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   HS2111                        TECHNICAL ENGLISH I                        3   1  0  4

To encourage students to actively involve in participative learning of English and to help them acquire Communication Skills.

1. To help  students  develop  listening  skills  for academic  and professional purposes.
2. To help students acquire the ability to speak effectively in English in real- life situations.

3. To inculcate reading habit and to develop effective reading skills.
4. To help students improve their active and passive vocabulary.
5.  To  familiarize  students  with  different  rhetorical  functions  of  scientific

6.  To  enable  students  write  letters  and  reports  effectively  in  formal  and business situations.

UNIT I                                                                                                                     12

General Vocabulary - changing words from one form to another - Adjectives, comparative  adjectives   Adverbs  - Active  and  passive  voice   Tenses  - simple present, present continuous - Adverb forms  Nouns compound nouns - Skimming and scanning  -  Listening  and  transfer  of  information   bar  chart,  flowchart  - Paragraph writing, description Discussing as a group and making an oral report on the points discussed, conversation techniques - convincing others.

Suggested activities:
1.   Matching words & meanings - Using words in context Making sentences.
2.   Changing sentences from active to passive voice & vice versa.
3.   Skimming,  cloze  exercises,  exercises  transferring  information  from  text  to graphic form bar charts, flow charts.
4.   Writing   descriptions   using  descriptive   words   &  phrases,   and  technical vocabulary.
5.   Role play, conversation exercises, discussions, oral reporting exercises
Any other related relevant classroom activity

UNIT II                                                                                                                    12
Vocabulary   prefixes & suffixes simple past tense - Spelling and punctuation  
‘wh’  Question  forms  - Scanning,  inference  - Listening  & note-taking  - Paragraph writing - comparison and contrast - Creative thinking and speaking.

Suggested Activities:
1. a. Vocabulary actiivities using prefixes and suffixes.
b. Exercises using questions asking & answering questions.

2. Scanning the text for specific information
3.  Listening  guided  note-taking  -  Writing  paragraphs  using  notes,  giving suitable headings and subheadings  for paragraphs.  Using expressions  of comparison and contrast.
4. Discussion activities and exploring creative ideas.
Any other related relevant classroom activity

UNIT III                                                                                                                   12
Tenses - simple past, simple future and past perfect - Reading in Context -Listening
& note-taking   single line Definitions   sequencing  of sentences   instruction  - Persuasive speaking.

Suggested activities:
1. a. Providing appropriate context for the use of tenses
2. Listening and note-taking
3. (a)   Writing sentence definitions, instructions
(b)  Identifying  the  discourse  links  and  sequencing  jumbled  sentences  /
writing instructions.

4.  Speaking  exercises,  discussions,  role  play  exercises  using  explaining, convincing and persuasive  strategies
Any other related relevant classroom activity

UNIT IV                                                                                                                  12
Modal verbs and Probability Concord subject verb agreement Correction of errors

- Cause and effect expressions   Extended  Definition  - Speaking  about the future plans.

Suggested activities:

1. a. Making sentences using modal verbs to express probability b. Gap filling using relevant grammatical form of words.

2. Writing extended definitions
3. Speaking -  role play activities, discussions, extempore  speaking exercises speculating about the future.
4. Any other related relevant classroom activity

UNIT V                                                                                                                   12
‘If’ conditionals Gerunds - Intensive reading - Speaking Presentation of problems
& solutions - Itinerary planning for an industrial visit - Formal Letter writing Letter to the editor, invititation letter, accepting, declining letter and permission letter.

Suggested activities:
1. a) Sentence completion exercises using ‘If’ conditionals.
b) Gap filling exercises using gerunds and present participle forms
2. Reading comprehension exercises.
3. Role play, discussion, debating and speaking activities for stating, discussing problems and suggesting solutions.
4. Planning a tour, Writing a travel itinerary. Writing letters to officials and to the editor in formal/official contexts.
Any other related relevant classroom activity

 1.   Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Anna University, ‘English for  Engineers  and  Technologists’  Combined  Edition  (Volumes  1 & 2), Chennai:  Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd., 2006.   Themes  1 4 (Resources, Energy, Computer, Transport)

1.   Meenakshi  Raman  and  Sangeeta  Sharma,  Technical  Communication
English skills for Engineers’, Oxford University Press, 2008.
2.   Andrea,  J.  Rutherford,   ‘Basic  Communication   Skills  for  Technology’, Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2007.

Extensive Reading:

A.P.J.Abdul  Kalam  with Arun Tiwari,  ‘Wings  of Fire’ An Autobiography,  University

Press (India) Pvt. Ltd.,1999, 30

Impression 2007.


The book given under Extensive Reading is meant for inculcating the reading habit of the students. They need not be used for testing purposes.

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