P. Ramakrishnan, S.P. Dhanavel, Stars Jasmine
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P. Ramakrishnan1*, Dr. S.P. Dhanavel2, Dr. Stars Jasmine3
1Research Scholar, Department of English, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai.
2Professor, Department of Humanities and Science, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
3Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai.
Volume - 7,
Issue - 4,
Year - 2016
Lateral thinking is a unique form of thinking proposed by Edward De Bono. He believes that innovation is the ability to see the changes as an opportunity not as a threat. It results in the generation of new ideas and breaking out of the concept prisons of old ideas. This type of thinking decides the outcome of one’s speaking and the job of lateral thinking is to enable the brain to find multiple possibilities or perceptions. The attitude of the present set of tertiary learners, lack of confidence and positive approach, their habits hinder their brain to intake, create and present the information in the demanding context. The major reasons for their inability are the cultural and psychological background of the learners. Developing lateral thinking skills of the tertiary level learners may pave the way to keep a constructive mind to acquire new language competencies. ‘Think out of the box’ is the crucial motto of the language teachers these days. De Bono’s concept of Lateral thinking would enable the language teachers to break a new ground in inculcating speaking skills for the learners of English as a second language. The present study proposes Design, one of the lateral thinking techniques of Bono and its effectiveness as a tool that can be adapted by the language teachers to enrich the communicative competence of the tertiary level learners of English as a second language. The criteria for speaking activity are assessed based on stage III of Canadian Language Benchmark for assessing speaking skills.
Cite this article:
P. Ramakrishnan, S.P. Dhanavel, Stars Jasmine. Developing Communicative Competence of Tertiary Level Engineering Students through De Bono’s Lateral Thinking Tool Design. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 7(4): October- December, 2016, 305-312. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2016.00049.8