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Communicative English for Engineers and Professionals

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Communicative English for Engineers and Professionals covers the syllabi of B. Tech, BE, B.Com, M.Com, BBA, MBA, hospitality, B. Pharma, nursing, physiotherapy, and other courses being taught at various universities, and professional and technical institutions. It integrates learning modules for spoken and written skills in English to give the readers an edge in their careers. Focusing on the requirements of professionals and students, this book equips them to effectively communicate and present themselves at their workplace and other interactive spheres.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Contents
  4. About the Authors
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1. Effective Communication
    1. 1.1 What do We mean by Communication?
    2. 1.2 Process of Communication
      1. 1.2.1 Communication Cycle
    3. 1.3 Channels and Media of Communication
    4. 1.4 Barriers to Communication
    5. 1.5 Learning Strategies for Effective Communication
      1. 1.5.1 Listening
      2. 1.5.2 Thinking
      3. 1.5.3 Vocabulary Building
      4. 1.5.4 Speaking
      5. 1.5.5 Reading
      6. 1.5.6 Writing
      7. 1.5.7 Grammar
      8. 1.5.8 Body Language
  7. Chapter 2. Use of Technology in Developing Communication Skills
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
      1. 2.2.1 Self-learning Through the Use of Technology
      2. 2.2.2 Integrated Group Learning Using a Multimedia Language Laboratory
    3. 2.3 Effectiveness of CALL for Developing English Language Skills
    4. 2.4 Use of Internet
  8. Chapter 3. Word Elements
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Roots/Base: The Core of a Word
    3. 3.3 Affixes
      1. 3.3.1 Prefix: The Frontal Element
      2. 3.3.2 Suffix: The Tail to Modify Meaning
  9. Chapter 4. Vocabulary Building
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Synonyms
    3. 4.3 Antonyms
    4. 4.4 Homophones
    5. 4.5 Homonyms
    6. 4.6 Words Often Confused
    7. 4.7 One Word Substitution
    8. 4.8 Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
      1. 4.8.1 Some Commonly Used Idioms
      2. 4.8.2 Phrasal Verbs
      3. 4.8.3 Some Common Phrasal Verbs
    9. 4.9 Technical Terms
      1. 4.9.1 Some Commonly Used Technical Terms
      2. 4.9.2 Foreign Expressions
      3. 4.9.3 Group Names
      4. 4.9.4 The ‘Logies’ of Day-to-day Use
  10. Chapter 5. Speaking Skills
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 IPA Symbols of ‘Received Pronunciation’
      1. 5.2.1 ‘Received’ or ‘Accepted Pronunciation’
      2. 5.2.2 IPA Symbols
    3. 5.3 Phonetic Transcription using IPA Characters
      1. 5.3.1 What is Phonetic Transcription?
      2. 5.3.2 Purpose of Transcription
      3. 5.3.3 Guiding Principles for Correct Pronunciation/Transcription
    4. 5.4 IPA Transcription of Words often Mispronounced
    5. 5.5 Word Stress
      1. 5.5.1 What is a Syllable?
      2. 5.5.2 What is Word Stress?
      3. 5.5.3 Ascertaining Word Stress Using Parts of Speech
      4. 5.5.4 Word Stress Related to Prefixes
      5. 5.5.5 Word Stress in Compound Words
      6. 5.5.6 Word Stress Related to Suffixes
      7. 5.5.7 Shifting of Stress
    6. 5.6 Weak Forms in English
      1. 5.6.1 What are Weak Forms?
      2. 5.6.2 Use of Weak Forms
      3. 5.6.3 Use of ‘Function’ Words in Strong Forms
      4. 5.6.4 Strong and Weak Forms of the ‘Function’ Words
    7. 5.7 Intonation
      1. 5.7.1 What is Intonation?
      2. 5.7.2 Patterns of Intonations
      3. 5.7.3 Purpose of Intonation
  11. Chapter 6. Professional Interaction
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Group Discussion
      1. 6.2.1 Group Interaction
      2. 6.2.2 What is a Group Discussion?
