English for Engineering, Reading Skills, Elementary Level

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Book Details

ISBN

978-603-02-6844-3

Publication Year

2018

Edition

Third Edition

About The Author

Professor Suleiman Mazyad

PREFACE
Welcome to the third edition to ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING: READING SKILLS, ELEMENTARY LEVEL! This new edition has undergone major improvements and is the product of extensive revision and evaluation, not only by myself and my students, but by the many instructors who, along with their students, have used the previous edition and have contributed valuable suggestions and comments. The success of the previous edition has been due, in large measure, to the honest and careful appraisal given by language instructors and their students.
ENGLISHFOR ENGINEERING: READING SKILLS,
ELEMENTARY LEVEL
, is an introductory reading course for engineering students. It focuses on the vocabulary expansion and reading skill-building needs of students at this level. It is designed for use in EFL adult-education programs, universities, engineering colleges and technical schools.
ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING is made up of twelve thematically- based units and four progress tests, one test for every three units. Vocabulary-building and skill-building exercises accompany each reading. Each unit consists of a brief pre-reading exercise and an exercise on skimming or scanning. Following the reading passage itself, there are post-reading exercises that focus on important reading skills: getting the main idea, understanding the reading structure, understanding meaning from context, recognizing contextual reference, finding the topic and topic sentence, understanding general and specific ideas, summarizing, understanding signal words, making an outline, understanding cause and effect, comparison and contrast, classification, inference, exemplification, understanding chronological order, etc.
Each unit concludes with a discussion question designed to encourage students to think about, distill, and discuss the information they have read about throughout the unit. Sometimes the discussion deals with a topic from outside the reading.
The topics have been selected from a wide range of authentic engineering materials encompassing various engineering branches – civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, architectural engineering, marine engineering, materials engineering, electronics engineering, etc. The book is
intended to provide students with a solid foundation in engineering language in English to enable them to comprehend and communicate about engineering using English.
An important goal of ENGLISH FOR ENGINEERING is to help engineering students to become confident readers by increasing their vocabulary base and improving their reading skills. It engages them in the process of reading thoughtfully and encourages them to move beyond passive reading.

Contents

Preface i
Unit 1 Engineering Fields ……………………………………………….1
Before Reading 1
Getting Started 1
Vocabulary Preview ……………………………………………..2
Scanning for Specific Information 4
Reading: Engineering Fields ……………………………….6
After Reading 6
Understanding the Reading 6
Understanding Pronoun Reference 7
Understanding Signal Words – Examples 8
Reading: Other Branches of Engineering 9
Vocabulary Development 10
After Reading 12
Understanding the Reading………………………………..12
Guessing Meaning from Context 14
Related Words 15
Focusing on High-Frequency Words……………………… 15
Discussing the Reading………………………………………..16
Unit 2 Cable Types ……………………………………………………….18
Before Reading 18
Getting Started 18
Vocabulary Preview …………………………………………….19
Skimming for Main Ideas 21
Reading: Cable Types ……………………………………….21
After Reading 23
Getting the Main Idea 23
Understanding the Reading…………………………………23
Understanding Reference…………………………………..24
Understanding Classification…………………………………25
Synonyms……………………………………………………………26
Guessing Meaning from Context……………………………26
Focusing on High-Frequency Words…………………….27
Discussing the Reading 27
Unit 3 Development of Electronics ……………………………….29
Before Reading 29
Getting Started 29
Vocabulary Preview …………………………………………….30
Scanning for Specific Information 31

Reading: The Development of Electronics ………. ……………………32
After Reading 33
Understanding the Reading………………………………..33
Understanding Chronological Order 35
Antonyms 36
Guessing Meaning from Context 36
Related Words 37
Focusing on High-Frequency words 38
Noun Formation…………………………………………………..38
Discussing the Reading…………………………………………39
Progress Test Units 1, 2 and 3 ………………………………………………….41
Part 1 Vocabulary Exercises………………………………….41
Part 2 Reading Exercises………………………………………46

