Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

- effectively demonstrate their field-specific professional and/or academic expertise in spoken and written communication
- develop and deliver an effective spoken presentation on a field-specific project or research area
- structure their ideas and language coherently and cohesively for a particular audience
- receive and give constructive feedback

Credits: 3

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 08.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maurice Forget, Susan Gamache, Malachy Halpin, Tommi Kakko

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Malachy Halpin

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

CEFR B2 and higher

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In this course, students focus on developing their spoken and written English communication skills to better express their expertise to a particular audience.

    Students develop and deliver a spoken presentation on an existing personal project or research area within their field of expertise.

    As well, they are able to choose between a number of modules to create an individualised path for developing their written skills with a focus on their demonstrating their expertise.

    During the course, students participate in individual, pair, and group work as a way to enhance their spoken skills.

    As part of the course, students also become familiar with the elements of an effective presentation.

    Depending on the modules chosen, the course may include elements of both creative and academic or professional writing, such as applications, analyses, and artist/designer statements.

    The main emphasis of these activities is on improving students’ competence in using English for communication.

    During the course, students also develop skills for giving and receiving constructive peer feedback.

    Working Life Skills:

    Know-how related to my own field of studies, Working independently, Skills in foreign language, Skills related to working in international environment, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication skills, Visual communication skills, Job seeking skills, Team work skills, Skills in social relations, Self-Awareness, Written communication skills, Critical thinking skills, Analytical thinking skills, Lifelong learning skills, Self-confidence, and Time management.

    Note: May vary depending on chosen modules.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Spoken Assignments 55%

    Written Assignments 35%

    Continuous assessment of active contribution 10%

    Note: Integrated versions of this course may follow different assessment criteria and percentage distribution.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    81 h (Small group instruction 16-32 h and guided independent work 49-65 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided by the teacher and students

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    LCA-1009, LCA-1001, LCA-1112, LCA-1110, LCA-1111, LC-1117, LC-1121, LCA-1013

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CEFR B2