|Course Code :||BEGLA-136|
|Course Title :||English at the Workplace|
|Medium :||English Medium|
|Program :||BAG / BCOMG / BSCG / BA (CBCS)|
|Maximum Marks :||100|
|Session :||July 2020 and January 2021 (2020-21)|
|Last Date of Submission :||30th April, 2021 (for July 2020 session)
31st October, 2021 (for January 2021 session)
|Solution Type :||Softcopy (PDF File)|
ENGLISH AT THE WORKPLACE
Course Code: BEGLA-136
Max. Marks: 100
Answer all questions
1. Read the following passage and answer the questions below in complete sentences:
Education is vital to the future of India, because it is the most important element in converting our youthful population into a national asset. We have 540 million Indians under the age of 25; if they are educated and trained properly to take advantage of all that 21st century India can offer them, they will constitute a ‘demographic dividend’ that will endow India with a productive workforce for the next three decades, while the rest of the world is ageing. Education is of course indispensable in the social transformation of our country and in building a just and equitable society here.
India has a younger population not only in comparison to advanced economies but also in relation to the large developing countries. As a result, the labour force in India is expected to increase by 32 per cent over the next 20 years, while it will decline by 4.0 per cent in industrialised countries and by nearly 5.0 per cent in China. This ‘demographic dividend’ can add immeasurably to our growth potential, provided two conditions are fulfilled. First, higher levels of health, education and skill development must be achieved. Second, an environment must be created in which the economy not only grows rapidly, but also enhances good quality employment and livelihood opportunities to meet the needs and aspirations of the educated youth.
The three important pillars of higher education are Access, Equity and Quality. We have rightly focused on universal access to education, in a country which at the time of Independence had a literacy rate of only 17%. We have brought that upto 72%, but we still have a long way to go. Equity is vital, in order to ensure that our underprivileged communities and those at the bottom of the pyramid are not excluded from the benefits of education. But in the necessary focus on access and equity, we have arguably not done enough to promote quality.
1. How can we ensure that our youthful population constitutes a ‘demographic dividend’ in the future? (2)
2. What conditions should be fulfilled to ensure that the ‘demographic dividend’ adds to our growth potential? (2)
3. What are the three pillars of higher education? (2)
4. According to this passage, in what way is the labor force in India expected to change in comparison to the labour force in industrialized countries over the next 20 years? (2)
5. Give a suitable title to this passage. (2)
6. Use the following in sentences of your own: 2×5=10
2. Write short notes of about 150 words each on the following topics: 5×4=20
1. Differences between a portfolio and a resume.
2. Interpersonal skills
3. Body language during an interview
4. Dealing with difficult customers
3. Rewrite the following sentences as directed:
1. The members elected a new Chairperson yesterday (Change into passive voice).
2. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell (Change into active voice)
3. The __________________(type) letters are ready for dispatch (use the appropriate form of ‘type’)
4. The prices ____________ (go) up if it does not rain this month(use the correct form of ‘go’)
5. All the team members got together and _________(construct) a new model for the science project. (Use the correct form of ‘construct’)
6. The students are _________(conduct) a survey on reading preferences.(Use the correct form of ‘conduct’)
7. Successful projects work through proper __________(delegate) of work to team members.(Use the correct form of ‘delegate’)
8. The clerk at the customer service desk to ____ I spoke was very helpful (Choose one of the following to complete the sentence: who, whom, that)
9. The Recruiting Officer made a short list of candidates _____________applications were very good. (Choose one of the following to complete the sentence: whom, whose, which, who)
10. We ____________go through the contract carefully before signing it (complete using an appropriate modal)
4. You are interested in applying for the position of ‘Yoga teacher’ in a reputed Physical Fitness Centre. Write a formal letter of application to the Secretary of the Centre expressing your interest in the position. (15)
5. Prepare a short Curriculum Vitae mentioning your career history, skills and other important details. (15)
6. You are the head of the local branch of a company. Write a speech in around 250 words welcoming a new recruit who has recently joined your office. (10)
7. Prepare the outline of a presentation (in about 200 words) on the topic:
“Working from Home: Advantages and Disadvantages.” (10)
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