Unit 4 Batteries vs. Line Power …………………………………….51
Before Reading 51
Getting Started 51
Vocabulary Preview 52
Scanning for Specific Information 53
Reading: Batteries vs. Line Power ……………………..54
After Reading 55
Getting the Main Idea ………………………………………… 55
Understanding Reading 55
Understanding Comparison and Contrast 56
Synonyms 57
Guessing Meaning from Context 57
Focusing on High-Frequency Words………………………58
Discussing the Reading…………………………………………59
Unit 5 Energy, Heat, and Work …………………………………….60
Before Reading 60
Getting Started 60
Vocabulary Preview .61
Skimming .62
Reading: Energy, Heat, and Work ……………………..62
After Reading 64
Understanding the Reading…………………………………..64
Understanding References…………………………………….66
Understanding Signal Words 66
Guessing Meaning from Context 67
Focusing on High-Frequency Words………………………68
Discussing the Reading 69
Unit 6 Pulleys ………………………………………………………..70
Before Reading 70
Getting Started 70
Vocabulary Preview 71
Scanning for Specific Information 72
Reading: Pulleys …………………………………………..74
After Reading 75
Getting the Main Idea ………………………………………… 75
Understanding Reading Structure 75
Understanding the Reading……………………………………75
Understanding Definitions 77
Analyzing Definitions 77
Guessing Meaning from Context 78
Focusing on High-Frequency Words………………………79
Discussing the Reading…………………………………………80
Progress Test Units 4, 5 and 6…………………………………………………..81
Part 1 Vocabulary Exercises………………………………….81
Part 2 Reading Exercises………………………………………84

Unit 7 Technicians and Engineers ………………………………….89
Before Reading 89
Getting Started 89
Vocabulary Preview 90
Skimming for Main Ideas 91
Reading: Technicians and Engineers ………………….92
After Reading 93
Understanding the Reading……………………………………93
More About Comparison and Contrast 94
Synonyms 95
Guessing Meaning from Context 95
Focusing on High-Frequency Words………………………96
Discussing the Reading 97
Unit 8 Making Machines More Efficient ………………………..98
Before Reading 98
Getting Started 98
Vocabulary Preview 99
Scanning for Specific Information 101
Reading: Making Machines More Efficient ……….102
After Reading 103
Getting the Main Idea ………………………………………..103
Understanding Reading Structure 103
Understanding the Reading………………………………….103
Understanding Cause and Effect 105
Understanding Reference 106
Guessing Meaning from Context 107
Focusing on High-Frequency Words…………………….108
Discussing the Reading 108

Unit 9 Transformers……………………………………………………110
Before Reading 110
Getting Started 110
Vocabulary Preview .111
Skimming…………………………………………………………..112
Reading: Transformers ……………………………………..114
After Reading 115
Understanding the Reading…………………………………..115
Understanding Signal Words 116
Guessing Meaning from Context 116
Focusing on High-Frequency Words……………………..118
Discussing the Reading………………………………………..118

Progress Test Units 7,8 and 9…………………………………………………..120
Part 1 Vocabulary Exercises…………………………………120
Part 2 Reading Exercises …………………………………….124
Unit 10 Building Materials ……………………………………………129
Before Reading 129
Getting Started 129
Vocabulary Preview 130
Skimming for Main Ideas 132
Reading: Building Materials …………………………….132
After Reading 133
Understanding the Reading 133
Understanding Reference 134
Synonyms 135
Making an Outline 135
Guessing Meaning from Context 136
Focusing on High-Frequency Words……………………..137
Discussing the Reading……………………………………….138
Unit 11 Bridges …………………………………………………………….139
Before Reading 139
Getting Started 139
Vocabulary Preview 140
Skimming 142
Reading: Bridges ……………………………………………..142
After Reading 142
Understanding the Reading 143
Understanding Reference 145
Antonyms 146
Guessing Meaning from Context 146
Making an Outline 147
Focusing on High-Frequency Words……………………..148
Discussing the Reading……………………………………….149
Unit 12 Hydraulics ……………………………………………….150
Before Reading 150
Getting Started 150
Vocabulary Preview 151
Main Ideas and Summaries 153
Reading: Hydraulics ………………………………………..153
After Reading 155
Understanding the Reading………………………………….155
Understanding Signal Words 156
Guessing Meaning from Context 157
Focusing on High-Frequency Words…………………….158
Discussing the Reading 159
Progress Test Units 10,11 and 12……………………………………………160
Part 1 Vocabulary Exercises……………………………….160
Part 2 Reading Exercises……………………………………163

References ………………………………………………………..168
Glossary ……………………………………………………………169

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