Course code 22 91 1416 01
ECTS credits 2
Course title in the language of instruction
Academic English
Course title in Polish Academic English (Język angielski akademicki)
Course title in English
Academic English
Language of instruction English
Course level first-cycle programme
Course coordinator mgr Joanna Miłosz-Bartczak
Course instructors mgr Grażyna Budzińska, mgr Adrianna Kozłowska, dr John Speller
Delivery methods and course duration
Lecture Tutorials Laboratory Project Seminar Other Total of teaching hours during semester
Contact hours 30 0 30
E-learning No No No No No No
Assessment criteria (weightage) 0.00 0.00
Course objective
  1. Developing four basic language skills (at B2 level) in order to communicate.
  2. Developing specialist English language knowledge and communication skills for studying in engineering disciplines, in particular through presentations and short technical texts.
Learning outcomes
  1. On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: interpret and critically evaluate oral and written discourses related to their academic disciplines,,
  2. communicate effectively and using appropriate grammar forms (e.g. in passive sentences or subordinate clauses) in a range of academic scenarios,
  3. write texts (e.g. abstracts, diagram descriptions) applying registers, formats and language appropriate to their academic disciplines,
  4. prepare and deliver a multimedia presentation related to their academic disciplines,
  5. make effective use of selected computer software and Internet resources for academic purposes.
Assessment methods
LO 1: teacher observation, peer evaluation, final test.
LO 2: teacher observation, written test, final test.
LO 3: teacher observation, written assignments, final test.
LO 4: teacher observation, peer and self-evaluation.
LO 5: oral and written assignments.

Elements of final assessment:
1. continuous assessment 20 %
2. oral assessment (presentation) 30 %
3. written assessment (abstract) 30 %
4. final test 20%
A sound understanding of English equivalent to CEFR B1+ level.
Course content with delivery methods
Academic English for Engineers is a course for freshmen students wishing to progress towards B2/C1 certification. The course enables students to develop writing, presentation/ communication, and grammar skills required for academic success in their fields of study.

Grammar structures typical for engineering disciplines such as: articles, passive voice, tenses, articles, participles and relative clauses are mastered throughout the course. Presentation skills focusing on effective presentation openings and closings and graphics typical for engineering (e.g. sketches, elevations, drawings, schematics) are practised through real-life and recorded simulations.

The written skills are developed in report parts, such as: an abstract, introduction, conclusion, description of processes, materials, methods and results. A range of functional language developed during the course includes: comparison and contrast, cause and effect, summarizing and sequencing. 

Students are expected to make active use of the University IT tools, as well as selected computer software (Powerpoint, Prezzi, etc.) and Internet resources appropriate for academic purposes.

Classes are conducted once a week, 2 hours per each class. 
Basic reference materials
  1. Speller, John., J. Miłosz-Bartczak. Academic English for Engineers. Wydawnictwo Politechniki Łódzkiej, 2017.
Other reference materials
  1. Bottomley, Jane. Academic Writing for International Students of Science. Abingdon, Oxon, 2015.
  2. Powell, Mark. Dymanic Presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  3. Vince, Michael. English Grammar in Context Advanced, Oxford: MacMillan, 2012.
  4. Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar in Use, Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2013.
Average student workload outside classroom
Last update