General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The primary aim is to develop English language
and communication skills required in the
professional context, i.e
- to improve spoken fluency and
- to improve writing skills

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to be able to...
In the written language:
- 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
- be better able to produce clear prose for
professional purposes ranging from describing
the configuration of a piece of equipment or
the stages of a technical process 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

A review of grammatical structures that are
important in academic English.
Academic writing and referencing.
Selected texts to illustrate language forms in
context as well as to enrich vocabulary and
generate discussion.
Preparation and delivery of oral presentations.
Introduction to business writing: letters, job
applications, report writing.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

B1 according to CEFR

Additional information

Attendance compulsory.
Course grade based on submission of all
assignments by deadlines.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Practical exercises - 3 hours
  • Small-group work - 0 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 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

Attendance is compulsory.
To pass the course the student should submit
and pass all coursework and assignments as
detailed in Itslearning.

The assignments/coursework and activity
contribute to the final grade (roughly 80% and

Graded assignments:
- Job application
- Report
- Article review, summary or description
- Formal (final) presentation
- Pitching product/idea
- Other smaller assignments as appropriate


  • Kimberley Nigel
  • Rancken Ulrika
  • Ray Jan-Anders


Ray Jan-Anders

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2020-12-15

Assessment methods

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

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