Speaking Effectively


Prof. Anjali Gera Roy

IIT Kharagpur

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This course aims to introduce learners to the dynamics of effective spoken communication by establishing speaking as an autonomous medium with a distinctive vocabulary, syntax, structure, style, and register. It will enable learners to participate in one-to-one interactions, in small groups, and before a group. Learners are expected to master the fundamentals of speaking such as vocabulary, body language, pronunciation, and basic conversation skills before they move on to more advanced activities such as appearing in interviews, making formal presentations, and participating in meetings.


Any discipline


An intermediate course in English Language


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Anjali Gera Roy is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences where she has designed and taught courses in language, literature and communication for more than 25 years. She has conducted and taught in a number of executive development programs in IIM Bangalore and IIT Kharagpur and run several tailor-made programs for the industry. She has been a Visiting Faculty in IIM Bangalore and Guest Faculty in Communication in IIM Rohtak and IIM Kashipur.

In addition, she has lectured in several universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Singapore and New Zealand. Her research interests span linguistic, literary, cultural and performing traditions of India, oral histories, folklore, postcolonial and diaspora theory. Her recent publications include Cinema of Enchantment: Perso-Arabic Genealogies of the Hindi Masala Film (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan 2015), Imagining Punjab, Punjabi, Punjabiyat in the Transnational Era (New York: Routledge 2015), Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond (Aldershot: Ashgate 2010), The Magic of Bollywood: At Home and Abroad (Delhi: Sage 2012), (with Chua Beng Huat) The Travels of Bollywood Cinema: From Bombay to LA (Delhi: OUP 2012) and (with Nandi Bhatia) Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Resettlement and Displacement (Delhi: Pearson Education 2008)

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IIT Kharagpur

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1. Join the course
Learners may pay the applicable fees and enrol to a course on offer in the portal and get access to all of its contents including assignments. Validity of enrolment, which includes access to the videos and other learning material and attempting the assignments, will be mentioned on the course. Learner has to complete the assignments and get the minimum required marks to be eligible for the certification exam within this period.

COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

2. Watch Videos+Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn and follow it up with attempting/answering the assignments given.

3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam and to register for this, the learner should get minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.”

4. Register for exams
The certification exam is conducted online with remote proctoring. Once a learner has become eligible to register for the certification exam, they can choose a slot convenient to them from what is available and pay the exam fee. Schedule of available slot dates/timings for these remote-proctored online examinations will be published and made available to the learners.

EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week 1: Introduction

The Art of Speaking
Encoding Meaning Using Verbal and Nonverbal Symbols
Cross Cultural Communication
Verbal Communication
Encoding Meaning Using Verbal Symbols

How Words Work and How to Use Words

Week 2: Nonverbal Communication

Encoding Meaning Using Nonverbal Symbols
How to Improve Body Language
Eye Communication, Facial Expression, Dress and Appearance
Posture and Movement, Gesture, Paralanguage

Role Plays and Activities

Week 3: Phonetics

Standard Language and Queen’s English
Phonemes of English: Vowels
Phonemes of English: Diphthongs and Consonants
Stress and Rhythm

Week 4: Voice and Delivery

Voice and Personality
How to Improve Voice
How to Improve Delivery
Volume, Modulation, Resonance

Week 5: Basic Conversational Skills

Greetings and making introductions
Asking for information and giving instructions
Making requests
Agreeing and disagreeing

Making recommendations

Week 6: Appearing in Interviews and taking Interviews

Interviewing Skills
Appearing in an Interview
Conducting an Interview
Analysis of a bad interview

Analysis of a good interview

Week 7: Making and Assessing Presentations

How to Make Successful Presentations
How to Make Successful Presentations
Analysis of a Bad Presentation
Analysis of a Good Presentation

Week 8: Group Discussions and Meetings

Participating in a Meeting
Chairing a Meeting
Analysis of an ill conducted meeting
Analysis of a well conducted meeting


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