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Starting My Finnish Language Studies

Starting My Finnish Language Studies

Code: FIN1LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 1
Language: English and Finnish
Level : Basic Studies (Language studies)
Type: Compulsory

Prerequisites

No previous knowledge of Finnish required. The course is part of the module Introduction to Global Business.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • can introduce oneself, give basic information about oneself and ask simple questions
  • can understand and use basic expressions and simple sentences in routine everyday situations
  • is able to deal with everyday social situations and handle simple shopping situations
  • is aware of the basic characteristics of the Finnish language, culture and habits
  • is aware of different language learning strategies
  • is able to use the surrounding language environment to develop one’s language skills
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

This course is an introduction to the Finnish language and culture. The purpose is to provide students with basic level language skills that enable them to use basic phrases and vocabulary, introduce themselves and cope in simple, routine everyday situations. Themes handled during this course are me, my family, time, weather and everyday life. The course corresponds to the A1 level of the Common European Framework.

  • Basics of pronunciation
  • Greetings, basic small talk phrases and complements
  • Introducing and telling about oneself and matters of most immediate personal relevance (family, daily routines, weather etc.)
  • Numbers, prices, quantities and time expressions
  • Asking and giving basic information in routine everyday situations
  • Describing people and objects in a simple way
  • Vocabulary and key phrases for everyday needs

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Oral and written exercises (independent, pair, group)
Homework and preparation for lessons
Assignments
DVD / CD / Internet material
Learning games
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Students may demonstrate their command of the aims and contents of the course obtained through nonformal and/or informal learning by taking part in the APL procedure. In such cases, evaluation on the 0-5 scale is based on a written test (60%) and personal interview (40%).

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Hanna Tani
Sirkka Kortetjärvi-Nurmi

Course materials

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. 2010. Suomen mestari 1. Finn Lectura. Helsinki. Chapters 1-5.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student can name some of the most typical basic characteristics of Finnish language. The student recognizes and understands some very basic vocabulary and phrases in routine, everyday situations. The student knows the most typical characteristics of Finnish language and he/she understands basic vocabulary and phrases in routine, everyday situations. The student knows well the most typical characteristics of Finnish language and he/she understands well basic vocabulary and phrases in everyday situations.
Skills The student is able to use only the most frequent vocabulary and phrases in routine, everyday situations. The student can use the basic vocabulary and phrases in routine, everyday situations. The student can use the basic vocabulary and phrases well in everyday situations.
Competence The student shows poor activity and minor independent investment to his/her learning process. The student is able to deal with only some of the communicative situations handled during the course. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student participates actively and can act independently as a language learner. The student is able to deal with the communicative situations handled during the course. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student participates very actively and can act independently and efficiently as a language learner. The student masters well the communicative situations handled during the course. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Attendance and class contribution 30%
Assignments (in Moodle) 10%
Examination 60%
All assessment components must be completed successfully to pass the course.

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.