Support Groups and Opening Session Times

 ALMS groups

There are ALMS groups in the following Faculties:
TheologyHumanitiesSocial SciencesEducational SciencesAgriculture and ForestryScience, LawSSKH, as well as the Open University. There are also All Faculty Groups which are open to students from any Faculty of the University. One of these all-faculty groups is for different learners (ERI ALMS). Registration takes place in WebOodi under the EAPS courses for each Faculty.

The dates and times of the opening sessions of all the current term’s ALMS groups can be seen on the following pdf document:

SPRING 2019 Opening sessions

 ALMS Support Groups

As part of your individual ALMS programme you will be able to join our Support Groups . Each group focuses on a particular aspect of using and learning English and is mediated by an ALMS teacher.

Support Groups are separated into 3 sections. First are the “Kick-start” groups, which are groups that a teacher helps organize but are run by the students. The next section, called “Workshops,” are groups that have more content given by a teacher and are organized/run by both a teacher and students. The last section, called “Showers,” are one-time information sessions with a teacher, including sharing of ideas with other students.

Together with the teacher and other students, you plan the content of your Support Group. Concerning Showers there is no negotiated scheduling as they meet only once). Some Support Groups (Kick-start or Workshop) meet weekly for many weeks, while others meet fewer times; it depends the group. On average, a student can do between 10-20 hours of work for a Support Group – including both meetings and work done elsewhere.

Here are some examples of possible Support Groups:
Conversation, Inter-Cultural Workshop, Academic Reading, Presentation skills, Drama, Easy Talk, Practical Writing, Academic Writing, Creative Writing, Writing in General, Book Club, Debating, and Media & Discussion.

The schedule of current Support Groups can be found here:



  Do-it-yourself Groups

In addition to the Support Groups, students are also able to set up their own groups, known as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Groups, which have their own focus and plan. Examples of such groups would be a DIY Film Group, DIY Literature Group, DIY Viikki Group, DIY Psychology Group, DIY Board Games Group, etc.

If you create a DIY group it can be with other ALMS students from your own faculty/field of study, or it can be with ALMS students outside of your faculty group, or it can be with people from outside of ALMS or outside of the university.

In addition, if you create an DIY group and you would like to open it up to other ALMS students, outside of your faculty group, then you can post and advertise it on our ALMS Moodle page: ALMS MOODLE

 Course Assistant Groups

Finally, there are Course Assistant Groups. These are groups that are set up and run by exchange students who work for ALMS as a course assistant. The list of course assistant groups are only available on the ALMS Moodle page: ALMS MOODLE