XENX040 Intensive Summer Course in Academic English (4 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
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Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



This is an 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.

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

Additional information

TARGET GROUP: Incoming exchange students

PROFICIENCY LEVEL: B1-B2 (intermediate - upper intermediate)

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
No final exam. Course evaluation is based on active participation in classroom activities and successful completion of course assignments.
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

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