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Syllabus of JNTU BTech Common Syllabus - HS 05231 English

1. INTRODUCTION :

In view of the growing importance of English as a tool for global communication and the consequent emphasis on training students to acquire communicative competence, the syllabus has been designed to develop linguistic and communicative competence of Engineering students. The prescribed books and the exercises are meant to serve broadly as students' handbooks.

In the English classes, the focus should be on the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and for this the teachers should use the text prescribed for detailed study. For example, the students should be encouraged to read the texts/selected paragraphs silently. The teachers can ask comprehension questions to stimulate discussion and based on the discussions students can be made to write short paragraphs/essays etc.

The text for non-detailed study is for extensive reading/reading for pleasure by the students. Hence, it is suggested that they read it on their own with topics selected for discussion in the class. The time should be utilized for working out the exercises given after each section , as also for supplementing the exercises with authentic materials of a similar kind for example, from newspaper articles, advertisements, promotional material etc. However, the stress in this syllabus is on skill development and practice of language skills.

2. OBJECTIVES:

a. To improve the language proficiency of the students in English with emphasis on LSRW skills.

b. To equip the students to study academic subjects with greater facility through the theoreticalandpractical components of the English syllabus.

c. To develop the study skills and communication skills in formalandinformal situations.

3. SYLLABUS :

Listening Skills:

Objectives

1. To enable students to develop their listening skill so that they may appreciate its role in the LSRW skills approach to languageandimprove their pronunciation

2. To equip students with necessary training in listening so that can comprehend the speech of people of different backgroundsandregions

Students should be given practice in listening to the sounds of the language to be able to recognise them, to distinguish between them to mark stressandrecogniseanduse the right intonation in sentences.

Listening for general content

Listening to fill up information

Intensive listening

Listening for specific information

Speaking Skills :

Objectives

1. To make students aware of the role of speaking in Englishandits contribution to their success.

2. To enable students to express themselves fluentlyandappropriately in socialandprofessional contexts.

Oral practice

Describing objects/situations/people

Role play - Individual/Group activities (Using exercises from all the nine units of the prescribed text: Learning English : A Communicative Approach.)

Just A Minute(JAM) Sessions.

Reading Skills:

Objectives

1. To develop an awareness in the students about the significance of silent readingandcomprehension.

2. To develop the ability of students to guess the meanings of words from contextandgrasp the overall message of the text, draw inferences etc.

Skimming the text

Understanding the gist of an argument

Identifying the topic sentence

Inferring lexicalandcontextual meaning

Understanding discourse features

Recognizing coherence/sequencing of sentences

NOTE :

The students will be trained in reading skills using the prescribed text for detailed study.They will be examined in readingandanswering questions using ‘unseen' passages which may be taken from the non-detailed text or other authentic texts, such as magazines/newspaper articles.

Writing Skills :

Objectives

1. To develop an awareness in the students about writing as an exactandformal skill

2. To equip them with the components of different forms of writing, beginning with the lower order ones.

Writing sentences

Use of appropriate vocabulary

Paragraph writing

Coherenceandcohesiveness

Narration / description

Note Making

Formalandinformal letter writing

Editing a passage

4. TEXTBOOKS PRESCRIBED:

In order to improve the proficiency of the student in the acquisition of the four skills mentioned above, the following textsandcourse content, divided into Eight Units, are prescribed:

For Detailed study

1. LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006. (Six Selected Lessons)

For Non-detailed study

2. WINGS OF FIRE: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, Abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2004.

A. STUDY MATERIAL:

Unit -I

1. Astronomy from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

2. Chapters 1-4 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,2004

Unit -II

3. Information Technology from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

4. Chapters 5-8 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,2004

Unit -III

5. Humour from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

6. Chapters 9-12 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises., Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,2004

Unit -IV

7. Environment from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

8. Chapters 13-16 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,2004

Unit -V

9. Inspiration from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

10. Chapters 17-20 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,2004.

Unit - VI

11. Human Interest from LEARNING ENGLISH: A Communicative Approach, Orient Longman, 2005.

12. Chapters 21-24 from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography - APJ Abdul Kalam, an abridged version with Exercises, Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2004.

* Exercises from the lessons not prescribed shall also be used for classroom tasks.

Unit - VII

Exercises on

ReadingandWriting Skills

Reading Comprehension

Situational dialogues

Letter writing

Essay writing

Unit - VIII

Practice Exercises on Remedial Grammar covering

Common errors in English, Subject-Verb agreement, Use of ArticlesandPrepositions,Tenseandaspect

Vocabulary development covering

Synonyms& Antonyms, one-word substitutes, prefixes& suffixes, Idioms& phrases, words often confused.

REFERENCES :

1. Strengthen Your English, Bhaskaran and Horsburgh, Oxford University Press

2. Basic Communication Skills for Technology,and rea J Rutherfoord, Pearson Education Asia.

3. Murphy's English Grammar with CD, Murphy, Cambridge University Press

4. English Skills for Technical Students by Orient Longman

5. Everyday Dialogues in English by Robert J. Dixson, Prentice-Hall of India Ltd., 2006.

6. English For Technical Communication, Vol. 1& 2, by K. R. Lakshmi Narayanan, Sci tech. Publications.

7. A Handbook of English for Engineers& Technologists by Dr. P. Eliah,B. S. Publications.

8. Developing Communication Skills by Krishna Mohan& Meera Benerji (Macmillan)

9. SpeakingandWriting for Effective Business Communication, Francis Soundararaj, MacMillan India Ltd., 2007.

10. The Oxford Guide to WritingandSpeaking, John Seely, Oxford

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