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Practical English: Learning and Teaching


One of the aims of this course is to teach practical English without any textbook and avoiding references to formal grammar as far as possible. Along with that, it illustrates the employed scheme and methodology of teaching in full view of the participants. As such, a sincere follower of this course will not only develop a good command over English in all its operational aspects, but also acquire the technique of teaching it to others.

In order to achieve this with adult learners within a limited span of time, the scheme makes use of the medium of a so called Common Local Language (CLL) which is presumably familiar to its target audience. In this particular instance, Hindi has been taken as the CLL and the participants will be expected to have a basic operational aptitude in Hindi. [After collecting the feedback on this, partner groups will be sought to develop other versions of the course with Kannada, Tamil, Bengali etc as CLL on the basis of the same core material, which is independent of the medium language.]


Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
His teaching and research areas are robotics,theory of machines, computer aided design, optimization, applied mathematics, communication skills etc.
He is the author of the PG textbook Applied Mathematical Methods (Pearson, 2006). His other interests are languages, literature, history and philosophy.

The exam is optional.
Exams will be on 6 September 2015 and 13 September, 2015;
Time: 1pm-4pm
The list of cities where the exam will be conducted will be available in the registration form.
Registration URL: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations, most likely in July 2015.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of Rs 1000 needs to be paid.

Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam. It will also have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will also be e-verifiable on the http://nptel.ac.in/noc website.

Week 1: Interpretation and Expression; Words with elementary patterns of spellings and vowel sounds; Basic sentence forms.
Week 2:Further basic vowel sounds; Verb “do” as supporting verb;Objects, Phrases and Predicate Expansion; Articles.
Week 3: Some two-vowel spelling patterns; Participles; Verb “be”.
Week 4: More two-vowel spelling patterns; Form “be + participles” leading to passive voice and continuous tense; Verb “have"
Week 5: Two-vowel spelling patterns (concluded); Special sentence structures; Perfect tense; Phrases; Prepositions.
Week 6: Special spelling patterns; Connecting words; Compound sentences; Special verbs; Perfect continuous tense; Punctuation; Complete tense structure of English.
Week 7: Formation and transformation of words; Etymological connections; Parsing; Clauses; Complex sentences.
Week 8: Prefixes; Suffixes; Phrasal verbs; Synthesis of sentences; Transformation of sentences. Teaching practical English.