HS1301 – COMMUNICATION AND SOFT SKILLS LABORATORY

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HS1301  –   COMMUNICATION AND SOFT SKILLS LABORATORY

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(Common to All Branches of III Year B.E./ B.Tech students of Anna University
Tiruchirappalli and affiliated colleges)

The aim of the course is two-fold: to enable the students to develop communication skills
in the language laboratory and to arrange discussions for developing soft skills in the lab
and/or the classroom. Each lab session shall last for three periods.

List of activities that are to be carried out: (15 sessions x 3 periods = 45)

Lab session # 1: Listening and speaking practice exercises with communicative functions.
Learning  material:  the  ACD  of  Spoken  English:  A  Foundation  Course  for  Speakers  of
Indian Languages (Orient Longman, 2008)

Lab  session  #  2:  Practice  with  more  advanced  communicative  functions.  Learning
material:  the  ACD  of  Spoken  English:  A  Foundation  Course  for  Speakers  of  Indian
Languages (Orient Longman, 2008)

Lab session # 3: Pronunciation exercises with Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary of
Current English or any other standard Dictionary

Lab session # 4: Making an oral presentation in English. Learning Material: Professional
Presentations VCD (Cambridge University Press)

Lab  session  #  5:  Listening  to  telephone  conversations  in  English  and  completing  the
tasks. Learning material: Essential Telephoning in English ACD (Cambridge University
Press)

Lab  session  #  6:  Giving  an  exposure  to  and  practice  with  model  group  discussion  and
interviews. Learning material: How to Prepare for Group Discussion and Interview Audio
Cassette (McGraw-Hill)

Lab  session  #  7:  Giving  insights  into  the  format  and  the  task  types  in  the  IELTS
(International English Language Testing System). Learning Material: Objective IELTS,
Intermediate Level (CUP)

Lab  session  #  8:  Understanding  the  format  and  the  task  types  in  the  TOEFL  (Test  of
English   as   a   Foreign   Language).   Learning   Material:   Understanding   the   TOEFL
(Educational Testing Services, Princeton)

Lab session # 9: Administering the BEC (Business English Certificate) Diagnostic Test.
Learning Material: BEC Practice Materials (British Council, Chennai)

Lab  session  #  10:  Completing  the  steps  involved  in  Career,  Life  Planning  and  Change
Management. Learning Material: Developing Soft Skills (Pearson Education) 

Lab session # 11: Setting goals and objectives exercises. Learning Material: Developing
Soft Skills (Pearson Education)

Lab session # 12: Prioritizing and time planning exercises. Learning Material: Managing
Time Multimedia Program CD

Lab  session  #  13:  Taking  a  Personality  Typing/  Psychometric  Test  Learning  Material:
200 Psychometric Test prepared by the CUIC, Anna University Chennai

Lab session # 14: Critical and creative thinking exercises.

Lab  session  #  15:  Improving  body  language  and  cross-cultural  communication  with
pictures. Learning  material: Body Language (S. Chand and Co.)

For a detailed plan, refer to the topics given below;

UNIT I           LISTENING AND SPEAKING PRACTICE IN COMMUNICATIVE  
                        FUNCTIONS
Introductions and Meetings – Talking about Studies and/or Job – Expressing Likes and
Dislikes – Describing Daily Routines and Current Activities – Talking about Past States
and  Events  –  Talking  about  Future  Plans  and  Intentions  –  Expressing  Preferences  –
Giving  Reasons  –  Expressing  Opinions,  agreement  and  Disagreement  –  Seeking  and
Giving Advice – Making Suggestions.

UNIT II          SPEAKING APPLICATIONS
Making an Oral Presentation – Preparing the Presentation – Performing the Presentation
–  Beginning  –  Language  –  Visual  Aids  and  Body  Language  –  Voice  –  Ending  –
Questions – Telephone Conversations – Group Discussion and Interview.

UNIT III        UNDERSTANDING  AND  PREPARING  FOR  INTERNATIONAL
ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) – Business English Certificate (BEC)

UNIT IV        SOFT SKILLS (1)
Preparing  for  and  Dealing  With  Change  –  Motivation,  Goal-Setting  and  Self-Esteem  –
Managing Time and Stress – Career and Life Planning – Team Work – Leadership Traits.

UNIT V          SOFT SKILLS (2)
Multiple Intelligences – Learning Styles and Personality Typing – Critical and Creative
Thinking – People, Cultures and Self – Intercultural Communication.
 

RESOURCES
1.        Kamalesh  Sadanand  and  Susheela  Punitha,  “Spoken  English:  A  Foundation
Course” for Speakers of Indian Languages, Part 2 Audio CD, Hyderabad: Orient
Longman, 2008
2.        Malcome  Goodale,  “Professional  Presentations”,  (VCD)  New  Delhi:  Cambridge
University Press, 2005
3.        Barbara Garside and Tony Garside, Essential Telephoning in English (Audio CD),
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002
4.        Hari Mohan Prasad and Rajnish Mohan, “How to Prepare for Group Discussion
and Interview (Audio Cassette)”, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing
5.        International English Language Testing System Practice Tests, CUP
6.        Business English Certificate Materials, Cambridge University Press
7.        Understanding the TOEFL. Educational Testing Services, Princeton, US
8.        Interactive Multimedia Programs on Managing Time and Stress
9.        Robert M. Sherfield and et al “Developing Soft Skills”, 4th Edition, New Delhi,
Pearson Education, 2009.
                                                                                                          
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