Communication Skills in English

Syllabus & Modules

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Courses Objectives

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Course Outline

Module I:

Communication Theory


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.

Module II:

Day-to-day English

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

Presentations 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.

Core Texts

Taylor, Grant. Situational Conversational Practise. New Delhi: Tata Macgraw Hill, 1975.

Sunitha K.S, Annie Pothan & Sumitha Joy. Communication Skills for English Conversation

Practice: A Practice Guide to Improve Conversation Skills. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers


Practice Workbook

Premanand M E & Prasanth V G et al. Nuts and Bolts of English.

Dept. of English, 2017. ISBN 978-81-920171-3-6

Suggested reading


Chris, and Rod Bolitho. English for Specific Purpose. London: Macmillan, 1984

Gaber, Don. How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. New Delhi: Sudha

Publication. 1994.


Neil. Communication and Language: A Handbook of Theory and Practice. Palgrave

Macmillan, 2003