XENH001 Academic Reading (3 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023



The course focuses on developing academic literacy, management and use of sources, reading skills and strategies, understanding details and relationships between ideas, as well as vocabulary strategies for reading extensive academic discipline specific texts. Interaction with peers and active learning will also be included.

Completion methods

Assignments include the development of effective reading strategies and study skills, searching and evaluating information, and explaining concepts and terminology. In addition, interactive communication, practiced through individual, pair- and group work, are emphasized. Students practice reporting research information in one's own words in Finnish Sign Language, Finnish and English. Attendance is compulsory.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students are expected to:

  • have developed appropriate reading strategies which include skimming and scanning.
  • have acquired academic literacy skills (e.g. find, use and evaluate online tools and sources)
  • be able to identify various types of academic research and reporting types (e.g. qualitative and quantitative research, empirical and review articles)
  • be able to access, identify, and distinguish disciplinary and intercultural conventions and concepts, as well as terminology used in the field,
  • know how to discuss, summarise, and synthesize research information in their own words orally and in written form using Finnish Sign Language, Finnish and English,
  • be able to do self and peer assessments and to work in teams.

Additional information

Compulsory course for undergraduate degrees in Finnish Sign Language (students who have Finnish Sign Language as a native language)

TARGET GROUP: Second year students (and above)

PROFICIENCY LEVEL: B2 -> C1 (upper intermediata - advanced)

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Compulsory and active participation. Successful completion of core assignments. Final grading is based on the applicable grading scale for the course.
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
No published teaching