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Research Communication: EFL for Scientists & Engineers


The result of 20 years experience teaching graduate students in China and Taiwan, this book and the accompanying viewgraphs are designed to help engineers and scientists develop the English language skills required to be successful academically.


To provide the skillbase necessary for graduate students in science and engineering to communicate effectively in six key areas:
  •     ● One-to-One Social Interaction at Conference Receptions
  •     ● One-to-One Correspondence with Western Research Collaborators
  •     ● Listening to Lectures by Visiting Scientists
  •     ● Reading Scientific Journals
  •     ● Organizing and Writing Scientific Papers
  •     ● Presenting Orally at an International Conferences: Speaking Skills and Making Viewgraphs

Methodology: Modular Approach Using the Communicative Methodology

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. The following files provide detailed information on the Contents, Timeline, and Evaluation Items for each module:

  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

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Comprehensive Support For Facilitators

Viewgraphs, course outlines, software and teaching aids are available online for download and in hardcopy from the author. The author is also willing to help you to adapt the text for your needs.


The 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 endeavours to promote technical exchange in English among graduate students providing motivation for students to improve their English spoken skills.


Other than myself, this learning system is the result of considerable effort by 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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