You are here

FINN 201 A: Second-Year Finnish

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:30am - 11:20am
MGH 255

Syllabus Description:

Kurssikuvaus / Course description

FINN 201 is designed for the student who has completed FINN 103 or its’ equivalents. It provides a comprehensive study of Finnish. The aim of the course is to provide intensive practice in all areas of language learning. You will improve your speaking and writing skills as well as reading and listening. The course will be conducted mostly in Finnish.

During the course we will review some of the grammar and themes from the 100-courses as well as broaden and deepen your vocabulary and command of grammar. You will learn to make polite questions, talk about your past and about your future plans. We will talk about popular music, free time and hobbies, and ways to celebrate the holidays in Finland. We’ll also take a look at spoken Finnish, which will improve your ability to function in different everyday contexts.

Special attention will be paid to learning vocabulary, listening comprehension and speaking in Finnish and the class will provide students the opportunity to practice new vocabulary and grammatical structures through in-class discussion of assigned activities and readings. Newspaper articles, films, and the Internet will be used. To succeed in this course, you must actively participate and you will be expected to attend class regularly, prepare for class daily, and speak as much Finnish as possible.


Tavoitteet / Objectives

In addition to expanding on structures and grammatical points studied previously, this course will:

  • engage students in language-production activities to enhance oral communication skills
  • allow students to express their own ideas, opinions, and emotions in Finnish
  • expand the students’ knowledge of the Finnish culture by providing authentic texts and videos
  • enhance students’ active and passive vocabulary

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. There are no wrong answers, only good attempts. Emphasis will be given to all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Additional Details:

Why Study Finnish?

Finnish courses are a fun way to satisfy your language requirement, learn more about Finnish heritage, or get acquainted with a non-Indo-European language. Our courses are taught by an exceptional faculty, including our visiting Finnish Language Lecturer and a Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student.

How will this impact my career?

In our increasingly global world, proficiency in a foreign language is a big career asset! Students of Finnish have gone on to jobs at Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, as well as to graduate and professional schools at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and Harvard University.

What requirements am I filling?

The College of Art and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education have language requirements beyond the UW admission requirement – studying Finnish through the third quarter fulfills this requirement. 

What scholarships are available?

Students of Finnish are eligible to apply for support from the Eero and Helli Tetri Endowed Fund, the Finnish Studies Endowment, and the Kalevala Endowment.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! We have a variety of programs for students to study abroad in Finland and throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics.

How does registration work?

The sequence starts in autumn quarter with FINN 201 and lasts for three quarters.

Want to learn more?

See what our students have to say about studying Finnish at UW!


Catalog Description: 
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Functional review of grammar. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either FINN 103 or FINN 150.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:17pm