Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Communication Skills for Engineers

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This was published in 2012.

The syllabus of 2008 has been treated with a new design and in a new format.

The listening and reading content is theme-based: communicating, environment, resources, gender, travel, health, sports, disaster management, technology and energy. Every learning experience has a set goal.

Theme-based content experiences will hopefully engage the learner and the teacher in meaningful interactive exchanges and also lead the learner to know more about the topics dealt with under each theme.

Besides treating syllabus items in some depth, the book presents the learner with exposure to new areas of learning: form concepts, discuss life—use interesting quotes, categorise human relations, analyse technical texts, role-ply, learn telephone etiquette and basic sentence types and patterns etc.

Much more is available: two alphabetised lists of words with equivalent Thamizh expressions (to help Thamizh medium students to understand the concepts behind those words), word games, anagrams, collocations.

The workbook contains tips for life skills: staying fit, personal presentation skills, commitment, stress management, self-esteem, being organised, assertiveness, learning skills, problem solving, communication, reliability, integrity, motivation.

Contents
Information 1—To which category do you belong?
¾¸Åø 1                                         Information 1
þôÒò¾¸ò¾¢ø ¯ûÇ ¸üÀ¾ü¸¡É             Read this before your open
¦ºÂø¾¢Èý¸¨Ç ¦ºö ÓÂøžüÌ        your Coursebook to undergo
ÓýÀ¡¸ þ¨¾ô ÀÊì¸×õ.                        Learning experiences it
                                                                     offers.
¸£ú ¸¡Ïõ ãýÚ Å¨¸Â¢Éí¸Ç¢ø          To which category do you
¿£í¸û ±ó¾ Ũ¸¨Âî §º÷ó¾Å÷?             belong?

1. С¢¾ §¿Ãò¾¢ø ¸üÀÅ÷                          You may be a ‘quick learner’.   
    «¾¡ÅÐ ´ý¨Èì ¸üÚ즸¡ûÇ          That is, you may respond to
    ̨Èó¾ §¿Ãõ §¾¨ÅôÀÎÀÅ÷              the learning experiences in
                                                                     far much less time than your  
                                                                     classmates do.
 2. ºÃ¡º¡¢ §¿Ãò¾¢ø ¸üÀÅ÷                        You may be an ‘average  
     «¾¡ÅРС¢¾ §¿Ãò¾¢ø ¸üÀŨà        learner’. That is, you may     
     Å¢¼ º¢È¢Ð «¾¢¸ §¿Ãõ §¾¨Åô            respond to the learning
     ÀÎÀÅ÷                                                experiences in far more
                                                                 time than your ‘quick’
                                                                 classmates.

3. «¾¢¸ §¿Ãõ ±ÎòÐ ¸üÀÅ÷                     You may be a ‘slow learner’
    «¾¡ÅÐ ºÃ¡º¡¢ §¿Ãò¾¢ø ¸üÀŨà Ţ¼  That is, you  may take more
    º¢È¢Ð Üξø §¿Ãõ §¾¨Åô ÀÎÀÅ÷       than the ‘average learner’.

