Robotics with English language – course details

Short-course – Spring 2019

Robotics topics

Creating movement and energy supply
Sensing and manipulating objects
Moving and sensing the environment
Application of robotics
Human to robot interaction
Society and robotics: What is the future of the workplace?

Robotics techniques

Design and planning
Understanding and selecting components
Understanding the software required
Building and testing
Introduction to research (planning your own project)

English for academic purposes and presentation skills

Technical vocabulary
Technical writing
Research and reading in English
Presenting and speaking

Robotics with English language - course outline

DateActivities
Friday, 19th AprilCourse graduation ceremony, prizes and certificate presentation

WEEK 1:
Monday, 1st April to
Friday, 5th April

English: Initial assessment, focus on vocabulary building, reading and writing

Topics: Robotics overview
Components of a robotics project, the robotics frontier, robotics case studies and the variety of possible robotics applications

Project: Robot building – design and making a plan

Excursion: Understanding robotics - visit to a robotics lab at the University of Oxford
Saturday, 6th to
Sunday 7th April
English: Conversation and academic discussion and debate practice
Field trip 1: London science and technology museum

WEEK 2:
Monday, 8th April to
Friday, 12th April

English: Focus on speaking and presentation skills, oral student presentations on a robotics topic

Topics: Exploring the technical skills needed - electronics, engineering, materials, programming, etc.

Project: Robot building – selecting components and building

Excursion: Robotics in action – visit to Harwell robotics research laboratories
Saturday, 13th to
Sunday, 14th April
English: Conversation and academic discussion and debate practice
Field trip 2: Manchester science and technology museum

WEEK 3:
Monday, 8th April to
Friday, 12th April

English: Focus on understanding technical text and writing, student written “My robotics project” presentation. End of course assessment

Topics: Robotics and society – impact on the workplace, ethics, etc. Asimov’s suggested three principles to guide the behaviour of robots

Project: Robot building – testing, refining and presenting

Competition: Presenting and showcasing your robot