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HS2111 Technical English Syllabus
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Syllabus of Anna University Chennai Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Technology (BE/BTech) - R2008/Affiliated Institutions Common Syllabus - Ist Year - HS2111 Technical English

(Common to all branches of first year B.E. / B.Tech. courses)

L-T-P-M: 2-0-2-100

Aim:

To encourage students to actively involve in participative learning of English and to help them acquire Communication Skills.

Objectives:

1. To help students develop listening skills for academic and professional purposes.

2. To help students acquire the ability to speak effectively in English in real-life situations.

3. To inculcate reading habit and to develop effective reading skills.

4. To help students improve their active and passive vocabulary.

5. To familiarize students with different rhetorical functions of scientific English.

6. To enable students write letters and reports effectively in formal and business situations.

Unit - I Focus on Language (24)

Tenses - Word Formation with Prefixes and Suffixes - Same word used as different parts of speech-Active and Passive Voice - 'If' conditionals - Reference and link words - Compound nouns - Adjectives-numerical adjectives - Comparative adjectives - Modals - Subject-verb agreement - Reporting verbs (direct and indirect) - Relative pronouns - Prepositions - Prepositional phrases - Phrasal verbs - Question types - Cause and effect - Infinitives and gerunds - Imperatives.

Suggested activities

Providing different contexts for using tenses - Changing the grammatical functions of words using prefixes and suffixes - Changing voices(Active to Passive or Vice Versa) - Rewriting sentences in impersonal passive forms - Use of 'If' Conditionals in sentences - Use of reference words in reading texts - Expansion of compound nouns - Using appropriate comparative adjectives-Rewriting expressions - using numerical adjectives-Use of modal verbs in sentences - Correction of sentences - Use of appropriate reporting verbs in indirect speech - Gap filling activity using relative pronouns - Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions, prepositional phrases, phrasal verbs - Framing Wh - questions,-'Yes/ No' types and question tags - Giving pairs of cause and effect statements to be linked with expressions like 'as'/'since'/ 'because' etc, -Rewriting imperative sentences using 'Should' (eg: Keep the medicine away from the reach of children. Ans: The medicine should be kept away from the reach of children.) - Rewriting infinitive forms as gerunds. (eg: To modernize sick industries is difficult Ans: Modernizing sick industries is difficult)

Unit - II Listening (20)

Listening for general content - Listening for specific information - Listening for note-taking -Listening and making inferences - Listening to recorded telephonic conversations - Listening to reports and audio texts.

Suggested activities

Listening to the text and answering questions-(multiple choice, gap-filling) - Listening and identifying specific information - guided and unguided note-taking - Making inferences while listening - Listening to recorded telephone conversations and practice.

Unit - III Speaking (20)

Pronunciation - Accent - Eliciting information - Self and peer introduction - Conversation practice in different situations- Oral presentations on various topics - Debates - Describing.

Suggested activities

Listening to English sounds and words and repeating them - Introducing self and others - Role play activities - Making presentations on given topics - Debating on controversial topics - describing people, places, objects, processes.

Unit IV Reading (24)

Predicting the content - Skimming the text for gist - Scanning for specific information - Analyzing and interpreting information from bar charts, flow charts, pie charts etc. Logical sequencing of sentences - Study reading - Extensive reading (reading general texts)

Suggested activities

Taking a quick glance at the text (skimming) and predicting the content - Reading to identify the main ideas (scanning for specific information, analyzing and interpreting data from tables and charts - Sequencing of jumbled sentences using linguistic clues (eg : reference words and relative pronouns) and semantic clues following propositional development - Study reading - Comprehending a passage and answering questions.

Note

Extensive reading: Students may be asked to read the books suggested for extra reading and submit assignments. Assignment can be in the form of review- criticism, appreciation, etc.

Unit V Writing (32)

One sentence definition and extended definition - Paragraph writing - Principles of writing a paragraph - Report writing: industrial visit /accident / progress report/ feasibility report / - Project proposal - Formal letters: letter to the editor / job application with resume/ letters calling for quotations / placing orders / making complaints - Recommendations - Instructions - Check lists.

Suggested activities

Using appropriate expressions of defining - Writing a paragraph based on information provided in flow charts/ bar charts / tables - Writing different kinds of reports - Writing proposals (2 pages) - Writing formal letters of different types - Writing recommendations - Preparing check lists.

Total - 120 Periods

Textbook:

1. Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Anna University, 'English for Engineers and Technologists' Combined Edition (Volumes 1 & 2). Chennai: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd., 2006.

Reference Books:

1. Andrea J. Rutherford, 'Basic Communication Skills for Technology', Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2007.

2. P. K. Dutt, G. Rajeevan and C.L.N. Prakash, 'A Course in Communication Skills', Cambridge University Press, India 2007.

3. Krishna Mohan and Meera Banerjee, 'Developing Communication skills', Macmillan India Ltd., (Reprinted 1994-2007)

4. Edgar Thorpe, Showick Thorpe, 'Objective English', Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2007.

Extensive Reading: (Choose any two)

1. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari, 'Wings of Fire' An Autobiography, University Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,1999, 30th Impression 2007.

2. Robin Sharma, 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari', Jaico Publishing House, 2007

3. Shivkhera, 'You Can Win', Macmillan, 2007

Note: 1. The books listed under Extensive Reading are meant for inculcating the reading habit of the students. They need not be used for testing purposes.

2. For units II and III, the suggested activities can be conducted either in the classroom or in the English lab (depending on the availability of the lab).

For the Internal Assessment and End Semester Examination the following pattern will be adopted:

Unit I - Focus on language : End Semester - Part A (10 questions)

Unit II - Listening & : These two units will be covered in Internal

Unit III - Speaking Assessment as per Regulations 2008 (as applicable to any lab based theory course10.1(i)).

Unit IV - Reading : End Semester - Part B (2 questions)

i) Reading comprehension (Question 11)

ii) One more question from the same unit.

Unit V - Writing : End Semester - Part B (3 questions)

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