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Finnish 4

Finnish 4
  • Code: FIN4TF004
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
  • Timing: 2nd semester
  • Language: 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), Introduction to the Finnish Language 2 (FIN4TF002) and Finnish 3 (FIN4TF003) or A1+

Learning objectives

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.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • can communicate in simple everyday situations requiring exchange of information on familiar matters 
  • can understand conversations on basic, everyday subjects
  • knows the main difference between spoken and written Finnish
  • can tell about traditions and celebrating different holidays
  • can tell about his/her hobbies and free time
  • can express his/her feelings.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be on their own way to 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

Themes handled during this course are everyday life, food and drinks, celebrating different holidays in Finland and elsewhere, work and free time. The grammar studied during this course:

  • Partitative plurals
  • Ordinady numbers
  • Postpositions
  • Object
  • Consonant gradation in verb types 3 and 4
  • Some word types

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 criteria

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. He/she knows a few basic differences between spoken and written Finnish.

The student knows and understands basic Finnish vocabulary and understands basics in texts and spoken Finnish in everyday situations. He/she knows differences between spoken and written Finnish.

The student knows and understands basic Finnish language well. He/she understands basic texts and spoken Finnish in everyday situations very well. He/she knows the main differences between spoken and written Finnish.

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 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 and confident 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 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.