English for TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

If you work in the fields of Transportation and Logistics and you would like to improve your English, this page offers you resources such as articles, grammar lectures and other activities that will help you .

1. ARTICLES

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
  1. Union Seeks to Broaden Anti Macron Protest But Support Lacking
  2. Technology is changing transportation and Cities Should Adapt
  3. 7 Amazing Public Transit Innovations Around the Globe
  4. 5 Major Environmental Impact of Transport Development
  5. Technologies that will transform the Transportation System
  6. Digital transformation in transportation and logistics
  7. Elon Musk Boring Company Is All About Public Transit and Its Confusing
  8. China and India Identified as Key Markets for Transport Sector
  9. Tech and the future of Transportation From here to There
  10. French Rail Workers Strike Against Reforms Macron Says No Turning Back
  11. Volocopter Air Taxi Takes Flight for First Time in US
  12. The Best Train Movies of All Time
  13. French Minister Talks of Rail Liberalization Delay as Strike Loom

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Questions for Discussion from French Minister Talks of Rail Liberalization Delay as Strike Looms

  1. What does “stage a wave of strikes” mean? (para 1)
  2. Explain what is meant by “confrontation” (para 2)
  3. Explain what is meant by “revamp” (paragraph 3)
  4. Explain what is meant by “looking for a showdown” (para 3)
  5. Consider this sentence “Borne dangled the possibility of a far longer feed-in time…” what does “dangled” mean in this sentence?
  6. In the sentence “Before the SNCF faces the full brunt of open competitions,” what does “full brunt” mean?
  7. In the sentence “That, however may leave time for enough progress to stave off the walkout,” what does “stave off” mean?

 

Questions for discussion from Technology is Changing Transportation and Cities Should Adapt

  1. How is Technology Changing/Affecting/Impacting Transportation in Your City?
  2. What are some of the most recent innovations that have been made in the transportation system where you are?
  3. Are self-driving cars likely to be put in widespread use in your neck of the woods? Why or why not in your view?
  4. What role do mobility apps play in your overall transportation system and how do they impact the mobility of specific groups such as the elderly, disabled, teens and tourists?
  5. Is traffic congestion, pollution and road accidents a big problem where you are and how do you see technology alleviating that in the near future?
  6. How do you envision mobility in the next 20 years?
  7. What specific policies or issues would you recommend to decision makers for improving the mobility and transportation experience for people in the future?
  8. What unique challenges does your city face and what do you think is the best approach for resolving these?

 

 

 

MORE ARTICLES


14. Top 5 Rail Industry trends to Watch in 2018

15. Energy, Transportation and Environment

16. The Newest Transportation Industry Trends

17. Bolloré Logistics Inaugurates its New Multimodal Hub in Le Havre

18. Four New Locomotives Delivered for Sitarail at Abidjan Port

19. 5 Fascinating Future Rail Trends and When We Can Expect to See Them

20. Port of Owendo: Inauguration of the new multipurpose terminal

21. Driverless Shuttle Offers Glimpse Into Future of Transportation

22. 8 Ways China is “Winning” on Transportation

23. On Paris Metro, Drug Abuse Reaches a Boiling Point

24. A Dodger Stadium Gondola is LA’s Latest Bid to Bust Traffi

25. NYC is redesigning its ancient ponderous and inefficient bus sytem2.

26. Elon Musk Boring Company to Build High Speed Chicago Airport Link

27. Are Self Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disable People?

28. Ride-hailing Services Like Uber Are Terrible for Disabled People

29. Mobility Apps and People With Disability Impairment: Challenges and Prospects

30. Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point

31. Netflix of Transportation is a Trillion Dollar Market by 2030

32. How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus

33. Sharing the Road to a Greener Transportation Future

 

 

ARTICLES WITH VIDEOS & TED TALKS

  1. How to Solve Traffic Jams (transcript)
  2. How Megacities are changing the map of the world (transcript)
  3. Uber’s Plan to Get More People into Fewer Cars (transcript)

 


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  11. Business English Role Play for Negotiation
  12. Business Lunch English


 

3. WRITTEN COMPREHENSION/EXPRESSION: WRITING EXERCISES

Write a brief answer responding to each of the questions relating to Transportation & Logistics and present your response to the class. Be prepared to expand on this presentation and develop your written answer orally, to answer any follow up questions, and predict possible future trends if relevant.

  1. What do you think is the likely future of the Driverless Shuttle? Are driverless public transport systems going to be the reality in the near future? Why or Why not?
  2. Discuss the main trends and the emerging trends in the Transportation industry.
  3. How is the transportation industry keeping up with the digital revolution?
  4. What are the challenges that the transportation industry faces in an increasingly mobile world?
  5. What environmental concerns do changes and innovation in the Transportation raise?
  6. Ever heard of the Volocopter? Do some quick research. What are your thoughts?
  7. What are the best movies that have been set on trains and rail systems in your opinion? Explain.
  8. What is this notion of “rail liberalization”? What do you think about this idea of liberalizing the French rail system?
  9. Discuss the African transportation systems market: trends, problems, challenges, opportunities, country-specific concerns, etc.
  10. Discuss “connectedness” and “connectivity” in transport and logistics.
  11. What “security” issues do you think are most urgent in your industry.
  12. How does the Internet impact your industry? What does “Internet of Things” mean?
  13. Are traditional transportation models sustainable?
  14. Discuss this notion of “speed and timing” in the context of the future of transportation and logistics. How do companies remain competitive and profitable?
  15. How Does Politics (both local and international) impact the Transportation industry?
  16. What key elements do you think are needed to successfully negotiate a Transportation contract across borders (chose what type of transportation and imagine any type of agreement between your country and another – the focus is on your English not your legal expertise) – and why do you think so.
  17. As Transport systems go global what are the legal concerns that you see as being the most urgent?
  18. In what specific ways will technological advancement affect human mobility?
  19. What will be the impact on employment and jobs in your industry as transport systems go automated and how can workers be protected?
  20. Do you think that globalization will cause a showdown between governments and their unions or workers around the world? Why or why not?

