COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH
To develop the confidence to respond in English during situations where the use of English is imperative
To develop fluency in actual conversation in the English language.
To develop the speech skills necessary for confident and intelligent participation in group discussion and to make formal and extempore speeches in English.
To develop the skills related to teamwork and to take up team leader roles in society as well as in the future workplaces.
Learners improve their ability to express themselves in English in formal and informal situations.
They identify the linguistic and pragmatic variations in English in relation to context and speakers.
They attain an advanced level of mastery in all the macro skills of English.
Brief History of Human Communication-Meaning- Importance and Process- Characteristics of Communication-Objectives –Types of Communication-Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication- Models of Communication and Modeling: Linear Model & Transactional
Model- Communication Competence.
At a restaurant-ordering,
offering, polite questions- At a bus
stop- making requests, enquiring, giving suggestions, asking for directions-At a hospital-seeking help, giving instructions- At a school/college- encouraging, expressing probability, obligations.
(Enough oral drills in diverse realistic situations, both in pairs and groups, have to
be done to ensure maximum performative skills of learners)
Module III: Oral communication skills
(pair/single)- specific language/expressions for starting a
presentation-introducing point-listing ideas-comparing and contrasting-concluding a topic. Mock TV News Reading-pitch-intonation, rhythm-Preparing and presenting short skits-enacting scenes from dramas. Preparing and delivering speeches-welcome,
inaugural, presidential, and vote of thanks-extempore speeches-Evaluating oral presentations.
(Learners have to be sensitized and exposed to the language/expressions used in these different contexts. They also have to be given adequate practice to improve their performative abilities in English )
IV: English for Discussion/Debating Skills
Group Discussion-(controlled, guided and free) guidelines-polite expressions for
disagreeing, agreeing, adding, interrupting, suggesting-Mock Press Conference-Polite expressions for seeking/ expressing opinions in formal contexts- Demonstration-(language-focused like cookery show, introducing a product, its function, etc ) vocabulary
and structures used in this.
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Premanand M E & Prasanth V G et al. Nuts and Bolts of English.
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Chris, and Rod Bolitho. English for Specific Purpose. London: Macmillan, 1984
Gaber, Don. How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. New Delhi: Sudha
Neil. Communication and Language: A Handbook of Theory and Practice. Palgrave