English for Electrical Engineering in Higher Education Course Book with audio CDs

Roger H. C. Smith, Terry Phillips


A faculty-specific series for students in higher education.

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ISBN: 9781907575327

Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF Level: B2 to C2  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.5+

Product Description


English for Electrical Engineering in Higher Education Studies

The Garnet Education English for Specific Academic Purposes series won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2009.

English for Electrical Engineering is a skills-based course designed specifically for students of electrical engineering who are about to enter English-medium tertiary level studies. It provides carefully graded practice and progressions in the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It also equips students with the specialist electrical engineering language they need to participate successfully within an electrical engineering faculty. Extensive listening exercises come from electrical engineering lectures, and all reading texts are taken from the same field of study. There is also a focus throughout on the key electrical engineering vocabulary that students will need.

  • Listening: how to understand and take effective notes on extended lectures, including how to follow the argument and identify the speaker’s point of view.
  • Speaking: how to participate effectively in a variety of realistic situations, from seminars to presentations, including how to develop an argument and use stance markers.
  • Reading: how to understand a wide range of texts, from academic textbooks to Internet articles, including how to analyze complex sentences and identify such things as the writer’s stance.
  • Writing: how to produce coherent and well-structured assignments, including such skills as paraphrasing and the use of the appropriate academic phrases.
  • Vocabulary: a wide range of activities to develop students’ knowledge and use of key vocabulary, both in the field of electrical engineering and of academic study in general.
  • Vocabulary and Skills banks: a reference source to provide students with revision of the key words and phrases and skills presented in each unit.
  • Full transcripts of all listening exercises.

The Garnet English for Specific Academic Purposes series covers a range of academic subjects. All titles present the same skills and vocabulary points. Teachers can therefore deal with a range of ESAP courses at the same time, knowing that each subject title will focus on the same key skills and follow the same structure.

Key Features

  • Systematic approach to developing academic skills through relevant content.
  • Focus on receptive skills (reading and listening) to activate productive skills (writing and speaking) in subject area.
  • Eight-page units combine language and academic skills teaching.
  • Vocabulary and academic skills bank in each unit for reference and revision.
  • Audio CDs for further self-study or homework.
  • Ideal coursework for EAP teachers.


Format: Paperback


Unit 1: What is electrical engineering?
Unit 2: The history of electrical and electronic engineering
Unit 3: Electric and magnetic circuits
Unit 4: The computer
Unit 5: The television
Unit 6: Control systems
Unit 7: Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
Unit 8: Telecommunication
Unit 9: Signal processing
Unit 10: Electric cars
Unit 11: Microelectromechanical systems
Unit 12: Lighting engineering

Author details

Roger H. C. Smith has been involved in ELT since he left university over 20 years ago. He is now based in North East Italy, where he works as a teacher and teacher trainer.  He teaches on Cambridge CELTA and Delta courses, and gives in-service seminars to teachers in both state and private language schools. He has an MA in ELT from Reading University, and has worked with several universities, both in Italy and the UK, including the Open University, where he wrote a new course for pre-MBA students. His work as a trainer has taken him to several countries, including Spain, South Africa, Serbia, Hungary and Latvia.

Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner.  As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private language institutions on all aspects of school management.

For the last ten years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education.

Terry is the series editor of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet Education, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English-medium tertiary education. The series won the ESU award in 2009.


“As well as giving students a solid and thorough grounding in the areas of Academic English and English for Electrical Engineering, the author provides plenty of marvellous opportunities for students to analyse and evaluate electrical engineering texts and lectures, analyse numerical and graphical information whilst developing and enhancing an extensive range of ESP academic skills typical of electrical engineering context (e.g. data handling, reasoning, to name just a few). Ultimately, this professionally equipped and beautifully designed textbook will be of intense interest to students of Electrical Engineering, ESP and EAP teachers and practitioners, faculty lecturers who teach at electrical engineering faculties, discourse analysts, and linguists interested in English electrical engineering written and spoken discourse.”

- The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes