Technical English for Beginners
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Technical English for Beginners

Grease the language wheels and get talking tech with this comprehensive beginner course for non-native English speakers.
4.3 (108 ratings)
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 mins on-demand audio
  • 2 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • communicate effectively in Technical English, across various industries
  • check orders and equipment in a factory context and communicate with suppliers, clients or counterparts about these
  • describe controls, facilities, features, projects and directions in a work context
  • exchange personal information
  • say and understand letters and numbers
  • talk about your daily routine
  • understand and express mathematical terms and calculations
  • name common hand tools, power tools and fasteners
  • explain what tools and machines are used for
  • fill out a work order form
  • complete a workplace accident report form
  • talk about workshop supplies
  • explain safety features of equipment used in the workplace
  • describe machine elements
  • describe basic shapes and angles
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  • You will need to print each resource attached to each lecture in order to undertake activities., as many video lectures contain exercises which have additional details on the resource sheets.

O'Connell Advanced Training Solutions - Your Partner in Professional English Training

Together we'll cover the essential language you need to confidently and accurately speak, listen, read and write Technical English.

This is a beginners course, so we start with refreshing the basics: alphabet and numbers, introductions and greetings. But we quickly delve into work-specific language and situations via audio, video and text lectures.

Each lecture is supported by downloadable activities and exercises which you will need to complete. The course contains a wealth of information and resource sheets, and will be your go-to guide for your Technical English needs.

By the end of this course you will be confident and competent in Technical English communication with your business partners, and will communicate at a CEF A2 level.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is an ESL course, so is for non-native English speakers.
  • As this is a beginners course, you should have a CEF A1-A2 English level (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate)
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Introduction To The Course
3 Lectures 02:14

This lecture gives you an introduction to your trainers, Jacqueline Seidel and Anja Pleul, as well as the goals for this course.

You need to be able to communicate effectively in technical English - with colleagues and counterparts from abroad, suppliers and more.

This course has been designed specifically for you. Every lecture, every resource, every activity has been designed to build on your existing knowledge, to challenge you, to stretch your English knowledge so by the end you will be an effective communicator!

If you have any questions, please ask. I am here for you!

You can contact me via Udemy's internal messaging system.

Okay, let's go and learn some English!

Preview 02:14

What are language learning levels, as standardised across the European Union and what level is this course designed for? Learn about that here in this informational, text lecture.

Key Skills: Reading

Knowledge Level: n/a

About the CEFR - What Are The English Levels and What Level Is This Course?
2 pages

This lecture is simple: a document outlining all the grammar you need for this course. This is your resource to refer to when necessary, it's your guide through the tenses and functions we'll cover in the course.

For Your Reference - Your Complete Grammar Guide
18 pages
Let's Learn Technical English For Beginners, Step-By-Step
6 Lectures 18:41

Let's start at this course right at the beginning - here are the basic phrases you need to survive in English.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking

Knowledge Level: CEF A1 (Starter)

Preview 02:08

Let's refresh our alphabet.

Key Skills: Listening, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

Preview 06:43

Time to refresh numbers with this video lecture and the attached resource sheet.

Key Skills: Listening, reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

How Many Is That? Numbers in English.

Let's learn the key vocabulary for giving and understanding email and web addresses, which is so important when speaking with our international partners.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

Who Are You? Email Addresses and Web Addresses.

Here is an extra activity for numbers. You will listen to five telephone messages and write notes.

Key Skills: Listening, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

English Refresher: Checking Telephone Messages

Testing Web Addresses and Email Addresses
3 questions

This lecture is a collection of resources designed to increase your vocabulary.

Print these sheets and keep them nearby for daily reference.

If there are words which are missing and you would like (with words and / or pictures), please let me know and I will create a new list for you!

Extra: All Your Technical Vocabulary Needs
Describing and Explaining
19 Lectures 01:07:01

Let's practice introducing ourselves, and meeting new people in this text-based lecture which comes complete with multiple exercises.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: A1

Who Are You? Introducing Yourself And Colleagues.
4 pages

This is a text-based lecture.

