Module 1: Communication EKIP100

Basic Studies

The studies in communication and general language proficiency aim at maintaining and developing your language skills and improving your communication skills. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to develop your own language skills independently, in your own time.

Roger Noel Smith
Donald Adamson
Elizabeth Peterson

Target group: First-year students.

Aim and content: The course concentrates on students' problems at the segmental level, where the contrast between the phonetics, and the phonological systems of Finnish and English gives rise to serious problems for many students. The aim is first to ensure that everyone can 'achieve' the target sounds (that is to say, that they can produce them accurately in isolation, or in single words of one syllable) and then to extend this ability into progressively more complex phonetic environments. Instruction is by means of traditional drills, but students are provided with a thorough grounding in the theoretical differences between the phonological systems and the phonetics of the two languages.

Mode of study: Exercises in a language laboratory. One term.

Assessment: End-of-course examination, in which students are required to read a short text; the readings are recorded and later assessed for pronunciation quality.

Required source material: M. Peacock, English Pronunciation. It is obtainable from Copy-shop and each student is required to have a copy and to bring it to every class.

Tuula Hirvonen
Donald Adamson
Eleanor Underwood

Target group: All students starting their English studies.

Aim and content: The aim of the course is to introduce the writing of formal texts for academic purposes. The course utilizes the principles of process writing: writing is seen as a process of generating ideas, focusing, structuring, drafting, evaluating and reviewing. Special attention is paid to peer feedback strategies and self‑evaluation. During the course students will write several paragraphs and two papers.  Students produce a portfolio in which they assess their work and their learning in relation to their goals. In addition to writing itself, other skills taught and learnt during the course include co‑operation with others in a group, goal setting, time management, responsibility for one's own work, peer feedback, self‑evaluation and self‑assessment, and an important outcome is heightened awareness of one's skills and learning, and of oneself as a writer.

Mode of study: Weekly class meetings, in which class, group and pair work are used in addition to individual assignments.

Assessment: Class attendance (required), written assignments and portfolio.

Textbook: Writing Skills Handbook 2005‑6: How to survive in academic writing, which is available from Copy Shop.  Please buy the book and bring it along to the first class meeting.

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