Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 4 April 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Strategies for Communication Skills Development

S. Gunasekaran, Ph.D.

Problems that Stand in the Way of Developing Communication Skills

English language, the language of the most powerful and progressive countries of the world, is a universal avenue for political, historical and scientific thoughts. It is used to comply with the demands of trade and travel. This language has made progress in every field of human activity and it spells opportunities in plenty, both national and international.

To be able to speak fluently in English is lionized and one can't deny the fact that English speaking people have an ascendancy over others. They ride the crest with confidence around the world. In such a scenario, to prepare the student community to speak effectively in English is a time consuming and challenging task confronting language teachers.

The present article is to explore the problems standing in the way of language pedagogue in developing communication skills of the students. It examines the possible tools by which the communicative competence of the students can be improved.

1. Student Motivation

Getting students to speak in the target language is very much dependent on their awareness of the importance of the language being learnt. Explaining to the students the significance of the language is a paramount mission since it facilitates instigating the curiosity of the students.

In this era of globalization, people migrate from one country to another seeking better education and employment opportunities. The triumph of higher education and procurement of global placement are shown by one's ability to comprehend and reciprocate in English language effectively. The secret behind entering into lucrative careers is also counted on one's dexterity to communicate in English fluently. Hence to measure up to the global competition and to move around the world with confidence, it is indispensable to have mastery over the English language.

When the pedagogue is able to inspire the students, making them aware of the opportunities promised by the language, can actuate the students to try to speak in the language, it will also impel the students to put forth extra effort to achieve the goal, that is, to acquire communicate competence in the target language. Thus the success of the language teachers is measured in terms of their motivating the students. Should the students don't confer real fascination in learning the language; the efforts taken by the teacher will not yield the desired result.

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The Influence of First Language Grammar (L1) on the English Language (L2) Writing of Tamil School Students: A Case Study from Malaysia | Economic Hardship and Emotional Humiliation in Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable | Effects of Using Urdu Dictionary as a Teaching Tool for Teaching Urdu in Urdu Language Classroom in Pakistan | Acoustic Correlates of Stress in Mizo, a Tonal Language | Racism and the American Dream in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men | Stimulating Language Strategies through Thinking - Help for Slow Learners | Masses as the True Makers of History - Analysis of the Play The Trial of Dedan Mimathi | Personal and Labour Market Environment Factors in English for Employability: A Case Study of KSA | A Study of the Reported Language Skill Development Strategies of the Student Teachers in Pakistan | Strategies for Communication Skills Development | Schema in Learning | Achieving Professional Goals: Use of a Mixed Discourse in Interviews | The Reality in Langston Hughes' Poems | Techniques to Teach Vocabulary to Regional Medium Students | Life History of Buddha as Reflected in Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha | Technique as Voyage of Discovery: A Study of the Techniques in Dante's Paradiso | Some Gaps in the Current Studies of Reading in Second/Foreign Language Learning | Unmasking Student Competence: Using Computers to Teach Writing | Feminist Literary Criticism | Amy Tan and Chinese American Literature | An Acoustic Analysis of Glottal Fricative [h] at Word Medial and Final Positions:
A Comparison between Regular and Non-regular Urdu Speakers of Pakistan
| Teaching Writing Skills | Self-esteem of Institutionalised Elderly Women in Coimbatore - A Case History | An Assessment on Women's Work Participation and Economic Equality | Economics of Crime : A Comparative Analysis of the Socio-Economic Conditions of Convicted Female and Male Criminality in Selected Prisons in Tamil Nadu | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF APRIL 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of April 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

S. Gunasekaran, Ph.D.
Department of English
Anna University Tiruchirappalli
Dindigul Campus
Dindigul- 624 622
Tamilnadu, India

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