English for Global Industries: Oil and Gas English for Global Industries: Oil and Gas is a study and practice book aimed at industry professionals working in or training towards managerial positions in the oil and gas industry. Although designed primarily for self-study, the book can be easily adapted for classroom use. The main focus is to help students develop essential professional language and increase their effectiveness when they work in English. Full of up-to-date, industry-specific content, the units have four integrated components: * Focused reading * Vocabulary-building activities * Individualized 'Put it to work' activities * Full glossary of terms There is a full answer key at the back of the book. Each one-hour unit can be studied independently of the other units. Users can therefore select units that are most relevant to their needs. Topic areas include: * The Business of Oil and Gas * Working on a Rig * Drilling Operations * Geological and Geophysical Operations * Producing and Delivering
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Steve Oliver has taught English in a Business and ESP environment for thirty years in Europe, the Middle East and UK. He has worked with managers and professionals from all sectors of industry and has researched widely within these fields. He has written materials for specialist and general needs and has spoken at Business English and ESP conferences. He is currently Principal of Accent International, a small specialised consultancy in the south-west of England providing training in English for working internationally.Review:
English for Global Industries. Oil and Gas is a new title from Garnet Education, and an innovative and unique addition to its English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) portfolio. The book is an example of an ESP publication focused strongly on one particular ESP register, with its relevant genres and binding conventions. While the book can be used for self-study purposes (and if so each of the 40 sub-units can provide on average one hour of input), it can also be used in the classroom (in which case each of the sub-units would provide 90 minutes of classroom input, 60 hours per course). It is interesting to note that the author invests in specialist vocabulary that is perceived to be a key to linguistic success in this industry. The classic skills of reading, writing and speaking are taught implicitly. There is no listening component in the book. The author's approach echoes the recommendations of the Lexical Approach from the 1990s, which advocated vocabulary learning as possibly the greatest challenge faced by language learners. Here is a brief analysis of section 2 ('Working on a rig'), unit 1: 'Rig locations'. The unit starts with 'Focused reading', which is a text on rig locations with relevant questions. This is followed by vocabulary building activities; in this case the purpose of the exercise is to get the learners to master the vocabulary related to talking about the location of the world's biggest oil fields. The next vocabulary task refers to specific ways of talking about all-weather operations in different weather conditions (e.g. offshore, desert, jungle, arctic). The last task requires the learners to identify different rig locations on the basis of the statements made by people who have worked in various remote locations. Each unit of the book uses the following vocabulary learning formula: vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary storage, and vocabulary activation. It seems that the author's intention is to get the learners to close the gap on the continuum passive recognition-active production, and the writer remains consistent in this approach throughout the whole book. The range of topics in the units is very diverse, for example, oil and gas accountancy, rig automation, preventing blowouts, seismic surveying and petroleum production. If the in recent past there may have been a shortage of relevant ESP materials, a book like this certainly proves that materials production in ESP has moved a long way, and publications like this bridge the previous lacunae in the market. The book has a full key at the end, so learners working on their own can use it for self-study. In brief, the above book is an excellent new addition to Garnet Education's portfolio, and can be recommended to professionals working in this field for whom English is a second, foreign or additional language. The book is equally useful to a trainer or teacher who wishes to specialise in teaching learners in this area. Mark Krzanowski for the Professional and Academic English Journal, Issue 37 "English for Global Industries: Oil and Gas; A Study and Practice Book for Oil and Gas Professionals is primarily a vocabulary self-study text aimed at broacening the language proficiency of professionals in the oil and gas industry. As such, the content is very industry specific, but extends across a wide range of themes in the industry. The book is divided into five main sections: 'The business of Oil and Gas', Working on a Rig', 'Drilling Operations', Geological and Geophysical Operations', and 'Producing and Delivering'. Within each of these sections are eight individual units, for which the author recommends about one hour of self study per unit and are meant to be stand-alone units. With this book, readers can take in short one-hour bursts of language study at any time, making it convenient for the busy professional and useful as a supplementary text in the classroom or as the main text in a one-on-one situation. As the author points out on page 4 of the introduction to the text. 'There is a big difference between the English words that you can understand and the words that you can use'. The book endeavours to use new vocabulary in a real and meaningful way by first introducting it in context with a short reading, and then providing practice activities (such as fill in the black, matching and word association) using the targeted vocabulary. The reading at the beginning of each unit is modelled after authentic texts such as websites, press releases, maps transcripts and magazines and the answers to all the activities are provided in the back of the book. There is also a glossary included at the end of every two units, as well as a complete word list at the back of the book. All in all, I like the straightforward manner in which this book is organised and presented. It definitely appeals to the way I like to study a foreign language, by learning as much relevant vocabulary as possible!" Hilary Livingston for IATEFL Voices, Issue 234, September / October 2013
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