Let's activate our vocabulary and learn words for typical technical objects. This lecture also gives us foundation skills in forming sentences and questions. This is our basis for all future activities.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

What Is It? Tools and Equipment Basics.
5 pages

Let's learn the correct pronunciation for those objects we encountered in the previous lecture. Listen to the words, and say them out loud. Practice your pronunciation.

Key Skills: Listening, Speaking

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

How Do I Say That? Pronouncing Tools and Equipment.

Testing Vocabulary: Tools and Equipment
5 questions

This is a text-based lecture outlining the rules for plural nouns in English and includes two activities.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1 - A2

One, Two, Three... More. Plural Forms in English.
1 page

Let's sharpen up our English by learning ways we can specify what object we want. For example: do we want a 6-volt battery? Is the cable 20 meters or 30 meters? What capacity is the tank? Let's expand our vocabulary and learn some grammar at the same time.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

What Type Is It? Describing Tools and Equipment.
3 pages

Let's learn to say what we want. The context of this video lecture is ordering a meal, but the language can be used for any work-based situation.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

What Do You Want? How To Say What You Want.

Let's talk about controls - what are they? What do they do? Where are they? Let's also look at describing where something is located (which also means looking at the three most common prepositions: at, in and on).

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

Where Is It? English For Different Machines and Their Functions.

This text lecture is background information for upcoming exercises and activities. The document describes positions, and includes images to help define these positions.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1

Where Is It? Vocabulary For Describing Where Something Is.
3 pages

Finding our way around a building or town is an important life skill, so let's learn the language needed to understand directions in English.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

How Do I Get There? Describing Directions.

Let's learn those handy words and phrases which let our conversation partner know we're understood what the have said.

Key Skills: Listening

Knowledge Level: CEF: A1 / A2

Checking That Your Colleague Understands You... And You Understand Them!

Let's talk about facilities: what is available in a business hotel, and where it is located. Facilities are features available in an organisation or hotel for the benefit of clients, employees or guests. Why do we need to know this? because it extends our vocabulary, allows us to talk about benefits and gives us more language tools for communicating with partners.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

What Does It Have? Describing Facilities.

Let's focus on dimensions and measurements activities through the worksheet, and on correct pronunciation through the audio recording. Please complete all the activities on the worksheet, and contact me via Private Message if you have any questions or problems.

Key Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

How Wide Is It? What Is Its Width? Describing Dimensions.

What features does a product, building, position or place have? Let's sharpen up our English by learning how we can describe the features of a product. This is super useful as a a language foundation stone, as well as a building block for more complex communication.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

What Does It Have? Describing Features.

Let's learn instructions as well as descriptions for lines (horizontal, vertical etc), all bundled together in this video lecture. You will need your resource sheet to complete a listening activity, so please download and print it before starting the lecture.

Key Skills: Listening, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

Following Instructions In English.

Let's talk about tests... crash tests, strength tests, quality tests, product analyses... there is special language we use to describe tests:

  • there is / there isn't / is there?
  • there are / there aren't / are there?
  • this is / this isn't /is this?
  • these are / these aren't / are these?

This lecture focuses us on this grammar and applies it to general then work-based situations. There is a resource sheet attached to this lecture with activities for you to complete WHILE WATCHING the video lecture.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

Let's Talk About Tests - What Machines Do And What You Do.

What is happening at the moment? What are you doing?

Let's learn how to describe current events in this video lecture, which takes us through a situation happening in a metal factory.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A1 / A2

What Is It Doing? Talking About Events Happening At The Moment.

Can We Fix It? Yes, We Can! Let's Talk About Repairing Things.

Let's learn how to describe a project - what steps we took (in the past) while refreshing our vocabulary for construction.

Key Skills: Reading, Writing

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

What Did You Do? Let's Talk About Past Projects.
6 pages

Let's get critical... safety is important in any workplace situation, and the language tools used to describe safety regulations are also important to learn. We do that in this lecture.

