The course addresses the English language needs of the students at the undergraduate level even as it acknowledges their critical thinking capabilities. The text exposes the students to a range of contexts where the language is used to meet a variety of real life communication needs, give and seek information, to express opinions, and to engage with practical, emotional, intellectual and creative aspects of language by integrating knowledge and skills. The exercises and the pre and post reading activities that supplement the main texts are designed to draw the students into texts, make them read and understand the insight and encourage them to think beyond the text. The book emphasizes on use rather than the usage, on how the English language is used rather than how it should be used. This book is one such tool which would help the students in honing English language and comprehension skills that would in turn help the students communicate effectively. Each chapter is organized in such a way that it creates a lot of involvement and encouragement to the learner.

Course Description

The syllabus has been designed to develop linguistic and communicative competence of undergraduate students.

In the classes the focus is on the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking divided under the four categories of Prose, Poetry, Vocabulary and Grammar. The teacher also asks questions to stimulate classroom discussion and based on these discussions the students will be made to write short paragraphs /essays, participate in group discussions as part of continuous assessment.


Course Outcomes

The students will be able to:

CO I. Learn the correct spellings of words

CO II. Get a fairly good idea of the Manner of Articulation of consonant sounds and the

            symbols used

CO III.  Use figures of speech in speaking and writing.

CO IV . Know how to punctuation marks such as colon, em-dash, semicolon, hyphen and

             inverted commas and comprehend the changes in meaning when these are used.

CO V. Use different methods of note making in their studies and during classroom


CO VI. Manage their time in an organized manner and develop strategies to deal with


CO VII. Learn how to draft formal and informal letters.

CO VIII. Learn general etiquette and prepare for an interview.

CO IX. Imbibe leadership qualities and learn how to conduct a meeting.

CO X. Understand how to write a short story.

CO XII. Know about travel writing, and the conflict between cultures, beliefs, customs,

            and superstitions in the essay-“Benares”.

CO XIII. Learn how to indentify Imagery, symbolism, style, figures of speech in literary


CO XIV. Know about the power of speech (Rhetoric), oratory skills, delivery of speech

          and how it works in different contexts such as politics, religion and in some


CO XV. Attempt enactment of plays .

CO XVI. Inculcate values that help in the overall development of their personalities.