L-LIN/12 (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION)
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL,COMPUTER AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
2nd semester (07/03/2022 - 17/06/2022)
22 lesson hours
WRITTEN AND ORAL TEST
B1 CEFR level general English proficiency
The aim of the course is to prepare students for attainment of B2 CEFR level, as adapted to the language and communication needs of engineers in the Global Engineers Language Skills (GELS) Framework, 2021 (https://www.clic.eng.cam.ac.uk/files/gels_framework_2021.pdf).
On successful course completion, students are expected to develop English language proficiency in all four skills, speaking, listening, reading, and writing, fulfilling the following objectives:
- interact effectively on a range of topics within the engineering field of choice, substantiate opinions with evidence, and negotiate them with colleagues;
- find answers to specific questions in texts on engineering topics in a range of media;
- understand oral texts and summarize and/or paraphrase written texts about technical topics, and use the conventions of formal correspondence.
The course covers topics common to all kinds of engineering (incl. civil, electrical, electronic, and mechanical), such as processes, measurements, and components, and presents students with the specialist English they need to work as engineers in the international market.
Authentic activities taken from the set book and other learning materials, from reporting on technical problems and suggesting solutions to explaining a graph, describing a network and explaining technical specifications, all help develop the accuracy, clarity and appropriacy of engineering students’ communication skills. Students are encouraged to apply the skills directly to their own field.
Seminars, small group and pair work, lab activities, guest speakers' classes
Reccomended or required readings
Ibbotson, Mark (2009) Professional English in Use: Engineering. With Answers. Series: Technical English for Professionals, B1-B2, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
More learning material will be made available through the course webpage on Kiro (e-learning.unipv.it)
The exam to obtain the 3 CFU of English for Engineering will consist in an online multiple choice test with items of the type practiced in class, followed by a brief oral presentation of one of the activities introduced during the course and relevant to the individual student's specialisation of choice.
By successfully passing the English for Engineering exam, students can enrol in an engineering Master's degree taught entirely in English without further language tests.
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