Title of the workshop:
GELS: Global Engineers Language Skills
What are achievable goals for engineering students studying an additional language? How can language and communication teachers, often with no technical background, best prepare their engineering students before they leave for exchange semesters abroad and the world of work? This workshop responds to these issues by presenting the work of the Global Engineers Language Skills (GELS) project.
Language of instruction:
- Understanding the rationale and the guiding principles behind the GELS project,
- Using the GELS grid (CEFR-based) to map micro-objectives (from A1 to C2 levels),
- Producing new micro-objectives adapted to an engineering audience,
- Sharing teaching ideas and activities for engineering students .
Short biographical note:
Katarzyna Lanucha was born and grew up in Poland, lived and studied in Germany, where she completed a Master’s degree in German as a Foreign Language, French and Polish at the University of Dresden before moving to the UK where she's been teaching German (general courses and German for specific purposes such as engineering or medicine) for over 10 years. She is particularly interested in building cultural competence in the language classroom.
David Tual is Director of the Language Unit in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, England. He has taught French in the United Kingdom for the last 15 years and has developed a particular interest in 21st century technologies and pedagogies.