August 19th to September 4th, 2019, from Monday to Friday at 13.00–16.15
The course is continuation for Learn Finnish: Intermediate 1. It is suited for people who have reached the European skill level B1.1, and wish to strenthen and improve their skills. The target level is B1.2.
You have already studied the books Suomen mestari 1 and 2, as well as Suomen mestari 3 chapters 1–4, or have the equivalent skills. You can describe past events rather fluently. You are familiar with the object clause in both active and passive tenses (“minä ostan auton” – “me ostettiin auto”), as well as a few transitive and intransitive verbs (e.g. “kaataa” vs. “kaatua”). You know how to use verb types 1–6 and are familiar with word types (e.g. “-nen” and “-e” words). You are able to discuss your family, work and hobbies, holidays, and your home country and its culture in Finnish. You can ask for advice and directions and also give them. When participating in a conversation, you can express your opinions.
We will start by revising passive verb tenses (“mennään”, “mentiin”, “on menty”). We will then learn about translative (“-na”) and essive cases (“-ksi”). On the course, we will focus on “-matta”, “-malla” and “-maton” words and the pronouns “kumpi”, “kumpikin”, “ei kumpikaan”. We will learn how to compare things in comparative and superlative (e.g. “iso”, “isompi”, “isoin”) and familiarise ourselves with new rections (e.g. liittyä+mihin?, kuulua+mihin?).
Themes will include, for example, cultural differences and stereotypes, decribing the character of a person, discussing about changes, expressing opinions, discussing about statistics, relationships and family ties, as well as home electronics and tools.
The course is intensive and students are required to be active. We will study grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and Finnish culture together. If necessary, we will also do written exercises. The core of the course is the textbook Suomen mestari 3, but teacher’s own materials will be used as well. We will start from chapter 5 or 6.
Note! The language of instruction is Finnish. English is used as a supportive language.
Active and regular participation and passing the oral exam. In order to pass the course, participants are expected to attend at least 70 or 80 per cent of the lessons.
Suomen mestari 3, Sonja Gehring et al., Finn Lectura, from chapter 5 onwards
The book is not included in the course fee.
We recommend that the participants buy or borrow the book in advance. Each participant will need their own copy.
Bring a dictionary as well!
The information published above is subject to change.