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FINN 102 A: Elementary Finnish

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
THO 235

Syllabus Description:

Kurssikuvaus / Course description:

The course is a continuation to FINN 101. The goal of the course is to deepen your knowledge of the fundamentals of the Finnish language and culture. The course will provide you with more tools to function and communicate in an everyday context. The aim is to both broaden your knowledge and strengthen the elements you have already acquired. You will be able to talk about yourself, your family your home and your personal interests and to discuss daily topics such as food, weather, shopping and travel. You will also be able to understand simple texts. Authentic Finnish materials will be used whenever possible. The course will also include some web based exercises and a video project. Through the communicative approach I hope to achieve a high degree of interaction in the classroom and make your learning of Finnish language and culture enjoyable. We strive for a learning atmosphere that challenges your skills in a supportive way. I expect you to do your best in dealing with the daily topics and classroom speech in Finnish. Remember: there are no wrong answers, only good attempts. Emphasis will be given to all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The class will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively, in Finnish.

Sisältö / General Contents


  • Daily routines
  • Everyday life and hobbies
  • Travelling
  • Home and housing
  • Problems and their solutions
  • Verbal system
  • More word types
  • More partitive
  • Some plural expressions
  • Postpositions and prepositions
  • Certain non-prototypical clause types

Tavoitteet / Objectives

The student

  • can describe his/her daily routines including studying, work and hobbies
  • can understand and describe the basic concepts related to living conditions and housing solutions
  • is able to get the basic idea of simple Finnish texts that include also unfamiliar vocabulary and grammatical features
  • is able to communicate matters related to travelling, including the different means of transportation
  • has the knowledge to communicate about food and drink in various ways
  • knows how to deal with various problems of everyday life
Catalog Description: 
Fundamentals of oral and written Finnish. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: FINN 101.
Last updated: 
April 29, 2016 - 1:14pm