Languages

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Students

 

Basics of Finnish (3 ECTS)

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 3
  • Course code: N-KV598F-3044
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course students will have a basic knowledge of pronouncing Finnish, and a core set of vocabulary and expressions needed in everyday life. They will be able to lead brief conversations in Finnish on some of the most common matters and situations related to everyday life (introducing themselves, telling the time, buying and paying, ordering food). The students will also be familiarized with Finnish culture and their new study environment in Tampere.
  • Course content:
    • basics of Finnish efficiently and in good spirit
    • pronunciation exercises
    • discussion exercises
    • written exercises
  • Evaluation: Assessment is based on student’s active participation, a written exam and written exercise.
  • Teacher responsible: Ella Hakala
  • Course material: The materials are designed by the teacher.
  • Number of Finnish language classes:
    • 28 lessons of contact teaching à 45 min   
    • 28 hours of independent studying
    • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher Ella Hakala: ella.hakala(at)tamk.fi

This course does not replace the mandatory Finnish course aimed for new international degree students. If you are a new international degree student, please find more information in the curriculum of your home institution (UTA, TUT or TAMK).

Finnish Survival Course (2 ECTS)

During the course, students are acquainted with the Finnish pronunciation and spelling system, the basics of grammar and some core vocabulary. Students engage in pronunciation, sound recognition, and structural and communicative exercises that focus on the topics covered.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KKSUSC
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After successful completion of the course students know the foundations of Finnish pronunciation and can use and understand short and simply-structured Finnish expressions that concern some of the most common matters and situations related to everyday life (telling their name, buying and paying, telling the time, ordering food).
  • Evaluation: Assessment is based on participation in the course and the final examination (including listening comprehension test).
  • Teachers responsible: Heikki Kangasniemi (group A) and Tuomas Hoffrén (group B)
  • Course material: The materials are designed by the teacher.
  • Min-max number of students: 2 x 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teachers: Heikki Kangasniemi heikki.kangasniemi(at)uta.fi or Tuomas Hoffrén Koljonen.Tuomas.P(a)student.uta.fi

Please note! There will be two groups on this course: group A the mornings (9.00 - 12.30) and group B in the afternoons (13.30 - 17.00). Please see the teaching timetable for more detailed course schedules.

This course does not replace the mandatory Finnish course aimed for new international degree students. If you are a new international degree student, please find more information in the curriculum of your home institution (UTA, TUT or TAMK).

Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work (2 ECTS) 

The course aims to provide students with such communication skills that help further dialogue in the work place when using English as a lingua franca.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KKENVAL4
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: advanced
  • Learning outcomes: On completion of the course, the students are expected to
    • be able to use strategies to enhance dialogue and constructive communication at work
    • understand and know how to overcome barriers of effective communication
    • have knowledge and tools to reflect on and develop their own communication skills
  • Contents: To achieve the learning outcomes, students will
    • acquaint themselves with the concept of dialogue
    • analyse the role of language in the context of workplace communication
    • practice strategies of sharing meaning through dialogue in a group
    • develop strategies for dealing with conflict
    • engage in a common workplace task (e.g. negotiating a strategy for an organization)
  • Evaluation: Pass/FailContinuous assessment, completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.
  • Teacher responsible: Mirja Hämäläinen
  • Teaching: Tutorials 26h, independent work 28h.
  • Course material: Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.
  • Min-max number of students: 15-25

 In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher Mirja Hämäläinen: mirja.hamalainen(at)uta.fi

English as a Global Language (5 ECTS)  

The course reviews linguistic as well as various socio-cultural aspects of English as a global language, paying attention to both theory and practice. The course has three main aims. Firstly, it outlines the development and characteristics of English as a global language – the variation, change and diversification of English in different regions, societies, communities and settings in the world – with specific emphasis on non-native-speaker contexts. Secondly, the course provides a critical overview of issues around and debates on the impact of the spread of English in the world. Thirdly, it familiarizes students with a range of linguistic and discourse-pragmatic approaches to studying English as a global language.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ENGS18
  • Discipline: English language, literature and translation
  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced
  • Learning outcomes: Students will have a basic knowledge of the variation, change and diversification of the English language in different regions, societies, communities and settings around the world.
  • Working methods: Participation in classroom discussions and exercises and a course essay
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher responsible: Hanna Parviainen
  • Course material: short readings given in class
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Hanna Parviainen: hanna.e.parviainen(at)uta.fi.