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Basics of Finnish

Basics of Finnish

Code: FIN8RB023
Extent: 3 ECTS
Timing: 1. semester
Language: English
Level: A1-A2
Type: free-elective (mandatory for students with no previous Finnish studies or knowledge)

Prerequisites
Requires no previous Finnish studies.

Learning outcomes
The Basics of Finnish course is targeted to the international students at HAAGA University of Applied Sciences. It introduces the students to the fascinating world of the Finnish language and culture.

The objective of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of the Finnish language and culture. The student learns to understand the nature of Finnish and develops strategic skills of learning the language. After successful completion of the course students will be able to understand and use short and simply-structured Finnish in everyday situations.

Course contents
Pronunciation and basic structures (present tense, local cases, "genitive" and "partitive" case, conditional mood)
Presenting oneself and others
Nationalities and countries
Home and family
Numbers and time
Hobbies and activities
Describing people and things
Food and menu
Serving customers and hospitality

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations
n/a

International
The course is addressed to international degree students at Haaga campus

Teaching and learning methods
Discussion and oral assignments
Reading and short written assignments
Written exam
The own learning assessment 1 h

Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL  (in Finnish AHOT)
The required skills and competences can be demonstrated by a skills examination.

Teacher/s with the main responsibility for the course
n/a

Course materials
To be announced in the beginning of the course

Assessment
Written exam 50%
Active participation 30%
Written and spoken assignments 20%

The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), sufficient (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
The student has limited capability to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are passable as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned. The student is able to recognize simple constructions and frequently used expressions in different situations.

Grade 3
The student is often able to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are good as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned. The student has readiness to apply the learned skills in practice on simple constructions in new situations.

Grade 5
The student is able to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them successfully to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are excellent as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned. The student knows how to apply the learned skills in practice on simple constructions in new situations.