Credits: 3

Schedule: 14.04.2020 - 24.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

John Weston

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- read academic texts in English more efficiently

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- read academic texts in English more efficiently
- recognize features of English audience-friendly academic spoken and written communication
- apply these effective strategies in producing spoken communication and in comprehending written communication
- document sources properly and select strategies to avoid plagiarism
- give and receive constructive feedback

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course, students demonstrate reading skills and strategies through writing, reflecting, and speaking about their reading. It introduces strategies for successful reading of English textbooks and research articles and for explaining an idea or written texts with a focus on meeting audience expectations. During the course, students analyse examples from their own field of study. Through guided tasks, they learn to identify structures, strategies, and elements of audience-friendly communication and to apply these when reading for different purposes. Additionally, students practice referencing, employ summarizing techniques and deliver short pitches (videoed). The emphasis of the activities is on improving students’ competence in using English consciously in their studies and in work life and becoming more confident language users. The course applies a process approach to learning including self-reflection, peer and teacher feedback.

Working Life Skills: Know-how of the field of study, Foreign language skills, Skills related to international work environment, Team working skills, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication skills, Written communication skills, Self-consciousness, Self-confidence, Critical thinking skills, Analytical skills, Ethical consciousness, Continuous learning skills, and Project management skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

-Continuous assessment of active contribution
-Successful completion of all tasks on time (35%)
-Reading demonstrated through spoken and written assignments that meet criteria further detailed in MyCourses (65%)
-Completion of module assignments at CEFR level B2 or higher

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

81 h guided independent and small-group work

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Provided online by the teacher and the students

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces LCA-1014 (oral and written part)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

B2 or higher

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is especially suited for students who are able to complete work independently and in an online environment within a given framework of time as well as willing to collaborate online.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is intended for students in ARTS who have not completed the written part of the foreign language requirement in English at Aalto University.

This course fulfills the university requirement for foreign language studies.


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