KOPS1004 Integrating language and content in teaching (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course focuses on different pedagogical approaches that integrate language and content in teaching and learning, e.g. immersion, CLIL, Finnish as a second language and content teaching in students' first language (i.e. L1 teaching). The course aims to show how these approaches and the discussions related to them are intertwined with the changes in different socio-political contexts and the field of language studies. We will use both spoken interactions and written texts to analyze for instance how genres and subject-specific language use manifest in language and content integration.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, reading group, group work, project work

No alternative mode of completion is offered for this course as it is very much a hands-on course where students do lot of group work and data workshops.

Assessment details

Active participation during lessons, small-scale group project work and its presentation, written report.

More detailed information on the assessment criteria for each grade will be given in writing in the first meeting of the course.

Learning outcomes

After competing the course, students will

- be familiar with different theoretical and methodological approaches to researching language and content integration in teaching
- be able to reflect on the relationship between language and content in different pedagogical environments, e.g. immersion, CLIL, Finnish as a second language and L1 teaching
- understand how content-based teaching and learning challenges current conceptions of language and learning
- understand how genres and subject-specific ways of using language shape language practices

Additional information

Attendance policy: 100%.

Description of prerequisites

It is highly recommended that students have taken KLSA124 / KOPA1000 Johdatus kielen oppimisen ja opettamisen tutkimukseen, but it is not obligatory.

Study materials

Required readings will be announced in the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
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