English for Engineering


Course description
  • Duration: 30 hours of class time
  • Number of sessions: 15
  • Recognition for optional credits: 2
  • Language: English
  • Level: B1-B2 or above
  • Campus: Córdoba / Sevilla
  • Area of interest: Engineering
  • Fee: 200€
Professional Demand
In today’s global economy, companies around the world request specialist training in Engineering English. English for Engineering develops the communication skills and specialist English language knowledge of engineering professionals, enabling them to communicate more confidently and effectively with colleagues and customers.
The course covers high-priority language that is useful in any branch of engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.), focusing on skills such as working with drawings, describing technical problems and discussing dimensions and precision..
Course objectives
At the end of this course, you will have:
  • ability of analysis, synthesis and predicting solutions and consequences
  • ability to apply the knowledge in the field of engineering in English
  • communication competences needed for working in technical environments
  • ability to present own views and to interpret information, texts and situations in group discussions
  • ability to express themselves in a technical discussion in an appropriate manner
  • ability to understand texts in the field of engineering
  • ability to find new information related to engineering
  • an insight into a range of technical processes
  • Ability to use a wide range of vocabulary relating to engineering topics
  • Pairwork – students will work in pairs to develop oral linguistic competences in the fields of engineering
  • Groupwork – some activities will be carried out in groups, where students will discuss ideas in small groups and then feed back to the class
  • Role playing
UnitsSkillsLanguage focusActivities
Unit 1: Technology in use
  • Describing technical functions and applications
  • Explaining how technology works
  • Emphasising technical advantages
  • Simplifying and illustrating technical explanations
  • Words stemming from use allow, enable, permit, ensure, prevent
  • Verbs to describe movement
  • Verbs and adjectives to describe advantages
  • Adverbs for adding emphasis
  • Phrases for simplifying and rephrasing
  • GPS applications
  • Space elevators
  • Advantages of a new pump
  • A guided tour
  • Reading
  • Space elevators
  • Otis lift technology
  • Pile foundations
Unit 2: Materials technology
  • Describing specific materials
  • Categorising materials
  • Specifying and describing properties
  • Discussing quality issues
  • Common materials
  • Categories of materials consist of, comprise, made of, made from, made out of
  • Properties of materials
  • Phrases for describing requirements
  • Compounds of resistant
  • Adverbs of degree
  • An environmental audit
  • Specialised tools
  • High-performance watches
  • Materials recycling
  • Regenerative brakes
  • Kevlar
Unit 3: Components and assemblies
  • Describing component shapes and features
  • Explaining and assessing manufacturing techniques
  • Explaining jointing and fixing techniques
  • Describing positions of assembled components
  • Shapes and 3D features
  • Words to describe machining
  • Phrases for describing suitability
  • Verbs and nouns to describe joints and fixings
  • Prepositions of position
  • A project briefing
  • Electrical plugs and sockets
  • Metal fabrication
  • UHP waterjet cutting
  • Options for fixing
  • Cluster ballooning
  • Cutting operations
  • Flow waterjet technology
  • Joints and fixings
  • The flying garden chair
Unit 4: Engineering design
  • Working with drawings
  • Discussing dimensions and precision
  • Describing design phases and procedures
  • Resolving design problems
  • Views on technical drawings
  • Phrases related to scale
  • Phrases related to tolerance length, width, thickness, etc.
  • Drawing types and versions
  • Verbs for describing stages of a design process
  • Verbs and nouns for describing design problems
  • A drawing query
  • Scale
  • A floor design
  • Design procedures
  • Revising a detail
  • Reading
  • Superflat floors
  • Queries and instructions
Unit 5: Breaking point
  • Describing types of technical problem
  • Assessing and interpreting faults
  • Describing the causes of faults
  • Discussing repairs and maintenance
  • Verbs and adjectives for describing technical problems
  • Words for describing faults and their severity
  • Phrases for describing certainty/uncertainty
  • Adjectives with prefixes for describing technical problems
  • Verbs for describing repairs and maintenance
  • A racing car test session
  • Test session problems
  • Technical help-line
  • Tyre pressure problems
  • A maintenance check
  • Air Transat Flight 236
Unit 6: Technical development
  • Discussing technical requirements
  • Suggesting ideas and solutions
  • Assessing feasibility
  • Describing improvements and redesigns
  • Phrases for referring to issues
  • Phrases for referring to quantity and extent
  • Phrases for suggesting solutions and alternatives
  • Idioms to describe feasibility
  • Verbs with re... to describe modifications
  • Idioms to describe redesigning
  • Simulator requirements and effects
  • Lifting options
  • Hole requirements and forming
  • A project briefing
  • Mammoth problem
Unit 7: Procedures and precautions
  • Describing health and safety precautions
  • Emphasising the importance of precautions
  • Discussing regulations and standards
  • Working with written instructions and notices
  • Types of industrial hazards
  • Types of protective equipment
  • Phrases for emphasising importance
  • Terms to describe regulations
  • Common language on safety notices
  • Language style in written instructions
  • A safety meeting
  • Hazard analysis
  • Live line precautions
  • Safety training
  • Oral instructions
  • Live line maintenance
  • Helicopter safety on oil platforms
Unit 8: Monitoring and control
  • Describing automated systems
  • Referring to measurable parameters
  • Discussing readings and trends
  • Giving approximate figures
  • Words to describe automated systems
  • Words to describe measurable parameters
  • Words to describe fluctuations Words and phrases for approximating numbers
  • Intelligent buildings and automation
  • Monitoring and control systems
  • Electricity demand and supply problems
  • Pumped storage hydroelectric power
  • Internal reviews
  • Industrial process monitoring
  • Dynamic demand controls
Unit 9: Theory and practice
  • Explaining tests and experiments
  • Exchanging views on predictions and theories
  • Comparing results with expectations
  • Discussing causes and effects
  • Words to describe test types
  • Words and phrases for stating assumptions
  • Words and phrases for agreeing and disagreeing
  • Phrases for comparing expectations and results Words for linking causes and effects
  • Vehicle design and testing
  • Water rockets
  • Air drop problems
  • Moon landings
  • A rocket competition
  • Chicken cannon
Unit 10: Pushing the boundaries
  • Discussing performance and suitability
  • Describing physical forces
  • Discussing relative performance
  • Describing capabilities and limitations
  • Adjectives for describing suitability and performance
  • Words to describe types of forces
  • factor, criteria, criterion, consideration
  • Words and phrases to describe degrees of difference Words to describe capabilities and limits
  • Wind turbine towers
  • Tall structures
  • TGV world speed record
  • The story of John Paul Stapp
  • Wind turbines fact file
  • Solar towers
  • Transport alternatives
  • The Sonic Wind tests
  • The rocket sled proposal

During the course, students will do several progress tests. Besides, all the activities and tasks carried out in class or at home as part of this course will be assessed and taken into account for a final mark. These aspects will be taken into account for the final result:
  • Progress tests (20%)
  • Coursework (60%)
  • Homework (20%)
Attendance will be a fundamental aspect of the continuous assessment and so a minimum of 70% of attendance will be compulsory..
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