      3. 6.2.3 Relevance
      4. 6.2.4 Purpose
      5. 6.2.5 The Process of Communication in a GD
      6. 6.2.6 Mechanism and Formats of GD
      7. 6.2.7 Group Discussion and Debate
      8. 6.2.8 Components of a GD
      9. 6.2.9 Strategies for an Effective GD
      10. 6.2.10 Preparation of a Group Discussion
      11. 6.2.11 Range of Topics
      12. 6.2.12 Some Useful Phrases
      13. 6.2.13 Evaluation Process
    3. 6.3 Job Interviews
      1. 6.3.1 Introduction
      2. 6.3.2 Job Interviews
      3. 6.3.3 Myths about Job Interviews
      4. 6.3.4 Objectives
      5. 6.3.5 Venues
      6. 6.3.6 Types of Job Interviews
      7. 6.3.7 Preparation for Job Interview
      8. 6.3.8 Appearing for an Interview
      9. 6.3.9 Potential Interview Questions
      10. 6.3.10 Interviewing the Interviewers
      11. 6.2.11 Evaluation of Performance
    4. 6.4 Professional Presentation
      1. 6.4.1 What is a Professional Presentation?
      2. 6.4.2 Types of Professional Presentations
      3. 6.4.3 Preparation and Research
      4. 6.4.4 Effective Delivery
      5. 6.4.5 Audience Questions
  12. Chapter 7. Functional Grammar
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Correct Usage: Nouns
      1. 7.2.1 What is a noun?
      2. 7.2.2 Classification of Nouns
      3. 7.2.3 Countable and Uncountable Nouns
      4. 7.2.4 Compound Nouns
      5. 7.2.5 Possessive (Genitive) Case of Nouns
      6. 7.2.6 Correct Usage of Nouns
      7. 7.2.7 Common Errors in the Use of Noun Expressions
      8. 7.2.8 Nouns with Two Forms in Plural with Different Meanings
      9. 7.2.9 The Nouns with Different Meanings in Singular and Plural
    3. 7.3 Correct Usage: Pronouns
      1. 7.3.1 What is a Pronoun?
      2. 7.3.2 Classification of Pronouns
      3. 7.3.3 Correct Usage of Pronouns
      4. 7.3.4 Some Common Errors in the Use of Pronouns
    4. 7.4 Correct Usage: Adjectives
      1. 7.4.1 What are Adjectives?
      2. 7.4.2 Classification of Adjectives
      3. 7.4.3 Degrees of Comparison
      4. 7.4.4 Correct Use of Some Adjectives
      5. 7.4.5 Common Errors in the Use of adjectives
    5. 7.5 Correct Usage: Articles
      1. 7.5.1 Use of Indefinite Article
      2. 7.5.2 Use of Definite Articles
      3. 7.5.3 Omission of the Articles
      4. 7.5.4 Repetition of Articles
    6. 7.6 Correct Usage: Adverb
      1. 7.6.1 What are Adverbs?
      2. 7.6.2 Kinds of Adverbs
      3. 7.6.3 Position of Adverbs
      4. 7.6.4 Correct Use of Adverbs
    7. 7.7 Correct Usage: Preposition
      1. 7.7.1 What is a Preposition?
      2. 7.7.2 Kinds of Prepositions
      3. 7.7.3 Position of Prepositions
      4. 7.7.4 Major Relations Indicated by Prepositions
      5. 7.7.5 Correct Use of Prepositions
    8. 7.8 Correct Usage: Conjunctions
      1. 7.8.1 What is a Conjunction?
