English in Science Communication – Collegio San Carlo di Modena

Welcome to the dedicated web page for our evening English course for Collegio San Carlo di Modena!
This course is especially tailored for science students who wish to gain and practice essential language and communication skills developing a career in science. The course will aim (but not necessarily take this direction) to give students a taste in writing short articles and abstracts, present scientific findings, concepts and short tutorials in a conference environment.

Here are the main objective of the courses:

  • Provide ample opportunity for students to practice their speaking skills in different contexts: informal, short presentations, tutorials and discussions
  • Practice different styles of writing for a variety of practical scenarios: invitation letters, abstracts, scientific articles and publications.
  • In the context of science communication: develop techniques and approaches to presenting data, explaining abstract and technical concepts
  • Develop awareness to and encourage independent learning techniques in English
  • Expose students to a project based learning approach and encourage students to take an active role in their studies

This course is conducted through a project based learning approach which means that there is no fixed curriculum or text book. There are no exams, but there will be allocated time for self evaluation (reflection) as well as opportunities for peer evaluation during the course to provide feedback on each student’s personal development. Project based learning is “… a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge…” (you can read more on project based learning, here)

Hopefully you are reading these lines before our first meeting. It will help if you can complete the first two tasks (Allow about 10-20 min for well-thought responses to questions in task 2)

Task 1 : Please complete the Entry form **(some personal data, first self assessment on English level and your expectation from the course and teacher)
** you will be required to enter an email address. Entries can be edited after submission, but please do not submit more than one form per student.

Task 2 : Please fill this Task sheet about choosing a theme for a conference

Science conference: San Carlo for Future

As part of our course we will organize a conference around burning issues in society which may have engineering solutions to them. Here is a rough guide for steps that should be taken for the organization:

1. Collection of review articles on the various topics: Energy, Water, Pollution, Mobility… etc
2. Identifying the problems in each topic and suggested solutions as presented in the review articles
3. Allocation of study groups and individual study cases.
4. Call for application: posters, talks, papers
5. Review process
6. technical arrangements for conference