General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to provide a foundation in those aspects of English usage that can facilitate the conduct of professional duties.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be better able to communicate with fellow professionals on matters of common interest and to understand how common English sentence patterns are used to convey information in relevant professional literature.

In the written language the student is expected to
- better understand more difficult professional literature through an enhanced command of special terminology and by using reading skills such as determining meaning from context, recognising links within a text, retrieving information, and making inferences
- and to be better able to produce clear prose for professional purposes ranging from structuring reports and abstracts to writing a letter of application and related CV.

In the spoken language the student is expected to be better able to
- use English in social situations and to transfer information in one to one situations as well as to organise and deliver a presentation to a wider audience
- listen to an English discourse in order to more effectively identify the general ideas expressed or to extract specific information.

Course contents

Material on itslearning regarding
•Style & register, academic writing
•Applications & letters
•Report writing
•Abstracts and summaries
•Presentation skills

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Skill level B1.1. (Common European Framework)

Additional information

compulsory attendance

Recommended or required reading

Articles, books in general English

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 15 hours
  • Practical exercises - 15 hours
  • Small-group work - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours
  • - 10 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 130 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 130 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

The course grade is based on passing graded assignments submitted as continual assessment for the course.
To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations:
Examination 1 Sufficient attendance in classes.
Examination 2 Write a report using the correct structure.
Examination 3 Produce a well-structured summary.
Examination 4 Hold a presentation.
Examination 5 Produce a work application & CV suitable to the field.

Further smaller oral and written assignments may be included as needed.

The examinations contribute to the final grade as follows:
Written assignments according to extent of assignment up to max 25% each.

At least one oral presentation must be held in order to pass the course.
Attendance up to max 25% and is graded accordingly:

40-45% 1
46-51% 1,5
52-58% 2
59-65% 2,5
66-73% 3
74-80% 3,5
81-87% 4
88-93% 4,5
94-100% 5


Ray Jan-Anders


Ray Jan-Anders

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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