Instruction

Target group

All faculties

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

Prerequisites

Starting level CEFR B2

If you are uncertain about your CEFR level (pdf), contact the teacher or the tutor before signing up.

Learning outcomes

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.

Timing

The recommendation for the timing of this course varies according to the degree programme.

Contents

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.

Study materials

Moodle / other media

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

Assessment practices and criteria

Pass/fail

The course uses peer evaluation, self-evaluation and evaluation by the teacher.

Recommended optional studies

See WebOodi (WebOodi > Instruction and courses > Course catalogues > Language Centre > English) for other courses supporting the further development of the competence provided by this course.

Additional information

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 (https://blogs.helsinki.fi/alms-helsinki/).

Themed Course = Both study materials and student work will be based on the given theme in a blended learning environment. Students should check the theme of the course before registering. For more information, please see the course page of the specific group for which you are registering.

Completion methods

Diverse course formats with 108 hours of work. Courses based on regular meetings include 56 contact hrs and 52 hrs of independent work.

ALMS courses include 108 hours of work. See additional information for the completion methods of each group.

Themed courses are completed through blended learning — a combination of online work, in-class meetings, and independent work. 108 mandatory study hours include 56 hours of online or in-class work and 52 hours of independent work.

The Language Centre requires students to attend approximately 75% of the classes. Concessions may be made if warranted by the nature of the course. However, 100% attendance may be required for contact lessons related to self-access courses or equivalent studies.