¿£í¸û ãýÈ¡ÅРŨ¸¨Âî §º÷ó¾ÅḠ   If you belong to category 3 
þÕó¾¡ø, ¦Åð¸ôÀ¼ò §¾¨Å¢ø¨Ä;       there’s no shame in it; you
¯í¸û ÀûÇ¢ì ¸øÅ¢ À¡¼í¸¨Ç                 belong there because you
¬í¸¢Äò¾¢ø ¸ü¸¡¾Ð¾¡ý ¸¡Ã½õ. þ¨¾  haven’t had a school
º¡¢ì¸ð¼ ¯í¸Ù¼ý ÀÊìÌõ ¬í¸¢Äò¾¢ø education in the English
À¡¼í¸¨Çì ¸üÈÅ÷¸¨Ç ¿ñÀ÷¸Ç¡¸         medium. Initially you may
¬ì¸¢ì ¦¸¡ûǧÅñÎõ. ¿¡õ¾¡ý Ó¾ÄÊ  not be willing to take help
±ÎòÐ ¨Åì¸ §ÅñÎõ. ¾Âì¸Á¢øÄ¡Áø     from your classmates. But
«Å÷¸û ¯¾Å¢¨Â ¿¡ÊÉ¡ø «Å÷¸û          you’ll learn faster if you do.
¿¢îºÂÁ¡¸ ¯¾Å¢ Ò¡¢Å¡÷¸û. þ¾É¡ø           Do take their help, and soon
¸¡§Äˆ À¡¼í¸¨Ç ¬í¸¢Äò¾¢ø ±Ç¢¾¢ø    you can do on your own.
¸ü¸ ÓÊÔõ. þÃñ¦¼¡Õ Á¡¾í¸Ç¢ø,       
¿£í¸Ç¡¸§Å ¦ºÂøÀÎõ ¾ýÉõÀ¢ì¨¸
À¢ÈìÌõ.

¿£í¸û ӾġÅРŨ¸¨Âî §º÷ó¾ÅḠ     If you belong to category 1
þÕó¾¡ø ¿£í¸û «ÎòÐ ¾ÃôÀðÎûÇ         your ego needn’t bloat; you
ãýÚ Å¢¾Á¡¸×õ ¦ºÂøÀÎÅ£÷¸û ±ýÈ      may consider one or all the
¿õÀ¢ì¨¸ ±í¸ÙìÌ ¯ñÎ:                       the three choices:  

