English for engineering

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Time and session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 – 09:00
News Review
BBC headlines – discussion and listening for gist Euronews headlines – discussion and listening for specific information The Times – reading for gist and reporting news Expanding vocabulary to talk about the news BBC headlines – listening for specific information
09:00 – 10:30
Tutorial
Language to describe and compare data – graphs, charts and changes over time First and second conditionals to talk about future probability and consequences The form and use of passive forms to describe processes and manufacture Question formation review and practice – asking technical questions and clarifying specifications Introduction and practice of phrasal verbs and idioms useful to explain and discuss data
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
The language of meetings. Discussing facts and figures and clearly signposting. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings.  Expanding vocabulary relative to your own field of engineering The language of telephoning. Asking the right questions. Clarifying and asking for clarification. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for telephoning. Expanding vocabulary relative to your own field of engineering The language of video conferencing. Describing and pointing to data in video conferences or teleconferences. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Expanding vocabulary relative to your own field of engineering The language of emailing. Requesting and giving information. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for emailing The language of reports: writing accurate, clear and concise reports. Expanding vocabulary relative to your own field of engineering
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 13:45
Pronunciation
/æ/ vs /ʌ/ Stress and rhythm Contrastive stress /iː/ vs /ɪ/ Question intonation
13:45 – 14:45
Project Workshop
Introduction of the week’s presentation: a company profile Vocabulary expansion. Mindmapping ideas and allocating roles Focus on scripting and visuals; integrating visuals with script, embedding cues in visuals, etc. Presentation rehearsal and feedback. Focus on pronunciation Presentation to the rest of the school (videoed)

Presentation feedback (using the recording of the video)

14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:00
Critical Analysis Workshop
Discussion and case study regarding cultural misunderstandings Reading and discussion regarding social etiquette in different countries Reading and discussion regarding cultural biases Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international team Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international leader
16:00 – 17:00
Spoken Assertiveness Workshop
Discussing foods and traditions from your countries Expanding vocabulary and practising giving clear instructions Functional language: at the pub, at the restaurant, at the cafe Debate preparation: the sugar tax Debate focusing on the sugar tax. Language feedback