Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science (Co-ed) DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
NAME OF THE PAPER
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH - II English for Arts and Social Sciences - II English for Commerce and Management-II English for Life Sciences - II English for Physical Sciences -II
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION COURSE FOR ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGES Hours: 60 OBJECTIVES: The Professional Communication Skills Course is intended to help Learners in Arts and Science colleges Develops their competence in the use of English with particular reference to the workplace situation. Enhances the creativity of the students, which will enable them to think of innovative ways to solve issues in the workplace. Develops their competence and competitiveness and thereby improve their employability skills. Helps students with a research bent of mind develop their skills in writing reports and research proposals.
At the end of the course, learners will be able to: • Attend interviews with boldness and confidence. • Adapt easily into the workplace context, having become communicatively competent. • Apply to the Research &Development organizations / sections in companies and offices with winning proposals.
UNIT I – COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE
Listening – Listening to talks/lectures by specialists on selected subject specific topics -(TED Talks) and answering comprehension exercises (inferential questions) Speaking: Small group discussions (the discussions could be based on the listening and reading passages- open ended questions Reading: Two subject-based reading texts followed by comprehension activities / exercises Writing: Summary writing based on the reading passages. Grammar and vocabulary exercises/tasks to be designed based on the discourse patterns of the listening and reading texts in the book. This is applicable for all the units.
UNIT 2- PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION
Listening: listening to a product launch- sensitizing learners to the nuances of persuasive communication Speaking: debates – Just-A Minute Activities Reading: reading texts on advertisements (on products relevant to the subject areas) and answering inferential questions Writing: dialogue writing- writing an argumentative / persuasive essay.
UNIT 3- DIGITAL COMPETENCE
Listening: Listening to interviews (subject related) Speaking: Interviews with subject specialists (using video conferencing skills) Creating Vlogs (How to become a vlogger and use vlogging to nurture interests –subject related) Reading: Selected sample of Web Page (subject area) Writing: Creating Web Pages Reading Comprehension: Essay on Digital Competence for Academic and Professional Life. The essay will address all aspects of digital competence in relation to MS Office and how they can be utilized in relation to work in the subject area
UNIT 4 – CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION
Listening: Listening to short (2 to 5 minutes) academic videos (prepared by EMRC/ other MOOC videos on Indian academic sites – E.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpvicScuDy0) Speaking: Making oral presentations through short films – subject based Reading: Essay on Creativity and Imagination (subject based) Writing – Basic Script Writing for short films (subject based) – Creating webpages , blogs, flyers and brochures (subject based) Poster making – writing slogans/captions (subject based)
UNIT 5- WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION & BASICS OF ACADEMIC WRITING
Speaking: Short academic presentation using PowerPoint Reading & Writing: Product Profiles, Circulars, Minutes of Meeting. Writing: Writing an introduction, paraphrasing Punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, semicolon, colon, dash, hyphen, parentheses, brackets, braces, apostrophe, quotation marks, and ellipsis) Capitalization (use of upper case)
Read the quotes given below and select the one you like very much. Give reasons for selecting it. The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; It will defend itself.( St.Augustine ) 2. Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. (Plato) 3. Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. (Seneca) 4. Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony (Mahatma Gandhi) 5. To succeed in your mission, you must have single minded devotion to your goal. ( APJ.Abdulkalam ) THANK YOU