Essential Skills Technical English Curriculum (ESTEC) - for Engineering

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Org: Waterloo Region District School Board
Date: 2007

The Essential Skills Technical English Curriculum (ESTEC) is a resource for experienced teachers of English as Second Language (ESL) who are facilitating English language and communication skills for a career-specific audience. For the purposes of these prototype documents, the syllabus design and course modules have been developed for the field of Engineering.

Oral communication and writing tasks, from Essential Skills profiles, are the backbone of this framework. The oral communication and writing tasks incorporate thinking skills (decision making and problem solving). Essential Skills profiles describe how workers, in a particular occupation, use Essential Skills. In addition to language, it is important to include workplace culture in the discussion of tasks. Business protocols, corporate culture, multicultural teams, and communication issues are explored in each of the course modules.

Download the ESTEC program for Engineering:

These Zip files contains Module documents, along with a Framework and an Appendices document (This file format is compressed to speed up download time. You need to have a compression/decompression utlility (e.g. WinZip) installed on your computer.).

All documents are in PDF format.

This publication may be reproduced for non-commercial educational purposes providing the following statement appears on all copies: Printed with permission of Citizenship and Immigration Canada © 2007

Note: ESTEC is not an ESL teacher trainer manual, nor is it providing lesson plans. The modules provide suggestions in the sector-specific syllabus. It is up to the instructor to facilitate these elements while addressing the needs of the learners.

ESTEC is designed for learners with a CLB Level 6 or above range.

Overview

ESTEC consists of two parts:

Part I: ESTEC Framework

The ESTEC Framework presents ideologies, methodologies, and features of any ESTEC program and the considerations that must be answered before implementing any ESTEC course. The ESTEC Framework outlines the structure of a syllabus design and course module contents.

Part II: ESTEC Syllabus Design and Course Modules

The syllabus design and course modules focus on a specific professional occupational area. The syllabus design is presented as a chart which includes Essential Skills functions, culture, and language features, summarized in thematic modules, specific to a professional occupational area. Various modules, two-to-four weeks in duration, outline possible oral communication and writing tasks which develop grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills. The oral communication and writing tasks incorporate thinking skills (decision making and problem solving).

A curriculum is dynamic and a springboard to a program. Modules or parts of modules can be selected, depending on the needs of the learners. Modules can be covered in a sequential order or in a spiralling approach where part of the module material is covered and then the remainder is covered at a later time in the program in order to review and reinforce the skills. If a course is only focusing on oral communication skills then these skills can be extracted from the modules along with the pronunciation, grammar, and culture features.

Language: English

Format: These documents are in PDF format, available for download in Zip format (This file format is compressed to speed up download time. You need to have a compression/decompression utlility (e.g. WinZip) installed on your computer.).