(suomi) Language Teaching Tomorrow – Track 4

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Interested in online language studies?

In autumn 2019, there will be new online language courses available in nine different languages (e.g. Spanish, Korean, Estonian) and in a multi-language eTandem.

KIVAKO project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and run by 26 universities and universities of applied sciences will pilot 3-5 ECTS courses using the DigiCampus Moodle as a learning platform.

There will be quotas for students from each participating university of university of applied sciences. Places that are left will be filled in the order of enrolment.

The enrolment period will be 2.-15.9.2019.

More information about the studies and enrolment will be published on the websites of the participating universities and universities of applied sciences and DigiCampus Moodle at the end of August.

Welcome to enrol to the pilot courses in the autumn 2019!

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Language Teaching Tomorrow 2019 – Track 1 workshops

The author is a student who worked as a host for Language Teaching Tomorrow 2019 international week.

Track 1 workshops were well received with the audience providing plenty of engagement with the speakers and the conversation continuing on after the talks. The focus seemed to be on teachers and staff and their; confidence and motivation in language classes, extent of understanding different fields of study and their relevance in the classroom, and the continued need for language teachers especially in language specialization (Business, Law, Engineering, etc.). These were all topics of great discussion, particularly the range of experiences from country to country and when it came to institution budgets.

Susanne Kirchmeyer kicked us off introducing Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany which has an increasingly large international student presence. The struggle is inherent here with the majority of Int. students having no German language skills and many of the older administrative personnel, as well as the Weimar community, having limited or no English language skills. There was particular interest into the networking across faculties by the language department as well as the expanding scope of the department into non-university faculties like student housing and local immigration.

From The Hague University of Applied Sciences Netherlands, Marleen Berkhout and Paula Hulsbosch brought an energetic introduction to their work which aims to prepare students for their future career in international settings. One topic of interest were for teachers to have a broad understanding of, for example business, so to better help reinforce specialized language skills in their field. Independent study and contact with alumni were helpful pointers. Another topic was field trips hosted entirely in the teaching language. These would be held in a place of interest relevant to the studied language and funded partly by an independent fund, the school and the students.

The strong theme of staff motivation was continued in the ‘round-table’ discussion spearheaded by Ms. Dorka Balogh from the Pázmány Péter Catcholic University, Hungary. Teachers shared experiences and ideas about knowledge sharing across faculties, professional language teaching and specialization, content methodology, and dealing with stress and burnouts and its prevention among other topics. The session was left with a pressing question: to what degree must professional language teachers understand/ have knowledge of their students’ field of study and how will the fusion of professional language studies and professional studies impact language specialization?

The final presentation was given by Ms. Sofie Verstraete from the Artevelde University College Ghent, Belgium and introduced a very practical guide to the way students are supported in developing their bachelor papers. With respect to language, Ms. Verstraete tells that bachelor papers’ quality is suffering for many reasons, one of which stems from the limited capacity of coaches to guide students in this way, because of workloads (especially). The logistical problem of addressing thousands of students’ papers by hundreds of teachers was a main driver for creating the language coach position. A template to guide thesis writing, an Academic Writing Assistant (website), and personal guidance were some of the practical tools given to students.

Overall the day’s events seemed fruitful and full of proactive discussion from all involved. It was particularly interesting for me, having gone through several Finnish language courses, to hear from the teachers’ perspective inside the classroom and to understand their difficulties and energy spent outside of the classroom.

 

 

Kieran Denham

Student of Energy and Environmental Engineering

20/05/2019

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First time to be a host

The author is a student who worked as a host for Language Teaching Tomorrow 2019 international week.

On the thursday, 16th of may, i was one of the host at tamk for the international language meeting. It is my first time to be a host and i appreciated that i was gave a chance, and luckly, everything went well except some small problems with the computer.

At begainning, i am excited that i could arrange the whole process and introduce the speechers of every topic, especially when i enjoying the music( in the shadow, finnish song) show at around 8 : 30 for welcoming the guests from all over the world. After 30 minutes, Ms. Mira Grönvall gave the speech, work life simulation as a learning platform but i am not there. Then, was  the coffee break. My time was started at 10 : 30, i told them that is my first time to host such a excellent meeting and i felt nervous after i roughly introduced my name and some basic information about me, the next, i threw the topic         ( brief introduction to Finnish language) out and challenged myself by spoke the finnish name with R sound, i got appload and encourage from the speecher and the guests though my prounciation not well, i knew. For this lecture, it last for 90 minutes and everyone was took part in positively and really enjoyed themselves within group members while they talking with each other and tought finnish. And the second is a workshop, Are your students interculturally competent and it shows well, as well as the third speech, teaching foreign languaes in a multicultural environment, a communicative approach.