 

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4. VOCABULARY EXERCISES

1. Translate these words into your language by researching the translation using Google Translate or any other translation app:

  1. Logistics
  2. insurance rate
  3. weight
  4. Freight
  5. Cross-docking
  6. Length
  7. Surface
  8. carrier
  9. Volume
  10. Port
  11. Capacity
  12. Warehousing

2. WRITE A SENTENCE USING EACH OF THE 12 WORDS THAT APPEAR ON THE LIST ABOVE.

3. Read your sentence to your teacher and explain what it means in English.

 

2. Translate these words into your language

 

1.                    Agreeable

2.                    Analysis

3.                    Authorization

4.                    Benefit

5.                    Carrier

6.                    Charges

7.                    Classification

8.                    Costs

9.                    Freight

10.         Fuel

11.         Location

12.         Matrix

13.         Mode

14.         Negotiation

15.         Payment

16.         Percentage

17.         Range

18.         Rate

19.         Reasonable

20.         Reduction

21.         RFP (Request for Proposal)

22.         Savings

23.         Savings

24.         Service Provider

25.         Spending

26.         Surcharge

27.         Targets

28.         Tendering

29.         Transportation

 


5. ORAL/VERBAL COMPREHENSION

  1. Explain your job. Discuss your responsibilities, daily tasks, job title, etc. Use words like “first,” “additionally,” “also” and “generally.”
  2. Describe what your company does, your industry, your expertise, what you can provide to customers, who you work closely with, who are your main competitors, what is your specialization, etc.
  3. Explain how your company and the “Internet of Things” intersect.
  4. When you hear the term “e-shipping” what does it mean to you?
  5. Sell your idea for how to improve public transportation in your city
  6. Compare the price of driving to work and taking public transportation: which makes more sense in your view. Elaborate.
  7. Sell your company’s services to customers who have a lot of other options.
  8. Defend your company against a customer who left a negative online review.
  9. Apologize to a customer (or your boss) for a big mistake you made.
  10. Role play: Ask your boss for a raise and explain in detail why you deserve one

 

6. WRITTEN COMPREHENSION: ACTIVITIES

  1. Write an email to a colleague detailing a work-related problem (focus on sequencing words) you are having with that person.
  2. Write an email to your boss asking for a raise.
  3. Write to your boss explaining your findings on a point of research he requested. (This should be related to your line of work. Imagine!)
  4. Write an email to your local union complaining about work related issues at your job.
  5. Write an email to your mayor suggesting a new bus or tram route.
  6. Role play: Negotiate a new compensation package with your boss.  Imagine your boss wants to change your contract (a renewal of the old contract) to give you fewer rights. You will no longer have a life-time contract. He/she can fire you for cause. You will no longer get 6 weeks holidays. He/she can give you only 4 weeks. Your compensation goes up a little bit but he now wants you to work a longer work week.
  7. Write an email cover letter responding to a job posting you are interested in
  8. Create a Powerpoint presentation that explains the latest trends in the transportation field.
  9. Create a graph or infographic showing 5 ways you think technlogy will impact transportation in the future.
  10. Write a memo/report (one page) about a point of interest/research in your field.

 


For Negotiators: Questions for Discussion

 

  1. How Important is it in your opinion to do research on the cultural background of the person you will be negotiating with?
  2. How are negotiators from different countries and cultures different in your opinion?
  3. Have you ever had a “crisis” situation come up when negotiating across cultures? How did you resolve it?
  4. Have you ever had to negotiate with someone from a different culture that made you feel “disrespected”?
  5. Has your own culture (country or company) ever been a problem in a negotiation?
  6. What do you think is/are the most important element(s) of dealmaking in the 21st Century
  7. Do you think “reciprocity” is important in negotiation? Is it more important in some countries than others in your view?
  8. Do you believe that only a written contract at the end of a negotiation binds you or your company? Or could you incur obligations just based on a discussion and handshake?
  9. When should you (or have you) walked away from a negotiation?
  10. When is it appropriate in your view to go above the person you are negotiating with to find someone of higher authority to make a deal?
  11. How do you personally deal with “difficult” negotiators?
  12. What are the secrets to your most successful deals?
  13. What lessons did you learn from deals that fell through?
  14. Have you studied other negotiators in your field? What do you think makes an effective negotiator?
  15. Which countries have the most unreliable negotiators in your experience?
  16. How does your company typically settle disputes when negotiations and deals fall apart?