XEN0054 Academic Study Skills (2 cr)

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



The aim of the course is to prepare students for studying their major through English at the University of Jyväskylä. Activation and development of basic academic study skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing will be emphasized. We will also discuss intercultural differences in academic conventions and focus on general academic study skills needed in university studies. Typical tasks include reading, listening and speaking exercises, finding and evaluating information, writing an academic summary, and leading a class discussion. Tasks will be carried out through individual, pair and group work.

Completion methods

Contact teaching and independent study. Compulsory attendance in class tutorials.

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: Primarily intended for incoming short-term exchange students

PROFICIENCY LEVEL: A2-B1 (lower intermediate - intermediate)

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 (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
No published teaching