International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017)

English communication competence: Sine qua non for professional and personal development in engineering


Ramesh Chandra Panda, Dr. KK. Pattanayak

The personal and professional enrichment of an engineering student largely depend on their English communication competency. It is usually acquired during the process of learning and interaction among cross-sections of the academic world and beyond. A significant aspect that determines the academic life and prospective career of an aspiring technical student today, communicative competence largely hinges on some innate factors as well as on training. The students who want to rise to the top in their professions require outstanding communication skill which can augment their technical and professional skills that define their core competencies which must be showcased and marketed. Employers look for diverse sets of competencies suitable for specific working environment, but the requirement for communicative competence outweighs all others. Besides analytical and problem solving skills, domain expertise, research and decision making ability, managerial skills, cultural competency, assertiveness and ability to work in challenging international environment are some of the most essential qualities expected from aspiring engineers. However, students primarily focus on clearing their branch-specific papers and maintaining pass percentage in English communication skill. If students fail to visualise the broader scenario of the corporate culture and overlook the practical applications of the English communication skill, it can not only endanger their career but also stunt their growth. It is because English language is not only used as the medium of instruction in academia but it is perhaps the language of industry, which thrives on science and technology. Besides, passing papers in English Communication skill does not necessarily reflect the same level of competency when it comes to actual communication. Thus pragmatics governs the true essence of one’s communication needs. In this context, the present paper deals with the significance of English communication competence and its successful inculcation in the minds of the budding engineers from a practical point of view. It demonstrates that the productive implementation of this skill will not only brighten their future but will also make them fit and fine to utilize their skills in campus interviews, prove their leadership skills in GDs and perform in country-wide companies and MNCs. Without a high degree of communicative competence, this paper avers, knowledge of highly sophisticated technical and/or professional skills will be useless.
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Ramesh Chandra Panda, Dr. KK. Pattanayak. English communication competence: Sine qua non for professional and personal development in engineering. International Journal of English Research. 2017; 3(1): 13-16.