      2. 7.8.2 Types of Conjunctions
    9. 7.9 Correct Usage: Tenses
      1. 7.9.1 Introduction
      2. 7.9.2 Table of Tenses
      3. 7.9.3 Common Errors in the Use of Tenses
      4. 7.9.4 Conditionals
      5. 7.9.5 Question Tags
    10. 7.10 Correct Usage: Subject–Verb Agreement
  13. Chapter 8. Reading and Study Skills
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Reading Comprehension
      1. 8.2.1 Mechanics of Reading
      2. 8.2.2 Types of Reading Skills
      3. 8.2.3 Reading Speed
      4. 8.2.4 Reading Comprehension Skills
    3. 8.3 Note Taking and Note Making
      1. 8.3.1 Note Taking
      2. 8.3.2 Note Making
      3. 8.3.3 A Sample Note Making
    4. 8.4 Précis Writing
      1. 8.4.1 Advantages of Learning Précis Writing
      2. 8.4.2 Qualities of a Good Précis
      3. 8.4.3 Skills Required to Write a Good Précis
      4. 8.4.4 How to Write a Précis?
      5. 8.4.5 Methods for Editing Long Sentences
      6. 8.4.6 A Sample Précis
  14. Chapter 9. Written Communication
    1. 9.1 Introduction
    2. 9.2 Paragraph Writing
      1. 9.2.1 Parts of a Paragraph
      2. 9.2.2 Writing a Good Paragraph
      3. 9.2.3 Characteristics of a Good Paragraph
      4. 9.2.4 Sample Paragraphs
    3. 9.3 Developing Outlines, Key Expressions and Situations
      1. 9.3.1 Advantages
      2. 9.3.2 Generating Outlines
      3. 9.3.3 Key Expressions and Situations
      4. 9.3.4 Sample Outlines
    4. 9.4 Slogan Writing
      1. 9.4.1 Types of Slogans
      2. 9.4.2 Attributes of a Good Slogan
      3. 9.4.3 How to Write Slogans?
      4. 9.4.4 Sample Slogans
    5. 9.5 Dialogue Writing
      1. 9.5.1 Writing a Good Dialogue
      2. 9.5.2 Mechanics of Writing Good Dialogues
      3. 9.5.3 Some Useful Phrases
      4. 9.5.4 Sample Dialogues
    6. 9.6 Interpreting Pictures and Cartoons
      1. 9.6.1 Sample Illustrations
  15. Chapter 10. Professional and Technical Communication
    1. 10.1 Introduction
    2. 10.2 Letter Writing
      1. 10.2.1 Types of Letters
      2. 10.2.2 General Strategy
      3. 10.2.3 Useful Phrases
      4. 10.2.4 Sample Letters
    3. 10.3 Job Application
      1. 10.3.1 Covering Letter
      2. 10.3.2 Résumé/CV
    4. 10.4 Letter to the Editor/Media
      1. 10.4.1 Purpose
      2. 10.4.2 Drafting a Media Letter
      3. 10.4.3 Sample Media Letters
    5. 10.5 Business Letters
      1. 10.5.1 Attributes of a Good Business Letter
      2. 10.5.2 Planning a Business Letter
      3. 10.5.3 Guidelines to Write a Good Business Letter
      4. 10.5.4 Parts of a Business Letter
      5. 10.5.5 Kinds of Business Letters
      6. 10.5.6 Sample Business Letters
    6. 10.6 Reports
      1. 10.6.1 What is a Report?
      2. 10.6.2 Purpose of a Report
      3. 10.6.3 Attributes of a Good Report
      4. 10.6.4 Types of Reports
      5. 10.6.5 Planning and Preparation of a Report
      6. 10.6.6 Structure of a Formal Report
    7. 10.7 News Reports
      1. 10.7.1 Characteristics of Good News Reports
      2. 10.7.2 Parts of a News Report
      3. 10.7.3 General Guidelines
      4. 10.7.4 Sample News Reports
    8. 10.8 E-mail Writing
      1. 10.8.1 Usefulness of E-mail
      2. 10.8.2 Qualities of a Good E-mail Message
      3. 10.8.3 What Makes E-mail Different?
      4. 10.8.4 How to Send an E-mail?
      5. 10.8.5 How to Receive an E-mail?
      6. 10.8.6 How Does an E-mail Travel?
      7. 10.8.7 E-mail Writing Tips
      8. 10.8.8 Structure of an E-mail
      9. 10.8.9 Sample E-mails
  16. Acknowledgements
  17. Copyright