'Communicative English' is a course offered at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

To help students obtain an ability to communicate fluently in English; to enable and enhance the students skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking; to impart an aesthetic sense and enhance creativity

Unit I

Kinds of sentences, usage of preposition, use of adjectives, adverbs for description, Tenses, Determiners- Agreement (Subject – Verb, Pronoun- Antecedent) collocation, Phrasal Verbs, Modifiers, Linkers/ Discourse Markers, Question Tags

Unit II

Paragraph writing – Cohesion - Development: definition, comparison, classification, contrast, cause and effect - Essay writing: Descriptive and Narrative

Unit III

Letter Writing - Personal (congratulation, invitation, felicitation, gratitude, condolence etc.) Official (Principal / Head of the department/ College authorities, Bank Manager, Editors of newspapers and magazines)

Unit IV

Reading Comprehension – Skimming and scanning- inference and deduction – Reading different kinds of material –Speaking: Narration of incidents / stories/ anecdotes- Current News Awareness

Unit V

Prose: John Halt’s ‘Three Kinds of Discipline’ [Detailed] Max Beerbohm’s ‘The Golden Drugget’ [Detailed]
Poems: Ogden Nash- ‘This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit’ [Detailed]
Robert Kroetsch– ‘I am Getting Old Now’, Langston Hughes-‘I, Too’[Detailed]
Wole Soyinka- ‘Telephone Conversation’ [Non-Detailed]
Kamala Das- ‘The Dance of the Eunuchs’[Non-Detailed]
Short Stories:Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’, Ruskin Bond’s ‘The Time Stops at Shamili’ [Non-Detailed]


  1. Ruskin Bond, Time Stops at Shamli and Other Stories, Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 1989
  2. Syamala, V. Speak English in Four Easy Steps, Improve English Foundation Trivandrum: 2006
  3. Beerbohm, Max, The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm (NYRB Classics), Phillip Lopate (Introduction, Editor), The New York Review of Book Publishers.
  4. Edger Allan Poe. The Selected Works of Edger Allan Poe. A Running Press, 2014.
  5. Online sources


  1. Ruskin Bond, Time Stops at Shamli and Other Stories, Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 1989
  2. Martinet, Thomson, A Practical English Grammar, IV Ed. OUP, 1986.
  3. Murphy, Raymond, Murphy’s English Grammar, CUP, 2004 9. Online sources