Courses for International(ly Minded) Students

Interested in meeting new people and learning at the same time?

EACH ONE TEACH ONE

Would you like to get to know students coming from different countries, meet with them in casual settings, learn their languages and culture and/or teach them your own, and get credits for doing that? If you became interested, Each One Teach One is exactly for you.

Take a look at the course description and check out the blog diaries of students who have completed the course, and if you became interested, fill in the registration form by 26.1.2020. Those accepted in the course will be notified by email on 28.1.2020, and they are invited to attend the kick-off info on 29.1.2020 at 15:00 in D1-02 auditorium.

More information
henri.annala(at)tuni.fi
emmanuel.abruquah(at)tuni.fi

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SCHOOL VISITS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

Attention all international students! Want to visit local schools and get a credit for doing that? The School Visits course is aimed at all exchange and foreign degree students at TAMK, and it consists of three visits to local comprehensive or secondary schools and participating in lessons for example by giving country and culture presentations, helping with language teaching, demonstrating how to cook the national food of your home country, etc. The students are awarded 1 credit for completing the course. For additional information, see the course description.

If you would like to participate in this unique course, please fill in the registration form highlighting your skills before 26.1.2020, and then wait for the local schools to contact you. The schedules for the visits are always agreed upon separately.

More information
henri.annala(at)tuni.fi

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Fast track to Professional English Online Course

Teachers:

Minna Metsäportti tel. 050 311 9662, minna.metsaportti@tuni.fi (health care)

Kirsi Saarinen tel. 040 800 4326, kirsi.saarinen@tuni.fi (engineering)

For whom?

For engineering / health care students who want to study at an accelerated pace to complete their studies and who have the ability to study English of their special field both independently and with students from different professional fields.

Prerequisites:

Upper secondary school courses (A-level) or an equivalent level (health care students)

Working English for Engineers or equivalent skills (engineering students)

Enrolment:

1) Write a formal email application containing the details mentioned below by 14th Jan 2020 8.00 pm   to

minna.metsaportti@tuni.fi (health care)

kirsi.saarinen@tuni.fi (engineering)

2) Additionally, send in a one-minute-long informal video presentation of yourself. Let us hear you talk about something that you are enthusiastic about. Deliver your video clip via WhatsApp: Kirsi Saarinen  040 800 4326  Minna Metsäportti  050 311 9662.

Your e-mail application should contain the following:

How do you intend to use English in your process of becoming a professional in your special field. Give concrete examples of the role of English in your current studies. Describe your development in English skills. What are your aims i.e. what do you intend to achieve during this process and beyond. (300 words)

Assessment of the e-mail

-appropriate subject line, salutation and closing

-message meaningfully structured, language clear, error free and polite

Assessment of the video clip

-fluency, idiomaticity, communicative elements

Time:  20.1.-20.2.2020  as a Tabula course + final project (video presentation)

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Interested in online language studies?

In spring 2020, there will be new online language courses available in ten different languages 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 determined by drawing lots.

The enrolment period will be 13.1.-22.1.2020.

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 in January.

Welcome to enrol to the pilot courses in January!

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University level language studies at Summer University of Tampere, spring 2020

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

You can get an early bird discount, if you enroll on our language courses by December 15th, 2019, and pay the course fee online when you register. The discount will be automatically deducted from the course fee. All the courses that belong to the campaign are listed on our website (available only in Finnish): https://tampereenkesayliopisto.fi/ajankohtaista/aikaisen-ilmoittautujan-etu-15-12-saakka

Englanti

Reading and Writing Skills in English – KENG9112 3ECTS (VY) online course 1.2.–12.4.2020, 105 €

Oral Skills in English – KENG9111 2 ECTS (VY) 23.3.–22.4.2020, 105 €

Society and State – KENG9217 3 ECTS (VY) online course 7.1.–9.2.2020, 105 €

Spanish

Spanish Elementary Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 13.1–14.4.2020, 145 €

Spanish Intermediate Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 20.1.–4.5.2020, 145 €

Italian

Italian for Beginners 2 3 ECTS (HY) 22.1.–29.4.2020, 145 €

Intermediate Italian 2 3 ECTS (HY) 22.1.–22.4.2020, 145 €

Romolo – Practical Italian Online 3 ECTS (HY) 30.1.–22.5.2020 online course, 145 €

Japanese

Japanese Elementary Course II 3 ECTS (TAMK), 130 €/group

  • Group 1: 13.1.–20.4.2020
  • Group 2: 14.1.–21.4.2020

Japanese Intermediate Course I 2 ECTS (TAMK) 21.1.–28.4.2020, 115 €

Japanese Intermediate Course III 2 ECTS (TAMK) 22.1.–25.3.2020, 115 €

Chinese

Chinese Elementary Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 21.1.–21.4.2020, 145 €

