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Basic Communication in Finnish 2 (for International students)

Basic Communication in Finnish 2 (for International students)

Code: FIN1LF003
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 Basic Communication in Finnish 1 FIN1LF002. The course is part of the module A Business Plan with an International Dimension.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to share information related to familiar everyday topics and describe aspects of one’s background (studies, working experience, etc.)
  • can understand and use basic vocabulary and sentences in everyday situations 
  • can understand simple texts and produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar and of personal interest 
  • can understand discussions in Finnish on basic, everyday subjects and knows the main differences between spoken and standard Finnish 
  • can recognize one’s own strengths and development areas as a language learner 
  • can use language learning strategies appropriate for oneself and set personal language learning goals 
  • has the confidence and ability to use Finnish in familiar everyday situations
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

This course develops student’s ability to understand and use Finnish language further and activates the language skills learned earlier. The purpose is that students will be encouraged and able to use Finnish in everyday situations. Themes handled during this course are everyday life, groceries, services, social relations and working life. The course corresponds to the A2.2 level of the Common European Framework.

  • Telling about and describing everyday matters, events, one’s opinions and experiences 
  • Shopping, ordering and running errands 
  • Asking and giving information in everyday situations 
  • Compliments and being polite in Finnish 
  • Taking part in common everyday conversations
  • Main characteristics of spoken Finnish
  • Vocabulary and key phrases for everyday and working life 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

Tuula Jäppinen, Pasila
Hanna Tani, Pasila

Course materials

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. 2010. Suomen mestari 1. Finn Lectura. Helsinki. Chapters 8-9.

Assessment 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 short texts related to everyday topics and situations. He/she knows only the most frequent differences between spoken and standard Finnish. The student understands basic vocabulary and sentences and main points in short texts related to everyday topics and situations. He/she knows the main differences between spoken and standard Finnish. The student understands well the basic vocabulary and sentences and short texts related to everyday topics and situations. He/she understands the main differences between spoken and standard Finnish.
Skills The student is able to use only some basic vocabulary and sentences. He/she has difficulties producing simple, connected texts on familiar topics. He/she has poor confidence and ability to use Finnish in familiar everyday situations. The student can use basic vocabulary and sentences. He/she is able to produce simple, connected texts on familiar topics. He/she has confidence and ability to use Finnish in familiar everyday situations. The student can use basic vocabulary and sentences fluently and efficiently. He/she is able to produce simple, connected texts on everyday topics. He/she has good confidence and ability to use Finnish in familiar 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

Active participation and assignments 20%
Assignments (in Moodle) 20%
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.