DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

 

CERTIFICATE COURSE IN FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH
Introduction

The Functional skills standards provide a single ladder of achievement from unknowing to knowing level that is available to all learners from Key Stage 3 upwards, whatever learning pathway they are taking. The standards support learners in building, developing and consolidating skills that can be applied and transferred to a range of contexts, both within and beyond the English classroom. The focus is on securing skills that can be used in learning, work and everyday life.

 

The curriculum opportunities section of the programmes of study specifies that speak, listen and write for contexts beyond the classroom. This requirement ensures that pupils select, use and apply their functional skills in a range of purposeful situations. The programmes of study also stress the need to provide compelling learning experiences for pupils so that they engage more profoundly with what they are learning and internalize the skills they are developing.


Objectives Of Course

To introduce a range of approaches for delivering Functional English in a classroom setting, the workplace and in the community.

To ensure delegates understand the key aspects of Functional Skills assessment methodology.

To give delegates more confidence in their own English skills.

To enable students to use strategies before, during, and after reading to aid in the construction and enhancement of meaning

To enable students to respond in discussions and in writing, using personal, literal, interpretative, and evaluative stances, to works of fiction and/or non-fiction.

To enable students to identify and explain the function of essential short story elements in the writer's craft Students will be able to participate in discussions and draft writing which demonstrates an understanding of diverse cultural perspectives.

To enable students to participate in discussions and draft writing which demonstrates an understanding of personalities, trends, and beliefs that have shaped our culture.

To enable students to engage in informal writing assignments

To enable students to engage in formal writing assignments that require utilization of all stages of the communicating process.

To enable students to view and respond personally in discussion and writing to an educational public television production.

To enable students to analyze media stereotypes in class discussions and in written reports.

To enable students to discuss and write about the effects of media devices and techniques in communication.

Students will be able to compose a story in various media

Students will be able to produce a documentary.

Students will be able to write a report analyzing and evaluating advertising in newspapers, magazines, radio, and/or television



Duration of the course

Eight months - The course is of eight months duration and studied along with their degree program.

 

Theory:
1 Papers (70+30=100) 100 Marks

 

Practical:
2 (35+15=50) = 100

 

Theory Paper:
Importance of Functional English

 

INTAKE:
45 seats

 

Existing Eligibility Criteria

Students must have passed PUC or its Equivalent qualification Board and must have scored at least 55% marks.

 

Teaching Faculty

Qualified teaching staff with good communication skill and command over English, proficient lecturers will handle course. The whole concept of teaching is up to date as combination of research experience and teaching skills will be implemented.

 

Facilities to the Student

The students who get admission for certificate course will get library and laboratory facilities during the study period. At the end of the course students will be given a certificate.

Course Syllabus

Unit 1  : July 20 Hours

Self Introduction - Introduction of their companions - Vocabulary building-- Making the list of Vocabulary - Seasons - Food - Sports - Science - Entertainment - Festivals - Dress - Fruits - Vegetables - Kitchen

 

Unit 2  : August 20 Hours

PRACTICAL -Games, Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Group discussions
Brain Storming
Meaning - Introduction - Uses - Purpose - Individual Brain Storming - Group Brain Storming - Process of Brain Storming Identify need for Brain Storming - Forming Groups - Brain Storming sessions - Idea generating - Develop groups & Priorities ideals - rules of Brain storming - How to trigger off brain storming

 

Unit 3  : September 20 Hours

PRACTICAL -Games, Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Group discussions, Case Studies
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Meaning and Introduction - Guidelines in Problem Solving Potential causes of the problem - Identify alternatives for approaches to solve problems - Selecting an approach - Plan of Implementation - monitoring Implementation - further action - Tips to make effective decisions

 

Unit 4  : October 20 Hours

Introduction to Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs - Definitions and terminology, three forms of Verbs - Sentence Formation: Construction of Simple Sentences Phonetics: Introduction to speech sounds

 

Unit 5  : December 20 Hours

PRACTICAL -Games, Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Group discussions Analytical Skills and Creative thinking - Meaning- definition - Mental blocks of creative thinking - What is creativity - Characteristics of creative person - steps to become a creative person

 

Unit 6  : January 20 Hours

Positive and Negative Sentences
Kinds of Basic Sentences: Affirmative - Imperative - Interrogative - Exclamation. Phonetics: Transcription
Demo through exercises and activities

 

Unit 7  : February 20 Hours

Using Language to Communicate - About attitudes, emotions and actions
Suggesting- requesting- Encouraging- Persuading - Complaining - Warning - Threatening - Agreeing - Disagreeing - Comparing - Saying pleased or displeased - Angry or Disappointed - Wishes -Expressing surprises - Giving reasons - Getting things done -Talking about what might happen.

 

Unit 8  : March 20 Hours

Personality Development
Introduction - Factors affecting Personality Development - Tips for developing a pleasing personality - Aims towards Excellence - Improvement of Memory - Creative Power Use- Winning over other people - Importance of grooming and first impression - Body language Entrepreneurial Skills

 

References

English Grammar and Composition -Wren and Martin

Improving English Skills Desmond -W. Evans

Grammar, Composition and Vocabulary - G Shankaran

mproving English Skills - Desmond W. Evans

Principal