Skills – Communication – LSRW
Skill and Knowledge are entirely different.
Knowledge is knowing the thing. In this there is no effort to put energy. We can gain information. Skill requires a lot of effort to learn.
For example car, cooking, dancing, teaching etc. It takes a minute to know clutch, gear, brake, steering etc. But one cannot drive a car just by knowing it. It needs years of practice.
Skills enrichment can make a nation great.
English skills are 1] Listening 2] Reading 3] Writing 4] Speaking
1] Listening:- it is a passive learning. Listening needs a lot of patience. It is an art. A leader should have this skill in the first place. That is why god has given us two ears but only one mouth. Greatest listeners of this world are Mao, and Chow en li. They listen for hours together. They never interrupt the speaker. More and more knowledge can be gained by listening.
Today we have many systems of listening TV, Lectures, Net, DVDs, conferences, etc.
We can go to www.ted.com where lakhs of speeches by celebrities, scholars, nobel laureates, etc. can be found out.
2] Writing :- Writing makes a full man. It needs listening skills, reading skills, imaginating skills, language command, observation skills, presentation skills, etc. It is a skill because it needs a lot of effort. It should be learnt from gurus, or by own efforts. Sometimes a great inspiration.
While writing the writer should imagine something in his own mother tongue.
Translate it into English.
Select appropriate words.
Select appropriate tense.
Write in such a way it should make the reader to read it.
The writer should have humorous nature.
Generally people like facts, truths and anything relevant.
3] Reading :- Reading can save us a lot of time. Within a short span of time we can gain a lot of knowledge.
For example if we take Irving Wallace’s book “Prize”, the author had taken nine years to gather the information. He spent six months to draft the manuscript. Then another eight months to check the spelling mistakes, appropriate words, and typing. Another six months to check the typed version. In the eleventh year the book came for publication. If we concentrate on the novel, we can complete reading it in a month. With this we saved eleven years of the author’s efforts simply paying seventy five rupees. That is the advantage.
Secondly if a student is studying B. Tech course in four years he has to study 50 subjects. In each subject there may be 10 scientists. Each scientist might have spent 10 years to derive an equation. That means 50 x 10 x 10 = 5000 years of 300 hundred scientists the student can learn in four years. In addition to that 30 subjects are taught by 30 faculty members. Each faculty member might have taken at least 5 years to learn that subject. That means 30 x 5 = 150 years of teaching effort. On the whole it amounts to 5150 years of knowledge the student learns in four years.
Thirdly this reading enriches the skills of problem solving; image building in the society; become best guru known in those times; and many more.
Fourthly India is a country of manufacturing intellectuals to the world. Braindrain is more.
4] Speaking :- When you speak not only your knowledge, but your body language also speaks. When we speak the content should be very important. Unless there is depth in the speaking; related to the range of the audience; related to the situation; the speaker becomes fool. We cannot get audience. Or the audience to away. Speaking does not mean simply speaking whatever we want. There should be some purpose.
When we speak any thing in English,
1] We should have the knowledge of the subject
2] Frame that in our mother tongue
3] Translate it into English
4] We should know English vocabulary to that effect
5] speak in coherence
6] Intonation and many more.
We use skills to learn. Learning is of two types. 1] active learning 2] passive learning
In active learning we have debates, seminar participation, several presentations, lab experiments, workshop practices, motivation, writing, speaking, ….
In passive learning we have listening, and seeing.