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Technical Communication

Wiley Editorial

ISBN: 9788126579891

496 pages

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INR 499


Technical Communication is a unique and well-structured book that contains best-in-class pedagogy, intending to provide effective communication skills to students in various technical fields. Keeping in mind students belonging to various technical fields, this book has been customised to facilitate students in imbibing them in effective communication skills. This is a ready reckoner which will assist students in their professional fields as well as day-today lives by properly instilling in them the understanding, structure, and usage of the language skills.

Part 1 Grammar at a Glance

Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Grammar

1.1 Articles

1.2 Parts of Speech

1.3 Tenses

1.4 Cause and Effect Expressions

1.5 Auxiliary Verbs

1.6 Modal Verbs and Probability

1.7 If Conditionals

1.8 Gerunds


Chapter 2 Vocabulary Building

2.1 The Concept of Word Formation

2.2 Synonyms and Antonyms

2.3 Technical Vocabulary

2.4 Abbreviations and Acronyms

2.5 Use of Appropriate Vocabulary

2.6 Spelling

2.7 Functional and Lexical Words


Chapter 3 Grammar for Effective Speaking and Writing

3.1 Importance of Proper Punctuation

3.2 Direct and Indirect Speech

3.3 Active and Passive Voice

3.4 Idioms

3.5 Figures of Speech

3.6 Question Forms

3.7 Imperatives


Part 2 Developing Writing Ability

Chapter 4 Basic Writing Skills

4.1 Sentence

4.2 Creating Coherence

4.3 Use of Phrases and Clauses in Sentences

4.4 Organizing Principles of Paragraphs in Documents

4.5 Techniques for Writing Precisely


Chapter 5 Identifying Common Errors in Writing

5.1 Subject–Verb Agreement

5.2 Noun–Pronoun Agreement

5.3 Misplaced Modifiers

5.4 Redundancies

5.5 Clichés


Chapter 6 Technical Writing Skills

6.1 Letter Writing

6.2 Letter of Application – Content, Format

6.3 Report Writing – Types, Structures, Data Collection, Content, Form

6.4 Writing a Proposal

6.5 Recommendations

6.6 Instructions

6.7 Business Communication


Chapter 7 Creative Writing Skills

7.1 Free Writing

7.2 Biographical Writing

7.3 Autobiographical Writing

7.4 Process Description

7.5 Bar Charts and Flowcharts

7.6 Descriptive Writing

7.7 Argumentative Writing

7.8 Essay Writing

7.9 Précis Writing

7.10 Paraphrasing

7.11 Poster Making

7.12 SMS

7.13 Blogs

7.14 Tweets


Chapter 8 The e-English

8.1 Influence of Internet on the English Language

8.2 E-Mail Communication

8.3 Internet Abbreviations

8.4 Blogging

8.5 Challenges of English Language Online


Part 3 Reading and Listening

Chapter 9 Improving Reading Skills

9.1 Skimming and Scanning

9.2 Reading and Note-Making

9.3 Intensive Reading and Predicting Content

9.4 Reading and Interpretation

9.5 Reading – Critical Reading

9.6 Hints Development


Chapter 10 Listening Skills

10.1 Listening Comprehension

10.2 Difference between Listening and Hearing

10.3 Types of Listening

10.4 Types of Listening Intensity

10.5 Effective Listening

10.6 Ways to Improve Listening Skills

10.7 Listening and Note-Taking

10.8 Barriers to Effective Listening


Part 4 Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

Chapter 11 Process of Communication and Effective Speaking

11.1 Communication Process

11.2 Barriers to Effective Communication

11.3 Flow of Organizational Communication

11.4 Language as a Tool of Communication

11.5 Pronunciation, Intonation, Stress and Rhythm

11.6 Introduction to Phonetics

11.7 Non-Verbal Communication

11.8 Verbal/Oral Communication

11.9 Communication at Workplace

11.10 Public Speaking

11.11 Persuasive Speaking

11.12 Impromptu Speaking – Extempore

11.13 Just a Minute

11.14 Debate

11.15 Conversations and Dialogues

11.16 Conversation over Telephone


Chapter 12 Soft Skills

12.1 Be Soft Skills Savvy

12.2 Intrapersonal Skills

12.3 Interpersonal Skills

12.4 Verbal Skills

12.5 Non-Verbal Skills

12.6 Correlating Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication



Practice Questions

Useful Resources


Appendix A: Commonly Confusing Words

Appendix B: Words in British and American English

Appendix C: List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Appendix D: Single Word Substitution

Appendix E: Cluttering Phrases

Appendix F: Synonyms and Antonyms

Appendix G: Samples of Curriculum Vitae

Appendix H: Twitter Acronyms, Abbreviations and Initialisms