Korean

Korean for Beginners 2 2 ECTS (HY) 3.2.–6.4.2020, 100 €

French

French Elementary Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 21.1.–21.4.2020, 145 €

German

German Elementary Course II 4 ECTS (TAMK) 20.1.–27.4.2020, 140 €

Russian

Russian Elementary Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 20.1.–11.5.2020, 145 €

Russian Intermediate Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 22.1.–6.5.2020, 145 €

 

Abbreviations (after the name of the course): HY = according to the requirements of University of Helsinki, VY = according to the requirements of University of Vaasa, 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 2 weeks before the course begins. If there are places available on the course, it may be possible to join the course even after the enrolment has ended.

Everyone who pays the applicable course fee has the right to study at the Summer University.

Information about summer courses will be available on our website by the end of March.

More information and enrolment: https://tampereenkesayliopisto.fi/koulutustarjonta/kielet

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Opiskele eri kieliä verkossa – KiVAKOn pilottikurssit syksyllä 2019

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön rahoittama 26 korkeakoulun yhteistyöhanke KiVAKO pilotoi 3-5 op:n kieliopintoja DigiCampus-hankkeen Moodle-alustalla.

Syyslukukaudella 2019 on tarjolla uusia, verkko-opintoina toteutettavia kieliopintoja seuraavissa kielissä:

Opintojakso Laajuus CEFR-taso Vastuukorkeakoulu
Espanja 1 3 op A1 Satakunnan amk
Italia 1 3 op A1 Lapin yliopisto
Chinese & Chinese characters 1 (3+2) 5 op A1 Aalto-yliopisto
Korea 1 3 op A1 Turun yliopisto
Portugali 1 3 op A1 Aalto-yliopisto
Saksa 1 3 op A1 Vaasan yliopisto
Venäjä 3 3 op A1-A2 Vaasan yliopisto
Viro 1 5 op A1 Haaga-Helia amk
  • Tutustu kurssitarjontaan DigiCampus-hankkeen Moodle-alustalla tai klikkaamalla ylläolevasta taulukosta kurssin nimeä. Pääset tutustumaan tarjontaan DigiCampus-alustalla vierailijana.
  • Jokaisen kurssin etusivulla on lyhyt kuvaus kurssista ja linkki ilmoittautumislomakkeeseen. Linkki myös tässä.
  • Pilottiopintojaksoille varataan kiintiöpaikat kunkin hankekorkeakoulun opiskelijoille. Yli jäävät paikat täytetään ilmoittautumisjärjestyksessä.
  • Ilmoittautumisaika on 2.-15.9.2019. Tieto kurssipaikasta tulee 23.9. alkavalla viikolla.
  • Opetus toteutetaan loka-joulukuussa 2019.
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University level language studies at Summer University of Tampere, autumn 2019

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

English

Reading and Writing Skills in English – KENG9112 3 ECTS (VY) 5.10. – 31.12.2019, 105 €

Spanish

Spanish Elementary Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 9.9.–16.12.2019, 145 €

Spanish Intermediate Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 9.9.–16.12.2019, 145 €

Italian

Italian for Beginners 1 3 ECTS (HY) 11.9.–4.12.2019, 145 €

Intermediate Italian 1 3 ECTS (HY) 11.9.–11.12.2019, 145 €

Remo – Practical Italian Online 2 3 ECTS (HY) 12.9.–18.12.2019, 145 €

Japanese

Japanese Elementary Course I 3 ECTS (TAMK) 9.9.–2.12.2019, 130 €

Japanese Elementary Course III 3 ECTS (TAMK) 10.9.–17.12.2019, 130 €

Japanese Intermediate Course II 2 ECTS (TAMK) 18.9.–27.11.2019, 115 €

Chinese

Chinese Elementary Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 17.9.–17.12.2019, 145 €

Chinese Elementary Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 18.9.–18.12.2019, 145 €

Korean

Korean for Beginners 1 3 ECTS (HY) 16.9.–18.11.2019, 130 €

Korean for Beginners 2 2 ECTS (HY) 17.9.–19.11.2019, 110 €

French

French Elementary Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 10.9.–17.12.2019, 145 €

French Intermediate Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 11.9.–18.12.2019, 145 €

Swedish

Swedish for Business Students 5 ECTS (VY) starting level test on December 2nd, 2019 (online lessons in spring 2020), 175 €

German

German Elementary Course I 4 ECTS (TAMK) 9.9.–9.12.2019, 140 €

Russian

Russian Elementary Course I 5 ECTS (TAMK) 9.9.–16.12.2019, 145 €

Russian Intermediate Course II 5 ECTS (TAMK) 11.9.–18.12.2019, 145 €

 

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

The lessons are held mainly in the evenings. Further information about the courses offered in the spring semester will be published on the Summer University website during the autumn.

