NPTEL ONLINE CERTIFICATION COURSE INTRODUCTION

hello welcome to the first lecture for technical English for ingenious this is your introduction I am your faculty here I shake valve Asia Mohan I work in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences so this course is a 20 hour course where you will learn the four skills of LS r wand sr w that is listening to speaking reading and writing along with plenty of grammar and vocabulary as the title of the course suggests this is a course essentially meant for those studying or working in the area of science and technology let me again reiterate me reiterate here this is an undergraduate course.

So it’s not really meant for those who are pursuing let us say PhDs in English this is not a theoretical course the it the course gives you sort of a an entry point into learning the nuances of communication let me also tell you this is not a soft skills course the course is what it exactly what it appears here it is going to focus on the four communicative skills and the course is basically geared towards improving the communicative skills of those working and studying in the area of science and technology has said that those who want to improve their overall communication skills may also find it useful.

I am sure people who are not necessarily teaching or working in the area of Science and Technology in those kinds of domain they may also find it useful because the course will definitely tell you something about the essentials of the skills along with grammar what are the common pitfalls areas of pitfalls and also plenty of vocabulary if those of you who are watching this lecture if you are interested in this kind of area and if you are interested in this domain then the course is definitely meant for you to let me give you a very brief overview of the course contents.

Now the course contents include listening that is your L now you will be given plenty of listening exercises include description of people anecdotes short stories and processes you will be exposed to listening for gist listening for details and inferring meaning from context it is important that while listening to the text that I will be reading out and most of these steps please note

would be in the area of Science and Technology even the short stories that I am going to discuss or do as part of your activities they too are based on science and technology so this is what the course is all about so please make no stakes about the content of the course and I would suggest that while listening it is important that you make notes and also listen for keywords now this is a short-term cost 20 RS only so I may not be able to repeat it that make notes listen for the keywords so remember this is not just an introductory class for you okay please take it as some of the useful tips that are going to be of great advantage great benefit as you do the exercises okay remember always to make notes take down notes and certain keywords while listening to exercises and passages now move on moving on to speaking you will be given tips on making formal presentations, of course, this being an online course.

I cannot actually make you practice speaking okay but I will always give you certain topics that you can discuss between friends if you are doing this course along with a group of students a group of friends please sit with them and discuss and practice our speaking I will always give you some relevant topics so you will be given tips on making formal presentations also you will be given tips on correct pronunciation including elements of stress rhythm pace and the importance of pause we will also include some information about group discussion that will come at a slightly later stage will be having plenty of reading we know that as technologists as scientists you need to read various kinds of text compositions books etc so this is it is very important that you familiarize yourself with a wide age of reading text and you know  going to tell you and work on these things in detail.

As we go deep into the course right now please make a note what are the things we are going to do we will be doing skimming scanning predicting identifying keywords and main ideas making inferences also note-taking etcetera with all those are part of your reading skills reading passages themselves are designed to develop these skills and are adapted from various authentic sources I’ll always give the link the source from where I have taken a particular  starting with definitions of what scientific concepts concept that you may need on a day-to-day basis okay we will be talking about describing processes describing experiments we will start with short paragraphs will move on to longer essays we will also talk about informal as well as formal letters emails and very importantly there will be discussion on report writing at some stage we will also talk about writing a statement of purpose that is your SOP and also your resume or curriculum vitae that is your CV some attention will also be given to writing business letters writing always involves efficient use of connectors and adequate cohesive devices.

This course will give immense attention to that aspect as well coming to grammar so the cause covers the essentials of grammar including verb tenses particularly simple past simple present and present perfect also voice active and passive articles prepositions clauses types of sentences including simple compound and complex sentences there is some attention paid to nouns and noun phrases that is because I am aware that it’s a very basic kind of lecture however it is essential for building up the rest of the class so it is important that the rest of the lecture so please observe or please watch that lecture very carefully it is important that you know the distinction between various parts of speech so, therefore, it is important that some attention is paid to now we will also do a little bit of comparatives it is a short lecture on comparatives that is comparing the degrees of certain words there is going to be plenty of exercises involving vocabulary activities will develop your world power through a variety of interesting tasks as well as interesting activities and passages.

We will include word formation using suffixes and prefixes we will do changing the category of a particular word for example changing the class from noun to adjective and verb and vice versa these are the things that you require in good writing we will do phrasal verbs as well as collocations and some amount of idioms but not too much of it idioms and prom proverbs are not really a part of what we are striving to achieve here so but however once you develop interest in improving your English once you develop an interest in learning more about vocabulary I am sure you will do a lot of reading and practice lot of exercises that will also familiarize you with proverbs and idioms of the English language there will be some discussion on developing dictionary skills I will be referring to Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary it is an immensely useful tool for all those who

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