B.Arch. - Semester I

BAR101-COMMUNICATIVE ENGLISH

Faculty Member: Mr.Meenakshi Sundram

OBJECTIVE:

The primary objective of the course is to develop in the undergraduate students of engineering a level of competence in English required for independent and effective communication for academic,professional and social needs.

The course aims to enable the students to use English effectively for the purpose of:

  • Comprehension of class room lectures in different subjects
  • Oral interaction in class room
  • Comprehension of text books and other reference materials in different subjects
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional contexts

COURSE WORK
To achieve the above objectives, instructions will be given through relevent ESP materials,articles from technical journals, popular magazines, sample materials from industries, etc.Students will be given individual and integrated practice in the skills of listening, speaking,reading and writing.

COURSE CONTENT

  1. COMPREHENSION OF TECHNICAL AND NON-TECHNICAL MATERIALS(6)
    Skimming,scanning, infering,predicting and responding to content - Guessing the meaning of words from contexts - Note making and vocabulary extension.
  2. LISTENING PRACTICE(5)
    Listening and understanding recorded, structured talks and classroom lectures - Comprehending the matter- understanding the links between different parts of speech - practice in note taking.
  3. SPOKEN ENGLISH(13)
    Features of an effective speech - Practice in speaking fluently - Dialogue practice- simple social exchanges- short extempore talks.
  4. WRITING(23)
    Effective sentences- Cohesive paragraphs- clear and consice wirting- Introduction to technical writing- Definition, Description, Instruction- Summary Writing Practice.
  5. STUDY SKILLS(3)
    Use of Library- Bilbilography, Table of contents, Index etc., - Use of Dictionary.

REFERENCES

  1. Eric H.Glendinning & Beverly Holmstorm, "Study reading- A course in reading Skills for acadamic purposes", Cambridge University Press,1992.
  2. John Kirkman, "Good style- Writing for science and technology",E&FN Spon, an Imprint of Chapman & Hall,1992
  3. Sharon Bower, "Painless public speaking", Thorsons publishers Ltd., 1982.
  4. Stewart, Zimmer & Camp, "College English and Communication", McGraw Hill,1987.
  5. Alan Maley and Sandra Moulding, "Learning to listen - tasks for developing listening Skills",Cambridge University Press,1981.