Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Effective Technical English and A Course book on English

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Here are two course books that conform to the English syllabuses of B.E. students of Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Effective Technical English and A Coursebook on English were published in 1999 and 2009 respectively. They cover the first year English syllabuses.

This is what Professor Jacob Tharu, former Head, Department of Evaluation, CIEFL, Hyderabad said of the first coursebook:
           This ‘Course-book with a difference’ as the author describes it will
           without doubt be a sound and accessible resource relating to English
           proficiency for engineering students. It presents compactly in one
           book—yet quite comprehensively—the essentials of the English
           language. The author has taken care to cover the main areas
           indicated in the syllabus for B.E. Technical English prescribed by the
           JNTU. At the same time there is extensive matter providing practice
           for the major sections of the TOEFL examinations and typical all India
           competitive examinations. It will thus be useful for the first year students
           with an English requirement and for those in higher classes. Indeed, I
           expect this latter group to make even fuller use of the book than the
           juniors. I have noted over recent years that engineering students who
           see first year ‘compulsory English’ as a chore begin later to appreciate
           the value of effective proficiency in English. In the senior years they
           need to use English—to formulate project proposals, write technical reports,
           make oral presentations, interact with professionals during practical training,
           prepare for job interviews etc. students at this stage of study will surely find
           this new book a handy and dependable companion.

            It is user oriented and user friendly in the best sense...

Section 1: grammar: tense, use of tense forms, concord, transformation of sentences,
                 correction of sentences (TOEFL type), connectives and conjunctions
Section 2: vocabulary: affixes, synonyms and antonyms, sentence completion (GRE type),
                 analogy (GRE type), vocabulary games
Section 3: composition: report writing, graphics, reading comprehension, essay writing
Section 4: spoken English: sounds of English, accent/intonation, dialogue learning
Section 5: listening (TOFEL type)
                 A feedback questionnaire
The second book—A Course Book on English—also follows the syllabus prescribed by JNTU. This is in two parts.

Part I
Unit 1—lisening skills: introduction, definition, need for listening, barriers to listening, need
              for training, exercises
Unit 2—speaking skills: introduction, oral presentation, extempore speaking exercise,
              describing objects/situations/people, exercises, role play, have a problem?, aim for
              accuracy, dialogues for practice (with 32 pairs of dialogues in boxes entitled 
              ‘fluency’ and ‘accuracy’), relationships, discussing as a group
Unit 3—reading skills: passages
              writing skills: sentence formation and building, paragraph writing and building,
                                     formatting, essay writing, note-taking, formal and informal letters,
Unit 4—practice exercises on remedial grammar
Unit 5—vocabulary (idioms, homophones etc)

Part II
English Language Communication Skills Lab
Sounds of English (with diagrammatic representation of tongue positions and words practice), tongue twisters, situational dialogues, oral presentation, paper presentations. Information transfer, debate, sample conversations, telephone skills and etiquette

The book is accompanied by a free CD consisting of 17 tracks:
                   Introduction— Track 00
1. Listening skills
     Ex.1—pasages 1—10—Track One
     Ex.2—passages 11-12—Track Two
     Ex.3—passages 13—15—Track Three
     Ex.4—passages 1—4—Track Four

2. Pronunciation, accent and intonation
    1—4 pure vowels            Track Five
    5—8 pure vowels            Track Six
    9—12 pure vowels          Track Seven
    Minimal pairs                  Track Eight
    8 diphthongs                    Track Nine
    Difficult consonant sounds Track Ten
    Commonly mispronounced words—1 Track Eleven
    Commonly mispronounced words—2 Track Twelve
    Words with accent                                Track Thirteen
    ‘Rhythm’ of the English language       Track Fourteen
    ‘Stress’ for meaning change                 Track Fifteen
    Three ‘tones’                                        Track Sixteen

3. Conversation practice
    Telephone conversations                       Track Seventeen
    Conversations in context                       Track Eighteen

    Giving directions                                   Track Ninteen