Dr.S.Mekala

Associate Professor

Office: +91 (431) 2503698
Fax: 0431- 2500133
Email: mekala@nitt.edu


Dr. S. Mekala is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli. She earned her Ph.D. in English Language Teaching at Anna University, Chennai. She has over fifteen years of teaching and research experience. Her research concentrates on Syllabus Design, Language through Literature and Material Design. Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed national and international journals. Her current research interests include Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning Methods, Corporate Communication and Business Communication.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. - English Language Teaching - Anna University, Chennai
  • M.Phil. - English Literature - Madras University, Chennai
  • M.A. - English Language and Comparative Literature - Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry
  • B.A. - English Language and Literature - S.R.C, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli

 

Publications

Books:

  • "Developing Speaking Proficiency using OCT", Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Limited, 2019. ISBN 978-620-0-28834-9.
  • “INSET for Teachers of English in Engineering Colleges”. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Limited, 2017. ISBN 978-3-659-89550-0.
  • “Integrated Writing Practice: Reinforcing Metacognition for Mastering Cohesive Writing”, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Limited, 2017. ISBN 978-620-2-01366-6. For details of the book Visit:https://www.amazon.com/Integrated-Writing-Practice-Reinforcing-Metacognition/dp/6202013664
  • An Alternative Syllabus for Students Majoring in English Literature: an ESP Framework. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Limited, 2011. ISBN 978-3-8454-1364-8. For details of the book visit www.amazon.com/Alternative-Syllabus-Students- Majoring-Literature/dp/3845413

Refereed Journals:

