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
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
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
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.
1. Kamalesh Sadanand and Susheela Punitha, “Spoken English: A Foundation
Course” for Speakers of Indian Languages, Part 2 Audio CD, Hyderabad: Orient
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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