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Practical Finnish at Work

Practical Finnish at Work

Code: FIN8LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 1 - 7
Language: Finnish and English
Level: Language studies, B2
Type: Free-choice studies

Prerequisites

Level B1 in Finnish.

Learning outcomes

The student learns how to communicate as an employee in a Finnish company. His/her vocabulary related to business topics will be extended and he/she will become more fluent in oral situations. He/she gets to know the characteristics of common values and ways of communicating in Finnish business life. He/she will be provided with knowledge and practical skills that help him/her to enter the labour market, integrate in a work community and ascend in his/her career in Finland. Student has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

  • Politeness (includes nonverbal communication)
  • Common Finnish values such as punctuality, concept of time, initiative and independent working, reliability, individuality, diligence, obeying contracts
  • Individual and collective features in Finnish company culture
  • Decision making and leadership
  • Communication between management and staff
  • Informal communication and small talk (lunch and coffee breaks, recreational events)
  • Orientation in a new work place
  • Vocabulary related to business field
  • Grammar (determined by the needs of the students)

Cooperation with the business community

The course includes a company visit and visitor(s) in class.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Preliminary work
Intensive course: lessons 6 h per day, in total 30 h contact teaching, mandatory attendance 80 %
Written final report
Working methods: individual, group and pair work, lots of oral exercises for different situation at work, presentations, home work.
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teachers with the main responsibility of the course

Sirkka Kortetjärvi-Nurmi
Tuula Jäppinen

Teaching and learning materials

Course materials will be provided by the lecturers.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows the characteristics of common Finnish values and ways of communicating in Finnish business life. He/she knows some basic vocabulary and phrases related to the themes of the course. The student knows the characteristics of common Finnish values and ways of communicating in Finnish business life. He/she knows essential vocabulary and phrases related to the themes of the course. The student knows the characteristics of common Finnish values and ways of communicating in Finnish business life. He/she has a quite large vocabulary related to the themes of the course.
Skills The student is able to produce short oral and written texts related to business context with some fluency and accuracy. He/she can search and summarize information in Finnish to some extent. The student is able to produce short oral and written texts related to business context quite fluently and accurately. He/she can search and summarize information in Finnish. He/she is able to give her/his own examples of Finnish business culture and ways of communicating. The student is able to produce short oral and written texts related to business context fluently and accurately. He/she can search and critically summarize information from different sources. He/she is able to compare Finnish business culture and ways of communicating with the ones of her/his own culture.
Competence The student shows satisfactory activity and initiative in the learning process. The student is able to use Finnish in business context in familiar situations with native speakers if the other part is willing to help.
The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.
The student shows activity and initiative in the learning process. The student is able to use Finnish with native speakers in business context in familiar situation. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student shows excellent activity and initiative in the learning process.
The student is able to take an active role in discussions with native speakers in business context. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Preliminary work 10%
Active participation in class activities, presentation(s) and home work 60 %
Final report 30%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course 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 on an E-form.