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FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH AS A SUBJECT IN TECHNICAL COURSES JESSY KOSHY 1, FATHIMA SAMANA S 2 & RAJESH GOPINATH 3 1Head, Dept. of English, the Oxford College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.

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International Journal of English and Literature(IJEL)ISSN 2249-6912Vol.2, Issue 2 June 2012 19-24 TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.,FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH AS A SUBJECT IN TECHNICAL COURSESJESSY KOSHY 1, FATHIMA SAMANA S 2 & RAJESH GOPINATH 312Head, Dept. of English, the Oxford College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.Assistant Professor, Acharyas Nrv School of Architecture, Bangalore, India.3Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, ACIT, Bangalore, India.ABSTRACTThe English language has long been considered as an internationally accepted facet ofcommunication. Hence, to survive and succeed in global environment, its imperative to haveproficiency in English. Inadvertently, schooling worldwide inculcate English as a primary medium ofinstruction and also as a prime subject. The benevolence is carried forward, up to the undergraduatelevel. However, observing the current trend in graduates, it is realised that the university stipulate a mere2 hours in a week in Engineering Colleges for Functional English, in a semester spanning 3-4 months.The reduced teaching hours and the failure to consider English as a compulsory subject with respect toattendance and evaluation has been a major setback, especially for students hailing from a background,where native language is the major medium of instruction. This condition cannot be seen withcomplacency, since the students in 4 years undergraduate degree course appear for atleast 64 subjects,where, their perf

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