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USING ENGLISH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:35 am    Post subject: USING ENGLISH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Reply with quote

USING ENGLISH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY by R.K.Singh. Publisher: Prakash Book Depot, Bara bazar, Bareilly 243003, India, First edition 1986, second edition 1999.

Using English in Science and Technology is a need-based, skills oriented, applied language course for students of science and technology in university level technical institutions. It is partially, if not fully, the outcome of the ESP teaching with which I have been involved at Indian School of Mines for the last twenty five years or so.

The book generally emphasises development of students' capacity for self-study and language and communication skills, particularly the skills for effective academic writing, just as it prepares them for studies in English in many scientific and engineering fields like physics, chemistry, geology, mining engineering, ecology, etc.

The book seeks to explain and demonstrate: how the 'content' of science and technology is given linguistic expresion: how language is used to give expression to certain reasoning processes; how it is used to receive and interpret written and graphic information; how it is used , for example, to define, describe, classify, explain, hypothesise, generalise, or conclude etc.. in short, how it is used in scientific discourse. It also deals with such academic skills development as outlining, summarising, and note making.

The emphasis is on raising students' awareness and improving their written communication within the style suited to scientific and technical subjects.
The book has an inbuilt flexibility of use without any sophistication of ESP as such.

CONTENTS

PREFACE
I. GENERAL
1. Scientific and Technical Writing: Certain Characteristics
2. The Process Model of Writing
II. ENGLISH IN SCIENTIFIC DISCOURSE
1. Using Impersonal Passive Voice
2. Writing Instructions and Describing/Reporting
3. Describing Objects
4. Describing Processes and Graphical Presentation of Information
5. Writing Definitions
6. Writing Narratives
7. Writing Classifications
8. Writing Explanations
9. Using Comparsion and Contrast
10. Writing Hypothesis, Predicition and Conclusion
11. Generalising and Exemplifying
12. Using Thought-Connectors
III. OUTLINING, PARAPHRASING AND SUMMARISING
1. Outlining
2. Paraphrasing
3. Summarising
IV. NOTE MAKING
V. UNDERSTANDING INSTRUCTION VERBS, OR ANSWERING
ESSAY-TYPE QUESTIONS
VI. ORGANISING REFERENCES
VII. SAMPLE EXERCISES ; UNITS 1 TO 7

MATERIALS REFERRED TO AND/OR RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN CLASS
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The publisher can be contacted at: rahulbareilly@yahoo.com

prakashbookdepot@sancharnet.in


R.K.SINGH
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