XENX001 Academic Reading (3 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course focuses on developing academic reading skills and strategies, and vocabulary strategies for reading extensive discipline specific texts. Critical information management and activation of communication skills will also be included. The focus of the course varies depending on the discipline, student needs etc.

Assignments include development of effective reading strategies and study skills, searching and evaluating information, and explaining concepts and terminology. In addition, reporting research information in one’s own words in Finnish and in English is an important skill to be practised. Interactive teaching involving individual, pair- and group work. Attendance is compulsory.

Completion methods

Interactive teaching involving individual, pair- and group work. Attendance is compulsory (80 %).

Assessment details

Continuous assessment is based on active participation in classroom activities including individual, pair and co-operative group work in English and in Finnish, and presentations in English. Successful completion of all assignments.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are expected to:

- have developed appropriate strategies for extensive and intensive reading (e.g. to skim, scan and locate the main points)
- have learnt academic study skills required for critical information management and evaluation (e.g. search, use and evaluate electronic tools and references)
- be able to identify various types of academic research reporting types and argumentation (e.g. qualitative vs. quantitative research reports, reviews, argumentative texts)
- to be able to identify and distinguish disciplinary and intercultural conventions and concepts, and terminology used in the field
- know how to discuss, summarise, synthesise and formulate research information in their own words orally and in written form in Finnish and/or in English
- be able to do self and peer assessments and to work in teams.

Additional information

Course is organized by the JYU Open University.

Description of prerequisites

Proficiency level B2-C1.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
No published teaching