English Language & Communication (Oral & Aural Proficiency Development) Course

English is the medium of instruction in Indian classrooms at the university level. The study materials are in English too. Students’ are also required to write their examination papers, make effective presentations in seminars and participate in effective in-class and off-class academic interactions. Besides high level of Cognitive Academic Linguistic Proficiency, the students would need to engage in fluency in oral interactions and high level of listening comprehension not only during classroom interactions but also during campus placement process and later in professional life. Students also need to seamlessly converse with their teachers, fellow students coming from a multitude of linguistic and cultural backgrounds and others which warrants a fairly high degree of fluency in Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS). KIIT University receives students from various backgrounds: Vernacular Medium Schools and English Medium Schools. Some students are found to have low level of proficiency in CALP and BICS. Hence this “English Language & Communication (Oral & Aural Proficiency Development) Course” is designed as an optional ex-curricular intervention course for such students who are in need to enhance their CAP and BICS.

Course Objective:

  1. To help students learn basic language structure
  2. To enhance students’ academic and basic interpersonal communication vocabulary
  3. To provide cooperative environment for the students to participate in academic and interpersonal communication and develop their fluency and confidence.
  4. To help students improve their proficiency in all areas of linguistic proficiency- listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Outline:

This course is meant for beginners and false beginners and is a 36-week (6 hours per week spread across two semesters, 18 weeks in each semester) refresher and guided practice course essentially aimed at helping students in improving fluency in speaking in English. The course is split into 5 levels. The course content is as given below:

 

Level 1 (30 Hours)
Basics of Language: Students will receive a refresher on the structural aspects of English language

Sl. Topic Description Hour
1 Letters of Alphabet (capital and small); Counting numbers (Cardinal and ordinal) 2
2 Basic Sounds; formation of Syllables 2
3 Different types of sentences, their structures & uses; Parts of Speech and their uses (number & gender); negatives sentences 2
4 Articles-indefinite & definite 2
5 This, that, these, those, here, there 2
6 Question words-what, why, when, where, how 2
7 Quantity words-definite, indefinite (Some, any, much, many); mathematical expressions 2
8 Nouns & Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs 2
9 Prepositions and prepositional phrases 2
10 Verb, tense and aspect; Modal verbs 2
11 Comparatives & superlatives 2
12 Meaningfully fragmenting sentences while reading 2
13 Word Stress; Sentence stress; Intonation; Modulation 2
14 1000 most commonly used words 2
15 Active and Passive voice & their uses; direct & indirect speech 2

Level 2 (32 Hours)
Social Communications in English

Sl. Topic Description Hour
1 Greetings; small talk; Introducing self to others; introducing others to others 2
2 Telling time, time expressions 2
3 Describing simple objects 2
4 Sharing information about self and others (physical features, moods, emotions and attitudes) 2
5 Requesting, proposing, suggesting, instructing, directing, recommending, commanding, ordering; implicit and explicit expressions, offering, 1acceptance of offer, expressing gratitude and regret 2
6 Describing everyday routines and habits 2
7 Describing weather 2
8 Narrating cooking operations 2
9 Describing one’s own home 2
10 Describe visit to a park 2
11 Describe visit to a railway station; airport, bus stand; hiring a taxi 2
12 Describe visit to a market; buying things; visiting a new town, asking directions, giving directions, hailing a taxi, conversations in hotel, ordering food in a restaurant. 2
13 Visiting a cinema hall, narrating the story 2
14 Visiting a friend 2
15 Telephone conversations; writing short texts on the phone, etiquette & Manners 2
16 Narrating any event, anecdotes in one’s life and lives of others 2

Level 3 (30 Hours)
Reading Comprehension

Sl. Topic Description Hour
1 Reading Hoardings, advertisements, and other short passage for comprehension (100 words) 6
2 Reading a short passage for comprehension (200 words) including Brochures, Leaflets, etc. 6
3 Reading short passages (500 words) for comprehension 6
4 Reading short passages (1000 words) for comprehension 6
5 Reading one act plays for comprehension 6

Level 4 (30 Hours)
Listening Comprehension

Sl. Topic Description Hour
1 Listening to short audios/conversation videos (100-200 words) for comprehension, vocabulary enhancement and pronunciation improvement 8
2 Listening to longer audios (200-500 words) for comprehension, vocabulary enhancement and pronunciation improvement 8
3 Listening to very long audios (500-1000 words) for comprehension, vocabulary enhancement and pronunciation improvement 8
4 Listening to songs for comprehension, vocabulary enhancement and pronunciation improvement 6

Level 5 (30 Hours)
Advanced Communication Skills Lab

Sl. Topic Description Hour
1 Answering questions in an interview 6
2 Debating on a topic 6
3 Discus a given topic of everyday common relevance 6
4 Making sales presentation/Skit 6
5 Making an academic presentation 6

Pedagogy:

The course will be primarily hands-on type. For every theoretical input, the student has to practice through in-class and off-class activities.

Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to use English language fluently

  1. Most people who learn a second language would like master enough of that language to be able to engage in basic conversations when meeting people in social and business settings. This course will help the learner improve his/her social Business English language (Oral) skills so that the learner will be able to communicate confidently with people in social and business settings.
  2. The course starts by showing how to meet and greet people and how to engage in small talk. The learners will also learn how to make suggestions, requests and offers, how to about his/her leisure time activities, and how to give opinion on different topics.
  3. This course will give the learner much greater confidence when communicating with people in social and business settings and allow them to engage in conversations that are fun and meaningful. This course will be of great interest to all those who would like to further improve their language skills.

Entry into the course:
The course is open for students of KIIT University. Students can enter the course at any level. However, they will need to go through a placement test in order to be considered eligible for entry into the next level.

Class Scheduling:
As this is an optional non-credit course, the course will be available during afternoon (4-6 pm) and evening hours (6-8 pm).
The classes are scheduled as below:

Day Monday to Saturday
Level-1 5-6 pm Prof. Khushi Pattanayak
Level-2 5-6 pm Prof. Zeenat Taher
Level-3 6-7 pm Prof. Khushi Pattanayak
Level-4 6-7 pm Prof. Lipsa Padhi
Level-5 5-6 pm Prof. Lipsa Padhi

Class Venue
Campus-3 (The Classroom Number will be communicated to the students before commencement of Classes.

Registration in to the course

Batch Course Enrollment Commencement Course End Dates
1 7th July 15th July 14th September
2 8th September 15th September 15th October
3 6th October 13th October 15th December
4 6th December 16th December 14th February
5 7th February 16th February 15th April

Course Fee: Rs 2000/- per level

Student Strength per Batch: Minimum-25, Maximum-30

Course Coordinator: Prof. Lipsa Padhi