English for Engineering

ESP is perhaps one of the most exciting areas of English training. With companies around the world requesting more and more specialist training in Engineering English, these creative lesson plans will help you to teach specialist English to Engineers and have fun at the same time.
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Buildings and Measurements – The Marshmallow Challenge
Buildings and Measurements

Prepared to be amazed by the creativity of your participants. This lesson starts by talking about measurements and exploring some of the highest points in the world. They’ll learn useful language relating to making measurements, capped off with the Marshmallow Challenge which challenges them to build the tallest freestanding structure using spaghetti, string, sticky tape and teamwork! Answers key and teacher’s notes included.


Lithium-ion batteries – Boeing Dreamliner 787
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner series recently grounded over 50 planes amid safety concerns over the lithium-ion batteries. This lesson focuses on these batteries, how they work and the effect on the airline industry when they malfunction. A lesson sure to engage the technical-minded participants and provide plenty of language and discussion.

Cars of the future – hybrid and driverless cars

In what direction is the automobile industry heading? Henry Ford once said “”If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Today innovation is not only a global demand but a necessity for successful business. This lesson plans explores two key innovations in the car industry, the Hybrid and Driverless car. Packed with useful and specialist language, you will take your participants on a journey through innovation.


English for Engineering – Describing a Process

This lesson plan gets the participants to describe a process through a series of steps. The lesson centres around the pictures of Rube Goldberg, famous for creating overly complicated devices for very simple tasks. The participants learn key action verbs and phrases for describing a process and put these to practice in the final description activity.
(Teacher’s notes included)


7 Responses to English for Engineering

  1. Pingback: English for Engineering – New Lesson Plan | ESL Right Now

  2. Annette Walker says:

    Thanks a lot for the lessons.They’re great!!!

  3. Hi, all of them are great materials.
    Would you mind if I ask you something?
    😀 Suppose you say “ok”
    What teaching method can improve presentation skill of engineering students?
    Is task-based possible?

    • Great Question คุณชาย กึกก้อง!
      I find task based lessons and engineering students go hand in hand. However, it can be a little tricky to get engineering students to present their ideas! I always try to get the engineers to present topics that inflame their creativity. I used the following lesson plan recently which you may find useful 🙂

      1) Introduce the idea of nw / different car designs – perhaps a discussion on Hybrid cars / Self-Driving cars as a warm up discussion and ask 1) Is this realistic 2) How can this benefit society 3) Would you buy one?

      2) Introduce the challenge: You have been commissioned to design a catboat that can drive from London to Dover (110km) and then cross the English channel to Calais, France. The distance from Dover to Calais is (around 40km). The car must then drive away from Calais.

      3) Group the students and ask them to come up with a design for their carboat, here are just a few points to help them with their designs and presentations:

      a) How does it work?
      b) What equipment will they use
      c) How will they make sure it won’t break
      d) What will it look like (ask them to draw / sketch a model version)
      e) Which car make and model will they use / why

      Feel free to add more points

      Don’t ask them to present their ideas to the class just yet.

      4) Watch the first 4 minutes of the video,

      where the presenters present their versions of the car. Ask students to make notes about the good and bad points of each catboat (3 in total) and if they will work or not. (2 fail and one actually works)!

      Then let them go back to their designs and see if they want to make any modifications to their cars based on what they’ve seen and possibly learnt from the video.

      5) Present their ideas to the class

      6) Watch the rest of the video and see how successful they are (quite a funny video)!

  4. Patrick says:

    This is awesome!

  5. sheila says:

    Great help & wonderful Topic! many Thanks.

  6. zizibliss says:

    Excellent material Dan. Thanks for sharing your work.

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