1 Subject: ENGLISH COMMUNICATION SKILLS (THEORY) Subject Code: HM3101 Branch: B.Tech all branches Semester: (IST SEM) Lecture notes prepared by: i) Dr. Minakshi Prasad Mishra (Coordinator) Asst. Prof. in English College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar BPUT Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ii) Ms. Parinita Tripathy Lecturer in English College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar BPUT iii) Ms. Ranjita Patra Lecturer in English College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar BPUT
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3 Preamble: Course outcome Today’s engineers face a dual challenge of being competitive as well as global. They not only have to be master in their professional skills but also, they must have various soft skills competencies to be suitable for the job market. In today’s date the job market is growing in terms of volume but it is shrinking in terms of number of professionals passing out of the college. The students who pass out their degree must possess the qualities of a technomanager. They must be in a position to do multitasking in their jobs. Only possessing technical skills/hard skills have not paid off for many. Hence, keeping in view the requirement of the job market it was understood that the students need to be good at Soft skills too. One of the most important tool for good soft skills is Communication skills. Communication skills means English communication skills. Communication skills helps a student in developing Confidence, smartness and outward skills. This course has been designed keeping in mind the need of the Engineering students and their future needs. All the three modules discussed in the curriculum is highly essential and helps a professional to speak better English. A thorough research has gone into the design of the curriculum. The digital notes prepared will help to enhance the understanding on the subject. The students are advised to use the digital notes for the purpose of reference only. They have go through many books in order to understand individual subjects. The course will help in getting a better idea on different topics, hence, increasing the competency of the students in the subject.
4 Syllabus Module-I The elements of Communication 1.1 The importance of communication through English at the present time 1.2 The process of communication and factors that influence communication sender, receiver, channel, code, topic, message, context, feedback, noise, filters & barriers 1.3 The importance of audience and purpose 1.4 The information gap principle: given and new information, information overload 1.5 Verbal and non-verbal communication: body language 1.6 Comparing general communication and business communication Module-II The sounds of English 2.1 Vowels, diphthongs, consonants, consonant clusters 2.2 The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): Phonemic transcription 2.3 Problem Sounds 2.4 Syllable division and word stress 2.5 Sentence rhythm and weak forms 2.6 Contrastive stress in sentences to highlight different words 2.7 Intonation: Falling, rising and falling-rising tones 2.8 Varieties of Spoken English: Standard Indian, American and British (Note: This unit should be taught in a simple, non-technical manner, avoiding technical terms as far as possible.) Module- III Review of English grammar 3.1 Static and Dynamic Verbs 3.2 The auxiliary system: finite and non-finite verbs 3.3 Time, tense and aspect 3.4 Voice: Active and passive 3.5 Modality 3.6 Negation