OJZ 532 - English for Meetings and Social Skills


Course description:

Code: OJZ 532

Title: English for Meetings and Social Skills – Project with Tampere University

Abbreviation: EMSS

Length: one semester           

Level (CEFR): B1+ – B2

Credits: 2

Target participants: B1 – B2 students who want to practice their communicative and social skills in an authentic work environment.

 Entry requirement/level of the course (CEFR): B1

If not sure, please, assess your level using a placement test or the “CEFR assessment grid” on our web pages.

Aims: The purpose of the course is to practice skills needed in participating in meetings conducted in English, as well as to work with international business contacts.

Content and Approach: The course is held in cooperation with Tampere University. It consists of a series of meetings and the aim is to find out the best location for a joint venture of a British (Cambridge Display Technology) and an American (Corning) company. During the first week students from the two universities are assigned to CDT (Tampere University) or Corning (USB) companies, and are then divided into four project teams according to geographical region (Asia, Africa, South America or Eastern Europe). Each team member creates a new persona for him/herself and is that persona during the meetings. The responsibilities of chairing the meeting and being the secretary rotate, so that every member of each project team can practice both roles. The chairperson is responsible for preparing the agenda as well as organizing and running the meeting. The secretary prepares the minutes after the meeting. Each project team is involved in two online meetings, held via Zoom, with their counterpart team from the other university.

Assessment/Credits/Workload:

Credit is awarded for:

  • Regular attendance (maximum three absences)
  • Active participation during classes
  • Homework
  • Completing the Graded Tasks as described in Moodle

2 – 3 hours of homework are expected per week.

Materials: available on Moodle

Other requirements:

  • It is not possible to attend this course without registering on-line first (STAG).