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Engineering English for Engineers – Technical Language Books

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

One book which seems to be widely used is:

 - English for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering by Eric H. Glendinning and Norman Glendinning (ISBN 0 19 457392 3) Answer book with teaching notes (ISBN 0 19 457393 1) -  Oxford University Press.
The level is intermediate. It is good for improving students’ reading, writing, speaking and understanding skills. Strengths of the book are that it uses grammar to help students explain technical processes and that it is definitely relevant for those in the engineering fields. Weaknesses include a lack of interesting variety of activities and exercises.

Other books:

- English for electronics .
( Same series as the previous one). There exist other titles such as English for physical science, for biology, etc.

- Basic Technical English by Jeremy Comfort, Steve Hick and Allan Savage (Published by Oxford University Press – Also a Teacher’s Book)
The level is lower intermediate or even lower but lots of diagrams and ta les to fill in and explain

-Engineering by Tony Dudley-Evans, Tim Smart and John Wall, published by Longman (Nucleus Series).
There’s also a teacher’s book and a cassette for listening comprehension.

- SCITECH  in the Tapestry series, by Heinle and Heinle.
A few chapters deal with technology.

- An Introduction to Technical English by Thorn & Badrick, from Prentice Hall Phoenix ELT(ISBN 0-13-497769-6).
This contains structures and vocabulary used for common technological products in passages accompanied by reading and writing exercises.

- Technical Writing and Professional Communication for Nonnative Speakers of English (Int’l edition, 2nd edition) Huckin & Olsen, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
An excellent book with 750 pages of good content.

- ESP Ideas: Recipes for Teaching Academic and Professional English  by Randall Holme, published by Longman (Pilgrims Longman Resource Books), 1996.
There are a lot of original ideas in this book.

 - ESL Resource Book for Engineers and Scientists by Elaine Campbell.

- Writing Up Research, Experimental Research Report Writing for Students of English,  by Robert Weissberg and Suzanne Buker, Prentice Hall Regents. (ISBN 0-13-970831-6)

- Academic Writing for Graduate Students, A Course for Nonnative Speakers of English,  by John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak, U. of Michigan Press (ISBN 0-472-08263-9)

- Technical English for Industry, by Yates and Fitzpatrick, Longman. More complicated and general, some interesting exercises.