Module 1: Communication EKIA100

Subject Studies

Written Communication

Michael Freeman

Target group: All students.

Aim and content:  A practical opportunity to explore structural, lexical and idiomatic differences between Finnish and English through the medium of translation and to learn simple strategies for dealing with some of the more common difficulties encountered in the process.  Materials are sourced largely from current journalism and prose fiction

Mode of study: Participants will prepare translations of given texts for oral inspection in class. Weekly group meetings, one term.

Assessment:  Written examination.  Use of dictionaries allowed.

EKIA102 WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Academic Writing Step 2  3 pts
Tuula Hirvonen

Prerequisite: One term of Academic Writing or equivalent.

Target group: Subject studies students, possibly working on other written assignments at the moment. Precedence is given to second- and third-year students; first-year students will be accepted only after a review of the applications.

Aim of the course: To help students develop the academic writing skills required for writing theses.

Course description: The course is meant for students who want to work on particular areas in their writing, eg. information in databases, citations and the bibliography or particular language points (formal style, grammar). You will first identify the problem areas you want to be working on and the contents will be built around the needs identified. Either you have an on-going writing for which you need support or you will create one for the course. It will also be possible to collaborate in a writing project.

Mode of study: Work in pairs or small groups; peer feedback. Individual/collaborative course paper.

Assessment: Regular attendance, course paper and presentation; study journal.

Elizabeth Peterson

Prerequisites: Academic Writing or equivalent (required)

Target group: Language students who wish to improve/gain more practice in writing formal academic English

Aim and content: Students will become more familiar with basic styles of academic writing. Students will write three different kinds of academic essays, utilizing texts and materials that are supplied by the instructor as reading material, as well as through (some) individual research. Students will simultaneously learn to write proficient academic English while learning formal aspects of written English. Process writing is emphasized. Students will submit several written pieces in a portfolio at the end of the semester, including a short written piece, a longer written piece, two progress reports, and a final paper.

Required reading: A selection of readings and handouts will be made available.

Mode of study: Lectures, in-class exercises, writing assignments, self-assessment.

Assessment: Quality of writing assignments, continuous assessment, final portfolio.

Donald Adamson

Prerequisites: Priority will be given to students who have completed all their Basic Studies courses.

Target Group: Students wishing to improve their Creative Writing skills.

Aim and content: To encourage students to write creatively in a collaborative environment. The creative tasks will be based on various text types, with model texts provided. Students should be willing to have their work discussed by the whole group, and to draft and redraft their work in the light of constructive comments. Students will construct a portfolio of their work, to be submitted at the end of the course. One aim will be to produce an anthology of the work participants produce.

Assessment: Based on a portfolio of work, attendance (mandatory), participation in discussion, support/feedback given to other members of the group.

Oral Communication

Michael Freeman

Target group: All students

Aim and content: To provide participants with opportunities to practise their spoken English skills in formal and informal situations.  .

Mode of study: Each participant will give a short (20 min) talk on a free choice of topic and will also lead a group activity. Weekly group meetings; one term.

Assessment: A combination of peer and continuous teacher assessment based on overall week-by-week participation.

Michael Freeman

Target group: English teachers-to-be

Aim and content: To provide participants with opportunities to develop their oral communication skills in English from a pedagogical perspective through mini-teaching sessions.  

Mode of study: Each participant will give one short period of instruction on a topic of their own choice.  Visual/audio aids/handouts and other teaching materials should be used as appropriate. Each participant will also lead a group activity. Weekly group meetings, one term.

Assessment: A combination of peer and continuous teacher assessment based on overall week-by-week participation.

Elizabeth Peterson

Target group: Language students who wish to learn more about/gain experience in spoken English.

Aim and content: This course is intended to further enable students to express themselves in a meaningful and culturally-informed manner in a wide-range of communicative domains.

Mode of study: Weekly group meetings, in-class discussions, presentations/activities. Students will participate in group and class exercises designed to elicit discussion. Each student is responsible for at least 20 minutes of the total class time.

Assessment: Continuous; based on quality of in-class contributions, overall participation, also on quality of presentations and feedback.

EKIA155 ORAL SKILLS: presenting and facilitating 2 points
Donald Adamson

Target Group: Students who wish to improve their skills in presenting, and in facilitating group activities.

Aim and content: The aim is to develop students' ability to present their ideas on topics of personal interest; also to develop the ability to lead discussions and to organise communicative games and activities.

Assessment: Attendance (mandatory); quality of  preparation and performance in presenting and leading activities; contributions to discussions; support and feedback given to speakers.

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