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Course 6

The World of Business, Science and Technology

This course is the sixth and the last compulsory course in the upper secondary school. As is the case with all of the courses, ENA6 is divided into smaller sections called lessons. Each lesson has directions of what you need to do to "pass" that lesson. You will find an estimate of the number of school hours each lesson takes to complete above the lesson instructions. Some of the lessons are based on documents found on the Internet and might have questions for you to answer, or they might provide some background or a starting point on which you will build your written or spoken text. Other lessons focus on grammar, and in these you will study the theory and do the exercises. The computer program will check those automatically and provide some model answers. This particular course is geared towards expanding your vocabulary. There are many ways to learn new words, and it is important that you know which method or methods work for you. This is why the course takes off with the theory of elaboration and story grammar (by Irene Kristiansen) - methods that have been found useful for adult learners.

The means to evaluate or to grade all the courses in English is the portfolio. The portfolio is simply a folder that includes all the tasks and exercises required for completing the course; in other words, the exercises that your teacher will evaluate. Since your grade is based on the work presented in your portfolio, you should do all the tasks as diligently as possible. In the instructions for each written exercise you will find some information on the minimum length of the text you need to produce. Although length isn't everything, for the higher grades you ought to produce more than what the minimum requirements are. Remember to do all the exercises in the course - both the ones which are there for training purposes and the ones that will be evaluated in your portfolio. In short, to pass the course, all the exercises need to be completed and there need to be enough entries written in English in your learning log.

In addition to the actual lessons of the course, you should be writing in your learning log throughout this course. The course learning log is a journal that you keep in English. It would be best to write something about your learning process in the learning log every time you have worked on the course materials. The minimum requirement is one entry per lesson. The learning log can be written in the form "I did" and "I learnt" and it should deal with the following themes:

  1. What are my expectations of this course or exercise?
  2. How much time do I think it will take?
  3. How much of my time did it really take?
  4. How well did I work? Why?
  5. How did I succeed?
  6. What is the grade (=arvosana) that I should get if it is graded with numbers?
  7. How would I like to change/improve the lesson/task/course?

Since your learning log can be the best example of your skills in written English, you should try to do your best in it. Naturally, the learning log will be a part of your portfolio.

If you like, you may use dictionaries as well as grammar books with your learning log (as well as everything else unless they are specifically forbidden). In addition to the dictionaries you may already have, there are many free online resources available. They often include audio clips with the correct pronunciation of the words , and it's highly advisable that you utilize that resource as well. Here are some examples:

Finnish-English-Finnish Dictionaries:

English -English dictionaries

Pronunciation help:

Once you have completed the entire course, contact your teacher about the course evaluation.

 

 

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