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Speaking Effectively

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur via NPTEL

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Overview

This course aims to introduce learners to the dynamics of effective spoken communication by establishing speaking as an autonomous medium with a distinctive vocabulary, syntax, structure, style and register. It will enable learners to participate in one to one interactions, in small groups and before a group. Learners are expected to master the fundamentals of speaking such as vocabulary, body language, pronunciation and basic conversation skills before they move on to more advanced activities such as appearing in interviews, making formal presentations and participating in meetings.

 

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction

  • The Art of Speaking
  • Encoding Meaning Using Verbal and Nonverbal Symbols
  • Cross Cultural Communication

Verbal Communication

  • Encoding Meaning Using Verbal Symbols

How Words Work and How to Use Words

 

Week 2: Nonverbal Communication

  • Encoding Meaning Using Nonverbal Symbols
  • How to Improve Body Language
  • Eye Communication, Facial Expression, Dress and Appearance
  • Posture and Movement, Gesture, Paralanguage

Role Plays and Activities

 

Week 3: Phonetics

  • Standard Language and Queen’s English
  • Phonemes of English: Vowels
  • Phonemes of English: Diphthongs and Consonants
  • Stress and Rhythm
  • Intonation

 

Week 4: Voice and Delivery

  • Voice and Personality
  • How to Improve Voice
  • How to Improve Delivery
  • Pace,Pause,Pitch
  • Volume, Modulation, Resonance

 

Week 5: Basic Conversational Skills

  • Greetings and making introductions
  • Asking for information and giving instructions
  • Making requests
  • Agreeing and disagreeing

Making recommendations

 

Week 6: Appearing in Interviews and taking Interviews

  • Interviewing Skills
  • Appearing in an Interview
  • Conducting an Interview
  • Analysis of a bad interview

Analysis of a good interview

 

Week 7: Making and Assessing Presentations

  • How to Make Successful Presentations
  • How to Make Successful Presentations
  • Analysis of a Bad Presentation
  • Analysis of a Good Presentation

 

Week 8: Group Discussions and Meetings

  • Participating in a Meeting
  • Chairing a Meeting
  • Analysis of an ill conducted meeting
  • Analysis of a well conducted meeting

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