English for the Energy Industry

Minimum entry level: Elementary

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Course description

English for Energy Industry course addresses the language and communication related to a range of activities within the Energy industry such as the processes of exploration, extraction, refining, transportation, and marketing products. In particular, you will learn vocabulary and terminology linked to the key process, and practise using this language through a range of communication activities including presentations, discussions, technical reading and technical writing.


Course outcomes

By the end this course you will be able to:

– Discuss Oil and Gas industry case studies
– Build on your skills in presenting technical information in English related to the
Oil and Gas industry
– Increase your confidence when dealing with clients and colleagues in English
– Fast track the development in your overall English language ability


Sample syllabus

Introduction to the Energy business:
– Fuels and energy sources
– Types of power plant
– Supplying the customer
– Profile of an energy company
– Regulation of the energy market
– The future of the gas market
– Telephoning for information
– Expressing opinions and (dis)agreement

Markets and customers:
– Residential, business, and industrial customers
– Supplying an industrial customer
– Breakdown in supply
– Customer choice
– Consumer watchdogs
– Describing trends, developments, and consequences
– Replying to letters of complaint
– Dealing with a complaint

Protecting the environment:
– Energy saving
– The image of the energy industry
– Technical measures to reduce pollution
– The cost of protecting the environment
– Emissions trading
– Replying to invitations
– Giving a presentation

The nuclear issue:
– Developments in nuclear power
– The nuclear production process
– Safety and security issues
– Reprocessing and waste disposal
– Arguments for and against nuclear power
– Nuclear fusion
– Describing a process
– Chairing a meeting

Investment plans:
– Mergers and takeovers
– SWOT analyses
– Financial documents
– Assets, equity, and liabilities
– Coal power plants
– Disinvestment
– Discussion in a meeting

The future of energy:
– Future production, demand, and supply
– Departments and their functions
– The fuel cell
– The hydrogen economy
– Lack of vision in the energy industry
– Writing reports