Everyone have to experience many first time in any form, for me at the tamk to host the process, i think it is a good begainning to start my vivid life.

 

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University-level language studies at Summer University of Tampere, summer 2019

All the following courses may be included into a Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) degree upon request.

 

English

Preparatory Studies, English, VENGVAL-8, 3 ECTS (TAMK) 6.8.–5.9.2019, 45 € TAMK students / 125 € others

Preparatory Course in Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes 2 ECTS (TAU)

20.5.–3.6.2019, 105 €

Preparatory Course in Communicative Skills 2 ECTS (TAU) 4.–13.6.2019, 105 €

Professional Writing 2 ECTS (TAU) online course 8.–4.9.2019, 105 €

 

Spanish

Spanish I 4 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–26.6.2019, 155 €

Spanish II 4 ECTS (TAU) 30.7.–5.9.2019, 155 €

Spanish IV 4 ECTS (TAU) 5.8.–2.9.2019, 155 €

Spanish Oral and Written Communication 4 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–19.6.2019, 155 €

 

Italian

Italian for Beginners 1 3 ECTS (HY) 21.5.–18.6.2019, 140 €

Italian for Beginners 2 3 ECTS (HY) 5.–28.8.2019, 140 €

Italian Conversation for Beginners 2 ECTS (HY) 13.–29.5.2019, 105 €

 

Japanese

Japanese Elementary Course 1 3 ECTS (TAMK) 13.5.–13.6.2019, 130 €

Japanese Elementary Course 2 3 ECTS (TAMK) 29.7.–29.8.2019, 130 €

 

Chinese

Chinese Elementary Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 21.5.–25.6.2019, 145 €

Chinese Elementary II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 6.8.–4.9.2019, 145 €

 

Korean

Korean for Beginners 1 3 ECTS (HY) 20.5.–17.6.2019, 130 €

Korean for Beginners 2 2 ECTS (HY) 5.–26.8.2019, 110 €

 

Portuguese

Portuguese for Beginners 1 3 ECTS (HY) 21.5.–18.6.2019, 125 €

Portuguese for Beginners 2 2 ECTS (HY) 5.–26.8.2019, 105 €

 

French

French II 4 ECTS (TAU) 6.8.–3.9.2019, 155 €

Oral Practice in French 2 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–19.6.2019, 105 €

 

Swedish

Preparatory Studies, Swedish, VRUOTVAL-8, 3 ECTS (TAMK) 6.8.–5.9.2019,

45 € TAMK students / 125 € others

Swedish Preparatory Course – Grammar and Vocabulary 2 ECTS (TAU) 23.5.–18.6.2019, 105 €

 

German

German I 4 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–18.6.2019, 155 €

German II 4 ECTS (TAU) 5.8.–3.9.2019,155 €

German Preparatory Course – Grammar and Vocabulary 2 ECTS (TAU) 27.5.–19.6.2019, 105 €

 

Finnish (as a foreign language)

Finnish Elementary Course 1 3 ECTS (TAU) 29.7.–15.8.2019, 140 €

Finnish Elementary Course 2 3 ECTS (TAU) 19.8.–5.9.2019, 140 €

Finnish Advanced Course 1 4 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–19.6.2019, 155 €

Finnish Advanced Course 2 4 ECTS (TAU) 24.6.–22.7.2019, 155 €

 

Russian

Russian I 4 ECTS (TAU) 14.5–27.6.2019, 155 €

Russian II 4 ECTS (TAU) 6.8.–5.9.2019, 155 €

Reading and Talking in Russian 4 ECTS (TAU) 24.6.–22.7.2019, 155 €

 

Estonian

Introduction to Estonian 5 ECTS (TAU) 20.5.–18.6.2019, 155 €

 

Abbreviations (after the name of the course): HY = held according to the requirements of University of Helsinki, TAU = held according to the requirements of Tampere University, TAMK = the course may be included into Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) degree upon request.

The lessons are held in the evenings. The enrolment usually ends two weeks before the beginning of the course. If there are places available on the course, it may be possible to enrol later.

The autumn course programme will be published on the Summer University website during the summer.

Everyone who enrols and pays the course fee has a right to study on a course. Majority of our courses are taught in Finnish.

More information and enrolment:

https://tampereenkesayliopisto.fi/course-programme/language-courses-en

Courses held in English: https://tampereenkesayliopisto.fi/en/students-guide/study-in-english/

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English and Swedish preparatory studies in August 2019

Do you feel that you need to strengthen your English or Swedish skills before taking the compulsory degree language courses?

The Summer University of Tampere will offer the following courses in August 2019:

Preparatory Studies, English VENGVAL-8 and

Preparatory Studies, Swedish VRUOTVAL-8.

Both courses may be included in the University of Tampere Applied Sciences (TAMK) degree.

