GST 111: Communication Skills in English

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify possible sound patterns in English Language and list notable Language skills;
  2. classify word formation processes;
  3. construct simple and fairly complex sentences in English;
  4. apply logical and critical reasoning skills for meaningful presentations;
  5. demonstrate an appreciable level of the art of public speaking and listening; and
  6. write simple and technical reports.
Course Contents

The sound patterns in English Language will be considered. These will include vowels and consonants, phonetics and phonology). In addition, the English word classes (lexical and grammatical words, definitions, forms, functions, usages, collocations) will be considered. Thereafter, the course will examine the nature of the sentence in English especially in terms of its types such as simple, complex and compound sentences. Besides, the structure and function of the different types will be examined. The course will equally examine the issue of grammar and usage especially in relation to the subjects of tense, mood, modality and concord, and the aspects of language use in everyday life. Moreover, the course will focus on the important subjects of logical, critical thinking, and reasoning methods. Under this category the discussion will dwell on the issues of logic and syllogism, inductive and deductive arguments and reasoning methods, analogy, generalisation and explanations, ethical considerations, copyright rules and infringements. There will be practical activities which will involve sufficient writing activities including, pre-writing, writing, post writing and proofreading, brainstorming, outlining, paragraphing, types of writing, summary, essays, letter, curriculum vitae, report writing, note making and mechanics of writing. The last part of the course will examine the nature of comprehension strategies such as reading and types of reading, comprehension skills including the 3RsQ. The discussion will be extended to the subject of information and communication technology in modern language learning. Thus, the language skills for effective communication will be examined. This will involve a consideration of the major word formation processes. Writing and reading comprehension strategies will be considered. The skills required for meaningful presentation, and the art of public speaking and report writing.