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Working English (2 cr)

Code: 5021182-3014

General information


01.06.2022 - 09.09.2022


29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

2 op

Virtual portion

1 op

Mode of delivery

50 % Contact teaching, 50 % Distance learning


Engineering and Business

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


10 - 30

Degree programmes


  • Sari Loppela-Rauha

Teacher in charge

Sari Loppela-Rauha


  • MKEMIK22
  • 09.12.2022 08:00 - 10:00, Working English 5021182-3014
  • 12.12.2022 08:30 - 11:00, Working English 5021182-3014


The student can function in English-language situations typically encountered within the field both in speaking and in writing. The student uses a varied range of language structures and communicates with clarity. S/he knows and can use essential field-related terminology and web-based dictionaries and proofreading aids. The student can realistically assess his/her English communication skills and needs for development, and can act accordingly.


Spoken and written English as used by engineering students andengineers for professional purposes.


No textbooks. Videos, news, articles etc. are used. Study materials are brought in both by the teacher and the students. Terminology study is supported with Quizlet sets created by the teacher. The students find job ads and select relevant topics for pitching.

Teaching methods

Task-based studying supported by contact sessions either in a classroom setting or online
Discussions, small presentations and written assignments depending on the students' background, skills level and needs.

Exam schedules

No exam and therefore also no re-exam.

International connections

All topics are related to the students' other ongoing studies and to their field of study. Employment & application procedures are specifically dealt with, and the course material seeks to expand the students' familiarity with career options in the field.
Basic philosophy: language is both a form given to thoughts and a tool for building and maintaining relationships. During the English course, therefore, real issues are discussed while focusing both on what information content is conveyed and what social implications the interaction has. In other words, the aim is to behave in an effective and socially acceptable way in an English-language work environment.

Completion alternatives


Student workload

Some face-to-face time in the classroom or online, some independent writing, and some discussion in small groups.

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

Active attendance and accepted tasks are required.

Content scheduling

Brushing up the students' work-related English communication skills.

Further information

Laptop, microphone, webcam required
This is a skills course, and skills need practice.
Minimum attendance requirement 75%.

Evaluation scale


Assessment methods and criteria

Task-based assessment, no exam. Compulsory attendance in class. Contribution to discussions is expected. Possibly a few small tests along the way on some limited subject areas (based on homework).

Assessment criteria, fail (0)

Missing tasks or tasks not in compliance with instructions and lack of attendance (attendance less than 75%) may result in a failed course.

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1-2)

- deficient mastery of language mechanics, e.g. problems with tenses or sentence formation
- pronunciation issues which hamper understanding
- message often unclear
- limited use of vocabulary
- deficient mastery of register (politeness, appropriate style, choice of words)
- tasks late or only partly completed
- little or no contribution to discussion and/or pair work in class
- for grade 1, the student must be capable of responding when addressed in speaking and of producing grammatical sentences in writing

Assessment criteria, good (3-4)

The student has a communicative approach to language and is willing to develop as a language user but lacks proficiency in language mechanics. However, the message is always clear and the student is an active contributor in pair/group discussions. All tasks are done.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

- tasks completed in accordance with instructions and by due date
- close to error-free mastery of language mechanics (CEFRB2- C)
- clear pronunciation
- message coherent and clear
- good grasp of text structure
- versatile use of vocabulary
- good grasp of register (politeness, appropriate style)
- active contribution to class discussions and pair work