Both courses comprise 40 contact lessons as well as independent work in an online environment. The lessons will be held in the evenings on the main campus of the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, address Kuntokatu 3, Tampere. For TAMK students, the fee is 45 euros per course.

The enrolment is done online via the Summer University of Tampere website. The enrolment ends two weeks before the course starts.

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Language Teaching Tomorrow 2019

Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

Over 100 language and communication professionals from more than 20 countries arrives at JAMK and TAMK to participate in the international week for language teachers on 13.-17.5.2019.

This is the fourth time the international week is organised, and this year it begins in Jyväskylä and ends in Tampere. The theme of the week is Life-long Learning through Curiosity, and there will be inspiring and interactive presentations on the topic as well as versatile social programme and networking. More information: http://ltt2019.tamk.fi.

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Would you like to develop your English speaking and listening skills in an international student team online?

English Speaking and Listening is aimed at students who wish to improve their pronunciation in English, learn to listen to and comprehend spoken English better, and who want to improve their skills in online collaboration and the use of contemporary online discussion tools. The course is also suitable for all students from all degree programmes and exchange students, as the teaching language of the course is English.

This is a fully online 3 cr free-choice course with no classroom meetings, and it will be carried out in collaboration with Masaryk University, which means that half of the students in the course will be from the Czech Republic. The course consists of both working in small groups, but also some individual tasks. Even though the course has a schedule with set deadlines, the students need to be able to also work independently and schedule their own work.

Enroll to the course through Pakki by 25 February (course code NV00CR09, implementation number 3010). In addition to that, please send your Gmail/Google email address to Marianna Leikomaa (marianna.leikomaa(at)tamk.fi), as we use Google tools in the course and need your Gmail/Google id to invite you to Eliademy platform. If you do not have one yet, it is very easy to create it.

More information about the course: http://opinto-opas-ops.tamk.fi/index.php/en/realization/NV00CR09-3010

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Student, do you know how to communicate appropriately in a multicultural and multilingual workplace?

Student, do you know how to communicate appropriately in a multicultural and multilingual workplace?

You should, because you will almost inevitably study and work in multicultural settings. Understanding and being able to apply the basic elements of intercultural and multilingual communication allows you to work better in multicultural contexts.

Now you can improve your competence to work in a multicultural workplace and use different languages in a flexible manner! The Language Centres of Tampere University and TAMK offer a unique course that combines English, Swedish, Finnish, intercultural communication, speech communication, and scientific writing into one handy package. The course consists of three modules and simulates working life, since the students will work in small multicultural teams both face to face and online.

WHAT? 

Course name: Communication and Languages in a Multicultural Workplace, 2-5 credits

Course structure: Modules 1-3

  • Module 1: How to communicate in a multicultural workplace? 2 cr (mandatory)

Build the foundations with the help of theory, practical tips and by contacting people working in multicultural contexts. Use different languages and help everybody stay involved despite different language skills.

  • Module 2: How to organize a project? 2 cr

Working in projects is common nowadays. In this module, you will (also) boost your project skills by organising a small-scale project with your multicultural and multilingual small group.

  • Module 3: How to analyse workplace communication? 1 cr

Did you get a summer job or do you already work in a multicultural workplace? Continue improving your competence in multicultural and multilingual settings by reflecting and analysing workplace communication and your communication competence and language skills.

Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish and any other language you find possible to use within the group. NB! You need to be able to work in English. It is good but not mandatory to be able to speak Finnish and Swedish.

Modes of study: Face to face meetings (attendance obligatory) and working online

Target group: Local and international students

WHEN AND HOW DO I APPLY? The course is organised in spring 2019. More information and application via http://bit.ly/clmw2019 by 10.1.2019.

Contact information: piia.jokiranta@staff.uta.fi, katriina.veikkolainen@staff.uta.fi, carlos.mendozasantana@tut.fi, tanja.tervonen@tut.fi, henri.annala@tamk.fi

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Cross-Cultural Communication and Global Employability course starting soon!

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The world is changing really fast with development in technology. This phenomenon is making the world of work also to change accordingly. However, some jobs are changing faster than the others. An example of this is in emerging trends in education, which heavily involves using technology in teaching, e.g online courses.

The purpose of this course is to equip students with 21st century skills as prescribed by WEF 2020. The course will be designed as an online course in collaboration with TAMK’s strategic partners like Budapest Business school, Paderborn University, and Brno University of Technology.

The learning outcomes of the course will include elements of 21st century skills:
1. Cross-cultural communicative competence
2. Research oriented
3. Team skills
4. Creativitiy
5. Time management skills
6. Flexibility

The enrolment is open until 15.9.2018 (course code N-00DH77, implementation 3002) and the course will start on 17.9.2018.

More information:

Emmanuel Abruquah

emmanuel.abruquah(at)tamk.fi

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