  • S Mekala and Geetha Radhakrishnan, "Promoting Self-Regulated Learning through Metacognitive Strategies", The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, June 2019, Vol. XIII, Issue No. 2, pp.21-27. [Indexed in EBSCO and Proquest]
  • S.Shantha and S.Mekala, "The Impact of Pedagogical Intervention in Developing the Speaking Proficiency of Engineering Students", Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities, June 2018, Vol.26, Issue No.2, pp.735-750. [Indexed in SCOPUS]
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, "The Impact of Direct Written Corrective Feedback on Low Proficiency ESL Learners' Writing Ability", The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, December 2017, Vol.XI, Issue No.4, pp.23-54. [Indexed in EBSCO and Proquest]
  • Shantha Sambath and Mekala Sethuraman, “Constraints in Spoken Proficiency: Causes and Remedial Measures”, EJAL (Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics), October 2017, Vol.3, Issue No.2, pp.23-42. [Indexed in ESCI]
  • S.Mekala, S.Shantha and M.Ponmani, “The Role of Pedagogical Intervention in Improving the Oral Proficiency of Engineering Students”, The IUP Journal of Soft Skills. Vol.11, No.3. September 2017, pp.7-28. [indexed in EBSCO and Proquest]
  • C.ShanmugaPriya, S.Mekala and M.P.Shabiitha, “The Need for Oral Communication in Large and Medium Enterprises of the Manufacturing Sector of India”, The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, June 2017, Vol.11, Issue No.2., pp.25-34. [indexed in EBSCO and Proquest]
  • S.Shantha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Oral Communicative Tasks (OCT) in Developing the Spoken Proficiency of Engineering Students”, Advances in Language & Literary Studies, April 2017, Vol.8, Issue No.2., pp.161-169. [indexed in MLA International Bibliography, Linguistics Abstracts Online and ERIH Plus]
  • S.Mekala, M.P.Shabitha and M.Ponmani, “The Role of Metacognitive Strategies in Second Language Writing”, GSTF Journal on Education (JEd). Vol.4, No.1, December.2016, pp.11-19. [indexed in Springer, EBSCO and Proquest]
  • K.ManjulaBashini, S.Mekala, and M.Ponmani, “Training Teachers for Teaching English in Higher Institutes of Engineering and Technology: Challenges and Perspectives”, GSTF Journal on Education (JEd). Vol. 4, Issue No.1, December 2016, pp.4-10. [indexed in Springer, EBSCO and Proquest]
  • S.Mekala, M.Ponmani and M.P.Shabitha," Transfer of Grammatical Knowledge into ESLWriting, paper published in the Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics, September 2016, Vol.2, Issue No.2. [Indexed in ESCI]
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of  Cognitive Strategy use in Second Language Writing”, Paper published in The Global Journal of English Studies in April 2016, Vol.No.II, Issue:1
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala," An Analysis of Concord Errors in ESL Learners’ Writing", Paper published in The Global Journal of English Studies in April 2016, Vol.No.II, Issue:1
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, " Employers’ Perception on Communication Skills at Workplace", Paper published in The Global Journal of English Studies in April 2016, Vol.No.II, Issue:1
  • P.G.ImmaculateSherine and S.Mekala, " The Role of Thinking in Soft Skills", Paper published in The Global Journal of English Studies in April 2016, Vol.No.II, Issue:1
  • K.ManjulaBashini and S.Mekala, " Need for Teacher Education and Training in Higher Education: Some Challenges and Constraints", paper published in IJELLS with ISSN 2278-0742, Vol.No. IV, Issue:3, October 2015        
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, "The Role of Semantic functions in Learning English Prepositions", paper published in FORTELL with ISSN 2229-6557, Issue:31, July2015.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “Impact of Sociolinguistic Factors on Second Language Acquisition / Learning of a set of Regional Medium Students”, Language Forum - SpecialIssue on Sociolinguistics, New Delhi: Bahri Publications, January -December 2014, Vol.40,No.1-2, pp.139 - 152.
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, “A study on improving Listening Proficiency of Students Majoring in English Literature”, IJELLS, October 2014, Vol.No.3, Issue No.3, pp.257 - 261. 
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Writing”, IJELLS, October 2013, Vol.No.2, Issue No.3, pp.97-101. 
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Impact of Psycholinguistics Factors on Second Language Acquisition”, The IUP Journal of English Studies, March 2013, Vol. No.8 Issue No. 1, pp.7-14. [indexed in Elsevier]
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The influence of Sociolinguistic factors in second language Learning”, FORTELL (Forum for Teachers of English Language and Literature) January 2013 No.26, pp. 5-8.
  • S.Mekala, “Open Book Examination: A Paradigm Shift” in the Journal of Literature, Culture & Media Studies, Vol. III 5 & 6, January - December 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “An Alternative Part - II General English Syllabus for English Literature Students”The Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics. Vol.1. No.3. May 2009, pp. 154-168.
  • S.Mekala, “Perspectives on Teaching English Literature to English Literature Major Students” Language in India. Vol.9. No.4. April 2009. 312-322.
  • S.Mekala, “Towards Developing an Alternative Syllabus for Students Majoring in English Literature” The Journal of English Language Teaching (India).Vol 43.No.4.July-August 2005.30-36.
  • S.Mekala, “Teaching Materials for Young Learners” The Journal of English Language Teaching (India). Vol XXXV.No.2. March-April 2000.41- 50.

Conference Proceedings:

  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala,“The Advantages of Analytic Scoring Rubric in Evaluating ESL Writing” paper presented at Sathyabama University at Chennai and published in the Proceedings of the International conference on ‘Trends and Innovations in Evaluating ESL Writing’, November 14-15, 2014. Pp.27-28.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala,“The Effectiveness of adopting Inductive Approach in Teaching Tense-Aspect” paper presented at Sathyabama University at Chennai and published in the Proceedings of the International conference on ‘Trends and Innovations in Evaluating ESL Writing’, November 14-15, 2014. Pp. 19-20.
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, “The Functional Constraints of Diploma Holders in SMEs” paper presented at Sathyabama University at Chennai and published in the Proceedings of the International conference on ‘Trends and Innovations in Evaluating ESL Writing’, November 14-15, 2014. Pp. 20.
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, “A Case Study in Bilingualism ” Paper presented at Anna University, Trichy Campus and published in the International Conference on ‘Enlightening the people about the Richness of English Language and Literature’, August 2014, pp.180-186.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “The Impact of Negative Transfer of L1 Grammar on L2Writing ” Paper presented at Anna University, Trichy Campus and published in the International Conference on ‘Enlightening the people about the Richness of English Language and Literature’, August 2014, pp.187-200.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting the Writing Proficiency of a set of English Major Students” paper presented in the 10th International Conference ICEG - 2014, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, January 23-25, 2014.
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, “A study on Improving Listening Proficiency of Students Majoring in English Literature” paper presented in the 10th International Conference ICEG - 2014, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, January 23-25, 2014
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Writing”, paper presented in the 8th International ELTAI conference, SRM University, Chennai,  July 18-20, 2013
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “The Role of Mind Mapping in the English Literature Syllabus” Paper presented at SRM University, Chennai and published in the International Conference Proceedings on ‘21st Century Learners: Learning Styles and Strategies’, July 2013, pp.322-324.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Language in Human Cognition” Paper presented at B.S.Abdur Rahman University, Chennai and published in the National conference on ‘A Paradigm shift in English Language Teaching and Testing: A Literary/Linguistic Approach’ March 2013, pp.82-85.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala “The Inductive Approach to Teach Grammar in ESL Context” Paper presented at B.S.Abdur Rahman University, Chennai and published in the National conference on ‘A Paradigm shift in English Language Teaching and Testing: A Literary/Linguistic Approach’ March 2013, pp.59-63.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “ Cognitive, Linguistic and Social Strategies in Second Language Writing, Paper presented in the 9th International Conference - ICEG 2013, VIT University, Vellore, January 3-5 2013.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “ The Impact of Rote Learning at Tertiary Level”, Paper presented in the 9th International Conference - ICEG 2013, VIT University, Vellore, January 3-5 2013.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Influence of Socio-Cultural aspects in ESL classroom” Paper presented and published in the 7th International conference proceedings and 43rd ELTAI conference on ‘The English Classroom Experiments and Experiences’ July 2012, pp.527-529.
  • S.Mekala, “The Role of Tasks in enhancing Creative Thinking Skills” paper presented and published in the proceedings of the International conference on ‘Professional English’ organized by the Department of English, Vel Tech Technical University, Chennai - 62, February 15 - 16, 2012.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala,“ The Influence of Sociolinguistics factors in second language Learning”, paper presented in the International Conference - ICEG 2012, BIT, Erode, January 28-30, 2012
  • S.Mekala, “Promoting Lateral Thinking Skills in ESP Learners” paper presented in Seventh International congress on English Grammar organized by Department of English, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Erode, December 28 - 30, 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “Incorporating Thinking Skills in the ESL Curriculum” paper presented in the international conference on Teacher Development organized by English Language Teachers’ Association of India and VIT University, Vellore, 16-18 June, 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “The Role of Projects in ESL Learning” paper presented in the international conference on Humanistic Language and Literature Teaching organized by Anna University, Chennai, February 18-19, 2011
  • S.Mekala, “Soft Skills: Necessity of Thinking Skills” paper presented  and published in the conference proceedings of the 5th National conference on ‘Enhancement and Excellence in English for Employability and Empowerment’ organized by the Department of English and Foreign languages, SRM University, Chennai & University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations, March 24-25, 2010.
  • S.Mekala, “Case Studies: a Tool to Inculcate Thinking Skills in ESL classroom” paper presented in the international conference on Learning to Learn English: Way to Language Mastery organized by English language Teachers’ Association of India, Chennai, August 5-7, 2010
  • S.Mekala, “Perspective Writing: a Critical Thinking Tool in ESL Classroom” Paper presented and published in the international conference on ‘Language Development and Computing Methods’ organized by the Department of English, Karunya University, Coimbatore, December 2-3, 2010.
  • S.Mekala, “Soft Skills: Necessity of Thinking Skills” paper presented  and published in the conference proceedings of the 5th National conference on ‘Enhancement and Excellence in English for Employability and Empowerment’ organized by the Department of English and Foreign languages, SRM University, Chennai & University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations, March 24-25, 2010.

