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Saturday, 2 July 2011

English Communication Practice


Name of the Course: English Communication Practice

Life, Language and Culture

Purpose of the Course: English for Semesters 3 is designed to provide the learners an opportunity to enhance their language skills through a reading of literary texts which will also help them relate themselves to different cultures vis-à-vis their own. Independent reading is also expected to increase spontaneity in expression among the learners.
Objectives: The Course aims at exposing the learners to nuances in culture, inculcating the habit of independent reading which provides the learners an opportunity to develop critical thinking and analytical skills that can be applied to any subject.
Content of the course: The literary pieces are carefully chosen from across cultures as samples of contemporary life and issues of global interest. This is meant to encourage students to relate language to personality development. In all, five stories have been selected for English Communication Practice.
Topics: Culture and traditions, philosophy, familial relationships, ethics, inter-personal relationships, ability to face disaster and poverty, tolerance.
Time frame/Hours of instruction: 2hrs per week (for pre-reading and post reading tasks of the lessons). Total number of hours per semester - 32.
Time Allocation: Reading of the text should be done at home. The class hours are meant for discussion, analysis and related activities. Project should be completed in consultation with the teacher.
Evaluation: The learner will be assessed on a continuous basis by way of projects and work-sheets given at the end of each story.
Stories selected for English Communication Practice
 Life, Language and Culture:
1. The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry
2. The Festival of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka
(based on the Travelogues of FA Hien Compiled by Ashok JainAssisted by Dhurjjati Sarma)  3.The Hawk and the Tree by Mohammad Azam Rahnaward Zaryab
4. To Be or Not To Be by Zaheda Hina
5. Bade Bhai Saab(My Elder Brother) by Munshi Premchand

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