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LSP520 - English for mechanical engineering
Owner: TMASA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: English
Minimum participants: 12
Maximum participants: 64

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0197 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   12 Mar 2007 am M,  27 Aug 2007 am M
0297 Project 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    

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Univ lektor  Eva Hood


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The aim of the course is to help students reach a level of English proficiency which enables them to express themselves, in speech as well as in writing, without making elementary grammar or pronunciation mistakes, and to increase their knowledge of technical terminology in the field of mechanical engineering. The course also aims at developing students' ability to write and present reports in English with the overall aim to prepare them to use English as a working language in their future careers.


The course comprises two parts. The first part of the course (Part A) focuses on general English language skills, including oral proficiency, text seminars and written proficiency. Part A includes an overview of basic grammar structures with a contrastive approach, to make students aware of areas where Swedish and English have different sets of rules and which therefore often cause problems for students whose native tongue is Swedish. Written proficiency exercises in the form of translation, editing and revising texts, summary-writing, descriptions of processes etc. and intensive reading of technical texts with particular emphasis on vocabulary, technical terminology and idiomatic expressions are also included in Part A.

Part B is organised as an English language workshop, with continued training of written proficiency, including report writing, letter-writing, drafting a job application etc. and oral practice in the form of role-plays, meetings, interviews and other situations which students are likely to meet in their working lives. Lectures on technical writing and presentation techniques are other important parts of this practical proficiency course.


Tuition in the form of lectures, seminars and language laboratory training. Individual tutorials in connection with language lab sessions. The course is delivered in weekly 4-hour workshops.


Course compendium and additional material through the course web site.


Oral and written examination (Part A)
Continuous assessment (Part B)
Writing and oral presentation of a technical report

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