Technical English Teacher’s Book

Terry Phillips


A course for students who need technical English training

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ISBN: 9781859646502

Intermediate to upper intermediate
CEF Level: B1 to B2  IELTS Level: 4.0 to 5.5

Product Description


Technical English: Teacher’s Book

This course has been designed for learners who will be using English in a scientific or engineering environment.

Technical English introduces the vocabulary necessary to communicate and understand basic technical concepts in fields such as algebra, geometry, chemistry and physics. Each unit presents vocabulary related to a specific technical area, and reviews one relevant grammar point that will help students to express themselves with confidence.

The approach taken in this course is direct and concise, and you will be encouraged to work both independently and with others on an extensive range of activities, all of which are geared towards making you more proficient in the technical language you will need to be successful in further study.

Key features of the course include:

  • 21 units covering a wide range of technical themes
  • a variety of authentic source materials such as instruction manuals and scientific articles
  • a range of listening texts, including lectures and dialogues
  • transferable reading and listening skills with grammar for clarification and support
  • authentic tasks designed to promote transferable skills
  • 500 basic technical words
  • full-colour Course Book complete with downloadable audio
  • Teacher’s Book with lesson-by-lesson notes, including answer keys and tapescripts

See accompanying Course Book.


Format: Paperback


Book map
Unit 1: Points and lines
Unit 2: Fractions and ordinals
Unit 3: Arithmetic
Unit 4: Surfaces and angles
Unit 5: Spaces and volumes
Unit 6: Measuring
Unit 7: Algebra and formulas
Unit 8: Natural or man-made?
Unit 9: Bits and bytes
Unit 10: Computer networking
Unit 11: Elements and compounds
Unit 12: States of matter
Unit 13: Properties of matter
Unit 14: Symbols and keys
Unit 15: Structures and plans
Unit 16: Forces, loads and tools
Unit 17: Energy and motion
Unit 18: Cells, organs and systems
Unit 19: Chains, webs and cycles
Unit 20: Micromachines and ICT
Unit 21: Electricity and magnetism
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“…Technical English is an easy-to-teach ESP course for students and professionals studying and working in the English-speaking engineering environment who are very keen to acquire specific technical English lexical items, syntactic structures and discourse chunks both quickly and confidently. The textbook contains the solid grammar syllabus with common ESP reference and review sections, tasks aimed at helping students to acquire listening comprehension and note-taking skills, accompanied by authentic audio material on CD. At the same time, the course book comprises genuine visual aids specimens, exercises intended to improve organisation of information in technical English, tasks for enhancing the recognition of specific ESP language cues, exercises aimed at ESP vocabulary acquisition. Thus, it fully prepares students for technical English environment, as well as helping them to grasp and acquire the described spoken and written technical English discourses.

Technical English is a thought-provoking ESP course ideal for students and professionals who need ESP-based communication skills required in the twenty-first century. This textbook may also make academic lectures in technical English more accessible to students because it contains information-rich and well-chosen topics pertaining to engineering and technical EAP. Technical English should be a must-have ESP and EAP tool intended for students and professionals who want a fresh and original technical English course that equips them to use English in the engineering environment.”

- The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, Vol. 1, No 2, 2013