Pankaj Narke Assistant Professor Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Pankaj Narke is an Assistant Professor of English at Mahindra University. He has his Doctor of Philosophy in English Language Teaching from The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. His dissertation title is "Effects of Online Synchronous Discussions as Pre-Speaking Tasks on Speaking Performance of ESL Learners: An Exploratory Study" was well appreciated. He was an Assistant Professor at Vellore Institute of Technology (Andhra Pradesh) from 2017 to 2021. 

He has been awarded Fulbright FLTA Scholarship 2019-2020.

  • Education
    1. Doctor of Philosophy in English Language Teaching - June 2019
      The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad (India)
      Dissertation title: "Effects of Online Synchronous Discussions as Pre-Speaking Tasks on Speaking Performance of ESL Learners: An Exploratory Study" 
    2. M.A. (ENG) 2011 from University of Pune (Now Savitribai Phule Pune University), Pune (India)
      Subjects: English Language and Literature Teaching, Linguistics and Stylistics, Contemporary Critical Theories, Doing Research 
    3. Bachelor of Education (ENG) 2012
      The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad (India) 
      Subjects: Methods of English Language Teaching, Developing Materials, Test Designing and Assessment, Statistical Analysis, Action Research, Educational Psychology, Practice Teaching.
  • Research

    Research Interests

    • Implications of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in English language education and assessment
    • International collaboration for effective English language teaching and cultural understanding

    Research project (ongoing)

    • "Effect of online collaboration between native and non-native speakers of English and Hindi on their intercultural competence".

    Projects

    • UGC-MHRD MOOC (2017) Subject expert and script writer for the UGC-MHRD sponsored NME-ICT e-content development programs for B.Ed. (English)
    • Teacher Education Projects with Orient Blackswan Ltd. (2015) Taught English as a Foreign Language to in-service teachers from Thailand with a focus on English as a language of instruction for teaching different subjects
  • Awards

    SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

    • Fulbright FLTA Scholarship Awardee 2019-2020 Placed in the department of Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESAS), Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC, USA.
  • Publications

    Publications

    • Narke, P. (2021) Communicative Strategies as a tool for assessing interactional speech. In Task-Based Language Assessment, Springer Nature, Singapore (2021) 
    • Narke, P. (2019). Bilingual Tasks in ESL Classroom. In Anand Mahanand et al. (Ed.) In Classroom Tasks English: A Resource Book for Multilingual Teaching, New Delhi, Viva Books 
    • Narke, P. (2017). Capturing individual growth in group discussions through teacher observations, Fortell: A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature, 35, 105-112. 
    • Narke, P. (2017). Morpheme Acquisition of Indian ESL Learners: A Comparative Study, Lokaratna: The e-journal of the Folklore Foundation, 10, 224-247.
    • Narke, P. (2016). Effect of online synchronous discussion on ESL learners' classroom speaking. Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities and Innovation, 4, 46-55
    • Narke, P. (2015). Developing Second Language Pragmatic Competence of ESL Learners Through Teaching of Indirect Speech Act, Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Methods, Aesthetics and Genres of English Communication, MAG/I/C 14-19.

    Conferences/Workshops

    Presented International

    • Presented a paper titled "Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Competence in Foreign Language Classroom: Perspectives of Fulbright FLTAs" at South Asian Languages in the Diaspora (SALD) Conference, Yale University, USA, April 2021
    • Presented a paper titled "Role of intercultural communication in the teaching of a foreign language" at WISE 2020 International Conference, Organised by Wake Forest University, NC, USA, 2020
    • Participated in the workshop titled "Best Practices in Creating Your Own Intercultural Learning Tools" by Perdue University, 2020
    • Presented a paper titled "Communicative Strategies as a tool for assessing interactional speech" at Linguistics Colloquium, University of North Carolina, USA, 2020
    • Presented a paper titled "Sequential blending of online and face-to-face instruction in ESL classroom for achieving a common goal" at the Asian Conference on Language Learning at Kobe, Japan, 2018
    • A senior reviewer at the International Conference (IAFOR) on Asian Conference on Language Learning at Kobe, Japan, 2018
    • Presented a paper titled "Effects of online synchronous discussion on ESL learners' classroom speaking" at 4 International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities, and Innovation, 2016, Bali, Indonesia
    • Presented and published a paper titled "Developing pragmatic competence of Indian ESL learners through the teaching of Indirect Speech Acts" at an International Conference (MAGIC 2014) organised by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

    Presented National

    • Presented paper titled "Using online collaborative writing as a pre-speaking task: integration of ICT in the ESL Classroom" at NCERT sponsored national Conference organised by RIE, Ajmer (2019)

    Invited for Talks

    • Delivered a talk on ‘Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC)’ organized the World Council for Intercultural and Global Competence in collaboration with University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (February, 2021) 
    • Delivered a talk on ‘Techniques for flipped classroom and effective use of ICT tools’ at Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Kurnool (January, 2021) 
    • Delivered a talk on ‘Exploring Research Opportunities in ELT’ at SASJ Govt. Degree College, Andhra Pradesh (June, 2020)
    • Delivered a talk on ‘Integrating critical thinking skills in ESL materials, instructions and assessment’ at Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science (July, 2020)
    • Conducted a workshop on Technical Report Writing for Engineering Students at Aurora’s Technical and Research Institute, Hyderabad (2017) 
       
  • Experience
    • Assistant Professor, Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT), Andhra Pradesh (India) (June 2017 to 2021)
      • Teaching English as a Second Language
      • Creating teaching and assessment materials
      • Conducting Research, publishing
    • Fulbright Scholar Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA (August 2019 - May 2020)
      • FLTA- with the dept. of Middle East and South Asian Studies
      • Duties: Teaching and Materials Development
      • Courses taken: Language Engineering, Technology and Communication, Instructional Design Assessment and Technology, Intercultural communication
    • Teaching Assistant, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad (India) (July 2015 - Feb 2017)
      • Taught the Certificate of Proficiency (COP) courses with a focus on developing proficiency in the skills of English language for everyday communication
      • Taught English as a Second and Foreign language to mixed ability groups from various age groups
      • Created materials for teaching and testing English language proficiency