Engineering Communication Language Curriculum Outline
Date: November 13, 2012 - 12:28am
This document provides a detailed curriculum outline for the Engineering Communication Language program. The pdf includes the outcomes and assessment framework for each of the skills linked to key workplace engineering communication tasks. The Engineering Communication Language (ECL) curriculum is designed for International Engineering Graduates (IEGs) learning English as a second language in Canada. As far as the developers are aware, this is the first Enhanced Language Training (ELT) curriculum in Canada to be extensively based on the use of a language portfolio. The ECL curriculum has been designed around a series of 38 key workplace engineering communication tasks (22 categories with some subtasks) which were identified during needs analysis and later verified through industry focus groups and comparative analysis of other engineering language curricula. Existing Canadian ELT curricula consulted during the development process included: • Gear up ESTEC for Engineering (Waterloo Region District School Board) • ELT Construction/Trades for Civil Engineers and Architects Curriculum (Algonquin College) • Integrated Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Engineering Professionals (Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) 2009) The 22 key tasks proved to match closely with those identified in a detailed earlier study Benchmarking the Language Demands of the Engineering profession in Alberta (David Watt and Andrea Cervatiuc, EMCN 2007) The ECL curriculum aims to develop IEGs’ skills in Canadian workplace communication and culture. The portfolio-based approach encourages learners to develop self-reflection and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with others as well as promoting continuous learning.
The Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of teaching and English language program provision for all learners in Alberta whose first language is other than English.