Intensive English Program for Engineering Students: An Action Research


Most international students take pre-college or pre-graduate school Intensive English Programs (IEP) to improve English skills in order to fulfill the language requirement of universities. While most IEPs offer courses that address skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for personal and academic enrichment, to prepare students for their future majors also needs to be considered. The institution where the presenter teaches, a university of technology, enrolls a great number of students who are conditionally accepted to engineering programs, pending satisfactory English proficiency. With students’ need of “English for Engineering” in mind, the Intensive English Program has incorporated “English for Engineering Students,” with the course title “College Skills” since 2013, while offering a variety of communication skill trainings for students aiming at other majors. The curriculum of “English for Engineering Students” includes terminology in engineering, critical thinking, technical writing, researching and writing for journals, and oral presentation skill, etc. The faculty, students, as well as the administrators are delighted with its outcomes. This presentation will share the course design and objectives, the highlight of the course, the application of this course in students’ engineering studies, and the prospective amendments to better serve the students.

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Gloria Chen, Indiana Tech, United States

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Conference: IICLLHawaii2017
Stream: Pragmatics

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