Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Michael Jerald


In this paper are discussed, first, the unique problems facing the teacher who finds himself teaching technical English. Second, ways in which that teacher can prepare himself to most effectively deal with these problems (used here in the sense of tasks to be mastered) are offered, together with practical strategies for establishing and maintaining his professional and emotional equilibrium. Finally, specific suggestions are made for presenting technical terminology to ESL students, as well as improving their general English language proficiency.

In addition, three appendices are provided. The first delineates examples of the special problems connected with teaching technical English. The second provides exercises to be used in working with a brief technical text. The last is a list of materials felt by the author to be particularly appopriate as reference works for the prospective or practicing ESL instructor interested in teaching technical English.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition | Semantics and Pragmatics | Teacher Education and Professional Development