Use of Oral English: A Case Study on Students of VIT University

| January 2, 2014
Title
Use of Oral English: A Case Study on Students of VIT University

Keywords: English, Engineers, Locale, Cooperative Learning, Activities

Authors
Mr. N S Prasantha Kumar
Assistant Professor, English Division,
School of Social Sciences and Languages, VIT
University, Vellore

Dr Sarika Gupta Tyagi
Associate Professor, English Division,
School of Social Sciences and Languages,
VIT University, Vellore.

Abstract
The eminence of the English language in the globalised world is indubitable. It is now the most widely learned second language in the world and is increasingly being perceived as a basic skill. Communication and language skills are non-negotiable requirements of the industry. This paper tries to assess the usage of English as a spoken language among the engineering students in VIT University. The methodology employed is to observe students at random places (like cafeteria, classroom, hostels, super market, event function of debate society etc.) over a period of three weeks. The observations were carried out by a group of 12 students who themselves were both active and passive observers. The findings revealed that the usage of English as a spoken language depends on many factors like the context and the people with whom we are conversing with. In an informal place like the cafeteria, some students do speak in English while in the classrooms the percentage of students speaking in English is higher. The students need to be motivated to converse in English language in all places. Apart from the observations made, the present study suggests measures to motivate the students to speak in English language.

See page: 46-90

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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 73