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.


The main goal of this course is that students will find their own way to learn, study and use English both in meaningful personal contexts as well as in academic/ working life situations.

Students will develop their English skills towards autonomous and spontaneous language use.

Furthermore, the goal is that students manage their own learning process by doing the following:

Analyzing their own identity as an English learner and their learning needs

· Setting personalized learning goals
· Choosing their approach to learning
· Making a concrete learning plan and carrying it out
· Reflecting on their learning process and results

Credits: 3

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Hanna Hakala, Laura Mendoza

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Hanna Hakala

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

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):


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



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The students will devise a personalized learning plan together with the teacher, in which they consider their own special needs and ways to learn a foreign language.

    The small group meetings and individual consultations with the teacher will deal with several topics, such as:

    · Language learner history and its effects on one s English learner identity
    · Ways of reflecting on one s own learning, such as a learning diary
    · Realistic methods for self-evaluation
    · Using and developing English together with other students
    · Skills for learning and studying English depending on the particular needs of the students: listening, reading, speaking, writing.

    Assessment methods and criteria:

    - Completion of the study plan as agreed with the teacher
    - No final exam

    Working Life Skills:

    Skills in a foreign language, Written & Oral communication, Self-awareness, Lifelong learning skills, Self-confidence, Time management, and Team work skill

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Completion of the study plan as agreed with the teacher

    - No final exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    81 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MyCourses page + student-selected learning materials depending on each individual plan

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    LCA-1001, LCA-1002, LCA-1008, LCA-1009, LCA-1111, LCA-1012, LCA-1013, LC-1117, LC-1121


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course consists of three initial compulsory sessions:

    Session 1: Tue 12 January from 10-15 in  U410a (a lunch break included)

    Session 2: Fri 15 January from 9-12 in U410a

    Session 3: Tue 19 January from 10-12 in U410a

    During these initial sessions,  the participants decide on both content areas they wish to work on and subsequent small group meetings, which will meet at varying times depending on what the participant.

    In other words, this course requires flexibility from both students and the teacher to negotiate and agree on small group meeting times.