Everyone who pays the applicable course fee has the right to study at the Summer University.

More information and enrolment: https://tampereenkesayliopisto.fi/koulutustarjonta/kielet

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Courses for International(ly) Minded Students

EACH ONE TEACH ONE

Would you like to get to know students coming from different countries, meet with them in casual settings, learn their languages and culture and/or teach them your own, and get credits for doing that? If you became interested, Each One Teach One is exactly for you.

Take a look at the course description and check out the blog diaries of students who have completed the course, and if you became interested, fill in the registration form by 1.9.2019. Those accepted in the course will be notified by email on 3.9.2019, and they are invited to attend the kick-off info on 5.9.2018 at 15:00 in G00-10 auditorium.

More information
henri.annala(at)tuni.fi
emmanuel.abruquah(at)tuni.fi

*****

SCHOOL VISITS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

Attention all international students! Want to visit local schools and get a credit for doing that? The School Visits course is aimed at all exchange and foreign degree students at TAMK, and it consists of three visits to local comprehensive or secondary schools and participating in lessons for example by giving country and culture presentations, helping with language teaching, demonstrating how to cook the national food of your home country, etc. The students are awarded 1 credit for completing the course. For additional information, see the course description.

If you would like to participate in this unique course, please fill in the registration form highlighting your skills before 1.9.2019, and then wait for the local schools to contact you. The schedules for the visits are always agreed upon separately.

More information
henri.annala(at)tuni.fi

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Language Teaching Tomorrow – Track 4

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

The track 4 gathered plenty of people to talk over and discuss over the topics and issues given by the presentations and workshops. Through out the day the crowd changed as fresh faces showed up to see different presentations.

The day got kicked off by Fumiko Inoue, Ina Tjandrakesuma and Jing Cai from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences who gave a presentation on “Project-based Learning in Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese Language Education”. The presentation gave good insight about what kind of language education should be taught for people who are thinking about working in Asia in their near future. The gist of the presentation centered around the idea that perhaps the best way to prepare someone for working abroad is to teach them valid communication skills rather than focusing too much on the correct use of language and grammar rules. Since if you can handle the casual communication with a languange you have good changes of acquiring an internship or a job. While this presentation focused on the Asian job markets, the idea can certainly be used for other countries as well. The presentation ended with a little crowd involvement with matters concerning the current state of the language teaching as well as different methods used to promote it.

Jing Cai talking about International Business in Asia

The second presentation was given by Tanja Psonder from Austria’s FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences. The topic of the presentation was “Comics as a New Genre in Academic Communication”. This was an interesting take on how to use visualization as a tool in education. The presenter Tanja had devised this idea to help teach her architecture graduates, but surely it could be used for other fields as well. When using both non-fictional comics as well as written word the message could be passed on more clearer and this is what I personally gathered from the presentation which was delightfully delivered by Tanja.

Tanja Psonder beginning her presentation

The third event of the day was presented by TAMK’s own Henri Annala who held a round-table discussion on “KIVAKO Project – Developing Nationwide Learning Paths for Languages”. The project in question covers all Finland’s higher education institutions and is aimed at enhancing the education of other languages than Finnish, Swedish and English. The goal of the project is to start utilizing modern tools in language education, this means creating apps for smart phones and using the already existing software in the internet to do tandem learning. After Henri explained the KIVAKO project the room was “unleashed” to discuss the many aspects about the project and also to give examples if they had similar kind of projects going on in their own countries. The room was filled with conversations and good feedback was given to Henri’s questions, all in all it fare to say that this roundtabe discussion was a success and a joy to follow.

Henri Annala interacting with the crowd

The last presentation of the day was given by TAMK’s Marianna Leikomaa and Henri Annala and it was about “International Course Collaboration – Introducing New Partners”. The presentation focused on how to find new partner universities for different courses. Since Henri and Marianna had to find new partner for one of their courses themselves in the past year in a quite short notice, they had a keen insight on this topic and spoke about their personal experience. This presentation tackled some of the ups and downs that one might have when collaborating with outside partners during an online course. The presentation was concluded with questions and feedback and I’m certain that all the interested parties got a good undestanding about how to proceed if they happen to be faced with a similar problem like Henri and Marianna.

All in all the day was very interesting to say the least, it was very intriguing to see language professionals from different places to exhange their ideas and opinions.

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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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