What are the course objectives for the
English for the Automotive Industry Course?


As the Automobile Industry is a global business the need to understand and communicate in English is very important for those in the industry. From the days when the original ‘horseless carriage’ first came to market to today, the automobile industry has grown enormously and is now an industry that is one of the worlds’ largest economic sectors when based on revenue. The Automobile Industry is a major industry in many countries and being global means it is crucial to be able to do business with people from all over the world.

On the whole, the people who come here to study on our English for Automobile courses are looking to improve their ability to work in areas of design, production, sourcing, marketing, safety, procedure or related areas generally working on vehicles such as passenger cars, commercial vehicles, trucks or farm equipment. Included in these areas are the areas of safety, manufacturing, production runs, design, safety and other key points in the supply chain.

In order to be able to communicate with others in the automobile industry, it is necessary to have a grasp of the relevant vocabulary, processes and business function skills, and this is what our English for Automobile course will help our students to improve.

We have had students attend our English for Automobile Course who have worked on the design of new models, those who have worked on launching new models or car, some who have needed to understand the impact on the environment, those who work in the manufacturing process.

We tailor our Automobile Course specifically to work with each individual students’ needs for them to develop their communicative performance and ability in the Automobile industry in an international context be that either with international colleagues in their companies at home or abroad. Our courses also help them to use specialist professional terminology with the right register and style. Very often students have the vocabulary but are lacking in the confidence to use it, we find at the end of the course they are frequently excited to go back and start using the language that they have but with confidence, knowing that they can and will succeed in communicating their ideas.


English for the car industry: Communication Skills


As well as the specific language pertinent to their chosen field, our students will also broaden their communication skills in order for them to be able to function fully in the workplace. We do this by working on their specific needs and also by broadening their general business language skills.

On their course, they could focus on areas such as:

• Meetings and Teleconferencing – ie meetings with their teams at home or abroad
• Negotiations – to be able to come to an agreement using diplomatic language
• Making Presentations – presenting information to their colleagues in a clear way
• Dealing with Numerical Data – for working with budgets and charts
• Telephoning – to discuss information or answer queries with colleagues and customers
• Socialising and Networking – before or after the meeting or at conferences or dinners
• E-mail, Letter and Report Writing
• Cross-cultural awareness – more and more important in a global environment


Technical English for Automobiles: Lexical Content


Subject to needs analysis of the participant’s requirements, the course may include vocabulary extension in the following areas:

• Manufacturing
• Engineering and design
• Quality Control: Improving Service and Raising Productivity
• Sales and marketing
• Financial management
• Human Resources management
• Logistics
• Purchasing.

Special emphasis is placed on the relevant vocabulary, register and grammatical structures that are used in this field and the client is given the opportunity to practice using the language that he or she has acquired by means of seminars, group sessions and communicative practice activities.


English lessons for the Automotive industry: A Case Study


Read an interview with Josep, a key account manager who followed this course

  • Fact Check

    Minimum age: 25
    Average age: 40
    Maximum class size: 1 to 4 (depending on course)
    25 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access
    Options for an extra 5 hours
    Start any Monday
    Minimum 1 week
    All levels for 1:1 classes.
    Group classes above level A2

  • Duration / Timetable / Programme

    Course duration can be for between 1 and 4+ weeks (2 weeks is the average). The programme is highly intensive and includes 25 contact hours plus 5 to 10 self-access study hours plus 7.5 hours social English over optional teacher accompanied lunch per week plus optional evening social activities (such as restaurants, guided tours, live music, cultural events). We would recommend that most students do a combination course: 1:1 in the morning, giving the students the opportunity to not only study English but work on individual and specialised needs necessary for professional communication; mini group of maximum 4 people the afternoon, focusing on professional communication in an international context with students of different nationalities and cultures.

  • Sample timetable

    8:30 - 9:15 Optional guided self-study.
    9:15 - 10:30 Period 1 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
    10:30 - 10:45 Morning Coffee Break
    10:45 - 12:00 Period 2 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
    12:00 - 13:15 Lunch with teacher/s and fellow students (optional)
    13:15 - 14:30 Period 3 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
    14:30 - 14:45 Afternoon Coffee Break
    14:45 - 16:00 Period 4 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
    16:00 - 17:30 Optional Self-Access Study
    Evening Social Activity Programme (optional)



"“‘I absolutely recommend it. You will be able to improve your language. My experience has been very very, very good. It’s two weeks away from my family, it’s a long time, but it’s worth it. In Spain we don’t generally have a good level of English, we need to improve. LSI/IH Portsmouth is an excellent place to help you with this.”"

Josep, Spain



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