Technical English 1

Brief description

Materials technology and types: plastics, polymers, rare earths, metals, materials and suppliers; manufacturing and services; research and development process; production; information technology; health and safety; Business communication: emphasizing technical advantages, describing specific materials, discussing quality issues, assessing and interpreting faults, describing the causes of faults, discussing repairs and maintenance, discussing technical requirements, summarizing and commenting on technical texts.
Emails of complaint and reply.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Ibbotson, Mark (2008): Cambridge English for Engineering (Cambridge Professional English), CUP.
Bonamy, David (2011): Technical English (Upper-Intermediate) Level 4 Coursebook and Workbook with Audio CD, Pearson Longman.
Ibbotson, Mark (2010): Professional English in Use Engineering with Answers: Technical English for Professionals, Cambridge University Press.
Pohl, Alison and Nick Brieger (2002): Technical English: Vocabulary and Grammar, Summertown Publishing Ltd.
Fachzeitschriften: The Economist: Technology Quarterly, Engine. Englisch für Ingenieure.
Course handouts provided by lecturers

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Input, blended learning, group work, pair work, role plays, self-assessment, quizzes.

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment. Students are assessed on their assignments, presentations, class participation and quizzes.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Module English 1: Business English Basics und Business English.


Degree programme

Technical Sales and Distribution Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successfully completing Technical English 1, students can speak about materials and their technical properties, present and describe technical processes at various stages and production techniques. They can explain technical advantages and disadvantages as well as quality aspects and specifications of products to customers. Furthermore, students can write polite emails of complaint and reply to complaints in which they can name and analyse different types of technical problems, describe errors/defects and suggest ways to solve them. Furthermore, they can understand and describe safety and specify measurement parameters.
As a result of targeted vocabulary expansion students can reflect on several applications of technology and the latest technical developments. They are able to critically interpret literature from technical trade magazines.

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