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Finnish 6

Finnish 6
  • Code: FIN4TF006  
  • Extent: 3 cr (81 h)  
  • Timing: 3rd 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

Introduction to the Finnish Language 1 (FIN4TF001), Introduction to the Finnish Language 2 (FIN4TF002), Finnish 3 (FIN4TF003), Finnish 4 (FIN4TF004), Finnish 5 (FIN4TF005) or A2+

Learning outcomes

This course develops student’s ability to understand and use Finnish language further and activates the language skills learned earlier. The students are encouraged and able to use Finnish in everyday situations.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • Can introduce his/her own culture or other topics of interest 
  • Knows the basics of job application process in Finnish 
  • Has experience of preparing an oral summary of a newspaper article / piece of news  
  • Can tell about his/her past   
  • Develops vocabulary and speaking skills, and also the knowledge of Finnish grammar.

Upon successful completion of the course the students should be at level A2+, on their way to level B1 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 the course are Finnish working life, CV and job application, news.

The grammar which is studied during the course:

  • object
  • imperative forms of verbs
  • pluperfect forms of verbs
  • 3. infinitive forms of verbs.

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: oral and written exercises individually and in pairs, group work.
Independent studies 48 h: homework, assignments and preparation for lessons and exam.
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teachers responsible

Tarja Paasi-May, Pasila Campus

Taija Hämäläinen, Pasila Campus

Course materials

Gehring, Sonja & Heinzmann, Sanni 2012: Suomen mestari 2. Finn Lectura.

Assessment criteria

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

Components 1 (40 %) 3 (70 %) 5 (90 %)
Knowledge The student can understand many sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment). The student can understand most of the sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment). The student understands easily sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, and employment).
Skills The student can somewhat use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course. He/she can describe in very simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need The student can use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course.  He/she can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need The student can very well use the vocabulary and grammar handled during the course. He/she can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need
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. He/she can communicate in very simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. The student is motivated to take responsibility for his/her learning process. He/she can somewhat master the communicative situations handled during the course. He/she can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. 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. He/she can communicate fluently in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation in lessons 20 %

Assignments and/or tests 20 - 40 %

Examination(s) 40 - 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.