Language Teaching Materials For Electricians

Most of the units below have been produced by Kent Andersen, Syddansk Erhvervsskole (South Danish Vocational College).

Comments are welcome: ka@ots.dk

Siemens PLC Step 7

The texts, audio and exercises are based on original texts from Siemens.com dealing with PLC (Programmable Logic Control). The units contain Technical English and are suitable for e.g. electricians and engineers.

Each unit contains text with audio followed by exercises.

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Wiring a Plug

Video and text showing how to wire a standard British 13 Amp plug.

The video and text are followed by exercises based on the tools and materials used in the instruction.

The video and text have been prepared in two versions:

Intermediate level  with a handout. Download the Intermediate English handout (Adobe Acrobat document .pdf)

Elementary level with a handout. Download the basic English handout (Adobe Acrobat document .pdf)

If you want to watch how a class may work with the units (in a Danish language teaching version) then you can watch an example by clicking here. The voice over is in English, the class in the video is learning Danish.

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A fully automatic lawn mower for the homeowner.

Tired of mowing your lawn? Fed-up with your lawn service? Or relying on the neighbor’s team? Robomow is the ultimate in lawn mowing convenience.
Especially designed to mow your lawn completely automatically. Powered by a rechargeable battery, Robomow is extremely quiet and environment friendly.
While Robomow automatically cuts your lawn you can enjoy your free time the way you like most. All Robomow models traverse your lawn in a systematic pattern of zigzag lines, which repeats it self in several different angles.

The text with video are followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.

Go to the unit here: http://multidict.net/cs/244

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Domotics:

A text with audio demonstrating some advantages of Electrical Intelligent House Installations (DOMOTICS). The text is hyperlinked word by word to dictionaries. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen

The audio and text are followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.

Go to the Domotics unit: http://multidict.net/cs/238

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The world's biggest Jacob's Ladder!

Video showing a huge spark with text and exercises. The text is hyperlinked word by word to dictionaries

The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes. Text used with permission from Bert Hickman, Stoneridge Engineering, http://www.teslamania.com

Go to the unit here: http://multidict.net/cs/243

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UK homes are a minefield of electrical hazards

Text with audio telling about the problems with electrical safety in the UK.

The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.

Text used with permission from the
National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting - NICEIC.

Go to the unit here: http://multidict.net/cs/242

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Safety in electrical testing at work.

Text and audio. What is the risk of injury?  Level of text B2 / C1.

The text is hyperlinked word by word to online dictionaries. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen. The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.
 

Go to the unit here: http://multidict.net/cs/850

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Electricians' Apprentices

A text about the Danish educational system for electricians' apprentices. The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen.

Choose between the English-Danish version, English-English version, or the English-German version

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EuroPass - European Language Portfolio

Text with audio with descriptions of the European Language Portfolio Levels. . European Language Portfolio: http://multidict.net/cs/247

After reading and listening to the above you may chose to Fill in online assessment of your language skills and CV

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The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS). The text is linked word by word to ten different online dictionaries and is followed by drag-and-drop exercises, a puzzle, and cloze exercises: http://multidict.net/cs/239

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-faqs.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

 

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Safe Working in the Electrotechnical Industry - ECS FAQ

The text is linked word by word to ten different online dictionaries and is followed by drag-and-drop exercises, a puzzle, and cloze exercises.

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-questions.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

Safe Working in the Electrotechnical Industry - ECS FAQ.

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Two sample ECS tests

Selection of 40 and 43 questions used for assessment. The tests are based on an original text from SJIB with the quiz made with the "Hot Potatoes" software. The tests do not resemble the ECS tests; the percentage given is not a true percentage and the number of questions in test B is 43 (the real ECS test has 40 questions).

Sample ECS test A

Sample ECS test B

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-questions.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

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London Underground - a.k.a. The Tube

London Underground is a set of seven units full of information (and humour) about the Tube, lines, tickets, tourists, and Americans!-)

Each unit has exercises, audio and text where all words are linked to 118 languages.

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News at Ten - a Simulation

In News at 10 your task is to prepare a 5 minutes news broadcast to be sent live at 10 o’ clock a.m.

Before collecting and selecting the news for the broadcast you must decide on an editorial line for your broadcasting company. E.g. is it a youth based program, a music based program, or perhaps a sports based program? The editorial line must be stated in writing before you proceed to finding the news.

You may use the Internet for finding and selecting news, but it is also acceptable to use what you personally know has happened, as long as the news is real and not invented!

In your news broadcast you may also include interviews (i.e. you may interview one another) but everything must be sent live!

You are not allowed to read from printouts, you should rephrase the news and use keywords to remember what to say. This way the news will sound more interesting and live to your listeners.

Go to the task description with links and teacher notes

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Airport - a simulation

Airport is a simulation that can be used by students with a language competence around level B1 (European Language Portfolio).



The simulation can be played in groups with three to five students (if less than five in a group then some students will have to have more than one profile in the simulation).

The simulation is self explanatory; each student is given a text with a personal profile, the students read and inform the other group members about the content.

When all members of a group know the given information the success of the group in the simulation depends on following the information and having a proper strategy.

The students should not be allowed to speak their own language during the simulation.

To play the simulation the students need 81 map squares. Each square has a top side with a number, the squares represent parts of a land map. The students can move across the map by choosing squares, when a square is chosen the students turn around the map square to see the bottom side which has information.

Before class the teacher should print the file with the map squares and cut out these.

Download the files below to use the simulation in your class:

Airport_squares.pdf (file with 81 squares, table side)
Airport_top_numbers.pdf ( 81 squares top view)

One of the students has to fill in a diary / time table. This paper should also be printed before class:
airport_table.pdf (The time table that the students fill in during the simulation)

To play the simulation the students need the following profiles in print: Personal_profiles_en.pdf

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Last edit: 21-12-2010

 

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