Course code ValoP219

Credit points 2

Professional English II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation14.12.2020

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developer

author lect.

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

Prior knowledge

ValoP218, Professional English I

Replaced course

ValoP262 [GVALP262] Professional English II

Course abstract

The study course is aimed at the development of students’ foreign language (English) knowledge and skills necessary for comprehending, interpreting and evaluating professional information, explaining and comparing processes, participating in discussions, giving presentations in professional and academic environments as well as for communication with foreign students, specialists and academic staff. The focus is on the terminology related to mechanical engineering. The English language proficiency level corresponds at least to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for foreign languages.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge and understanding of terminology in the following fields:
- elastic and plastic deformation, material hardness and testing methods, heat treatment of metals – quenching, annealing, tempering (Test No 1);
- machine manufacturing, machine tools – turning machines, milling machines, presses, band saws, grinding machines, CNC systems, work safety, machine maintenance (Test No 2).
Skills: students are able to define terms, select professional information, think critically, participate in discussions applying professional terminology and communication skills: in written form - writing descriptions, summaries, business letters; orally - in discussions, dialogues, giving a presentation.
Competence of professional and academic English language in order to apply it creatively in spoken and written communication for student mobility, professional and academic activities in international environment.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Ecological problems. Impact of machine manufacturing on the environment.2h
2. Deformation and its degrees.2h
3. Material hardness. Testing and scales of material hardness. Testing procedures.2h
4. Impact of temperature on various materials.2h
5. Car safety systems. Active and passive safety.2h
6. Test 1. Equipment of machine manufacturing and its modernization.2h
7. Metal processes: casting, forging, drawing, rolling, extrusion.2h
8. Work safety. Major risks and consequences. Risk prevention.2h
9. Tools and equipment. Their description and use.2h
10. Material failure during manufacturing and exploitation.2h
11. Machine exploitation and safety.2h
12. Machine maintenance. Main operations of maintenance.2h
13. Main technical problems with machines, their determination and prevention.2h
14. Test 2. Business communication. Formal letters. Cover letter. Invitation to a conference. Request. CV. 2h
15. Telephone conversations. Types of conversations, common phrases.2h
16. Presentation of independent work.2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Examination.
It is made up of cumulative assessment.
Successfully written 2 tests, a final terminology test,
the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic, the glossary of terms). 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: 20 000 characters);
2. A written summary (the amount – 2000 characters);
3. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;
4. Submitted glossary of terms (30 translations, 20 definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The cumulative assessment is composed of the grades in 2 tests and a presentation of the individual work.The grade in tests is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct. All home works should receive a successful grade.

Compulsory reading

1. Ashby M. Materials and design: the art and science of material selection in product design / Mike Ashby, Kara Johnson. Third edition. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014, 389 p. Paperback ISBN 9780080982052
eBook ISBN 9780080982823
2. Evans V., Dooley J., Kern J. Career Paths: Mechanical Engineering Books 1-3. Express Publishing, 2019. ISBN 987-1-4715-2895-8
3. Lloyd Ch., Frazier J.A. Career Paths: Engineering. Express Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-1-78098-016-4
4. Mori Y. Mechanical Vibrations: applications to equipment / Yvon Mori. - London: ISTE; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2017, 411 p. Tiešsaistes resurss E-grāmata (PDF) (Resurss pieejams tiešsaistē LLU datortīklā):
5. Sopranzi S. Flash on English for Mechanics, Electronics and Technical Assistance.¬ ELI, 2012, 47 p. ISBN 978-88-536-1449-0

Further reading

1. Badger I., Pedley S. Everyday Business Writing. Pearson Education Ltd, 2008, 95 p. ISBN 0-582-53972-2
2. Gans, R. F. Mechanical Systems: a unified approach to vibrations and controls / Roger F. Gans. Cham: Springer, 2015, 437p. ISBN 978-3-319-08371-1
3. Mehānikas terminoloģijas vārdnīca. [tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 31.10.2020.] Pieejams:
4. Norton, Robert L. Machine design: an integrated approach / Robert L. Norton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Fifth edition. Boston : Prentice

Periodicals and other sources

1. International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture. [tiešsaiste] ISSN 0890-6955. [Skatīts 31.10.2020.] Pieejams ScienceDirect:
2. Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. [tiešsaiste] ISSN: 1087-1357. [Skatīts 31.10.2020.] Pieejams:
3. Journal of Mechanical Design. [tiešsaiste] ISSN 1050-0472. [Skatīts 31.10.2020.] Pieejams:


The course is included in the compulsory part of the professional Bachelor’s degree programme Machine Design and Manufacturing