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Course I: COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH

 

 

Course Code ENCN1
Title of the course Communication Skills in English
Semester in which the course is to be taught
No. of credits 4
No. of contact hours 90
1. Aim of the Course
To develop the students’ ability to use English language accurately and effectively by enhancing their communication skills. 
2. Objectives of the Course
To introduce the students to the speech sounds of English in order to enable them to listen to English and speak with global intelligibility. 
To enable the students to speak English confidently and effectively in a wide variety of situations.  
To help the students to improve their reading efficiency by refining their reading strategies.
3. Course Outline
 
MODULE – I
Speech Sounds                                                                       18 hours
Phonemic symbols - Vowels - Consonants - Syllables - Word stress - Stress in polysyllabic words – Stress in words used as different parts of speech -   Sentence stress – Weak forms and strong forms – Intonation – Awareness of different accents: American, British and Indian – Influence of the mother tongue
MODULE – II
Listening                                                                                18 hours
Active listening – Barriers to listening – Listening and note taking– Listening to announcements – Listening to news on the radio and television
MODULE- III
Speaking                                                                                36 hours
Word stress and rhythm – Pauses and sense groups – Falling and rising tones –Fluency and pace of delivery – Art of small talk – Participating in conversations – Making a short formal speech – Describing people, place, events and things – Group discussion skills and telephone skills 
MODULE – IV
Reading                                                                                 18 hours
Reading: theory and Practice – Scanning - Surveying a textbook using an index - reading with a purpose – making predictions – Understanding text structure – Locating main points – Making inferences - Reading graphics - reading critically – Reading for research
4.            Core Text
V.Sasikumar, P Kiranmai Dutt and Geetha Rajeevan, . Communication  Skills in English. Cambridge University Press and Mahatma Gandhi University.
 
 Further Reading 
 
Sl.No Title Author Publisher &Year
1 A Course in Listening and Speaking I &II Sasikumar V.,Kiranmai Dutt and Geetha Rajeevan New Delhi: CUP, 2007
2
Study Listening: A
Course in Listening to
Lectures and Note-taking
Tony Lynch New Delhi: CUP, 2008
3
Study Speaking: A
Course in Spoken English
for Academic Purposes
Anderson, Kenneth, Joan Maclean and Tony Lynch New Delhi: CUP, 2008
4 Study Reading: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes Glendinning, Eric H. and Beverly Holmstrom New Delhi: CUP, 2008
5 Communication Studies Sky Massan Palgrave Macmillan
6 Effective Communication for Arts and Humanities Students Joan Van Emden and Lucinda Becker Palgrave Macmillan

 

Course III: CRITICAL THINKING, ACADEMIC WRITING AND PRESENTATION

Course Code ENCN3
Title of the course CRITICAL THINKING, ACADEMIC WRITING AND PRESENTATION
Semester in which the course is to be taught
No. of credits 4
 
1. Aim of the Course
 
To develop the critical and analytical faculty of students and to improve their proficiency in reading, writing and presentation. 
 
2. Objectives of the Course
 
To make the students aware of the fundamental concepts of critical reasoning and to enable them to read and respond critically, drawing conclusions, generalizing, differentiating fact from opinion and creating their own arguments.  
To assist the students in developing appropriate and impressive writing styles for various contexts.
To help students rectify structural imperfections and to edit what they have written.
To equip students for making academic presentations effectively and impressively.
 
3. Course Outline
 
MODULE – I
 
Critical Thinking                                                                      18 hours
Introduction to critical thinking – Benefits - Barriers – Reasoning - Arguments - Deductive and inductive arguments – Fallacies - Inferential comprehension- Critical thinking in academic writing - Clarity - Accuracy – Precision - Relevance 
 
MODULE – II
 
Research for Academic Writing and the Writing Process                  18 hours
Data collection - Use of print, electronic sources and digital sources -
Selecting key points - Note making, paraphrasing, summary – Documentation - Plagiarism – Title – Body paragraphs - Introduction and conclusion – Revising - Proof-reading
 
MODULE – III
 
Accuracy in Academic Writing                                                               18  hours
 
Articles - Nouns and prepositions - Subject-verb agreement - Phrasal verbs - Modals - Tenses - Conditionals – Prefixes and suffixes – Prepositions - Adverbs – Relative pronouns - Passives - Conjunctions - Embedded questions - Punctuation – Abbreviations
 
MODULE – IV
 
Writing Models                                                                                         18  hours
 
Letters - Letters to the editor - Resume and covering letters - e-mail - Seminar papers - Project reports - Notices - Filling application forms - Minutes, agenda - Essays
 
MODULE – V
 
Presentation Skills                                                                           18 hours
 
Soft skills  for academic presentations -  Effective communication skills – Structuring the presentation - Choosing appropriate medium – Flip charts – OHP - PowerPoint presentation – Clarity and brevity - Interaction and persuasion - Interview skills –Group Discussions
 
4.         CORE TEXT
 
Marilyn Anderson, Pramod K Nayar and Madhucchandra Sen. Critical Thinking, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. Pearson Education and Mahatma Gandhi University.
 
 
 
 

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