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Course Detail

Course Name Communicative English (Advanced)
Course Code 18ENG201
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester III
Credits 3
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Listening and Speaking: varieties of modern English – British, American, Indian-basic sounds, deviations in American and other varieties.

Verbal communication: conversation-basic techniques- how to begin, interrupt, hesitate and end – how to express time, age, feelings and emotions- how to respond – using language in various contexts/situations- talking about oneself, others- describing persons, places, incidents, events and objects- attending an interview addressing an audience- using audio-visual aids- making short.

Unit 2

Speeches compering – group discussion.

Non-Verbal Communication: body language: postures – orientation-eye contact – facial expressiondress- posture – self-concept – self-image – self-esteem- attitudes – Values and perception.

Unit 3

Reading and Writing. 

Skimming and scanning-fast reading- writing short messages- e-mails- preparing notes and reports based on visuals, graphs and diagrams- letters- informal, formal/ official/ business related – preparing agenda, minutes –CV-Describing persons, places, incidents and events- writing adsshort argumentative essays.

Words often confused and misused – synonyms- antonyms- idioms commonly usedcorresponding American expressions.

Unit 4

Writing for specific purpose.

Scientific writing- business writing- preparing of project proposal – writing of summaries and reviews of movies and books in English/regional languages.

Unit 5

Practical sessions. 

Language skills tests (Written):

  1. Translation od short and simple passages – from Malayalam to English
  2. Providing captions for photo and pictures
  3. Symposium – Presenting different aspects of a debatable topic.


To help the students attain high level proficiency in all the four language skills; to equip them for competitive examinations and various International English Language Tests; to enhance their career prospects and employability; to help them develop their personality by fine tuning their communication and presentation skills.


  1. Jones, Daniel. English Pronouncing Dictionary. 17th Edn. CUP

Core Reading

  1. Mukhopadhyay, Lina et al. Polyskills: A Course in communication Skills and Life Skills.Foundation, 2012.
  2. O’Conner, J.D. Better English Pronunciation, CUP.
  3. Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. OUP.
  4. Driscoll, Liz. Cambridge: Common Mistakes at Intermediate.CUP.

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