Paper Presentation in Conferences:

  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Metacognition in Second Language Writing” paper presented in the 10th International Conference ICEG - 2014, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, January 23-25, 2014.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “Sociolinguistic Factors Affecting the Writing Proficiency of a set of English Major Students” paper presented in the 10th International Conference ICEG - 2014, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, January 23-25, 2014.
  • C.Shanmugapriya and S.Mekala, “A study on Improving Listening Proficiency of Students Majoring in English Literature” paper presented in the 10th International Conference ICEG - 2014, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, January 23-25, 2014.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “The Role of Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Writing”, paper presented in the 8th International ELTAI conference, SRM University, Chennai, July 18-20, 2013.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala, “ Cognitive, Linguistic and Social Strategies in Second Language Writing, Paper presented in the 9th International Conference - ICEG 2013, VIT University, Vellore, January 3-5 2013.
  • M.Ponmani and S.Mekala, “ The Impact of Rote Learning at Tertiary Level”, Paper presented in the 9th International Conference - ICEG 2013, VIT University, Vellore, January 3-5 2013.
  • M.P. Shabitha and S.Mekala,“ The Influence of Sociolinguistics factors in second language Learning”, paper presented in the International Conference - ICEG 2012, BIT, Erode, January 28-30, 2012.
  • S.Mekala, “Promoting Lateral Thinking Skills in ESP Learners” paper presented in Seventh International congress on English Grammar organized by Department of English, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Erode, December 28 - 30, 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “Incorporating Thinking Skills in the ESL Curriculum” paper presented in the international conference on Teacher Development organized by English Language Teachers’ Association of India and VIT University, Vellore, 16-18 June, 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “The Role of Projects in ESL Learning” paper presented in the international conference on Humanistic Language and Literature Teaching organized by Anna University, Chennai, February 18-19, 2011.
  • S.Mekala, “Case Studies: a Tool to Inculcate Thinking Skills in ESL classroom” paper presented in the international conference on Learning to Learn English: Way to Language Mastery organized by English language Teachers’ Association of India, Chennai, August 5-7, 2010.
  • S.Mekala, “Performance Anxiety in Presentations” Paper presented in the Sixth International Congress on English Grammar organized by Kongu Engineering College, Erode, January 9- 13, 2010.
  • S.Mekala, “A value Addition to the Communication Course” Paper presented in the International Conference on Collaboration and Creativity in English Language Teaching and Learning in Asia, organized by AsiaTEFL at The Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, August 7 – 9, 2009.
  • S.Mekala, “Applying Knowledge Management Practices in Curriculum Design” Paper presented in the International Conference on ‘Quality Improvement in Educational Communication’ organized by the Department of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, March 29 – 30, 2008.
  • S.Mekala, “Open Book Examinations – a Paradigm Shift” Paper presented in International Conference on ‘Learning to Teach: a Life-Long journey’ organized by English Language Teachers’ Association of India at Sathyabama University, Chennai, February 8–10, 2008.
  • S.Mekala, “Perspectives on Teaching English Literature” Paper presented in the International Congress on English Grammar, organized by G.Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science, Hyderabad, January 6 – 11, 2008.
  • S.Mekala, “Needs Analysis of the Students Majoring in English Literature” Paper presented in International Congress on English Grammar, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Erode, December 27-31, 2004.
  • S.Mekala, “Teaching the Communicative use of English Language through Literary Pieces” Paper presented in International Congress on English Grammar, CIEFL, Hyderabad, July12-20, 1999.

