Kurssikuvaus / Course description:
FINN 101 is designed for anyone interested in learning Finnish. It is well fitted to linguistics students who have to fulfill the requirement of studying a non Indo-European language. FINN 101 teaches you the basics of Finnish language and will give you a peek to Finnish culture. The aim of the course is to provide intensive practice in all areas of language learning. You will practice speaking and writing Finnish, as well as reading and listening. The course will be conducted mostly in Finnish.
During the course we will dive into the world of Finnish. We will learn how to do small talk in Finland (weather is really important :)) and how to talk about yourself and ask questions about others. You will encounter grammar that makes you think differently about the world. But I promise, it will be different, not difficult! We will talk about the culture, and let you experience the culture as much as we can do it being in Seattle.
Special attention will be paid to learning vocabulary, listening comprehension and speaking in Finnish. 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.