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Research Communication:
EFL for Scientists & Engineers

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: To provide the skillbase necessary for Graduate Students in Science and Engineering to communicate effectively in six key areas:


: The complete text consists of 4 main modules designed to be studied using the communicative methodology. Each module, requiring 18-27 hours of group study (or classroom time) depending on depth of coverage, focuses on a different aspects of the communication process. While all four modules can be taught over one year (two 18 week semesters having 2 or 3 hours of classes per week), individual modules can be selected for specific courses or to fit student needs.


: (Contents, Timeline, Evaluation Items)
  1. Basic Oral Skills: One-to-One Social Interaction at Conference Receptions + Listening to Lectures by Visiting Scientists
  2. Basic Written Skills: Cluster diagramming, Linear Outlining, Editing, One-to-One Correspondence + Reading Scientific Journals
  3. Advanced Skills: Writing Research Papers: From Short Communications to Full Length Papers
  4. Advanced Skills: Presenting Orally at an International Conferences: Speaking Skills and Viewgraphs

About the Author

: Born in Oakville, Canada, Jonathon David White (白小明) has since lived in many other countries. Even during his undergraduate days at McMaster University, he already had a cosmopolitan outlook on life, being active in the Chinese Christian Fellowship. After obtaining his Ph.D., also from McMaster University, he worked and taught in China, Japan, and Taiwan – where he met and married Sharon Wu (Xiuman) – and then Malaysia at Multimedia University. After 4 years (1999-2003) in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the Melaka campus of Multimedia University, he moved with his family to Taiwan. He is now an Associate Professor at Yuan Ze University. He and his wife have one daughter, Charity Grace (Ai-en) and two sons, Johanne (You-en) and Leon (Li-en). During his career he has authored a number of scientific papers and one textbook entitled "Structuring data and building algorithms -- an ANSI-C based approach" published by McGraw-Hill.

As in all endeavors, the work presented here is not just the work of one person but rather a group of people, all making their respective contributions. Huang Yu-Shyuan (黃彧旋) helped to create many of the illustrative cartoons in the textbook. Wu Sao Mao (吳紹懋), Chen Nien-Po (陳念波), and Rudolf B. Blazek worked on revising and generalizing the materials. Cathy Lee (李桂仁), Andy Chung (張悅頎) and Xin-Yu Lin (林信宇) put in many hours working on the FLASH visuals that accompany this book.

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: The Annual XTOP Conference of Science and Engineering held at universities in Taiwan provides an opportunity for graduate students in the related fields of engineering, science and medicine to present their research work in English to their peers in a friendly setting. The conference thus endeavours to promote technical exchange in English among graduate students providing motivation for students to improve their English Presentation skills. It is the goal of this course to help students to meaningfully participate.

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