ESL for Urdu-Speaking Engineers and Professionals
A Guided Overview Aimed Toward Increasing Function, Comfort
and Fluidity in Use of Spoken and Written (American) English
Good day, My Friends! I’ve been asked to develop resources to support and encourage your confidence, comfort and facility in spoken and written American English, because English has become the International language of business. As such, your proficiency in communicating in English is instrumental to increasing your professional options and capabilities. Clearly, the language doesn’t make you a better engineering professional in terms of your ability to analyze situations and solve problems, but it does enhance your ability to network, to collaborate and to explore the ever increasing body of information and research that is presented in English. It also gives you a wider audience for the presentation of your own research conclusions, or new thoughts and ideas.
We’re going to have a short amount of time together, approximately eight hours, and I’d like for this time to serve you as well as possible. In order to know how I can best support, encourage and contribute to your success, I’m introducing myself to you and opening up a forum for your questions and concerns. I want you to guide and inform me. Now, there is an inherent problem in my approach, which is that you don’t yet know what, specifically, you don’t know. So, I’ve attempted to gather some resources that I think may help you to form the most useful questions. I’ll do my very best to answer your questions and to suggest resources that will enable keep your study of this new language interesting and fun. I think that it’s preferable to frame the language development experience as a game, however challenging, rather than viewing it as a chore. What we really would like to avoid is the idea of the language learning being a struggle. In full disclosure to you, this is my first effort at moderating an “English as a Second Language (ESL)” course or experience. I am an engineer, trained Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit and Wayne State University in my hometown of Detroit, Michigan U.S.A. So, I am familiar with the demands for communication that are specific to engineering. These demands also closely model the standards and demands for communication skills that apply to most educated, professional areas. I’ve picked a few videos that I think may stimulate the formation of questions that will most help you to develop a solid structure on which to build your English language skills. I’m sure that you understand that a language cannot be taught in the short amount of time we have together. I’m interested in leaving behind a structure that will continue to support you for as long as you choose to employ it. The ideas that I have at present include formation of your own motivated study groups, whereby you may continue to encourage and support each other. You’re going to need that kind of camaraderie and community to make this experience as fun, exciting, successful and long-lasting as possible. Since there’s room for improvement in any area of skill at any time in our lives, the long-lasting part simply means that you never give up or lose courage that you can master effective communication in the English language.
I’ve located few videos that I feel will help us to get our conversation going. I’ll explain what I see as the potential value of each one as I introduce it. I’ll be commenting on the accents of each specific presenter, because not all of these will be the standard, Mid-Western American accent that I believe is held to be the model for clarity in pronunciation of (American) English.
Please review these videos under Resources.
I’d like as much feedback and as many questions as possible, before we actually initiate the series teaching webinars/discussions. I also hope to be able to setup a system for our continued communication and interaction. I’m very much interested in your success and in your feeling of being able to contribute meaningfully to our rapidly changing and evolving world. All Blessings, Peace and Respect to you, my engineering and professional colleagues. May you find a lifetime of success and satisfaction in contributing to the solution of the great range of human problems, and to the designing of a brighter future for us all!