Studying a subject in a foreign language can create many difficulties.
Anyone studying agro-environment in English who feels his command of the language to be inadequate will find this book an invaluable tool.
It is the result of a great deal of research into the problems of understanding the English language as it is used to communicate information and express ideas in agriculture. There are a great many units, each with a specially reading passage followed by a variety of exercises which focus on those features of English which are often used in the written language of agro-environment. All the exercises are presented in the context of agro-environment and together with the reading passages give a representative range of the relevant vocabulary.
The book can be used as a complete course at the University level. The aim ofthis book is to develop a basic knowledge of how English is used in agriculture. It is intended for students who already know how to handle the common English sentence patterns but who need to learn how these patterns are used to convey information and to conduct coherent discussion. The exercises direct the student’s attention to certain features of English which are commonly used in textbooks about agriculture/environment. The aim is to provide the student with a strategy for reading more difficult texts in this subj ect area and to prepare him for making effective use of English in his own writing.
This book does not aim at teaching the subject-matter of agriculture, and it does not aim at teaching grammatical structures and vocabulary as such. Its purpose is to show how language is used as a medium for the study of agriculture / environment, and so to give students a good start in one particular set of communication skills in English.