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ENGINEERS LACK IN ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS

By: Vinod Agarwal On: 8/9/15
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They know their trade, but possess poor spoken English skills

No English, No Fun. Know English, Become No. 1.

Young engineers, otherwise bright and intelligent, are severely handicapped by their poor spoken English skills often adversely affecting their
employability. Lack of fluency in English or,for that matter, the lingua franca of the country where you work, can upset your career.

In May 2015, Anshu Jain, CEO of Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest bank, started his speech at the bank’s annual meeting in Frankfurt, saying in German, “On
this day, every word matters.” And then he delivered the rest of his 2000-word address in English!

Less than three weeks later, Jain resigned as co-CEO after losing the confidence of investors. While his failure to master German didn’t cost Anshu Jain
his job, it drew criticism in his host country and deprived him of a valuable tool for connecting with local shareholders, customers and colleagues. Even
though borders have faded considerably in much of Europe, language can still be a barrier.

Switch to India and the situation has a unique twist. A land of immense cultural diversity, Indians in various parts of the country speak different
languages. The Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution grants official status to 22 languages, leaving it to English to serve as the link language and the medium of learning in higher education. English is also the lingua franca in corporate entities – management cadres across the country
communicate in English.

ENGLISH UNSPOKEN, CAREER BROKEN

Yet 97% engineers in India cannot speak English required for jobs in corporate sales and business consulting which command 30-50% higher salaries. More
than 60% engineers possess grammar skills no better than a class VII students. Only 7% engineers can speak English with fluency that renders speech
meaningful and have the ability to speak or respond spontaneously in English.

These are the findings of the National Spoken English Skills (SES) of Engineers (2015-2016)report on the state of spoken English capabilities in young
engineers and how their employability is affected by their Spoken English skills.

According to the survey, conducted by Aspiring Minds on 30,000 engineers across 500 engineering colleges in India, the key problems faced by engineers are
fluency skills, pronunciation, grammar and sentence construction in English.

Even students who crack the prestigious entrance exams to the IIT and NIT are not comfortable with English and find it difficult to cope with the
undergraduate curriculum. Failure to comprehend lectures in English is a major cause of academic stress.

One of the key qualities recruiters look for during an interview is English fluency. It is here that more than 90% of engineering graduates lose out as
they are unable to even communicate technical ideas clearly in English. Spoken English skills are required also to connect with peers, employees and
consumers – very critical for international and intra-national businesses.

Most engineering institutes now offer bridge courses in English. Science students in school, even though their focus is to crack the all India competitive
exams, need to give time to English language skills. Another option is to join an English speaking course.



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39 thoughts on “ENGINEERS LACK IN ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS

  1. srikant nayar says:

    Please check this link: http://trak.in/tags/business/2016/01/25/new-engineers-unfit-employment-report where they are talking about the same thing that engineers lack in english speaking skills

  2. harpreetjuneja says:

    Very true engineers lack in english and they even cant describe what they know about their trade.

  3. Ranjit bawa says:

    How would I know that you are saying true

  4. Sir, Engineers have different skills in english, i am sure you are the best for my professional skills.

  5. Nisha Martin says:

    yes i agree, our Air India Engineers used to speak broken English, in fact all used to speak Marathi, i suggested them to join your Institute.

  6. Engineers study so much in English, yet their speaking of English is terrible, its a must for everyone.

  7. bharathi says:

    very poor

  8. Engineers lack skills and they could possibly join inlingua for improvement.

  9. Nipun says:

    how we can say engineers lacking in speaking english

  10. rajdeep says:

    Right in a survey it was found that engineers don't know how present their trade part in english

  11. Shivam Taneja says:

    After joining Inligua there is lot of improvement in my English.
    I remember past days I used to use some translation tools,but now I can speak English without any tools.

  12. Avinash says:

    English is very important for any profession Engineering or any other.
    To get a good job and growth in carrier inlingua helps a lot in improving my skills.

  13. Srishti says:

    English is very important for any profession to get a good job and growth in carrier inlingua helps a lot in improving my skills.

  14. rupal says:

    It is true Science students in school, only focus is to crack the all India competitive
    exams,they don't have time for English language skills. Only option is to join an English speaking course it depends on them join later or sooner.

  15. radha says:

    Inlingua is a good solution for those engineers who are capable of working Internationally but lack in English skills is not allowing them to do so.

  16. hari says:

    Inlingua is good solution for those engineers who are capable of working Internationally but lack in English skills is not allowing them to do so.

  17. neha sharma says:

    Very true Engineering student face trouble in cracking interview due to poor communication skills in bigs companies.

  18. Mohit says:

    Very true Engineering student face trouble in cracking interview due to poor communication skills in bigs companies.

  19. Nancy Rich says:

    Yes, you are right engineers lacking in english face problems in giving presentations.

  20. Dev Bhatia says:

    This is very true. One of my engineer friend who was very intelligent but was not given off-site project because his communication skills were very poor.

  21. REKHA says:

    Very true engineers lack in english and they even cant describe what they know about their trade.

  22. inder says:

    Lack of fluency in English or,for that matter, the lingua franca of the country where you work, can upset your career.

  23. bennu says:

    Young engineers, otherwise bright and intelligent, are severely handicapped by their poor spoken English skills often adversely affecting their.

  24. amar says:

    Engineers in India cannot speak English required for jobs in corporate sales and business consulting which command 30-50% higher salaries.

  25. Ajay says:

    In all cultures and conditions, one thing they are going form is their English Speaking Skills.

  26. sid says:

    I agree with u ..

  27. Alisha says:

    Lack of fluency in English or for that matter. the lingua franc of the country where you work, can upset your career.

  28. Randhawa says:

    Engineering student face trouble in cracking interview due to poor communication skills Inlingua is good solution for those engineers how lack in english speaking .

  29. sapna sing says:

    English speaking is a big problem with engineer because they don't understand the communication skill

  30. Bhishake says:

    In engineering English is more important, we have no doubt they are bright and intelligent, but the problem is speaking English is not good.

  31. subodh says:

    People face trouble in cracking interview due to poor communication skills in big companies.

  32. Ratan says:

    My friend suggested me about Inlingua.The best English improvement institute.

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  34. Anushka says:

    Inlingua is a good resource for engineering student if they need to improve English.

  35. Lakshit says:

    I am student , i know the English problem with some students or my English is also not good.

  36. Romi says:

    This also means i need to start thinking in English. If i want to say the word in English, right now i probably think of the word in native language.

  37. Rakesh says:

    Some students have an understanding problem in English speaking.They don't understand English language and mind is blank.

  38. suman says:

    English is very important for any profession Engineer or any other.To get a good job and growth in career inlingua helps a lot in improving my skills.

  39. Aisha says:

    How can u help my 10 year old son to improve speak English fluently on phone at home?
    Plz tell me
    If possible
    Thanks

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