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The IUP Journal of English Studies :
Effective Listening Enhances the Process of Communication
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The purpose of teaching Technical English in engineering colleges is to improve the students’ communication skills. It has been found that students who have good communication skills have a better chance of doing well in the job market. Most of the engineering students have technical knowledge, but they are poor in communication skills. To express their innovative ideas, they need good communication skills. All the four skills—Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing—are important. While much attention is paid to written and spoken skills, listening, the most important skill, is ignored. As language acquisition is based on listening, this paper analyzes the importance of effective listening skill in the process of communication.

 
 
 

Listen” means “to give one’s attention to a sound” and “make an effort to hear something.” In the process of communication, the message should reach the receiver through a communication channel as intended by the sender. If the listener is not giving attention to what is communicated, the process of communication will be disturbed. Studies have found that students who have good communication skills in English have a better chance of doing well in the job market. Hence, efforts are being made to improve the communication skills of the students at engineering colleges.

English for Specific Purpose (ESP) is an approach to language teaching in which all decisions as to the content and method are based on the learner’s reason for learning. The purpose of teaching Technical English in engineering college is to improve the students’ communication skills. Most of the engineering students have technical skills. However, to express their ideas, engineers need communication skills. All the four skills—Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (LSRW)—are important. As language acquisition of a child is based on listening, listening is the most important skill that needs to be improved. Hence, this paper analyzes the importance of listening in the process of communication.

 
 
 

Effective Listening Enhances, Process of Communication