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Timetable

Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

DateTimeLocation
Mon 2.9.2019
16:00 - 20:00
Mon 9.9.2019
16:00 - 18:00

Registration and fee

60 euros.

More information

Registration begins 45 days before the beginning of the course. The exact registration time is shown by clicking the Register button.

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Arrangements for students in need of special support

Open University reserves the right to make changes to the study programme.

Description

All faculties

This course partially/completely fulfils the foreign language requirement in the degree.

Starting level CEFR B2

If you are uncertain about your CEFR level (https://flamma.helsinki.fi/en/HY289960), contact the teacher or the tutor before signing up (https://flamma.helsinki.fi/fi/HY274841).

The aim of the course is for students to activate and develop skills in the academic and professional English of their field and to gain confidence in communicating in situations relevant to their studies and professional life. The intention is that students improve their ability to

  • understand general and academic/professional spoken English
  • discuss/present in academic/professional English fluently and spontaneously
  • read and understand academic/professional English texts
  • write academic/professional English texts clearly and accurately
  • take responsibility for their own learning and become more autonomous language learners, in order to promote life-long learning.

Depending on the particular needs of the group, the course will include

  • field-specific materials from a range of sources such as journals, (text) books, and the Internet, provided by students and the teacher
  • reading the material, applying appropriate strategies
  • writing texts relevant to the students' academic and professional needs
  • presenting and discussing topics related to the fields of study
  • becoming familiar with strategies and tools for future language development.

Moodle / other media

Students choose texts from their field to be used as materials.

Pass/fail

The course uses peer evaluation, self-evaluation and evaluation by the teacher. The Language Centre requires students to attend approximately 75% of the classes.

ALMS (Autonomous Learning Modules) https://blogs.helsinki.fi/alms-helsinki/

ALMS = Autonomous Language Learning Modules. 1 cr = 27 hrs of work, including a variable amount of contact. The keystones of autonomous learning are a personal study plan, reflection and self-evaluation. For more information, please see the ALMS homepage

The two opening sessions Mon 2.9. at 4-8 pm and Mon 9.9. at 4-6 pm for ALMS (which are mandatory) are in the ALMS room (318) in the Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26).

The teacher will give you the Moodle link and the course key in the opening session.

Learner Duties in ALMS

• First group session (5 hrs) - consisting of reflecting about language learning, discussing personal learning styles and recalling histories, analyzing strategies, needs and objectives, and making preliminary plans.

• Second group session (2 hrs) - plans are finalised and learning contracts discussed. Group and individual projects are also agreed upon.

• Individual counselling meetings with the ALMS counsellor in the beginning, middle and end of the programme. These are fifteen-minute face-to-face meetings which provide students with support and opportunities to discuss and reflect on their choices, plans, self-evaluation and progress with their counsellors.

• Planning, monitoring progress and evaluating learning and learning outcomes. A personal study plan, a learning contract and a diary/LOG are used as tools in the reflection process.

• Participation in the relevant group project sessions

Depending on the particular needs of the group, the course will include

  1. field-specific materials from a range of sources such as journals, (text) books, and the Internet, provided by students and the teacher
  2. reading the material, applying appropriate strategies
  3. writing texts relevant to the students’ academic and professional needs
  4. presenting and discussing topics related to the fields of study
  5. becoming familiar with strategies and tools for future language development

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Arragements for students in need of special support