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University of VictoriaIntroduction to IT English
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Welcome to Introduction to IT English

Welcome to a SAMPLE of our Introduction to Information Technology English course. For this sample, only Unit 1 is available. Several reference tools are available too. You can read the Study Guide and the IT Guide or work on exercises in the Grammar and Structure section.

This is an “English for Specific Purposes” course. Each unit is divided into two lessons, an IT lesson, and a Language lesson. The language lessons are designed to support your IT learning. The language lessons focus on vocabulary development and specific grammar and functions to help you work or study in the IT field.

In this course, you will learn elementary computer technology concepts used in everyday life situations. The course will help you to understand technology-related vocabulary and also help you increase your ability in listening comprehension and writing skills.

The units in the course are:

  • Unit 1 — The Anything Machine
  • Unit 2 — Using Software
  • Unit 3 — Digital Devices
  • Unit 4 — Desktop Computer Hardware
  • Unit 5 — Peripherals
  • Unit 6 — The Internet
  • Unit 7 — The World Wide Web
  • Unit 8 — Networks
  • Unit 9 — Security
  • Unit 10 — Digital Media
  • Unit 11 — Communicating Online
  • Unit 12 — The IT Workforce

The course is 13 weeks long with approximately 40 hours of online learning and 40 hours of offline work.

You will have a tutor to guide you through your work and give you feedback on your tasks and assignments. As your tutor reads your work, they will offer suggestions for improvement. You and your tutor will communicate using the WebBoard communication system and by e-mail if necessary.


Before you start this course, you should have the following:

  • The ability to launch a program, save and load documents, visit a Web site, send e-mail, and navigate in Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OS 9+
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 6 or higher, or Mozilla Firefox
  • TOEFL score 490
  • TOEIC score 600

Begin the course by going to the Study Guide.