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Functional English for Communication

Functional English for Communication

First Edition
  • Ujjwala Kakarla - Faculty, English, Department of Humanities & Sciences, School of Engineering, Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus (Autonomous), Hyderabad
  • Tanu Gupta - Faculty, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana, Ambala
  • Leena Pundir - Faculty, IMS Unison University, Dehradun
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January 2019 | 352 pages | SAGE Texts

A lucid, comprehensive yet compact text focusing on core language skills in English including vocabulary building, lexis, syntax, and communicative grammar.

Functional English for Communication will help readers enrich their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a large number of practice exercises and examples from academic and professional areas. The modules of the book have been specially designed to help readers use English language with clarity and confidence, thereby enhancing their communication skills and employability. The book exhibits the appropriate use of grammar and syntax, and the methods of identifying and avoiding common errors.

Key Features

• Encourages readers to think critically and use English effectively in academic, social and professional contexts

• Aims at improving professional communication and employability skills of students

• Aids self-learning in a creative and competent manner through a wide range of practice exercises and activities

• Provides carefully designed units to familiarize students with the test patterns of various competitive examinations such as CAT, TOEFL, GMAT, IELTS, TEFL
Unit 1: Vocabulary Building
The Concept of Word Formation
Root Words from Foreign Languages and Their Use in English
Acquaintance with Prefixes and Suffixes from Foreign Languages in English to Form Derivatives
Synonyms, Antonyms and Standard Abbreviations
Unit 2: Basic Writing Skills
Sentence Structures
Use of Phrases and Clauses in Sentences
Importance of Proper Punctuation
Creating Coherence
Organizing Principles of Paragraphs in Documents
Techniques for Writing Preciselym
Unit 3: Identifying Common Errors in Writing
Subject–Verb Agreement
Noun–Pronoun Agreement
Misplaced Modifiers
Unit 4: Nature and Style of Sensible Writing
Providing Examples or Evidence
Writing Introduction and Conclusion
Unit 5: Writing Practices
Précis Writing
Essay Writing
Email Writing
Business Memos
Letter Writing
Technical Report Writing
Unit 6: Oral Communication
Effective Listening Skills
Effective Speaking Skills
Conversations: Situational dialogues
Oral Presentations
Group Discussion
Interview Skills
Answers to Practice Exercises


Ujjwala Kakarla

Dr Ujjwala Kakarla is by profession a Professor of English, by practice a poet and writer, a poetic reviewer, by ideology a spiritual activist, by choice a passionate researcher in aesthetics and Indo-Anglian poetry, and last but not least, a trainer in soft skills and personality development. She also served as a web consultant freelancer for Bodh Bridge Educational Services, IIT Chennai. She is currently Chairperson, Board of Studies, Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus.She has authored five books, among them are three anthologies of poetry, namely Lyrical Whispers of Self, Musical Marvels of Self, and... More About Author

Tanu Gupta

Dr Tanu Gupta, with an experience of teaching communication skills and English literature for more than 19 years in Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana, Ambala, has many publications including 6 books and around 75 papers in national and international journals to her credit. So far, nine PhD and six MPhil candidates have been awarded degrees under her tutelage, and presently six more candidates are pursuing their PhDs under her guidance. She has attended around 40 international and national conferences, faculty development programmes (FDPs), and workshops. She is a member of the... More About Author

Leena Pundir

Dr Leena Pundir holds a doctorate and an MPhil degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. She has 8 publications to her credit in national and international journals of repute and has presented 15 papers in national and international conferences. Her research interest is Canadian literature. She is also a member of English Language Teachers’ Association of India. She is currently working as the Associate Editor of Pragyaan: Journal of Law. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353282073