To develop the ability to read and comprehend technical texts in the field of
Civil Engineering. This field covers a wide range of topics so that the student
will be exposed to a variety of articles dealing with subjects like: Mechanics
of Materials, Concrete, Construction, Sewerage, Environmental Engineering,
Surveying, Road Design, and Bridges. As students studying technical English are
in their first three semesters, special effort was made to select texts that
require no previous knowledge in Civil Engineering. The skills emphasized in
this course are the following:
- vocabulary building through the study of word construction.
- ability to write formal definitions of technical terms and expression.
- ability to analyze information presented in graphs, charts, tables, etc.
- remedial grammar; i.e., recognizing various grammatical structures that
will aid the student improve his/her rhetorical knowledge.
- Attendance is obligatory.
- Absences must be justified.
- Regular home assignments must be submitted upon request.
- As all oral discussions held in class are part of the learning process,
students are responsible for taking notes and reviewing their content before
- Students will not be allowed to rewrite tests in order to improve
- Make-up tests will be administered only with proper justification of
|Two class tests
|Participation, attendance and class work
and L Machauf ---Selected Readings and Exercises in Civil Engineering -
A suitable English - English dictionary is strongly recommended. (Oxford -
Advanced Learners Dictionary, or Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary )
In addition, Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology may be consulted for
exact definitions of technical terms.
Supplementary Activities and materials
CALL - (Computer Assisted Language Learning) lessons in the CALL laboratory
which support the above objectives. CALL lessons are held for the entire class
and are also available for individualized study.
provide new and recent findings; articles in related fields and,
films, if available and appropriate.
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Syllabus for the First Class Test
Syllabus for the Second Class Test
Syllabus for the Final
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