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Introduction to the Finnish Language 1

Introduction to the Finnish Language 1
  • Code: FIN4TF001
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
  • Timing: 1st semester
  • Language: English and Finnish
  • Level: core studies
  • Type: compulsory *

*Required only of foreign students in BIT programme.

Starting level and linkage with other courses

No previous knowledge of Finnish language required.

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.

Course 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

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

The students who start their studies in Bite programme and already know some Finnish, can pass the course and gain the credit points by attending a level test. Written part of the test is organized during the orientation weeks in August or January and the oral part later in the 4th/1st period according to a separate schedule.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours 32 h (4 h / week): oral and written exercises individually and in pairs, group work
Independent studies 48 h (6 h / week): homework and preparation for lessons, exams and assignments
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teacher responsible

Taija Hämäläinen, Pasila Campus

Course materials

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

Other material provided by the teacher

Assessment criteria

The course is evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is presented on a scale from 1 to 3.

Components

1 (40%)

3 (70%)

5 (90%)

Knowledge

The student knows some basic characteristics of Finnish language, and is able to understand some basic vocabulary in everyday situations.

The student knows most basic characters of Finnish language and understands familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in everyday situations well.

The student knows basic characters of Finnish language and understands and uses familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases very well.

Skills

The student can use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. He/she can interact in a very simple way in everydau situations.

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 can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases very well. He/she can interact  in a simple way in everyday situations.

Competence

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.

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.

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.

Assessment components and their respective weights

Active participation in lessons 20 %
Small tests and/or assignments 30 - 40 %
Final examination 40 - 50 %

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the 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 online in WinhaOpaali.