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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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KKEN38 English Communicative Skills - Humanities 2 ECTS
Organised by
Preceding studies
Level A English in upper secondary school, or equivalent skills (B1-B2 level of language competence).


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2

Learning outcomes

After completing this study module, students
- can express themselves easily in discussions related to their own field of study
- can use expressions required by different situations while taking other participants into account
- can understand the importance of oral communication in intercultural communication


- practising academic communication skills
- improving oral communication skills and terminology of own field of study
- exercises in text comprehension and writing (to support oral exercises)
Topics change every year, other topics are possible as well.
Topic descriptions:
a) Intercultural Communication
Group discussions and tasks related to the themes of intercultural communication are a central part of the course contents. The group will visit a class in "Finnish as a Foreign Language" and prepare short oral and written presentations.
b) The Modern Troubadour
The course focuses on the productions of poets and composers who depict international, social and political situations in their work. Songs are examined in their birth context, for example in relation to their time and place of origin, their socio-cultural factors and their poetic and musical styles.
c) Cinema
Assignments, group discussions and classwork are based on film subjects. When watching films, students concentrate on what makes films good or bad, why they like them or don't like them, etc. No foreknowledge of the movie industry is required. In oral presentations, students describe their films of choice from their own points of view.
d) InterActing in English
The course improves students' communicational skills and strategies with the help of drama (improvisations, role playing, stories and exercises that will increase students' awareness). With the help of various exercises, students will improve their skills for spontaneous communication and learn how to express their thoughts through verbal and non-verbal communication strategies and hold presentations in English.
e) Creative Writing and Literature
The course improves students' English communicational skills with the help of "round table" discussions and short presentations, which are based on both original and existing literary sources.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Primarily for students of Humanities

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 26 h 0 h
Independent work 28 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Evaluation by regular and active participation, continuous assessment and presentation or final exam.

Recommended year of study

Third year of studies

Study materials

The material distributed during the course must be paid for.

Belongs to following study modules

Language Centre