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.


After the course, students will:

- gain confidence to perform in various situations in spite of stage fright
- be able to plan and carry out oral presentations of various kinds and defend their views persuasively
- be supportive listeners and able to give and receive feedback during public speaking situations

Credits: 2 - 3

Schedule: 26.04.2024 - 07.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rinna Toikka

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is designed for students who feel that speech anxieties or other social phobias have been detrimental to their studies, work life or everyday interaction. The course discusses the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivations related to public speaking as well as the willingness to communicate. The focus is on becoming a more confident speaker and performer and achieving a natural contact in all communicative situations. Key themes include willingness to communicate or lack of confidence in communicating, public speaking as a form of interaction, different aspects of stage fright, courage to express oneself, audience skills, feedback and performance skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Passing the course requires an 80% attendance rate in contact teaching, active and constructive participation in group work and exercises, as well as passing all the assignments given on the course. The working methods include interactive lectures, pair and group work, experiential learning methods and exercises on public speaking as well as written learning assignments or other assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    For 2 credits: contact hours 24 h, independent study 30 h
    For 3 credits: contact hours 24 h, independent study 57 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Online material and/or current scientific publications/literature on communication.

    Further information will be given in class.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II - Spring IV
    2023-2024 Autumn II - Spring IV

    Registration for the course: in Sisu

    Registration for the KiViTa course:

    This course is taught by the KiViTa network and offered to students at all higher education institutions in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. You can apply for the course in Studyinfo. Students are admitted on a first-come first-served basis.