XEN0028 Big and Small Talk about Finland (4 cr)

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



This is an advanced English course where students will enhance their critical and argumentative skills while discussing and debating in a range of social contexts related to Finland in an academic context. Different cultural perspectives will be one of the key elements in our discussions as the course is intended for both Finns and international students. The emphasis will be on developing advanced language skills for effective communication and interaction in a multicultural context in small talk situations, general class discussions, as well as presenting content in multimodal form.

Completion methods

Collaborative class sessions: pair- and group work, whole group discussions. Video presentations on topics related to Finland. Intensive sessions on Tuesdays. Most course material is in the Moodle learning platform.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course students are expected to
- be aware of values and attitudes embedded in Finnish society,
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of English language competence in formal academic and informal situations,
- activate and produce language to give opinion, criticize and support arguments, in general and current issues,
- demonstrate effective collaborative and multicultural team-working skills through participation in joint projects.

Additional information

Elective course

TARGET GROUP: Finnish and international students


Description of prerequisites

Compulsory English courses for Finnish students

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 (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
No published teaching