English Communication Skills: The Missing Piece in the Engineering Science Jigsaw

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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
Stream: Language, Linguistics , Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Assoc. Prof. Mani Le Vasan

Associate Professor, English Language
Language Centre, Univeersity of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei, Brunei Darussalam

Mani Le Vasan teaches English Communication Skills to students in the Engineering faculty and the Medical faculty.She has taught in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and now in Brunei.She has published many text books for the teaching of English and has published both nationally and internationally in refereed journals.Her intersts include: ESP,TESL, Pedagogy, Semiotics and materials development.

Assoc. Prof. Frank Nickols

Associate Professor, Mechatronics
Department of Engineering Science, University of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Brunei Darussalam

Frank Nickols, is currently teaching the courses Innovation and Design and Process Engineering. He has taught in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle east and is now in Brunei.he has been working in Industry in the UK prior to his academic careeer. His interests include, robotics, smart systems, fluid mechanics and control.

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