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The Technical Matrix


by Robert Long, Brian Cullen, & Atsushi Tanabe

A4; 118pp

ISBN: 978-4-939130-48-9

OLS (Online Learning Support) Available 

The Technical Matrix is a textbook for engineering students. It features a unique combination of core skills suitable for all types of engineers and separate strands for the major disciplines of civil engineering/architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer & network engineering, chemical and material engineering, and aerospace engineering.

In the core skills sections, the students learn important common language and engage in projects to be able to deal with their field in English such as preparing a job application, reading scientific papers, and writing a scientific paper and making presentions.

In the specialized strands, students get practice reading authentic up-to-date information from their own fields in the form of natural email exchanges, reading and conversations. Each unit features vocabulary tasks to internalize the vocabulary of their own discipline, comprehension tasks to help them understand the texts, and language tasks to ensure that they can use the language in their own writing and conversation.

Use this book for:

  • University English courses for engineers
  • English for science and technology
  • Company courses
  • ESP courses



This book is accompanied by a subscription-based Online Learning Support package, with copious activities for extra practice for learners. Learners need to purchase a password for access; it is free for teachers. To purchase, click here (opens on an external site): OLS. For more details, contact us.

About the Authors

Robert Long, professor at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Institute of Liberal Arts, Foreign Language Department, has published various EFL textbooks and written articles on fluency, dysfluency, pragmatics, gendered interactions, discourse analysis, and EFL writing. His focus is on developing oral communicative skills, fluency, and technical English as well as poetry and children’s books.

Brian Cullen is an associate professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology. He teaches courses on scientific English, CALL, culture, and sound media. He has written many textbooks and released a number of music CDs.

Atsushi Tanabe is an English instructor at Kyushu Institute of Technology, and teaches practical English with special emphasis on speaking fluency, communication in technical and business situations, and exam study. His 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry as an application engineer provide advantages when teaching technical writing and communication in English.

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