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Learn English to Study STEM Subjects

Upgrade your English skills and learn key vocabulary to help you study or teach STEM: science, technology, engineering, and maths.

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Macquarie UniversityMacquarie University

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The CPD Certification ServiceThe CPD Certification Service

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Develop your English vocabulary in all areas of STEM

This 12-week series of four courses from Macquarie University EMI Centre will help you improve your English language ability in the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

You’ll delve into key concepts in all areas of STEM learning and teaching. Through this exploration, you’ll learn essential vocabulary in topics such as sustainable building, mathematical equations, mechanical science, and robotics.

You can also use this knowledge to teach using English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) in these subject areas.

Throughout the courses, you’ll master pronunciation, word form, and use to ensure you can use your newfound vocabulary in the right way.

Improve your English language skills using effective strategies

You’ll learn from videos, quizzes, and reading texts designed specifically for English language learners to help you understand different STEM subjects.

You’ll also discover interactive tools, such as Quizlet, as a strategy for recording and revising new vocabulary. This tool allows you to practise until you perfect your speech.

Develop your academic skills to help with STEM teaching and studying

Each week, you’ll explore group work and develop problem-solving skills to help prepare you for studying or teaching in English.

You’ll learn useful vocabulary for group discussions such as language to make suggestions, analyse solutions, and evaluate outcomes.

Learn from the experts at Macquarie University

Throughout each course, you’ll be guided by a language trainer and a subject matter expert from Macquarie University EMI centre.

With their expertise, and frequent opportunities to practise your new language skills, you’ll finish the ExpertTrack with the confidence to use STEM vocabulary in real-life settings.

The four courses that make up this ExpertTrack are also available standalone if you are seeking just a single subject:

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds Do you want to get ahead on English preparation for your studies and career? Sign up for Macquarie University’s ‘English for STEM’ series on FutureLearn. Improve your English so that you can study or teach science, technology, engineering or maths. STEM content specialists and English language trainers will help you develop language and skills to succeed in your studies. The course makes learning fun with STEM videos, quizzes, pronunciation practice, and interactive language tools. You’ll also learn about listening to lectures, giving presentations, and participating in discussions. Prepare for success with the Macquarie University EMI Centre’s ‘English for STEM’ series. Now available on Futurelearn.

Key skills you will learn

  • English Language
  • Maths Vocabulary
  • Science Vocabulary
  • Engineering Vocabulary
  • Technological Vocabulary
  • English Grammar
  • Sentence Structure

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Improve your academic skills for studying in English
  • Interpret written and visual texts on STEM topics
  • Apply strategies for recording and revising new vocabulary
  • Develop key English vocabulary for STEM subjects

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone who is going to be studying or teaching STEM subjects and would like to develop their English language ability.

It will be most useful for learners who have an Intermediate CEFR B1 level of English.

Getting started

If you are an English language learner looking to work in any area of STEM, or a teacher using EMI to deliver lessons on STEM in English, this ExpertTrack will empower you with the confidence to speak, write, and listen in English.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Learn key English vocabulary to help you explore different science subjects and advance your English language skills.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      • Welcome to English for STEM: Science
      • Introduction to Physics
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Lectures
      • Conclusion
    • Week 2

      • Introduction to Chemistry
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Lab Report
      • Conclusion
    • Week 3

      • Introduction to Biology
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Presentations
      • Conclusion
  • Course 2

    Advance your English language skills as you learn the vocabulary to help you discuss and understand technology topics.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Data Science
      • Welcome to English for STEM: Technology
      • Introduction to Data Science
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Tutorials
      • Conclusion
    • Week 2

      Artificial Intelligence
      • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Tutorials
      • Conclusion
    • Week 3

      • Introduction to Telecommunications
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Tutorials
      • Conclusion
  • Course 3

    Improve your English language skills as you learn the essential vocabulary to help you understand key engineering subjects.

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Civil Engineering
      • Welcome to English for STEM: Engineering
      • Introduction to Civil Engineering
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Group Work
      • Conclusion
    • Week 2

      Industrial Engineering
      • Introduction to Industrial Engineering
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Group Work
      • Conclusion
    • Week 3

      Mechanical Engineering
      • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
      • Reading Practice
      • Academic Skill: Group Work
      • Conclusion
  • Course 4

    Improve your English language skills as you explore key maths concepts to expand your vocabulary and refine your pronunciation.

    3 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Numbers and Symbols
      • Welcome to English for STEM: Maths
      • Introduction to Numbers and Symbols
      • Maths in Action
      • Reading Practice
      • Conclusion
    • Week 2

      Shapes and Measurement
      • Introduction to Shapes and Measurement
      • Maths in Action
      • Reading Practice
      • Conclusion
    • Week 3

      Probability and Statistics
      • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
      • Maths in Action
      • Reading Practice
      • Conclusion

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with Macquarie University

Macquarie University aspires to be a different type of university: one focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society. Ranked in the top 1% of Universities globally, Macquarie is recognised for producing graduates who are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

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    Sydney, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

This ExpertTrack is accredited by The CPD Certification Service

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

Meet your instructors

English Language Teacher at Macquarie University College. Cambridge CELTA. Over 10 years' teaching experience in Spain, Belgium and Australia.

PhD. in Control Theory. Engineering, Physics and Maths Teacher at Macquarie University College. Over 10 years’ teaching experience in Australian Universities. Experience in the engineering industry.

Biology teacher, former IELTS clerical marker and Senior Academic Team support. Developed and delivered Biology units at Macquarie University College and Taylor's University, Malaysia.

Information Communication Technology teacher at Macquarie University College. PhD and MRes in AI and BSc in Software Engineering. Over 14 years' teaching and working in industry in Australia and Iran.

Mathematics teacher, FHEA, with 16 years' teaching experience in Romania and Australia. Developed and delivered Foundation Mathematics units at Macquarie University College.

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