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Foundational Level Course

English II

Focus on achieving greater degree of fluency in functional and conversational English to understand subtle and detailed meaning in conversations and texts through short literary pieces and contextualized content.

by Rajesh Kumar , Karthika Sathyanathan , Shreesh Chaudhary , Om Prakash

Course ID: BSCHS1002

Course Credits: 4

Course Type: Foundational

Prerequisites: BSCHS1001

What you’ll learn

Integrating the basic skills of language into developing advanced skills of language proficiency to help compose clear and detailed writing on a range of subjects;
Learning advanced level of vocabulary and socio-linguistic/ socio-pragmatic competence for advance reading and writing;
Building nuanced structure for grammatical accuracy for fluency and creating confidence and appropriateness for expressing view-points clearly;
Developing elementary foundations for comprehending and conveying underlying meaning in spoken discourse

Course structure & Assessments

12 weeks of coursework, weekly online assignments, 3 in-person invigilated quizzes, 1 in-person invigilated end term exam. For details of standard course structure and assessments, visit Academics page.

WEEK 1 Patterns in Sentences
WEEK 2 Patterns in Sentences (Continued)
WEEK 3 Patterns in Sentences (Continued)
WEEK 4 Listening Skills
WEEK 5 Listening Skills (Continued)
WEEK 6 Speaking Skills
WEEK 7 Speaking Skills (Continued)
WEEK 8 Reading Skills
WEEK 9 Writing Skills
WEEK 10 Writing Skills (Continued)
WEEK 11 Social Skills
WEEK 12 Social Skills (Continued)
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About the Instructors

Rajesh Kumar
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

Rajesh Kumar is professor of linguistics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He obtained his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining IIT Madras, he taught at IIT Kanpur, and IIT Patna in India and at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA. He has been a visiting faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai in India. His book on Syntax of Negation and Licensing of Negative Polarity Items was published by Routledge in their prestigious series Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics in 2006. He is associate editor of the journal Language and Language Teaching. He has been part of the language teaching program at all the institutions he has been affiliated with. The broad goal of his research is to uncover regularities underlying both the form (what language is) and sociolinguistic functions (what language does) of natural languages.

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Karthika Sathyanathan
Alumna, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

Karthika has an MA in English Studies from IIT Madras. She has worked as a Language & Education Consultant with multiple government departments and non-government organisations. Currently she is working as project officer with IIT Madras. Her areas of interest include ELT, multilingualism, multiculturalism and second language learning.

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Shreesh Chaudhary
Retd. Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

Shreesh Chaudhary retired from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the IIT Madras. He was a Professor of English and Linguistics. He received his doctoral degree in English Phonology from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad (now known as English and Foreign Language University. He has taught English extensively at many institutes in India. Cambridge University Press published his most famous contribution Foreigners and Foreign Languages in India in 2008. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla. He has served as Chief Examiner for British Council in India.

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Om Prakash
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Gautham Budha University, Noida

Om Prakash teaches courses in the areas of Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Communication Theories in Media, and Corporate Communication in Humanities and Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University. He received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Delhi. He has published prolifically in Journals of National and International repute. He conducts workshops in language teaching and communication for school teachers. His broader areas of research include emerging fields in Applied Linguistics and an interface of Language, Media and Contemporary Society. He seeks to explore changing forms (structural changes in forms) and functions (social functions) of language in the context of the ever-emerging network society. He has edited a special issue on “Language and Exclusion” of the Journal of Exclusion Studies (February 2017). He has also co-edited a book on the Linguistic Ecology of Mizoram. Another co-edited volume with Rajesh Kumar titled Language Identity and Contemporary Societies is in press.

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Other courses by the same instructor: BSCHS1001 - English I