Technical English for Civil Engineering



Course Objectives

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:
  1. vocabulary building through the study of word construction.
  2. ability to write formal definitions of technical terms and expression.
  3. ability to analyze information presented in graphs, charts, tables, etc.
  4. remedial grammar; i.e., recognizing various grammatical structures that will aid the student improve his/her rhetorical knowledge.




Course Policy

  1. Attendance is obligatory.
  2. Absences must be justified.
  3. Regular home assignments must be submitted upon request.
  4. As all oral discussions held in class are part of the learning process, students are responsible for taking notes and reviewing their content before the tests.
  5. Students will not be allowed to rewrite tests in order to improve their grades.
  6. Make-up tests will be administered only with proper justification of absence.




Semester Grade

Two class tests 55%
Final examination 40%
Participation, attendance and class work 5%



Reference Books

J. Eisenstadt and L Machauf ---Selected Readings and Exercises in Civil Engineering - 2000.
Dictionaries: 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 Computerized lessons.
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.
Materials which provide new and recent findings; articles in related fields and,
Videos or 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 Examination


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