Friday, 12 January 2018

Fixing Tractor Hydraulics: Listening Activity to Learn English for Mechanics

Students learn how to easily fix a tractor hydraulic pump, as well as some technical English for mechanics, and practise their listening, writing and speaking skills.


After learning some vocabulary of farming through a song parody, I eventually decided to gather up my courage to get to the crux of the matter: how to talk about tractor mechanics in English. And particularly how to explain where a failure comes from and/or how to find a given failure on a vehicle.

Dare I say, I am drawing away from my comfort zone as my mechanical knowledge is close to zero. But it is time to man up and give my students what they really are craving for: some real technical vocabulary.

This video, along with the exercises I created, are a good starting point. The technique she presents, as well as the vocabulary, are rather simple and useful.

She explains and demonstrates how to fix tractor hydraulics by putting pressure into the reservoir with a blow-off nozzle. The only drawback of the video a little background noise so it is paramount to make sure the loudspeakers are up to the task, and make a clear and loud sound.

You can find the worksheet by clicking on the link below:

How to easily fix tractor hydraulics exercises and transcript


The video is available on youtube:

How to easily fix tractor hydraulics



This listening activity can be followed by another one, which contains much more technical vocabulary:

Why won't my tractor work

Students learn how to easily fix a tractor hydraulic pump, as well as some general mechanical vocabulary, and practise their listening, writing and speaking skills.Students learn how to easily fix a tractor hydraulic pump, as well as some general mechanical vocabulary, and practise their listening, writing and speaking skills.

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