Common course I communication skills in english



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SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSE I

COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH

MODULE – I
Speech Sounds
Phonemic symbols - Vowels - Consonants - Syllables - Word stress - Stress in polysyllabic words – Stress in words used as different parts of speech - Sentence stress – Weak forms and strong forms – Intonation – Awareness of different accents: American, British and Indian – Influence of the mother tongue

MODULE – II
Listening
Active listening – Barriers to listening – Listening and note taking– Listening to announcements – Listening to news on the radio and television
MODULE- III
Speaking
Word stress and rhythm – Pauses and sense groups – Falling and rising tones –Fluency and pace of delivery – Art of small talk – Participating in conversations – Making a short formal speech – Describing people, place, events and things – Group discussion skills and telephone skills
MODULE – IV
Reading
Reading: theory and Practice – Scanning - Surveying a textbook using an index - reading with a purpose – making predictions – Understanding text structure – Locating main points – Making inferences - Reading graphics - reading critically – Reading for research

SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSE I

READING LITERATURE IN ENGLISH


MODULE ONE: ESSAYS
1. E.V. Lucas : “Bores”
2. Jawaharlal Nehru : “A Glory has Departed”
3. Amartya Sen : “Tryst with Destiny”
4. Bertrand Russell : “How to Escape from Intellectual Rubbish”

MODULE TWO: POETRY

1. William Shakespeare : Sonnet XXX


2. John Keats : Ode to the Nightingale”

3. Robert Frost : “Mending Wall”

4. David Malouf : “The Bicycle”
5. Maya Angelou : “Poor Girl”
6. Kamala Das : “The Mask”
7. Nissim Ezekiel : “Goodbye party for Miss Pushpa T.S”
8. Gabriel Okara : “Once Upon a Time”

MODULE THREE: SHORT STORIES
1. Anton Chekov : “The Lottery Ticket”
2. O. Henry : “Jimmy Valentine”

3. R. K. Narayan : “A Shadow”

4. Anita Desai : “A Devoted Son”

5. A J Cronin : “Two Gentlemen of Verona”




MODULE FOUR: ONE-ACT PLAYS

1. Fritz Karinthy : “Refund”

2. Tennessee Williams : “Lord Byron’s Love Letter”

3. W W Jacobs : “Monkey’s Paw”


SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSE I

METHODOLOGY OF HUMANITIES AND LITERATURE

  Module    (1)                                                                       



A :  Understanding the humanities - the scientific method – how humanities explore reality – the natural and social sciences – facts and interpretation –study of natural and subjective world- tastes, values and belief systems

B:  Language ,culture and identity- language in history- language in relation to caste, class, race and gender- language and colonialism.

C: Narration and representation- what is narration-narrative modes of thinking- narration in literature, philosophy and history- reading. 
Module (2)                                                                      
The following essays are to be dealt with intensively in relation with the methodological questions raised above(module 1)
1.Peter Barry :  “Theory before ‘theory’ – liberal humanism”. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. New York,Manchester. 1995. 11-38

2.Sudhir Kakar, Katharina Kakar. “The Hierarchical Man” The Indians: Portrait of a People. Penguin India, 2007. 7-24.

3.G. N. Devy. “ Introduction” in Sharankumar Limbale’s The Outcaste:Akkarmashi. New Delhi, OUP. 2008 xii-xxvi

4.V. Geetha. “God made you different, Nature made us different”. Gender. Calcutta: Stree, 2002 11-23

5.Fridrun Rinner. “The ArabianNights: Telling Stories as a means of escape from death” .Narrative. A Seminar. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1994 180-185.

Note on Course work
The teaching of the course will involve making the student enter into a sort of dialogue with some of the issues raised in the reading material given above.
4. CORE TEXT

 METHODOLOGYAND PERSPECTIVES OF HUMANITIES published by Pearson Longman 2009 (except chapter 4 “Indian Philosophy”)


SOCIAL ROOTS OF LITERATURE. Edited by Dr.K.M.Krishnan and Tom Thomas; to be published by DC BOOKS and M. G.UNIVERSITY.

SEMESTER I

COMMON COURSE I

ENCE I – GRAMMAR AND CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS

Module – 1
Articles – Agreement – Noun and Number – Partitive use of of - Concord – Adjectives – Words ending in ly: hard, hardly, late, lately, most, mostly – Fairly and Fair – Prepositions – Tenses – Redundancies – Errors in the use of individual words
(26 hours)

Module – 2

Introductory there and anticipatory it – position of adverbs – Tag questions and Appended questions – use of who, whom, much, many, much, very, still, yet, make, do, the verb have – shall, will, used to, to be used to, courtesy words, greetings and salutations – Synonyms and antonyms.



(22 hours)
The objective of modules 3 & 4 is to prepare students for different kinds of Compositions

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Module – 3

Reported Speech – Direct and Reported Speech – Tense changes in reported speech – Reported questions – Reported imperatives – Syntax - Conversation and conversational analysis – Conversation a highly structured activity – Turn taking – Features of conversation – Explicit and implicit rules of conversation – Word formation – Contemporary terms – Paradigms and paraphrases – Word formation clusters.

(22 hours)

Module – 4

Letter writing - format - different kind of letters – organizing information – style and tone – paraphrasing and expansion – paraphrasing poems – general essays – descriptive writing – report writing – Précis writing – Paragraph writing - Expansion of passages – Writing stories from outlines – e-mail and fax



(20 hours)


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