Key Skills: Listening, Reading

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

Safety First: The Lesson You Have To Have!
Conclusion... for the Beginner's Course
4 Lectures 04:38

Time to say goodbye and a very big thank you for being a part of this course!

Thank You, and Goodbye

This lecture briefly outlines next steps - further English studies available with me on Udemy.

Next Steps

Time to apply your practical skills in Technical English to an office or administrative environment. This lecture builds your vocabulary for business writing and sets out some work-based tasks for you to complete. Contact me via Private Message for feedback on your writing tasks.

Key Skills: Writing, Reading

Knowledge Level: CEF A2

Extra: Office Skills and Technical English: Emails
6 pages

In this lecture, you will find a concise overview of the important aspects of the tenses and grammatical structures that have come up in our course. For each tense or structure you can download an individual reference sheet with information on when to use it and how, giving you the basic rules and some helpful example sentences.

Extra: Downloadable Reference Sheets for Tenses and Structures
2 pages
About the Instructor
Jacqueline Seidel
4.2 Average rating
607 Reviews
15,428 Students
15 Courses
Managing Director, Training Specialist


I offer two distinct types of courses: for instructional designers and ESL professionals, and for English learners.

For Instructional Designers and ESL Professionals - I want to show you how to build a successful career as a trainer by helping you focus on both the profession and the possibilities generated by implementing instructional design principles and observing best practice business management. 

Why? Because I love being a successful business owner, I love being a trainer. And I want to share this passion and enthusiasm with you, help you solve training problems and build a successful career.

For English Learners - capitalise on my 11 years’ experience training business professionals in effective communication skills, and find out why my clients keep coming back for more!

So, who am I? I'm an Australian business skills and language trainer based in Germany since early 2006, and my professional background is originally in the Australian private and public sectors. I combine this business and policy background with a passion for providing interesting, engaging and enjoyable training programs.

Through my company, O'Connell Advanced Training Solutions, I provide advanced coaching and development in more effective business English communication, delivered through competency-based, customised, individual or small group training programs.

My clients include multi-national corporations, medium-sized enterprises and individuals.

I look forward to seeing you in my courses and to helping you be the best trainer you can be. 

You can contact me for workshops or customised face-to-face training solutions.


Seit 2006 arbeite ich als freiberuflicher Sprachtrainer in Deutschland. Mit meinem Unternehmen O’Connell Advanced Training Solutions arbeite ich für Privat-Personen sowie Studenten  aus verschiedensten Unternehmen und Industriezweigen, um Englisch-Kenntnisse effektiv zu verbessern und interkulturelle Besonderheiten zu vermitteln.

Der Fokus meines Trainings liegt auf kompetentem, individualisiertem Unterricht mit starker Erfolgsorientierung. Praxisnähe, moderne Lehrmethoden und engagierter und unterhaltsamer Unterricht machen das Lernen bei mir einfacher und schneller.

Je nach Situation kann der Unterricht für Einzel-Personen oder kleine Gruppen, als persönliches Training oder als Online-Lesson organisiert werden.

Gerne helfe ich Dir, Dein Englisch zu verbessern! Kontaktiere mich einfach, und gemeinsam finden wir den besten Weg zum “Englisch-Profi”.

Anja Pleul
4.3 Average rating
108 Reviews
730 Students
1 Course
Managing Director of Anja Pleul Übersetzungen

Hello, my name is Anja Pleul.

I am an adult educator, a linguist and a certified translator for English and German. I have worked as an English and German language trainer for over 15 years now.

And I'm still enjoying it!

I have my own translation and training business in Chemnitz in Saxony - a pretty big industrial town in the eastern part of Germany.

Over the years I have taught a wide variety of programmes ranging from general, to business to specialist English and German courses. And I have taught those to individual students as well as groups of different sizes.

I would like to invite you now to learn with me and benefit from my experience. Together, we will

  • build your vocabulary,
  • improve you listening skills,
  • revise essential grammar in a practice-related way, and
  • turn your theoretical knowledge into useful speaking skills.

So, let's get down to business then, shall we?