English Communication Skills: The Missing Piece in the Engineering Science Jigsaw
Globalisation and its associated benefits and prerequisites have made English Communication Skills a necessity for aspiring professionals whose mother tongue is not English. Teaching such skills for the Engineering community is proving to be a great challenge for the instructor. Discipline lecturers want their students to be conversant in the ways of talking and behaving in the Engineering community so that students reap maximum benefit from their learning. Students on the other hand think they should only concentrate on Engineering knowledge and nothing else. How does the language instructor provide the affective skills the discipline lecturers require in their students and at the same time engage the students’ interest in English such that they can be fully engaged in the course and see the relevance both for the immediate and for the future? An innovative course is being developed through partnership and collaboration with the Engineering staff at the University of Brunei and this paper will give a practical demonstration of some lessons and the skills and principles that are incorporated in them.
Keywords: ESP, English for Engineeers, Collborative curriculum, Communication Skills
Assoc. Prof. Mani Le Vasan
Associate Professor, English Language
Assoc. Prof. Frank Nickols
Associate Professor, Mechatronics