

1. Queries regarding Abstracts, Complete Papers:

Ms. Debanki Dey, Conference coordinator,

Email: debanki.dey@


Ms. Sarah Waghmare, Team Member


2. Queries regarding accommodation:

Ms. Madhura Thakur, Assistant Co-ordinator

Email: or Email:

Tel- 91-20-25677431/2

3. Queries regarding registration form and payment of fees:

Mr. Avadhoot Joshi, Assistant Accountant

Email:, Tel. 91-20-25677431/2.

*Please note: Phone calls only during office hours (10.00 am to 06.00 pm).

  • Members of the Advisory Committee:

Dr. Prashant Sinha

Dr. Uma Raman

Dr. Madhuri Gokhale

Dr. Dharmendra Sheth

Dr. Shilpagauri Ganpule

Dr. Mrinal Dhongade

Mr. Sandeep Nulkar

Ms. Vaishali Karmarkar


Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe


Dr. Vaishali Jundre

Dy. Director and Convenor

Ms. Debanki Dey

Conference Co-ordinator

+91 97626 57008

Ms. Sarah Waghmare

Team Member

+ 91 9158685607

Pune City

Explore Pune:

The Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017, which uses 150 parameters to judge 23 cities, has placed Pune at the top. Pune scored 5.1 out of a maximum score of 10. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The ‘Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings’ evaluated local living conditions in more than 440 cities around the world where Pune ranked at 145, second in India after Hyderabad (138). It also highlights Pune among evolving business centres and emerging 9 cities around the world with citation “Hosts IT and automotive companies”. Pune has also emerged as a new startup hub in India with tech start-ups like Pubmatic,,, and Swipe setting up base in Pune. Almost all of the top IT companies in the country have their presence here, making it the 2nd biggest software hub in the country. The city also has a strong manufacturing base across auto and engineering. Thus, Pune is among the top five foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations in India. (This is as per the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd.)

Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra and the ninth most populous city in India. On the world map, Pune stands as the 101st largest city by population. Pune metro rail based rapid transport system is under construction to serve the city of Pune and its industrial twin-Pimpri-Chinchwad. Maharashtra government aims to develop Ring road as an economic corridor of Pune. If all the development work is streamlined old and new areas will benefit.

Pune is the epitome of Marathi culture and ethos which emphasises on education, art music and theatre. Pune is a city which justifies the title ‘The Capital of Maharashtra’ but still modernising. Pune has the best of both worlds for everyone. Pune is known by its many sobriquets, Oxford of the East, the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra, Punya Nagari, Punawadi, Queen of Deccan, Detroit of India, Student Capital of India, and Pensioner’s Paradise. All these titles contend for the true sense of Pune and its vibrancy. It is one of those rare cities with a twin image: that of a tradition-bound place, generally considered as the quintessence of Maharashtrian culture and that of a modern industrial metropolis. Pune is well known as an educational hub. Students come to this place from all over the world for the varied courses available.

Pune boasts of pristine natural beauty combined with rapid industrial and educational development. It also presents a young and vibrant atmosphere that makes it a noteworthy travel destination. The attractions of the city and its surroundings are its forts, lakes, parks, myriad eating places and places for shopping. In the city, old architecture is interspersed with modern buildings. From the plush and bohemian Koregaon Park to landmarks like FTII, Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada there are several places to visit in Pune.

Marathi is the official language of Pune. Hindi is the second preferred language. English is widely used as a language and people can converse in this language. People of all religions live harmoniously in this city. People celebrate festivals with great enthusiasm.

Pune can be proud to be home to the plants/development centres of major corporates like WIPRO, Infosys, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Tata Motors, General Motors, Mahindra, Kirloskar, TCS, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, Persistent, Capgemini and many more…. The city has opened doors to economic and financial growth and helped multinational companies’ and professional institutions to set up their workplace. This has helped to turn the city into a multi-ethnic personality.

Conference is an opportunity to explore and get a first-hand experience of Pune.


The city is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. In the month of February, the temperature ranges between 20° Celsius (nights) and 28° Celsius (days).

English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS)
Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL)
Departments of Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Re-accredited by NAAC with “A” grade
Plot 419, Model Colony, Gokhale Cross Road Next to Atur Centre, Pune – 411 016
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