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The GELS project

last modified Jul 26, 2019 05:24 PM

Global Engineers Language Skills

The Global Engineers’ Language Skills (GELS) project is a common initiative between the University of Cambridge, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and a French research laboratory (Institut Mines-Telecom – Didalang). The objective of this project is to enhance our future engineers’ language skills in order to prepare them for the increasingly challenging demands of a globalised market.

We have already asked engineers across Europe (and beyond) to fill in this quick survey but we are still accepting responses so if you are an engineer or know people who are, fill it in or share the link (

We have started sharing the survey results, our findings and further outputs through events and publications. 

One of our key objectives is to design and make available a CEFR-based guide for
language teachers who work with engineering students in HEIs across Europe. 

The first step towards the creation of this guide was to design a CEFR-based grid for engineering students and engineers. The most recent version of this "GELS Framework" can be found here.

In order to achieve its objectives, the project relies on an informal network of engineering schools and departments throughout Europe. The GELS network includes the following institutions:

If you would like to join this network, please .



Tual, D., Geslin, T. and Rinder, J. (2016). A case for LSP (Language for Specific Purposes).

Rinder, J., Geslin, T. and Tual, D. (2016). A framework for language and communication in the CDIO syllabus. 

Geslin, T., Rinder, J. and Tual, D. (2016). Le projet GELS. (In French)


Past events:

The GELS team organised the following events:

  • A training day at Cambridge University (U.K.) in June 2016
  • A training day at Poznan University of Technology (Poland) in April 2017
  • A training week at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) in April 2018.
  • A training week at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece): 24th-28th June 2019

KTH training day

Participants at KTH Training Week (April 2018)


Participants at AUTH Training Week (June 2019)

GELS in a nutshell:

This document provides a 2-page recap of the project past and future.

GELS in the press:

An article published in Lithuania.