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English 1

English 1

Code: ENG1TA001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h) 
Timing:  2nd semester 
Language: English 
Level: Basic studies 
Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The students must have passed either the level test or the level course prior to taking this course.

Learning outcomes

 Upon successful completion of the course, the students

  • are able to enhance their skills in written English
  • are able to produce well structured, grammatically correct standard English related to ICT
  • are able to use literal sources related to ICT
  • are able to express themselves orally more fluently on topics related to their studies, everyday and working life situations.

Course contents

  • writing exercises; a essay, an article, an abstract
  • small talk, presentations, videotaped group assignment

Cooperation with the business community

Visiting lecturers

International dimension

The course includes, the circumstances allowing, cooperation with foreign students.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is comprised of contact teaching (about 30hrs) and independent study (about 50 hrs). Contact hours focus on practicing to produce coherent ICT-related text and on enhancing the students’ spoken skills using different individual, pair and group exercises.

Independent study covers the completion of the given written tasks, which requires students to acquire information using various sources, reading articles, enhancing their vocabulary and deepening their competence regarding grammar. Furthermore, the students properly prepare themselves for the oral assignments.
The course can be completed by taking an exemption examination, the passing of which, however, requires very strong written and oral skills which must be indicated in an authentic and solid manner.

The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h.

Alternative dimensions

The evening programme offers courses in a one-period intensive mode, whereas two-period regular courses are organized in the day programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course can be completed by taking an exemption examination the passing of which, however, requires very strong competence that must be indicated in a reliable manner e.g. with a proper portfolio. The student can participate to the exemption examination only once before the beginning of the first semester.

Teachers responsible

Riitta Blomster, Malmi
Eija Hansén, Malmi

Course materials

  • internet sources
  • supplementary material provided by the teachers

Assessment criteria

Written and spoken skills are assessed separately. Required attendance 80%.

Written part:

  • essay
  • article
  • abstract

Spoken part:

  • class participation
  • presentation
  • video assignment

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.