XENX040 Intensive Summer Course in Academic English (4 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Language Centre
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This is a two-week intensive preparatory course organized in August. The aim of the course is to prepare students for studying their major through English at the University of Jyväskylä. We will activate, practice and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English at lower intermediate – intermediate level. We will also discuss intercultural differences in academic conventions and focus on general academic study skills needed in studying here at the University of Jyväskylä. Typical tasks include reading, listening and speaking exercises, finding and evaluating information, writing an essay and leading a class discussion.

Completion methods

Contact teaching (40 hours) and independent study. Compulsory attendance.

Assessment details

ASSESSMENT: No final exam. Course evaluation is based on active participation in classroom activities and successful completion of course assignments.

Learning outcomes

LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:
- employ different listening strategies for academic environments (e.g. lectures, group discussions)
- communicate confidently in informal and formal situations
- employ helpful reading strategies for finding and understanding the main points in a text
- develop their writing at the sentence and paragraph level
- recognize different study practices between one's home university and the University of Jyväskylä

Description of prerequisites

PROFICIENCY LEVEL: A2-B1, lower intermediate – intermediate.

Completion methods

Method 1

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