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(Rajeev Gandhi Educational City, Sonepat, Haryana)

Department of English
Technical English
Course objectives

To provide for the acquisition of basic communication skills in English in

relation to the requirements of the students of Engineering and Technology

To facilitate the holistic, integrated development of LSRW involved in

language learning through a series of intensely practical tasks and activities

To offer professionally sustainable language content by which to address the

special needs of the target learners to the ensure that they are adequately
equipped with discoursal and grammatical competencies

To help acquire the use of language simultaneously through the electronic

media such as the Internet so as to enable the learners to deal effectively
with E-materials

To expose the learners to a wide range of lexical and grammatical skills

needed for their special professional demands.
Semester II Paper II

Unit I
Listening & Speaking:

12 periods
Inviting, accepting and refusing an invitation
Apologizing and responding to an apology, congratulating
and responding to congratulations. Asking for, giving and
refusing permission


Reading for analytical skills, and deductive and inductive

reasoning E-materials.


Fax-messages, SMSes, emails, blogs etc

Vocabulary :

Use of Prefixes and suffixes.

Grammar :
Unit II
Listening & Speaking :

Active and Passive voice and Degrees of comparison.

12 periods
Dialogue: Describing daily routines
Talking about current activities
Talking about weather
Talking about possessions


Newspaper / magazine features reading and interactive

discussions on them


Writing letters, informal and official

Vocabulary :

Phrasal verbs

Grammar :


Unit III
Listening & Speaking :

12 periods
Dialogue: Asking for time and date sympathizing,
showing surprise, shock amusement, understanding etc
Making arrangements, dealing with interruption etc


Extensive reading story reading


Writing letters to the editor, short articles for journals,

periodicals and magazines

Vocabulary :

New words and phrases relating to environment, the

Internet, technology, food and drink, diet and health
business and marketing etc (see Cambridge Advanced
Learners Dictionary third editon)

Grammar :

Simple and complex sentences

Unit IV
Listening & Speaking :

12 periods
Model / mock interviews (face to face, telephonic and
video conferencing)
Asking for and giving opinions, suggestions, advice etc.
Persuading and dissuading people


Reading journal articles of scientific and technological

content and discussions based on them


Writing CVs, responding to job advertisements writing

statements of vision, purpose, goal, etc

Vocabulary :

Making compound words and multiwords.

Grammar :

Verbs transitive and intransitive, dynamic & stative,

regular and irregular, use of adjectives and adverbs
conditional sentences

Unit V
Listening & Speaking :

12 periods
Model group discussion Expressing likes and dislikes,
hopes, wishes, regrets, concern, condolence, emotions,
obligation, necessity, possibility, certainty etc.
Using language labs.


Intensive reading of scientific and techlogical texts and

orally summarizing them


Writing project reports, feasibility reports, evaluation

reports, etc.

Vocabulary :

Collocations and word families (see Cambridge Advanced

Learners Dictionary Third Edition)

Grammar :

Common mistakes in English (spelling mistakes,

uncountable noun mistakes, irregular plural mistakes,
irregular verb mistakes, collocation mistakes, mistakes in
the use of articles, prepositions, subject-verb agreement etc)

Textbooks (Both paper I & II)


Elango K., Veena Selvam and Sujatha Priyadharsini, Resonance : English for
Engineers and Technologists. New Delhi: Cambride University Press India Pvt Ltd.


Department of English, Anna University, Mindscapes: English for Technologists

and Engineers, Chennai : Orient Blackswan, 2012.


Patel, Z.N. English for Practical Purposes. Macmillan India Ltd, 2005.


Quirk, Randolph and Sidney Greenbaum. A University Grammar of English



Naterop, Jeon and Rod Revell. Telephoning in English, Cambridge University



Sadanand Kamlesh and Susheela Punitha. Spoken English: A Foundation Course

Part I & II. Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd.


Pickett and Laster. Technical English : Writing, Reading and Speaking. New York :
Harper and Row Publications, 1997.


Herbert, A.J. The Structure of Technical English, Orient Longman, 1990.


Cambride Advanced Learners Dictionary. Third Edition.


Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. Eighth Edition.


Anderson, Paul, V. Technical Communication: A Reader-centred Approach. New

Delhi: Cengage, 2008.


Riordan, Daniel G. Technical Communication. New Delhi: Cengage Learning 2005.