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Module description - Technical English 1 (Basic)

ECTS 2.0
Level B2
Overview The goal of the language and communication programs in the School of Engineering is to provide engineers with the communication skills they need to become and remain competitive. Because English is used so extensively in science and international business, the English program aims to build comprehensive language competence by developing the key skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - in a rounded way.
Our goal is to enable students to work with English-language materials and to interact with colleagues, customers and scientific peers in both formal and informal contexts, ranging from small talk and casual written correspondence to presentations and technical reports.
The Technical English modules are designed to improve both students’ general English and their specialized knowledge of the language in order to help them to communicate more confidently and more effectively in a professional environment.
Learning objectives Technical English is a two-level English course which covers the core language that students need to be successful in different fields of technology.
Upon successful completion of the module, participants will be able to:

  • understand the main idea of a technical text as well as the supporting information
  • develop strategies for understanding unknown vocabulary in context.
  • use critical thinking skills to describe, analyze and evaluate a chosen text / topic
  • speak coherently on general technical topics using a wide range of vocabulary and grammar
  • inform, persuade, and direct through speaking and writing
  • write a summary that conveys the main idea and relevant details of a technical text
  • prepare and give a presentation on a substantial technical text or set of texts
  • use critical thinking skills to provide peer feedback

Previous knowledge Entry based on placement test or successful completion of Developing English 2. Language level B2.
Exam format Continuous assessment grade
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