ERIC Number: ED224329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Program for Teaching and Learning to Read Professional Texts in a Second/Foreign Language at Siemens AG.
O'Flanagan, M. J. R.
A course was developed for teaching reading comprehension of English technical texts to German speaking professionals. Before proceeding with the course, students are administered a memory test and vocabulary test to determine their initial skill levels in English. The materials used for the course include learner's dictionaries of approximately 2,900 to 4,900 items for various technical areas. These dictionaries are compiled from English language specifications, descriptions, and other texts pertaining to the technical field. Dictionaries have been compiled on public switching systems for hardware and software, private switching systems, and communications and office automation. The 2-month course is divided into three stages: (1) intensive vocabulary learning; (2) classroom introduction to the reading of the technical texts on which the dictionaries are based; and (3) the tutorial stage, which involves discussion of problems that students encounter in reading texts of their own choosing. The teaching methods used in each stage are described. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Language for Special Purposes (Eindhoven, The Netherlands, August 2-4, 1982).