IO1: Communication course for future engineers

Goals:

This part of the BADGE project aims at developing sustainable writing skills in two directions: firstly, academic writing skills that will prepare students for writing their final-year thesis and, secondly, professional writing skills that will help students be better equipped for the demands of workplace writing.

IO: Designing a curriculum for an innovative, 30 h, modular, adaptable, blended learning course at English B2-C2 level for academic and professional writing closely connected to the requirements of a 21st century working environment.

Developing academic and professional writing skills for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. Developing teaching material and teaching resources for ESP instructors.

Innovation:

We intend this project to:

Foster European citizenship by student collaboration on projects that will focus on comparing the Code of Ethics of European national Technological Chambers.

Promote ethical reasoning by also exposing student teams from different countries to ethical concerns that arise when changes in technology make uncertain the application of existing codes of ethics.

Enhance critical thinking by understanding audience needs and genre conventions through genre- conversion tasks, that is, converting (parts of) a research article to a popular science article, changing a popular science article to a research abstract or converting a lab report to a research abstract.

Produce Creative Commons material for use by language instructors at engineering and/or technical departments.

Produce adaptable and transferable modules that language instructors can modify according to the needs and requirements of their curricula.

Target groups:

Undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students in HE, who need to develop their academic writing skills in order to cope with the demands of their curricula.

Final-year students who are working on their final-year thesis. ESP instructors in engineering/technical departments.

Expected Impact

Creating sustainable writing skills, i.e. developing and enhancing expertise by means of continuous practice.

Creating an atmosphere of team spirit and also promoting international collaboration by encouraging students and instructors to share their knowledge and to foster peer revision, thus promoting intercultural competences.

Staying in touch with the requirements of the industry regarding the use as well as type of written documents.

Providing ESP instructors with teaching materials and teaching resources.