HSS - ENGLISH - JNTU Hyderabad First Year Syllabus 2009
In view of the growing importance of ENGLISH as a tool for global communication and the consequent
emphasis on training students to acquire communicative competence, the syllabus has been designed to
develop linguistic and communicative competence of Engineering students. The prescribed books and the
exercises are meant to serve broadly as students’ handbooks.
In the ENGLISH classes, the focus should be on the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and for
this the teachers should use the text prescribed for detailed study. For example, the students should be
encouraged to read the texts/selected paragraphs silently. The teachers can ask comprehension
questions to stimulate discussion and based on the discussions students can be made to write short
The text for non-detailed study is for extensive reading/reading for pleasure by the students. Hence, it is
suggested that they read it on their own with topics selected for discussion in the class. The time should
be utilized for working out the exercises given after each section , as also for supplementing the
exercises with authentic materials of a similar kind for example, from newspaper articles, advertisements,
promotional material etc.. However, the stress in this syllabus is on skill development and practice of
a. To improve the language proficiency of the students in ENGLISH with emphasis on LSRW skills.
b. To equip the students to study academic subjects with greater facility through the theoretical and
practical components of the ENGLISH syllabus.
c. To develop the study skills and communication skills in formal and informal situations.
1. To enable students to develop their listening skill so that they may appreciate its role in the LSRW
skills approach to language and improve their pronunciation
2. To equip students with necessary training in listening so that can comprehend the speech of people
of different backgrounds and regions
Students should be given practice in listening to the sounds of the language to be able to recognise them, to
distinguish between them to mark stress and recognise and use the right intonation in sentences.
• Listening for general content
• Listening to fill up information
• Intensive listening
• Listening for specific information Speaking Skills:
1. To make students aware of the
2. To enable students to express
Role play – Individual/Group activities
Learning ENGLISH : A Communicative
Just A Minute(JAM) Sessions.
1. To develop an awareness in the students about the significance of silent reading and
2. To develop the ability of students to guess the meanings of words from context and grasp the
overall message of the text, draw inferences etc.
• Skimming the text
• Understanding the gist of an argument
• Identifying the topic sentence
• Inferring lexical and contextual meaning
• Understanding discourse features
• Recognizing coherence/sequencing of sentences NOTE : The students will be trained in reading skills using the prescribed text for detailed study. They will
be examined in reading and answering questions using ‘unseen’ passages which may be taken
from the non-detailed text or other authentic texts, such as magazines/newspaper articles. Writing Skills :
1. To develop an awareness in the students about writing as an exact and formal skill
2. To equip them with the components of different forms of writing, beginning with the lower order ones.
• Writing sentences
• Use of appropriate vocabulary
• Paragraph writing
• Coherence and cohesiveness
• Narration / description
• Note Making
• Formal and informal letter writing
• Editing a passage
In order to improve the proficiency of the student in the acquisition of the four skills mentioned above, the
following texts and course content, divided into Eight Units, are prescribed:
For Detailed study
1 First Text book entitled “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam Books, Hyderabad
For Non-detailed study
1. Second text book “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”, Published by Maruthi Publications, Guntur
A. STUDY MATERIAL: Unit –I
1. Chapter entitled Heaven’s Gate from “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam
2 Chapter entitled Haragovind Khorana from “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”, Published by
Maruthi Publications, Guntur Unit –II
1. Chapter entitled Sir CV Raman: A Pathbreaker in the Saga of Indian Science from “Enjoying
Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam Books, Hyderabad
2 Chapter entitled Sam Petroda from “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”, Published by Maruthi
Publications, Guntur Unit –III
1 Chapter entitled The Connoisseur from “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam
2 Chapter entitled Mother Teresa from “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”, Published by Maruthi
Publications, Guntur Unit –IV
1. Chapter entitled The Cuddalore Experience from “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by
Sangam Books, Hyderabad
2 Chapter entitled Dr Amartya Kumar Sen from “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”, Published by
Maruthi Publications, Guntur Unit –V
1. Chapter entitled Bubbling Well Road from “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam
2 Chapter entitled I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King from “Inspiring Speeches and Lives”,
Published by Maruthi Publications, Guntur Unit –VI
1. Chapter entitled Odds Against Us from “Enjoying Everyday ENGLISH”, Published by Sangam
2 Chapter entitled Ask Not What Your Country can do for you by John F Kennedy from “Inspiring
Speeches and Lives”, Published by Maruthi Publications, Guntur
* Exercises from the lessons not prescribed shall also be used for classroom tasks. Unit – VII
Reading and Writing Skills
Essay writing Unit – VIII
Practice Exercises on Remedial Grammar covering
Common errors in ENGLISH, Subject-Verb agreement, Use of Articles and Prepositions,
Tense and aspect
Vocabulary development covering
Synonyms & Antonyms, one-word substitutes, prefixes & suffixes, Idioms & phrases, words
1. Innovate with ENGLISH: A Course in ENGLISH for Engineering Students, edited by T Samson,
2. ENGLISH Grammar Practice, Raj N Bakshi, Orient Longman.
3. Effective ENGLISH, edited by E Suresh Kumar, A RamaKrishna Rao, P Sreehari, Published by
4. Handbook of ENGLISH Grammar& Usage, Mark Lester and Larry Beason,
Tata Mc Graw –Hill.
5. Spoken ENGLISH, R.K. Bansal & JB Harrison, Orient Longman.
6. Technical Communication, Meenakshi Raman, Oxford University Press
7. Objective ENGLISH Edgar Thorpe & Showick Thorpe, Pearson Education
8. Grammar Games, Renuvolcuri Mario, Cambridge University Press.
9. Murphy’s ENGLISH Grammar with CD, Murphy, Cambridge University Press.
10. Everyday Dialogues in ENGLISH, Robert J. Dixson, Prentice Hall India Pvt Ltd.,
11. ABC of Common Errors Nigel D Turton, Mac Millan Publishers.
12. Basic Vocabulary Edgar Thorpe & Showick Thorpe, Pearson Education
13. Effective Technical Communication, M Ashraf Rizvi, Tata Mc Graw –Hill.
14. An Interactive Grammar of Modern ENGLISH, Shivendra K. Verma and Hemlatha
Nagarajan , Frank Bros & CO
15. A Communicative Grammar of ENGLISH, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik, Pearson Education
16. Enrich your ENGLISH, Thakur K B P Sinha, Vijay Nicole Imprints Pvt Ltd.,
17. A Grammar Book for You And I, C. Edward Good, MacMillan Publishers.