Preface – Advanced Communication Skills Laboratory Manual


Advanced Communication Skills Laboratory Manual is a sequel to A Manual for English Language Laboratories. In A Manual for English Language Laboratories the focus was on training the students to speak fluent, intelligible, appropriate, and functionally correct English through coaching in phonetics, role plays, describing exercises and debates. Thus, the attention was given towards improving speaking and listening skills. Apart from imparting target communication and soft skills to the students, these exercises develop confidence and awareness to a great extent. Advanced Communication Skills Laboratory Manual focuses on reading and writing skills, and integrating these with speaking, listening, and other intra and interpersonal skills.

Now in their advanced level, students will be getting ready to attend placement selections, attempting for admission into higher education institutions with the primary objective of career advancement. They need to realize, train and be ready for the challenges ahead. To begin with, employability is very much an integral part of one’s self and life. The student needs to be aware of his/her strengths in this regard and develop the specific skill sets. This manual will help students to identify their communication skills and aid them in developing these further.

The chapters prescribed in this manual introduce, inform and discuss important aspects related to each topic, provide tips to improve the related skills, present a ready reckoner of dos and don’ts, an example exercise, and questions to review the exercise. Each chapter includes a three-tier evaluation— self-evaluation, peer group evaluation and teacher evaluation. Performing this exercise at least twice and observing the results will be useful for assessment and identifying the areas that require improvement. This book has been designed to be an activity-based, skill-oriented laboratory-record-cum-manual, which will prove to be extremely useful for every student.

Students need to understand the urgency behind improving communication skills and soft skills. They are on the anvil of their career and this manual will guide, coach, and evaluate them, while increasing their awareness of the missing links in their skill sets and providing them with opportunity for improvement. They will enjoy the learning experience and performing in the language laboratory, and remain well-equipped to assess themselves at regular intervals.

Faculty members can also use this manual for reference and as course material for the advanced communication skills laboratory. English language teachers in engineering institutions require customized sets of pedagogical tools to orient themselves to technical communication and effectively impart communication as well as soft skills to their students. This manual, with its unique set of exercises will ais them in this regard, though it is not the be-all and end-all of teaching and learning.

The author wishes to express deep sense of gratitude to all who helped in this venture—the publishers, college authorities, colleagues, family members and of course god almighty. The author would like to welcome any constructive criticism and assure the readers that their suggestions shall hold a greater importance in the subsequent editions.