FINN 310 A: Topics In Finnish Language And Culture

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
PAR 306
SLN: 
15232
Instructor:
Photo of Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara
Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara

Syllabus Description:

Kurssikuvaus / Course description:

FINN 310  is designed to set the path for the student to engage in the different ways that Finnish language is, has been, and can be used. The course is designed for students who already know Finnish well enough to communicate various topics in some length both orally and in writing, and also read, listen and make use of content and topics that (s)he is previously unfamiliar with. There are no official prerequirements, but the students are expected to meet the level reached by the end of the second year Finnish classes (FINN 203). The course will be conducted in Finnish.

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.

Sisältö / General Contents

  • Topics:
  • Cultural history through Finnish popular music
  • Finland now

 

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.

 

Kurssin nettisivu / Class website:

All of the daily homework assignments will be posted on the class website on Canvas every day, and there will also be other useful information posted such as the syllabus and links to Finnish resources.

 

Arvostelu / Evaluation

  • 20 % tuntiaktiivisuus / class participation: Daily attendance and active participation are crucial to your progress. Coming in time, being prepared, doing activities, answering questions and speaking Finnish as much as possible are all part of participation. If you know you are going to miss a class, please notify me in advance.
  • 20 % kotitehtävät / homework: Homework will be assigned and graded regularly and is due to the following class, unless otherwise specified. Homework will not be accepted late without prior arrangement!
  • 20% tehtävät / assignments Other assignments consist of small tasks (writing, oral presentations, projects). One of the assignments is “mediaseuranta”. See detailed instructions on the following page.
  • 20 % suulliset esitykset / oral presentations: You will make a presentation about a Finnish music phenomenon. You will also make a small video project.
  • 20 % oppimispäiväkirja / study log: You will keep records of your learning. Each week you’ll write a couple of sentences of what you have learned during the week, both content- and language-wise. See more detailed instructions on the following page.

 

Mediaseuranta

Read Finnish news (selkouutiset or whichever other news). Choose a piece of news you think is important. Prepare to tell about it in class. Tell:

  • What happened, where and when?
  • Who was involved?
  • Why is this important?

 

Oppimispäiväkirja

In the end of each week (latest on Friday), you have to submit a small text on your learning. The text should include:

  • The most important thing you learned this week (either language or culture related)
  • At least 5 sentences of the topic(s) of the week. You can e.g. tell what they were and describe your own opinion on them.
  • 10 new words you learned this week
  • A new structure you learned

 

Oma suosikkibändi/-laulaja  / suomalainen musiikki-ilmiö: suullinen esitys

In the end of the course everyone is going to give a small oral presentation on their favorite Finnish band. More detailed instructions will follow.

 

Alustava aikataulu / Tentative schedule

viikko

 teema

keskiviikko

perjantai

tehtävät

27.–30.9.

 

 

 

 

2.–6.10.

 

 

uutiset

 

9.–13.10.

 

 

uutiset

 

16.–20.10.

 

 

uutiset

 

23.–27.10.

 

 

uutiset

 

31.10.–3.11.

 

 

 

 

6.–10.11.

 

 

 

 

13.–17.11.

 

 

 

 

20.–24.11.

 

 

 

 

27.11.–1.12.

 

 

 

 

4.–8.12.

 

esitykset

esitykset

 

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Catalog Description: 
Topics related to Finnish literature, life, and civilization.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 15, 2017 - 9:21pm