Ӿġž¡¸, þôÒò¾¸òмý þ¨½ì¸ô    The first one is to take up
ÀðÎûÇ À¡¼ôÀ¢üº¢ ²ðÊø (workbook)     the challenge you’ll meet
¯í¸Ù즸ýÚ ¾ÃôÀðÎûÇ À¢üº¢¸¨Ç   in the exercises given in the
ÓÂüº¢ ¦ºöÐ À¡÷ì¸Ä¡õ (ºÃ¡º¡¢ §¿Ãò¾¢ø   workbook (even average
¸üÀÅüÌõ À¢üº¢¸û ¾ÃôÀðÎûÇÉ);        learners have exercises). The
þÃñ¼¡Å¾¡¸, ¸üÀ¾üÌ «¾¢¸ §¿Ãõ ±ÎìÌõ one is to help ‘slow
¿ñÀ÷¸ÙìÌ ¯¾Å¢Â¡¸ þÕì¸Ä¡õ. þ¾ý learners by helping them
ãÄÁ¡¸ «Å÷¸Ç¢ý ¾ýÉõÀ¢ì¨¸¨Â     with the learning experiences
ÅÇ÷ì¸Ä¡õ. ãýÈž¡¸, ¸½¢¾õ, ¦¸Á¢Šð¡£, so they gain confidence
·À¢z¸Š, þﺢɢ¡¢í¸ À¡¼í¸Ç¢ø ÅÕõ    in themselves and in you
technical ¬í¸¢Ä Å¡÷ò¨¾¸ÙìÌ              but weed them gradually  
´ôÀ¡É ¾Á¢ú Å¡÷ò¨¾¸¨Ç ´Õ ÀðÊÂÄ¡¸ from depending on you.
¾Â¡¡¢òÐ ¾ÃÄ¡õ.                                          The third is to prepare
                                                                  a bilingual list of technical
                                                                     terms (in Thamizh and
                                                                    English) in maths, physics,       
                                                                    chemistry, engineering
                                                                         subjects.  
¿ýÈ¢.                                                           Thank you.
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Information 2—What does this Book do for you?
¾¸Åø 2                                         Information 2
þó¾ô Òò¾¸õ ¯í¸ÙìÌ ±ýÉ                What does this Book do
¾Õ¸¢ÈÐ?                                                     for you?
þó¾ô Òò¾¸ò¾¢ø ¯ûÇ 10 À¢¡¢×¸Ùõ     The ten Units in this Book
ÁÉ¢¾÷¸Ç¡¸¢Â ¿õ¨Áô ÀüÈ¢ò¾¡ý            are about us, human beings.
¦º¡øÖ¸¢ýÈÉ. ¿õÓ¨¼Â ±ñ½í¸¨ÇÔõ, About how we use
¯½÷׸¨ÇÔõ, ¯½÷¸¨ÇÔõ            English to communicate
±ôÀÊ ¬í¸¢Äò¾¢ø ¦ÅÇ¢ôÀÎòÐÅР       (express) our thoughts,
ÀüÈ¢Ôõ, þÅü¨È §¸ð¸×õ, §Àº×õ,          to share our feelings and
±Ø¾×õ, ÀÊì¸×õ (communication),          emotions, to listen, to speak
§Á¡ºÁ¡¸¢ì¦¸¡ñÊÕìÌõ Å¡É¢¨Ä¨Â     to read and write these
±ôÀÊ «ÏÌÅÐ, ºÁ¡Ç¢ôÀÐ, À¢Ä¡ŠÊì    communications. About
¸¡Ä¡É ¦À¡Õð¸¨Ç ±ôÀÊ ¾Å¢÷ôÀР        what we should do
±ýÀÅÉôÀüÈ¢Ôõ (environment), ¿ÁìÌ     regarding climate crisis
Á¢¸ò§¾¨ÅÂ¡É ¯½×, ¾ñ½£¨Ãô          and about the need to
ÀüÈ¢Ôõ (resources), À¡Ä¢Éõ, ¿õÓ¨¼Â     avoid use of plastics
¦º¡øÄ¢Öõ, ¦ºÂÄ¢Öõ ¬¨½ ¯Â÷ò¾¢Ôõ (environment). About
¦Àñ½¢Éò¨¾ ¾¡úò¾¢Ôõ ¦ºÂøÀÎÅР  food and water--two
±ýÀŨÉô ÀüÈ¢Ôõ (gender), À½õ        essential resources for
(travel), þ¨¾ôÀüȢ ±ñ½í¸¨Çô         our sustenance. About
ÀüÈ¢Ôõ, ¯¼ø, ÁÉ ¿¢¨Ä (health),               gender and recognizing
þÅü¨È ±ôÀÊ À¡Ð¸¡ôÀÐ ±ýÀ¨¾ô          the bias towards the male
ÀüÈ¢Ôõ, ¿õ Å¡ú쨸¢ø Å¢¨Ç¡ðΠ        and how we can remove
Û¨¼Â ¦ºÂøÀ¡ðÊý Å¢¨Ç׸¨Çô          it from our thoughts and
ÀüÈ¢Ôõ (sport), ¿õ Å¡ú쨸¢ø ¦¾¡Æ¢ø      expressions. About how we
ÑðÀò¾¢ý (cloning and information               look at travel, how we can
technology) ¾¡ì¸ò¨¾ô ÀüÈ¢Ôõ,                   deal with situations related
þÂü¨¸Â¡Öõ, ÁÉ¢¾É¡Öõ ¯ÕÅ¡ì¸ô       to it. About our health—both
ÀÎõ §À¡¢¼÷¸û (disaster), þÅü¨È                mental and physical—and
±ùÅ¡Ú ±¾¢÷¦¸¡ûÅÐ, ¦ÅøÖÅР              we can cope with it so we   
±ýÀÉÅü¨Èô ÀüÈ¢Ôõ ¬Ìõ.                     stay healthy. About what
sport is all about, what role  it plays to keep life meaningful, and how we can use its myriad activities, to enjoy them, if not participate in them. About the impact of technology in terms of ‘cloning’ and IT. About disasters—both natural and man-made—and how we can deal with it so we can continue to co-exist with nature. About energy sources and their conservation. In other words, about life and how we deal with everything and everyone around us, using the English language.
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 A representative sample page:
Unit 1
Communicating

                                                                                                               
                      
                                                                                                  









This Unit is about us, human beings. About us and our relationships. About our relationships and how to express them in words and actions. Using the English language.

