The Department of English offers a wide range of Discipline-specific English (DSE) courses to develop students' ability to communicate in a variety of academic or professional settings. The student body served in these courses comes from various departments of the three Colleges in the university, namely the College of Business, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
|EN2161||English communication skills for business I||B2||2|
|EN2162||English communication skills for business II||B2||2|
|EN3163||Professional communication skills for business||B3||2|
|EN3164||English for information systems||B3||2|
|EN3165||Essential English communication skills for business||B3||2|
|EN5112||English for law||P5||3|
The Technical Communication (TC) courses are specially designed for students of a particular program in the College of Science and Engineering. There are two types of TC courses. One type provides training in professional technical communication skills required in engineering firms and IT companies. Students who take these courses learn to communicate work-related scientific information in a variety of written and spoken texts such as product descriptions, technical proposals, investigation reports and presentations. The other type of TC courses primarily aims to develop students' competence in scientific communication for different academic purposes. In these courses, students learn to read popular science and academic science literature, and communicate scientific knowledge in a variety of genres such as laboratory reports, capstone research projects and IT-mediated presentations.
The design of Technical Communication courses is informed by latest theory and empirical research in Discipline-specific English (DSE). Most of the courses are designed using a genre approach, which takes genre as a fundamental unit of learning. Students are guided to explore and master various professional and academic genres in terms of their conventions, rhetorical strategies involved, production and consumption processes, and how all these are shaped by the culture and values of the professional or research communities in which the genres form major communication tools.
|EN2251||Communication skills I||B2||3|
|EN2261||English communication skills for computing I||B2||3|
|EN2271||English communication skills for electronic engineering I||B2||3|
|EN2272||Report writing for engineers||B2||3|
|EN2281||English language skills for technology studies I||B2||3|
|EN2282||English language skills for technology studies II||B2||3|
|EN3252||Communicating scientific knowledge||B3||3|
|EN3262||English communication skills for computing II||B3||3|
The Technical Communication courses are taught by a strong team of faculty who are experienced in Discipline-specific English and actively engaged in DSE research. Much of the development of the Technical Communication courses has been a result of their research efforts.