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    Teaching Technical English to Engineers - Beginner!

    Firstly, thanks Alex, this site is VERY helpful. I am about to embark upon a 40 hour course teaching to a group of engineers levels A1-B1 and your worksheets etc. are great! I would like to know if any teachers with experience in this domain think buying a coursebook is essential and if so which one? I am posting a lesson I have created for written revision/practice of the Present Continuous and would be grateful for any feedback? Thanks for your help...Anja

    THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE


    Definition: Temporary events and actions which have begun but are not yet completed.


    1, Write affirmative and negative sentences in the Present Continuous form of the verb in brackets.


    a. The valve is leaking (to leak). It isn't working (to work).


    b. The team are ___________________ (to wait). They aren't _________________ (to leave) until the weather improves.


    c. The architects are _________________ (to design) the plans. They aren't _________________ (to speak) with contractors until they have finished.


    d. The metal is ______________________ (to expand) because of the heat. It isn't _________________ (to contract).


    e. The analysts are still ____________________ (to process) the data. They aren't __________________ (to send) the results on time.


    f. Peter is ___________________ (to contact) logistics. He isn't ________________ (to confirm) the dates yet.




    2, Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.


    a. arriving/they/are/soon?


    Are they arriving soon?


    b. pipeline/it/the/is/obstructing?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    c. deforming/the/piston/is?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    d. system/draining/they/cooling/are/the?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    e. dust/blocking/filters/the/is/the?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    f. safety/they/are/now/inspecting?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    g. current/it/generating/is/enough?
    __________________________________________________ ________________________








    3, Write questions and answers in the Present Continuous with the following information.


    a. (she/work/in Peru this year)? (No, she/train/in Mexico).
    Is she working in Peru this year? No, she is training in Mexico.


    b. (you/secure/the site today)? (Yes/I/check/everything).
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    c. (they/drill/this week)? (No, they/assemble/the crane).
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    d. (it/boil)? (No, it/heat/too slowly).
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    e. (they/lay/cables/soon)? (Yes, they/finish/the trenches now).
    __________________________________________________ ________________________


    f. (it/flow/properly)? (Yes, it/reach/the refinery).
    __________________________________________________ ________________________

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    Re: Teaching Technical English to Engineers - Beginner!

    In b/c, I would probably use will be + -ing. However, in f, I would definitely use the present perfect.

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    Re: Teaching Technical English to Engineers - Beginner!

    Thanks for the nice feedback, and of course thanks to Tdol for putting my worksheets on his site.

    Although you probably could make a whole course out of stuff online, I still prefer the structure of having a textbook. Many of my worksheets were originally made to supplement Tech Talk, available for Elementary and Pre-Intermediate.

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