This Unit is about helping you to understand relationships (formal, semiformal, informal) and how to communicate (express) them through your behaviour.

This Unit is about learning to
     · understand relationships and thus people
      · communicate verbally and nonverbally
     · use English (its lexis and structure) and body language effectively as a medium.
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 Learning experience 2
goal—listen, analyse and speak (=respond)
       —message comprehension
Listen to the dialogue and answer these questions in the workbook:

Learning experience 3
goal—speak—role play

· simple oral interactions, seeking and giving information        
Here are four pairs of dialogues. ‘a’ conversations contain errors for which ‘b’ contains corrections.

You take one role, say, in the dialogues in ‘b’ in such a manner that the conversation sounds real.

They contain the ‘techniques’ that you need to use. They are simple oral interactions, seeking and giving information.

                fluency  1a                                            accuracy 1b       

1. self-introduction                                                           

Shakti : My name is Shakti. Your
             name?
Gopal : Gopal. Your subject?
Shakti : Mechanical. Your?
Gopal : ECE. ‘B’ batch. You?
Shakti : ‘C’ batch. I, you friends?
Gopal  : Yes. 
Shakti :  Thanks, Gopal. Bye.
Gopal  : Bye.  
 

Shakti : My name is Shakti. [extends his
             hand]
Gopal : [shakes his hand] I’m Gopal. Mine
               is ECE branch. ‘B’ batch. What is
               yours? 
Shakti : I got Mechanical, the branch I
              wanted. Mine is ‘C’. Can we be
              friends?
Gopal : I got my choice, too. Yes, we’ll be
              friends.   
Shakti : Thanks, Gopal.
Gopal : Glad to know you. Bye.
Shakti : Glad to know you, too. Bye.
 
 


                                  



 The underlined expressions in 1a are        1b helps you to save time by giving you
not wrong for a beginner like you. You    the right expressions when ‘introduction’
are clear in what you want to say. And     takes place.
that is very important when you’re           In fact, all dialogues with ‘b’ help save time.
beginning to speak.                                   They contain the right expressions.
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Contents
Semester I
Unit 1—communicating
Message comprehension, oral interaction, communicating process, paragraph structure, device description, flow chart, author quotes, nonverbals, relationship expressions and categories, role play, learning to read technical passages, using affixes, understanding voice, practising cloze reading

Unit II—environment
Listening for specific information, sharing information, scanning a passage, forming life-related concepts, using charts, identifying marks of punctuation, compound nous,
Unit III—resources
Listening and taking notes, identifying instructions, sentence structures, making oral reports, learning to persuade, learning basic sentence patterns

Unit IV—gender
Discussing concepts, topics creatively, expressing future plans, reading critically, practising rearranging jumbled sentences, understanding anagrams, writing about future plans, summarising, accepting and declining invitations, learning concord, identifying errors

Unit V—travel
Using general knowledge, identifying ‘old’ vehicles, analysing a passage, debating, developing analytical skills, using quotes for life, visit to an industry, expressing cause and effect, using gerunds and infinitives, express probability with ‘if’

Semester II
Unit I—health
Applying general knowledge, listening to technical topics, group discussion, negotiating strategies, strategies for public speaking, reading about health facts—junk food, visiting websites, using articles, writing circulars, notices, agenda and minutes, playing games, learning prepositions and substitutions

Unit II—sports
Checking knowledge about various sports, writing ads, describing a process, writing formal letters, discussing life concepts

Unit III—disaster management
Comprehending an interview, presenting reports, making oral presentation, critiquing, reporting direct speech, listening to a passage

Unit IV—technology
Reading analytically, writing arguments, writing a CV, email writing, preparing checklists, descriptive writing,  collocations, connectives, listening to a passage

Unit V—energy
Brainstorming, looking at case studies, writing essays and proposals, answering general exercises