Target group: Intermediate-level students of English Philology
Person responsible: Joonas Råman (FT)
ECTS Credits: 5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work
Language of instruction: English
Learning outcomes: Upon completing the course, students will have demonstrated competence in core skills considered essential for academic success at the university level. In the first part of the course, effective reading and note-taking strategies will be introduced, along with principles of academic reference and citation. In the second part of the course, writing skills will be developed through tasks designed to encourage critical thinking and sound rhetorical organization. Student writing will be critiqued at the draft stage in small group workshops and the importance of revision and rewriting emphasized. In the oral presentation skills module for the course, students will review effective presentation strategies and work in small groups preparing a topic for a short presentation to the class.
Contents: The course is designed primarily as an academic skills course, but students may also be introduced to selected topics in linguistics, style and genre studies, or Anglophone cultural studies. A secondary content focus of the course will be to reinforce students’ awareness of appropriate language use, including grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and sentence structure.
Mode of delivery: Workshops; self-organised individual and group work; independent study
Learning activities and teaching methods: Various methods, including workshops, reading and writing exercises, writing assignments, student presentations
Prerequisites: Academic Communication 1 required
Recommended optional programme components: The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.
Recommended or required reading: Online readings will be made available.
Assessment methods and criteria: In-class participation, writing assignments and presentations
Grading: The course utilises a numerical grading scale (0–5). In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.
Other information: The course is compulsory in the Intermediate Studies of English Philology.