Professional Training

  • Participated in TEQIP III Sponsored Five-Day Programme on "Capacity Building of Women Faculty in Higher Education" Organised by Dr.R.Gandhimathi, Dr.P.Sridevi & Dr.M.Sridevi from 9th to 13th December 2019. 
  • Management Development Programme on 'Leadership Communication' organized by IIM, Indore, January 4-6, 2012.
  • UGC Sponsored Orientation Programme organized by UGC – Academic Staff College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli – 23, 20th May 2011 – 16th June 2011.
  • MDP on ‘Managing Creativity and Innovation’ organized by Administrative College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, October 18 – 20, 2010.
  • MDP on ‘Personal Effectiveness at Workplace’ organized by Madras Management Association (MMA), Chennai, 27 February 2009.
  • Workshop on ‘Awareness Programme on Intellectual Property Rights’ organized by TEQIP - NITT, Trichy, 20th November 2008.
  • Induction Training Programme on ‘Instructional Design and Delivery’ conducted by NITTR, Chennai, July 7- 12, 2008.
  • MDP on ‘Values, Ethics and Corporate Governance’ organized by IIM Kozhikode, June 26-28, 2008.
  • Workshop on Communication Skills Laboratory Course organized by Anna University, Chennai, February 10, 2007.
  • ‘Training the Trainer Programme’ organized by ELCOT (Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu) at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Chennai, October 27- 28, 2006.
  • Teacher Training Workshop on Cambridge BEC – (Business English Certificate) organized by British Council, Chennai, January 10-12, 2005.
  • Workshop on Educational Technology organized by IIT Madras, December 17-19, 1998.

FDPs/ Workshops Organised:

  • A One-Day Workshop on "Academic Writing: Theory and Praxis", was conducted on May 28, 2019.
  • A Three-Day workshop on "Training the Trainers in 21st Century Skills Education", sponsored by ICSSR under IMPRESS scheme, in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted on May 8 - 10, 2019.
  • A Five-Day FDP on "Empowering Teachers on 21st Century Skills Education", sponsored by AICTE under Margdarshan scheme, in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted on April 29 to May 3, 2019.
  • A Six day programme on “Capacity Building of Women Managers in Higher Education” sponsored by TEQIP-III, NITT, in collaboration with ICE, was conducted on December 4-9, 2017.
  • A two-day workshop on “Research Colloquium on Business and Social Sciences”, in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted between 11th and 12th November, 2017.
  • A five-day FDP on “Empowering Teachers in Life Skills Education”, in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted on 6th- 10th November, 2017.
  • A two-day workshop on “Research Colloquium on Business and Social Sciences”, in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted between 29 and 30th April, 2017.
  • A five-day FDP on "Training of Trainers in Life Skills", in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted on 27th Febrauary - 3rd March, 2017.
  • A five-day FDP on “Imparting soft skills for success and Life Skills for Survival at the Workplace”,in collaboration with DoMS, was conducted on November 24-28, 2014.
  • A Five Day Short Term Course for Engineering students on “Employability Skills Development”, in collaboration with HSS faculties, was conducted on September 30 - October 1, 2013.
  • A Two Day Workshop on “Techniques in Teaching Soft Skills”, in collaboration with HSS faculties, was conducted on September 20-21, 2013.

Reviewer

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal - English Language Teaching, CCSE, Canada / ISSN 1916-4742.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of English Language Education, Macrothink Institute, U.S, ISSN 2325-0887.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of English Language Teaching, SCIEDU Press, CA, USA / ISSN - 2329-7921.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Linguistics and Literature Studies, Horizon Research Publishing Corporation, ISSN 2331-642X (print) and ISSN 2331-6438(online).

Research Guidance

  • M.P. Shabitha was awarded PhD on August 2015 -  "The use of integrated writing practice to develop cohesive writing in ESL classrooms".
  • K.ManjulaBashini  was awarded PhD on August 2017 - "In-Service Training in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Teachers of English in Engineering colleges: A Study".
  • M.Ponmani was awarded PhD on July 2018 -  "Developing the Writing Skills of ESL Learners at the Tertiary Level: A study on Error Analysis".
  • S.Shantha was awarded PhD on July 2018 -   "Developing Speaking Skills of Students of Engineering using Oral Communicative Tasks: an Experimental Study".
  • C. Shanmugapriya has submitted her thesis.
  • Geetha R has completed her comprehensive Viva and Experimental Study.
  • C.Harishree has completed her comprehensive Viva and proceeding with her research work.

Courses Handled

  • Technical Writing (B.Tech - VI Sem)
  • Technical English (B.E & B.Tech)
  • English for Communication (B.Tech - I Sem)
  • Professional Communication (B.Tech - II Sem)
  • Communicative English (B.Arch)
  • Business Communication (M.B.A.)