Modern language learning and teaching is largely based on the communicative approach. The essence of this approach is systematic skill development. This course intends to teach our students to use English for everyday situations and purposes related to social life, work and leisure. Fluency and coherence are stressed most through the course. The students’ ability to keep going is emphasized using a number of interesting real-time activities. The course also incorporates presentations, role plays and peer exchanges. The students also get the opportunity to personalize the language they learn, make use of their own knowledge and experiences and express their ideas and opinions.

Course Contents:

  • Introduction to communication
  • Types of Communication i.e. verbal and non-verbal
  • Communication Process
  • Barriers to Communication
  • Communication Skills
  • Generic Communication
  • Academic & Professional Communication
  • Business Communication
  • Oral presentation skills (prepared and unprepared talks)
  • Performing role plays
  • Preparing for interviews (scholarship, job, placement for internship, etc.)
  • Writing formal letters
  • Writing different kinds of applications (leave, job, complaint, etc.)
  • Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), (bio-data)
  • Writing short reports

Recommended Readings:

  1. Baker, S. G. (2011). Fitly Spoken: Developing Effective Communication and Social Skills. Brighton Publishing.
  2. Scott, B. (1986). The skills of communicating. Gower.
  3. Lucas, S. E. (2008). The Art of Public Speaking (10th Ed.). McGraw-Hill.
  4. Maxwell, C. J. (2010). Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently. Thomas Nelson.
  5. Kaye, E. A. (2002). Maximize your presentation skills: How to speak, look, and act on your way to the top. Three Rivers Press.
  6. Swan, M. & Walter, C. (1997). How English works: A grammar practice book. Oxford.