Anthony Brown (Sprachenzentrum, TU Braunschweig, Germany)

English for Automotive Engineers – Content and Language Integrated Learning in Action?

The course English for Automotive Engineers offered by the English department of the Language Centre of the Technische Universität Braunschweig is a 2 credit-point course for students who have attained a CEFR level of B2/C1, running once a week for 90 minutes for one semester. What is noticeable about the majority of the students who participate in this course is that although the interest and motivation to attend the course are patently there (there is no compulsory requirement for students to take this course), there is a decided lack of knowledge concerning the practical workings of automotive systems when they first arrive. This means that in order to deal effectively with the language of automotive systems, students need to simultaneously learn about the systems themselves. This presentation will describe the methods used in this course to achieve this. It will discuss the task-based approach, the application of VLE-based tools to improve both subject-specific vocabulary and general language knowledge, and the grading and assessment methods employed.

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