Olga Kovalchuk (Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine)

Features of English for Food Technology and Engineering

The National University of Food Technology provides education to more than 27000 students. In terms of foreign direct investment, food industry occupies the sixth position after the financial sector, metallurgy, trade, real estate and technical activity. Thus, the majority of the University graduates is expected to find their future employment in multinational companies and, possibly, abroad.
The language of Food Technology and Engineering is seen as a special variety used by a specific discourse community. Specialists in Food Technology and Engineering are considered to be the discourse community, i.e. a group of communicators with a common goal and shared information to work on that adopts certain preferred ways of participating in public discussion. The future food engineers of the bachelor’s, specialist's and master’s levels represent a community with specific approaches and needs which have to be addressed in order to provide them with a meaningful level of language skills.
Their communication requires the mastery of certain special terminology or jargon in the language spoken. Our aim is to define main types of communication, genres and tools which unify the discourse community and are used to help communicate between specialists in Food Technology and Engineering. The characteristic parameters of the specific variety of English used as a foreign language in professional settings are also under investigation.

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