26518- English for Industrial Engineering


This ESP (English for Specific Purposes) course is designed for adult learners at a tertiary level institution. The course meets specific needs of the learners since it is centered on the language appropriate to the activities carried out in terms of grammar, lexis, register, study skills, discourse and genre.

The course is designed for a specific discipline, Industrial Engineering, and it assumes a certain knowledge of the language systems [in other words, it is designed for intermediate (B2) and/or advanced (C1) students].

This lingua franca, needless to say, is a fundamental tool for engineering students due to its connections with the rest of their subjects. Moreover, it will play a vital role in their careers.



The learning process is essentially a training operation which seeks to provide learners with a restricted competence to enable them to cope with certain clearly defined tasks. The process will be developed through content-based materials, with related exercises and activities and activities designed for the specifc needs of the learner.



INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING. READING MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSIONS. 1)Engineering branches. 2) Industrial engineering functions. 3) Reading mathematical expressions. 4) Sound segments: English vowels, glides, semivowels, consonants and consonant clusters. 5) The passive voice. 6) Asking someone to clarify a point. 7) Expressing astonishment and surprise.

ENGINEERING MATERIALS. FORCES. MOTION. FRICTION. MECHANISMS. 1) Describing engineering materials, and their properties and uses. 2) Forces in engineering and friction. 3) Basic mechanisms. 4) Technical words, semi-technical words, and formal (non-technical) words and expressions. 5) Defining. 6) Scanning tables. 7) Hooke's law. 8) Material testing: destructive and non-destructive processes. 9) Word stress.

THE PERIODIC TABLE. NITROGEN. IRON/STEELS. COPPER. WATER. CHEMICAL REACTIONS. 1) Structure of the periodic table. 2) Basic elements and their uses and characteristics. 3) The tensile test to destruction. 4) Properties and applications of carbon steels. 5) The importance of water. 6) Basic chemical reactions and catalysts. 7) Describing properties. 8) Noun compounds. 9) Expressing belief or opinion. 10) Making a mercury thermometer: The choice between mercury and alcohol. 11) pH.

APPLICATIONS OF ELECTROLYSIS. 1) Revision of current applications of electrolysis. 2) Compound nouns. 3) Sentence intonation. 4) Eliciting information. 5) Expressing cause and reason. 6) Describing things. 7) Identifying words whose phonetic transcription is given.

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ENGINES. 1) Four-stroke engines. 2) Vehicles powered by fuel cells. 3) Giving information. 4) Exchanging technical information. 5) Making suggestions. 6) Expressing doubt.

CORROSION. 1) Pros and cons of the existence of corrosion. 2) Inhibition of corrosion. 3) Report writing. 4) Significant figures. 5) Galvanic corrosion. 6) Making predictions. 7) Making proposals. 8) Listening for specific information.

ELECTRIC CURRENT. VOLTAGE. POWER. FUSES. ELECTRICITY GENERATION. 1) Revision of principles of electricity. 2) Electricity generation. 3) Good and bad conductors of heat and electricity. 4) Writing a brief description. 5) Describing how an item works. 6) Expressing supposition and consequence. 7) Role-playing.

THE ELECTRIC MOTOR. PORTABLE GENERATOR. 1) DC and AC. 2) Electro technology: Description of a DC motor. 3) Describing how things work. 4) Dismantling domestic appliances and explaining their functions. 5) Skimming a text. 6) Expressing frequency. 7) Expressing praise and blame.

RESISTORS. CAPACITORS. INDUCTORS. SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES. 1) Revision of principles of electronics. 2) Information transfer. 3) Diagnosing a fault. 4) Reporting a problem. 5) Shifting the topic of conversation. 6) Expressing correction and contrast. 7) Making a presentation.

AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEMS. 1) How control systems work. 2) Control systems in the home. 3) Explaining diagrams and flow charts. 4) Formal letters. 5) Eliciting information. 6) Expressing unavailability of facts, knowledge... 7) Persuading others.

SAFETY AT WORK. ENGINEERING DESIGN. 1) Safety rules for particular hazards. 2) Understanding warning labels. 3) Using imperatives. 4) Arc welding: accident investigation. 5) Sizes of paper used for drawing. 6) The design process. 7) Warnings. 8) Expressing a hypothesis and probability.

