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Finnish 3

Finnish 3
  • Code: FIN4TF003
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
  • Timing: 2nd semester
  • Language: English and Finnish
  • Level: core studies
  • Type: compulsory *

*Required only of foreign students in the Bite programme.

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Introduction to the Finnish Language 1 (FIN4TF001) and Introduction to the Finnish Language 2 (FIN4TF002) or A1+

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • can talk about and understand the essential information related to oneself and other people 
  • can understand and use basic vocabulary and sentences in familiar everyday situations
  • can deal with simple situations likely to arise when travelling

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be on his/her way towards level A2 in most of the language skill areas - speaking, listening, reading and writing. Level descriptions can be found at http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/elp/elp-reg/Source/Global_scale/globalscale.pdf

Course contents

This course increases student’s knowledge of Finnish language and culture. The purpose is for students to achieve basic 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 travelling.

  • Consonant gradation and other changes (in the stem) of nouns
  • Local cases of nouns (Where? Where from? Where to?)
  • T-plural
  • Pronouns

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 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

Sonja Gehring & Sanni Heinzmann: Suomen mestari 1. Finn Lectura.

Assessment

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

Components

1 (40 %)

3 (70 %)

5 (90 %)

Knowledge

The student knows some of the basic Finnish vocabulary, and is able to understand some basics in texts and spoken Finnish in everyday situations.

The student knows and understands basic Finnish vocabulary and understands basics in texts and spoken Finnish in everyday situations.

The student knows and understands basic Finnish language well. He/she understands basic texts and spoken Finnish in everyday situations very well.

Skills

The student can somewhat use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course. He/she has limited capability to interact in simple everyday situations.

The student can use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course. He/she is partly capable to interact in simple everyday situations.

The student can very well use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course.  He/she is fully capable to interact in simple 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 motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning process. He/she can somewhat master the communicative situations handled during the course.

The student is well-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

Attendance, active participation in lessons 20 %
Assignments, tests 20 %
Examinations 60 %

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.