Course code Valo1041

Credit points 2

Professional English I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation04.03.2015

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author Valodu centrs

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

author Valodu centrs

Irina Orlova

Mg. philol.

Replaced course

ValoP218 [GVALP218] Professional English I

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional foreign languages with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, work in joint venture companies, etc.). The study course envisages mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening, writing focusing on the terminology of engineering in Agriculture.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students know terms from the field of mechanical engineering. Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills.
Evaluation: test (pass/fail)

Course Content(Calendar)

. Introduction. Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technology. Faculty of Engineering.
2. Automobile invention and development timeline
3. Engines and motors. Internal combustion engine types.
4. Cooling system, its functions and working principles
5. Test 1. Engine work, oiling system. System functions, working principles.
6. Power system, its functions and working principles.
7. Ignition system, its functions and working principles.
8. Moving parts. Wheels and tyres.
9. Transmission. Gearbox. Car bodywork.
10. Test 2. Main automotive systems. Main branches of agriculture. Research centre “Vecauce”.
11. Agricultural machinery and tools.
12. Machinery and tools for soilworks.
13. Harvesting equipment. Combine harvester.
14. Test 3. Agricultural machinery. Tips for successful presentation.
15. Individual term work presentations.
16. Individual term work presentations.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Test (pass / fail).
Successfully written 2 tests, the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic). Tests and home works are with a positive evaluation. The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 10 000 characters);
2. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (5-10 minutes) in front of the class;
Submitted glossary of terms.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Cumulative assessment (pass / fail) is composed of the grades in tests, home assignments, assessment during classes and a presentation of the individual work.

Compulsory reading

1.Bonamy D. Technical English 2 (Pre-inter). Pearson Education Ltd., 2008. 124 p. ISBN 9781405845540
2.Cairns B. The farmer's and groundsman's workshop: a guide to planning vehicle and machinery maintenance. Ramsbury, Wiltshire, UK: The Crowood Press, 2009. 208 p. ISBN 978-1-84797-110-4
3.Dearholt J.D. Career Paths: Mechanics. Books 1-3. Express Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1-78098-621-0
4.Botson M. Professional English in Use: Engineering. Technical English for Professionals. CUP, 2009. 144 p. ISBN 978-0-521-73488-2

Further reading

1.A brief illustrated history of machines and mechanisms. Emilio Bautista Paz ..[et al.]. Dordrecht; Heidelberg; London; New York: Springer, 2010. 217 p. ISBN 9048125111
2.Grussendorf M. English for Presentations. OUP, 2007. 80 p. ISBN: 0194579360
3.Reynolds P. A. Maintenance of horticultural equipment. Delhi: Biotech Books, 2009. 183 p. ISBN 8176222044

Periodicals and other sources

1.Automotive Engineer [tiešsaiste]. [Skatīts 19.01.2016.] Pieejams:
2.CAR Magazine [tiešsaiste]. [Skatīts 15.01.2016.] Pieejams:
3.Understanding Auto Parts [tiešsaiste]. [Skatīts 19.01.2016.] Pieejams:


The course is designed for agricultural machinery students and is included in the compulsory course programme.