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How to Read an English Technical Text

How to Read an English Technical Text

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How to Read an English Technical text--a four-step guide for students (and teachers)
Reading technical research papers is a matter of experience and skills in orderto learn the specific vocabulary of a field. First of all, DON'T PANIC! If youapproach it step by step, even an impossible-looking paper can be understood.
 1.
Skimming.
Skim the paper quickly, carefully review for headings, figures and the purpose of the reading. This takes just a few minutes. You're not trying to understandit yet, but just to get an overview.2.
Vocabulary.
Go through the paper word by word and line by line, underlining or highlighting
every word and phrase
you don't understand. Don't worry if there are alot of underlining; When you start, you are not trying to make sense of the article. Now you have several things you might do with these vocabulary and questions,depending on every question you can:
a.
Look for simple words and phrases
. Often the question is simplyvocabulary—what is an
allen wrench, bult 
, or the
 semilunar valve
. A
technical English dictionary
is a good place to look for definitions. Your 
ordinary shelf dictionary
is
not
a good source, because the definitionsmay not be precise enough or may not reflect the way in which engineersuse a word (for example
"stress" 
has a common definition, but the technicaldefinition is totally diferent.)
b.
Get an understanding from the context in which it is used.
Often wordsthat are used to describe the procedures used in Engineering can beunderstood from the context, and may be very specific to the paper you arereading. For example, technical procedures to extract “light Oil” or “extraheavy Oil” at well site are totally different. Of course, you should be carefulwhen deciding that you understand a word from its context, because itmight not mean what you think.3.
Comprehension, section by section.
Try to deal with all the words and phrases, probably there will be a few technical terms that you won’t understand. Now go back and read the whole paper, section by section, for comprehension.4.
Reflection and criticism.
After you understand the article and can summarize it,then you can return to questions and draw your own conclusions. It is very useful tokeep track of your questions as you go along, returning to see whether they have been answered. Often, the simple questions may contain the seeds of very deepthoughts about the work.
 
How to Read an English Technical text--a four-step guide for students (and teachers)
Reading technical research papers is a matter of experience and skills in orderto learn the specific vocabulary of a field. First of all, DON'T PANIC! If youapproach it step by step, even an impossible-looking paper can be understood.
 1.
Skimming.
Skim the paper quickly, carefully review for headings, figures and the purpose of the reading. This takes just a few minutes. You're not trying to understandit yet, but just to get an overview.2.
Vocabulary.
Go through the paper word by word and line by line, underlining or highlighting
every word and phrase
you don't understand. Don't worry if there are alot of underlining; When you start, you are not trying to make sense of the article. Now you have several things you might do with these vocabulary and questions,depending on every question you can:
a.
Look for simple words and phrases
. Often the question is simplyvocabulary—what is an
allen wrench, bult 
, or the
 semilunar valve
. A
technical English dictionary
is a good place to look for definitions. Your 
ordinary shelf dictionary
is
not
a good source, because the definitionsmay not be precise enough or may not reflect the way in which engineersuse a word (for example
"stress" 
has a common definition, but the technicaldefinition is totally diferent.)
b.
Get an understanding from the context in which it is used.
Often wordsthat are used to describe the procedures used in Engineering can beunderstood from the context, and may be very specific to the paper you arereading. For example, technical procedures to extract “light Oil” or “extraheavy Oil” at well site are totally different. Of course, you should be carefulwhen deciding that you understand a word from its context, because itmight not mean what you think.3.
Comprehension, section by section.
Try to deal with all the words and phrases, probably there will be a few technical terms that you won’t understand. Now go back and read the whole paper, section by section, for comprehension.4.
Reflection and criticism.
After you understand the article and can summarize it,then you can return to questions and draw your own conclusions. It is very useful tokeep track of your questions as you go along, returning to see whether they have

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