Hands-on Technical English

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Tuesday 14 May

Hands-on Technical English,
Mr. Andrew Larrew, Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Place: Room F305

Time: 15.00 – 16.30
Description: The two main problems cited by participants in obligatory language courses at university are that the contents not very pragmatic or that levels of the participants are not homogeneous. This often leads to the frustration of students who have obtained a higher level. One solution to this is specialized courses. In this example, I will show how these problems are overcome in a Technical English course by role playing an engineering team tasked with product development. The students are required to perform all the duties associated with these tasks while conducting all aspects of the role play in the target language. This includes not only planning the project, also implementing (constructing) it. Where practical, all technical and functional explanations should be conducted by the students. The main role of the instructor is to offer language guidance as appropriate. The instructors secondary role is to explain the functions needed for implementing the project.