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Basic Communication in Finnish 1 (for International students)

Basic Communication in Finnish 1 (for International students)

Code: FIN1LF002
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 2
Language: English and Finnish
Level: Basic Studies (Language studies)
Type: Compulsory

Prerequisites

Student has successfully completed the course Starting My Finnish Language Studies FIN1LF001. The course is part of the module Providing a Toolkit for a New Business.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • can talk about and understand the essential information related to oneself, other people anddaily routines 
  • can understand and use basic vocabulary and sentences in familiar everyday situations 
  • can recognize the most important differences between spoken and standard Finnish 
  • can handle short social situations and interact with Finnish-speaking people in everyday situations 
  • is aware of and able to use the language learning strategies appropriate for oneself 
  • 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 increases student’s knowledge of Finnish language and culture. The purpose is for students to achieve basic level language skills that enable them to cope in everyday situations and participate in everyday communication. Themes handled during this course are everyday life, home and living, traveling and local environment. The course corresponds to the A2.1 level of the Common European Framework.

  • Pronunciation 
  • Telling about and describing oneself, other people and everyday matters 
  • Asking and giving information in everyday situations 
  • Taking part in common everyday conversations 
  • 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

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

Tuula Jäppinen, Pasila
Hanna Tani, Pasila

Course materials

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. 2010. Suomen mestari 1. Finn Lectura. Helsinki. Chapters 6-7.

Assessment criteria

All assessment components must be completed successfully to pass the course. Evaluation is based on the following criteria:

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows some basic vocabulary and understands sentences and some main points in simple texts in familiar, everyday situations. The student understands basic vocabulary and sentences and main points in simple texts in everyday situations. The student understands well the basic vocabulary and sentences and simple texts in everyday situations.
Skills The student is able to use only some basic vocabulary and sentences in familiar, everyday situations. He/she has difficulties interacting with Finnish-speaking people in everyday situations. The student can use basic vocabulary and sentences in everyday situations. He/she is able to interact with Finnish-speaking people in familiar, everyday situations. The student masters well the basic vocabulary and sentences in everyday situations. He/she can interact with Finnish-speaking people 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

Modes of assessment and their weights
Active participation and assignments 30%
Assignments (in Moodle) 10%
Examination 60%

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.