17.03.2017

Englannin kieli

Valintakokeen aineisto / Materials for the entrance exam

Valintakokeiden aineistot -sivulla on englannin kielen valintakokeeseen etukäteen opiskeltava aineisto. Aineisto havainnollistaa englannin opinnoissa keskeisiä aiheita ja tutkimusaloja. Aineisto käsittää sekä tekstiä että videota; videoihin voi tutustua myös selosteena.

The materials for the entrance exam are available online. They illustrate and highlight central themes and areas of research in the study of English. The materials comprise texts and videos that are in English. The videos can also be studied as written transcripts.

 

Valintakokeeseen valmistautuminen / Preparing for the entrance exam

Valintakokeeseen valmistaudut perehtymällä oheiseen aineistoon etukäteen niin, että kokeessa kykenet kirjoittamaan sen pohjalta erityyppisiä lyhyitä kirjoitelmia, joissa esittelet ja pohdiskelet aineistossa esitettyjä näkökantoja, huomioita ja tutkimustuloksia. Valintakoeaineistoa EI saa tuoda mukaan koetilaisuuteen.

Prepare for the entrance exam by familiarizing yourself with the materials so that based on them, you will be able to present and discuss in writing the variety of views, arguments, and research findings in the materials. You are NOT allowed to use the material in the entrance exam.

 

Valintakokeen sisältö, tavoite ja arviointi / The contents, aims, and assessment of the entrance exam

Valintakoe koostuu yhdestä tai kahdesta erityyppisestä englanninkielisestä kirjoitustehtävästä, jotka vaihtelevat pituudeltaan (n. 200–500 sanaa).

Valintakokeen tavoitteena on testata hakijoiden kykyä käsitellä valintakoeaineiston esittämää uutta tietoa ja soveltaa sitä kirjoitustehtävien ohjeiden mukaisesti. Kirjoitustehtävien arvioinnissa kiinnitetään huomiota 1. sisältöön, 2. kieliasuun sekä 3. tekstien jäsentelyyn ja rakenteeseen.

The exam consists of one or two writing tasks, in which you will be asked to write texts of 200-500 words in length in English.

The aim of the exam is to test your ability to handle the information provided in the materials, and to apply this information according to the instructions given with the tasks. The assessment of the written tasks will be based on

  1. content - the accuracy and relevance of the points you choose to include;
  2. language - the grammatical accuracy, fluency and clarity of your writing; and
  3. structure and organisation - the logical presentation of your argument and overall coherence.

 

Esimerkkejä kirjoitustehtävistä / Sample tasks

Alla on ohjeita kahden erilaisen kirjoitustehtävän laatimiseksi ja niitä kriteereitä, joihin tehtävien arviointi perustuu.

Below you will see instructions for two different written tasks, and the assessment criteria for the tasks.

Sample Task 1: an essay

Discuss the main points put forward by Joan Smith in her research article entitled “Language learning and teaching”.  Write 350 – 400 words.

In your essay, which must be based on the article and should be between 350 and 400 words long, discuss the main points raised by Smith.

It is a good idea to plan your essay carefully before writing it. Also make sure that the points you want to make are well grounded and support them with examples or other evidence.

Please note that in Anglo-American cultures 'essay' is not the same type of text as the Finnish ‘essee’. Instead, it corresponds to the kind of composition based on written materials (‘aineistokirjoitelma’) that is used in the Finnish matriculation examination.

More specifically, an essay, for the purposes of this test, is not a free flow of ideas but a structured piece of writing solidly based on the text that has been provided. This means that your own discussion, whether showing agreement or disagreement with ideas expressed in the article, or adding new dimensions or information to its content, should be developed by explicit reference to it. In other words, it is important to relate your ideas to those in the article; neither a string of ideas unrelated to the article nor a mere summary of its contents will be enough. Try to develop your response to the question in a logical and organized way.

In the evaluation of your essay, particular attention will be paid to:

  • your explicit use of and reference to the required reading materials
  • the logical presentation of relevant information
  • your capacity to take into account different points of view
  • the structure and organization of your essay
  • grammatical accuracy, clarity of expression and fluency

NOTE: Always read the question carefully and identify what you are required to write about.  An essay is never an invitation to write whatever you like around the subject, but is always focused in some way.

 

Sample Task 2: a summary

Write a summary of 200-250 words of the magazine article entitled “Global English” written by John Brown.

In your summary you should present the main points of the original article briefly and logically, using your own words, so that the most important points are included but without too much detail.  No discussion of the article is called for in a summary, and your own views are not required: this is entirely a question of giving a clear and concise overview of what the original writer has written.

It is a good idea to plan your summary carefully before writing it.  You should introduce your summary with explicit reference to the article that you are summarizing.

In the evaluation of your summary, particular attention will be paid to:

  • your ability to correctly identify and present the central points and the overall purpose of the original text
  • the clarity and accuracy of the summary
  • the fluency of your own text

NOTE: In this sample summary you are asked to summarize the magazine article as a whole.  You may alternatively be asked to summarize one particular section or topic in the original article.  It is important that in your answer you respond specifically to the task you are set.