Suomen kielen alkeiskurssi 1 / Finnish for Beginners 1


January 22nd to April 22nd, 2020, on Wednesdays at 16.30–19.45
No class on March 11th.


Summer University of Tampere

Participants will receive more detailed information by email before the course starts.

Target group

People who have not previously studied Finnish (starting level 0).

See our Students Guide for more information about the order in which our Finnish language courses are meant to be taken.


Students will learn the basics of Finnish. After the course, students will be able to talk about themselves using simple expressions, and will have the prerequisites for coping in simple everyday situations. One course topic will be characteristics of spoken Finnish and its use in different everyday situations. The course is intensive and students are required to be active. The key points of the course will be basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and Finnish culture. The target skill level is A1.2. (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR).

The core of the course is the textbook Suomen mestari 1. We will start from chapter 1 and finish with chapter 4 or 5. In addition, interesting discussions, language games and cultural practices are also included in the course curriculum. Learning the course topics demands an active role of the student: the students are expected to participate actively in the lessons, do homework and study vocabulary.

The language of tuition is English.

Modes of study

Participating in the classes and taking the course test. Getting a complete certificate requires passing the course test. Evaluation: Pass/Fail.

In order to pass the course, the students need to attend at least 70 or 80 % of the lessons.


Textbook Suomen mestari 1. Sonja Gehring & Sanni Heinzmann, Finn Lectura, from chapter 1 onwards.

The book is not included in the course fee. The book is available at local bookstores and libraries, or can be ordered online.

Note! Please buy or borrow the book before the course begins! Each participant will need their own book.

Additional information

The information published above is subject to change.

Teemu Jokilaakso
There are available places on the course
22.1.2020 - 22.4.2020
Enrollment begins
6.11.2019 00:00
Enrollment ends
Course fee 105,00

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