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Exemption from Communication Skills courses

In exceptional circumstances, students may take an exemption exam instead of attending the Communication Skills course in their faculty. The exam entails giving an oral presentation in English on an agreed subject connected with the student's field of study, making use of instructional aids (PowerPoint), and lasting 20 minutes, to a panel of two lecturers. The intended audience is an educated native speaker who is not an expert in the student's field. This presentation is followed by a question and discussion session. Only minimal notes may be used and the student must demonstrate good presentational skills and a sound grasp of the technical terminology of his/her discipline.

There is no automatic right to take this exam. Students should initially contact the English language lecturer responsible for their faculty (see information below) and provide evidence that either their English proficiency is of such a high standard that they would not benefit from attending the Communication Skills course or that it has been and continues to be completely impossible for them to attend the course. Students must either speak to the lecturer in person or by telephone interview.

If permission to take the exam is given, the student should then contact the coordinating lecturer Lisa Lahtela at least two weeks before the examination date in order to be allocated an exam time.

The examination dates are Friday September 29th 2017 and January 19th 2018.

Communication Skills screening

  • XENI003 – Lisa Lahtela
  • XENL003 – Adrienn Károly (Sept & Jan), Miia Konttinen (late spring)
  • XENM003 – Anna Kyppö
  • XENT003 – Kirsi Westerholm

Contact information here.

Preparing for the exam

You can prepare for the oral communication skills test by taking a look at the guide produced by the University of Southampton here. Be careful to not plagiarize in your presentation. Here is another  another guide by the University of Southampton on referencing and plagiarism

You can prepare for the field-specific academic reading exam by developing your extensive reading strategies independently and by reading scientific texts and research reports in your own field. Besides the library, you can find suitable texts from your own field at sciencedirect.com. Pay attention to what reporting conventions seem to be typical of your field, e.g. characteristics of quantitative and qualitative reporting, argumentative essays, etc. The most common exam task would be to summarize in some form the main points of a scientific report or article for the purpose of introducing the content in e.g. a seminar situation. Your written submission of work from the exam must be presented in your own words, i.e. you should not try to translate the texts or copy sentences or expressions directly.



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