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Basic Communication Skills is a three-tier course aimed at improving the everyday communication of the students, in English. Level 1 concentrates on acquiring basic grammar and using English for communication in common situations. Level 2 and 3 are offered to students based on a diagnostic test taken in the beginning of the program. They concentrate on the use of English in academic contexts. The students are trained via specially planned lessons to perform better in class presentations, seminars and conferences, and in academically oriented dialogues and group discussions.
English for Academic Writing focuses on functional grammar and comprehension exercises. These also involve listening and reading comprehension. At the advanced level, the course aims to equip students with the skills required to write term papers, abstracts, synopsis, etc. to begin with, and eventually, articles for national and international journals.
Apart from these regular programs for students, special courses, workshops and seminars are conducted from time to time to tackle various aspects of research methodology including mind map/ structure of a synopsis or a research paper, thesis, format & notation etc.
For the staff -The Linguistic Empowerment Cell also addresses the need of, the non-teaching staff, to improve the level of English communication, both written and oral, in the various departments of the university. Specialized courses are offered to the non-teaching staff, beginning with basic communication skills in everyday life, and then moving on to the use of English in the office.
All the courses are offered both during Monsoon and Winter semesters. Classes are held from 1st August - 20th November in the Monsoon Semester and from 10th January – 24th April in the Winter Semester.
Intensive Programs for summer
Along with the regular programs, we also have special classes during the summer for the students and non-teaching staff who want to take an intensive training in the language.
This year, our Summer Programs for students was for eleven weeks, a total of 66 hours at 6 hours per week. For the non-teaching staff, a 5 hours per week, 55 hours intensive program was offered for training in the language, beginning with simple communication skills, and concluding with its special usage for official and administrative functions.