COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Communicative English
Course Code: 
15ENG111
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Semester: 
1
Type: 
Foundation Core
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Communicative English' is a course offered in the first semester of B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

To make the students communicate their thoughts, opinions, and ideas freely and naturally; to make them understand the different styles in communication; to make the students understand the aesthetics of reading and writing; to bring in a spirit of enquiry; to motivate critical thinking and analysis; to help them ruminate on human values.

Unit 1

Reading: Different styles of communication – Reading Comprehension - critical thinking and analysis – Note-making – Any two pieces from the text

Unit 2

Writing: Prewriting techniques - Kinds of paragraphs - basics of continuous writing.

Grammar & Usage: Parts of Speech, Tenses, Concord, Phrasal Verbs, Modal Auxiliaries, Modifiers (Workbook) - Any two pieces from the text.

Unit 3

Practical sessions (Listening & Speaking): Introduction to English pronunciation including minimal pairs and word stress – differences between British and American English – Listening comprehension and Note-taking - Any two pieces from the text.

Activities: Short speeches, seminars, quizzes, language games, debates, and discussions, Book Reviews, etc.

Text: Language through Reading: Compilation by Amrita University for internal circulation.

Poems:

  • The Poplar Field by William Cowper
  • Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka

Prose:

  • Higher Mathematics by R. K. Narayan
  • Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam (Part III.11)

Short Stories:

  • Best Investment I Ever Made by A. J. Cronin
  • Death of an Indian by Krishna Charan Das
  1. Language through Practice: Compilation by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for internal circulation.