English for Engineers

English for Specific Purposes
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English for Engineers

The Energy industry recruits people from all over the world and International House Cape Town has recognised the fact that English is now the common language used in the work environment. The course assumes that students will have an elementary level of English and is ideal for students who need to further their technical English and will enable them to interact with co-workers and supervisors with confidence. The course will focus on language needed for practical tasks and communication in the workplace:
Vocabulary is of paramount importance when using English in a technical environment. A focus is placed on using specialised technical terms and expressions, including abbreviations and colloquial expressions specific to the energy industries. Semi-technical terms are also given clear focus to ensure their use in the correct context.
Speaking skills development activities simulate real-life communication, such as describing and giving information about equipment and jobs, giving instructions, warnings and discussing workplace problems. These are practiced using role-play and information gap tasks that involve finding out information from a partner.
Written tasks aim to motivate students by developing their knowledge of useful language phrases and chunks for different text types such as accident report forms and written notices and instructions. Written exercises are used to reinforce vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Grammatical structures are introduced and reviewed according to the needs of the students. Areas such as imperatives and instruction-giving are introduced to prepare learners for real-life situations. Discovery learning activities are favoured where students are encouraged to notice and work out structural patterns rather than learn rules that have little or no practical application.
Reading and listening skills are developed through tasks that involve studying authentic and simplified authentic-type texts. Listening texts prepare students for communication with native speakers and non-native speakers by using recordings that contain different accents and regional variation.

Who is the course for?

Engineers or technicians who work on oil rigs, gas fields as well as all personnel employed in the Petrochemical and broader Energy sector. This also includes those who work in workshops, laboratories, support offices and general transportation.

Course Information

Course Summary

  • Starting Dates: On request
  • Duration: 2 -8  weeks
  • Lessons per week: 23 hours
  • Minimum English Level: Upper Intermediate +
  • Maximum students per class: 12 students

Course components

Standard English
8.30 am – 10.30 am or 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday to Friday

English for Engineers
12. 40 pm – 2.40 pm or 2.40 pm – 4.40 pm
Monday to Thursday

PSP times
8.30 am – 4.40 pm
Monday to Friday
1 hour per day

Price (Quoted per week)

  • €365 for 2-4 weeks
  • €345 for 5-8 weeks


  • Tuition fees
  • Placement test
  • All course materials
  • Personal Study Programme
  • End-of-course certificate
  • Unlimited free wi-fi access on school premises
  • Access to free online English courses through Net Languages and Ih World

What is a Personal Study Programme [PSP]?

PSP is…

  • Managed, guided and monitored learning
  • Flexible and based on individual needs
  • An opportunity for students to work together
  • Supported by a wide range of activities and resources
  • Up to 20 minutes of 1:1 with a teacher every week
  • Time with qualified teachers
  • An opportunity for specialised English study
    (e.g. for business, aviation, exam preparation, etc.)
PSP is not…

  • Undirected or disorganised self-access
  • Prescribed by teachers using a fixed syllabus
  • An isolated hour of individual work
  • Only computer-based
  • 1:1 every day (the ratio is usually 1:6-8)
  • Staffed by untrained supervisors
  • A closed group, general English course

Why the change?

The new timetable is aimed at improving the overall ‘student experience’ by creating a network of social learning spaces. In addition to classroom learning, this will include

● creating opportunities for interaction with a greater number of students and teachers
● providing students with a Personal Study Programme that caters to their individual needs, without the expense of 1:1 lessons
● enabling students to reach personal goals as quickly as possible through the development of independent learning skills
● offering a wider range of print and online study resources
● improving access to facilities and staff through the implementation of a more flexible schedule.

Payment: Payment can be by credit card via an online payment link or bank transfer.

Public holiday notice: Should the school be closed due to a public holiday, ONLY private lessons are made up in full.


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