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION RESOURCES. 1) Applying for a job online, via mail, and in person. 2) Completing a job application (samples and templates). 3) Public defence of a point of view. 4) Expressing 



The communicative approach is based on the idea that learning a language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

Our classroom activities -guided by the communicative approach- are characterised by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels. As a result, there is more emphasis on skills than systems, lessons are learner-centred, and authentic (or simulated-authentic) materials are used.



Ebaluazio Jarraituaren Sistema
Azken Ebaluazioaren Sistema
Kalifikazioko tresnak eta ehunekoak:

Garatu beharreko proba idatzia (%): 20
Test motatako proba (%): 55
Ahozko defentsa (%): 10
Praktikak egitea (ariketak, kasuak edo buruketak) (%): 5
Banakako lanak (%): 5
regular attendance to class (%): 5



Conditions/Restrictions for passing:

- Attendance at lessons is compulsory (minimum 80%)

- The final mark comes from:

Written exam: 8 points (40%)

Tasks regularly collected: 4 points (20%)

Oral presentation: 2 points ( 10%)

Regular attendance to classes: 2 points ( 10%)

Technical written work: 2 points ( 10%)

- Pass mark:10 out of 20

* A mark below 6 means that the student cannot get a pass in the "English for Industrial Engineering" subject.

Those students who have not attended classes during the course and have the intention to

take the final exam, it should be known that it will be also required to submit a written

work to be evaluated (the conditions will be discussed in the tutorials) and a written examination worth 100% of the final mark will be provided.( Aquellos estudiantes que no han asistido a clases durante el curso y tienen la intención de realizar el examen final, deberán presentar un trabajo escrito para ser evaluado (las condiciones se discutirán en los tutoriales) y se le proporcionará un examen escrito por valor de 100% de la nota final.

El alumnado que por causa justificada no puedan participar del sistema de evaluación mixta (o si correspondiera, sistema de evaluación continua) podrá acceder a un examen final donde se evaluará también la parte práctica. Para ello, comunicará su deseo, de forma escrita y justificada al profesor responsable de la asignatura, en un plazo que como mínimo será de un mes antes de la fecha establecida para la evaluación de la asignatura.

El/la alumno/a que lo desee, podrá presentar su renuncia a la convocatoria de evaluación, mediante un escrito dirigido al profesor que imparte la asignatura, en un plazo que como mínimo será de un mes antes de la fecha de finalización del período docente de la asignatura.

En el caso de que el/la estudiante/a que no se presente a la prueba escrita, en cualquiera de las convocatorias, supondrá la renuncia a dicha convocatoria de evaluación y constará como No Presentado.




- E. & N. GLENDINNING. Oxford English for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Students book. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-457392-4.

- Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. 7th edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-4316064. ISBN-10: 0-194316068.

- R. V. HUGHSON. The Language of Chemical Engineering in English. New York: Regents Publishing Co. ISBN-0: 0-883453487.

- J. COCA PRADOS. Inglés para Química e Ingeniería Química. Barcelona: Ariel Editorial. ISBN: 978-84-344-8053-7.

- M. CARRIÓ. English for Industrial Engineering. Valencia: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. ISBN-13: 978-84-9705-111-8.


- T. DUDLEY-EVANS. Writing Laboratory Reports. Australia: Nelson Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-0170067409. ISBN-10: 0-170067408. (Limited availability).

- J. K. NEUFELD. A Handbook for Technical Communication. New Jersey: Prentice Hall International. ISBN-10: 0-133822923.

- F. ZIMMERMAN. English for Science. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-2821797. ISBN-10: 0-13221796.

- L. E. BOLAÑOS MEDINA. Working on English for Industrial Engineering. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ETSII, Dpto. de Filología Moderna. ISBN-10: 84-7806-10-X.

- Online Activities in English for Engineering Purposes. Valencia: Dpto. de Lingüística Aplicada de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. ISBN-10: 497059484.

- W. SULLIVAN. Engineering Economy: International Version. 14th edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 98-0132083423. ISBN-10: 0-13-08342-6.


- www.doaj.org (open access journals)

- Any English-written Journal related to Industrial Engineering.


- www.audioenglish.net

- http://ie.tamu.edu

- http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobapplications/Job_Applications.htm