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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/54/S22.026

TEACHING WRITING SKILLS IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE TO FUTURE PETROLEUM ENGINEERS SPECIALISING IN OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION

I. Goman
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-11-9 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 54, 195-202 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/54/S22.026

ABSTRACT

The aim of the article is to teach future petroleum engineers how to write a report as part of their English language course. The topic of a report will be assessing the immediate response of the relevant parties to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.
The methods will involve the analysis of the undergraduate curriculum for petroleum engineers, the study of literature on methods for writing professional documents; and the experimental teaching of writing a report in English.
The findings are as follows: writing a report will be more effective if students do background research on the issue of a report; if students write on a subject related to their future specialization; if students utilize the above-mentioned techniques at the same time in order to improve their writing skills in English.
The research helped to increase the motivation of students to improve their writing skills, thus mastering their foreign language competence. Secondly, the research managed to show how a pressing issue presented as a thought stimulus can develop future petroleum engineers’ professional competence. Students have become more environmentally aware of the issues related to their specialization. The research also emphasized the effectiveness of teaching skills such as report writing in a foreign language.

Keywords: report writing, petroleum engineers, English language competence, bachelor course, business report