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Introduction to Finnish Language 1

Introduction to Finnish Language 1

Code: FIN1RZ004
Scope: 2 cr
Timing: 1st semester
Language: English and Finnish
Level: core studies
Type: compulsory *
*Required only of foreign students in HOTEM programme.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student

• can introduce oneself, give basic information about oneself and ask simple question
• 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 able to use the surrounding language environment to develop one’s language skills.

Target level A1. Level descriptions can be found at http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/elp/elp-reg/Source/Global_scale/globalscale.pdf.

Contents
The course is an introduction to Finnish language and culture, and themes handled during this course are me and my everyday life.

• Pronounciation
• Greetings, basic small talk phrases
• Introducing oneself and telling about oneself
• Numbers, prices
• Weather, seasons, months, telling the time
• Asking questions and giving basic information in routine everyday situations
• Conjugation of some basic verbs
• Vocabulary and key phrases for everyday needs
• Describing people and objects in a simple way

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No previous knowledge of Finnish language required.

Assessment
The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
The student knows some basic characteristics of Finnish language, and is able to understand some basic vocabulary in everyday situations.
The student can use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. He/she can interact in a very simple way in everyday situations.
The student has limited motivation to take responsibility for his/her learning process. He/she is able to deal with some of the communicative situations handled during the course.

Grade 3
The student knows most basic characters of Finnish language and understands familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in everyday situations well.
The student can use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases well. He/she can interact in a simple way in everyday situations.
The student is partly motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning process. He/she can somewhat master the communicative situations handled during the course.

Gradde 5
The student knows basic characters of Finnish language and understands and uses familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases very well.
The student can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases very well. He/she can interact in a simple way in everyday situations.
The student is fully motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning and participates actively. He/she can fully master the communicative situations handled during the course.

Learning methods
The learning goals of this course can be reached in the following ways:

a. Contact hours about 30 h (4 h / week): oral and written exercises individually and in pairs, group work
Independent studies about 45 h (5-6 h / week): homework and preparation for lessons, exams and assignments

Assessing one´s own learning is a compulsory part of the course.

Teacher responsible
Laura Uusitalo