The Language Laboratories were established in 1999 to complement the classroom learning of the students by imparting communication and interpersonal skills. The Phonetics Laboratory, set up on similar lines as the one in the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), trains students in using and comprehending the nuances of English speech as it is spoken by its native speakers.
In today's global village, it is difficult not to see the relevance of this skill. The course content in phonetics contains graded aural exercises in pronunciation, stress and accent in the order of word, sentence, and discourse levels. The course is so designed that students, especially those who come from vernacular medium and have little exposure to conversing in English, can proceed to learn it at their own pace and on their own, with minimum assistance from the instructor.
The phonetics lab has 34 systems with language software in the domains of pronunciation, connected speech and business English. The objective of the phonetics lab is to train students and their pronunciation finetune. Since English is our second language, we tend to carry some of the features of the mother tongue into English. Hence, the computer aided language software will help them immensely. After the inputs are given by the teacher, students practice speech sounds and patterns. Regular practice in the lab helps them overcome many of the drawbacks they encounter while speaking. Thus, can improve their pronunciation considerably. The aim is to teach students the neutralized accent so as to match and understand their foreign counterparts in business and corporate settings while communicating with them on inter-related projects.
The following language software are used in the phonetics lab:
- Sky Pronunciation
- Connected Speech
The above software are aimed at helping the communication skills of the students.
Interactive Communication Skills' Laboratory
The Interactive Communication Skills' Laboratory, equipped with ultramodern audio-visual tools and a congenial space, orients the students towards an active application of their aural-oral skills through creative activities.
The activities range from as basic interactive situation as in informal introduction, to formal presentations. They include other activities like group discussions, debates, elocutions and simulations. Personality development has been an important component in the objectives of these activities. Vibrant to the needs of a heterogeneous student community with varied socio-economic backgrounds, the department allows for a new beginning of learning of the language by the previously less privileged among them, so that the differences between their standards can be bridged as much as possible.
The interactive communication skills lab helps students improve their skills in public speaking, debates, group discussions, and role plays. These activities involve a lot of team work and, students can enhance their communication skills effectively. The sessions inculcate in them the need to be expressive and appropriate in real life situations Behavior and attitude and people skills too are instilled through these activities. Confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness which are the prerequisites for an engineering professional are reinforced time and again through well–defined activities. Presentation skills are another requirement of the corporate sector where our students will eventually find their foothold, and so this skill is taught very effectively in the interactive skills lab.