Courses

Course descriptions

Registration for the courses in SISU

 XSU0026  Survival Finnish (2 ECTS)

You should take this course if:

  • you are an exchange student
  • you are studying only for one term in Finland
  • you don’t know any Finnish beforehand
  • you would like to understand some Finnish

What are you going to learn in the course?

  • receptive skills in particular. You will learn to understand simple everyday Finnish in written and spoken form (e.g. signs, advertisements, announcements)
  • produce very simple everyday phrases in everyday situations (e.g. greetings
  • basic facts about Finnish language and its characteristics
  • simple strategies to help you to learn more Finnish, to understand basic vocabulary and simple sentences in written and in spoken form and to use Finnish in simple everyday situations (e.g. saying thank you, ordering something)

Note: You cannot continue to Everyday Finnish after Survival Finnish.

 

XSUX1001 My Finnish (5 ECTS)

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”I can manage through simple, everyday situations by using basic phrases and vocabulary. It is difficult for me to understand spoken language, but in normal speech, I recognise the words that are familiar to me. The general knowledge of the world helps me to understand some main points.”

XSUX1002 Everyday Finnish (5 ECTS)

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”I have gained more confidence, courage and fluency in managing everyday speaking situations. However, I am still not able to participate in a normal speed conversation. My extended vocabulary helps me, for example, to tell about what has happened to me and what I have done. I also have more strategies for inferring meanings from authentic texts.”


XSUX1003 Study life Finnish (6 ECTS)

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”I can manage in Finnish in everyday situations, and I can participate quite well in a casual conversation in standard Finnish, if I'm familiar with the subject. I can search for information and tell about events, experirences and feelings fairly fluently, and give reasons for my opinions.”


XSUX1004 Finnish in the society (6 ECTS)

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”I can participate actively in a standard Finnish conversation about a current social topic, if I'm familiar with the topic. However, sometimes I need to ask for a repetition. I understand the main point when reading a current newspaper article. I can listen to clear, standard Finnish lectures and study in Finnish, even if it's difficult.”


XSUX1005 Academic Finnish (6 ECTS)

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”I am able to actively participate in standard Finnish conversation on topical societal issues. I understand contemporary newspaper articles. I am able to study in Finnish and understand lectures taught in clear standard Finnish. I am developing my Finnish skills in a goal-oriented way by reading regularly and by observing native speakers’ speech.”


XSUX1008 Let's chat in Finnish (2–3 ECTS)

Overview:
The aim of the course is that students will learn to use Finnish in different everyday situations and activate the language skills learned on My Finnish

Target group:
For students who have completed My Finnish (There will be a second group convened for higher level students.)

Prerequisites:
Course requirements: My Finnish or equivalent studies
Proficiency level: A1

Modes of study:
Speaking and understanding speech will be practiced on the course in different kinds of pair and group conversation exercises. The themes for the course will be agreed upon collectively at the beginning.

Assesment:
Completion of the course requires active participation and attendance as well as returning the given tasks/exercises within the agreed schedule. Students will also learn self-assessment methods for their own speaking and speech comprehension and how to give peer feedback to their fellow students. The course is graded with a pass/fail.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the students will have the confidence and ability to communicate in routine everyday situations.

 

XSU0098 Each one teach one/Finnish (3 op)

Contents:
Each One Teach One is a pair/group programme coordinated by the Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication. The students teach each other their mother tongues or the languages of their education, and study the language of their partner. The students should be native-like in the language they teach, but otherwise the students aren't expected to have had any training as a teacher or language teacher. EOTO teachers instruct students and meet them at least twice during the programme.

Learning outcomes:
You receive 3 ECTS credits for the programme. The EOTO credits count towards the elective studies of the language that the student has been studying. You can participate in EOTO as many times as you want, but only two times per one language. Also, you cannot use EOTO to replace other Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication courses.

Modes of study:
You meet with your partner regularly, usually once or twice a week. Each language should be studied for at least 20 hours face to face (20+20 hours). In addition to the meetings, you complete homework exercises and write about each meeting on a personal blog.

You can start the programme at any time during the semester, but it should be completed within the same academic year. It’s good to notice that if you meet for example twice a week for 3 - 4 hours in total it will take you approximately three months to complete the programme.

More information:
https://movi.jyu.fi/eoto/en

 

XSUX1009 Let's talk fluently in Finnish (2 ECTS)

Overview:
During the course students will activate their language skills especially in oral communication and listening. Students practice using Finnish in a more spontaneous and fluent way in different situations. The themes for the course will be collectively agreed upon at the beginning.

Target group:
For students that have completed Study life Finnish.

Prerequisites:
Course requirements: Study life Finnish or equivalent studies. (Not intended for students that have completed Finnish in the society.)
Proficiency level: B1

Modes of study:
Speaking and speech comprehension will be practiced in different kinds of pair and group conversation exercises. In addition, the discussion topics that arise during the course exercises will be addressed collectively. Communication and authentic speech comprehension will also be practiced outside of the contact hours in the form of homework assignments. At the end of the course, the students will complete a larger course work. The study material for the course can be collected from the teacher for a fee.

Assesment:
Completion of the course requires active participation and attendance as well as returning the given tasks/exercises within the agreed schedule. The course is graded with a pass/fail.

Learning outcomes:
The aim of the course is that students will be encouraged and be able to use Finnish in different everyday and semi-official situations. The student will also be able to speak about and discuss a somewhat abstract topic of his/her own interest when s/he has prepared in advance. Students will also learn self-assessment methods for their own speaking and speech comprehension and how to give peer feedback to their fellow students.

 

XSUX009, Finnish pronunciation for beginners (1 ECTS) 

Overview:
The course familiarises students with the central features of Finnish pronunciation. It increases their knowledge of Finnish prosody (speech rhythm, word and sentence stress and length) and progresses to the differentiation and production of individual sounds. The aim is to first recognise entities in speech flow and perceive the different tasks of rhythm, stress and intonation. The focus then shifts to sound length variation and individual sounds. The course is based on those features of Finnish pronunciation that are challenging for learners. A central objective is that students identify the aspects of pronunciation that are difficult for them and find ways to practise them.

Target group:
Students completing the My Finnish and Survival Finnish courses, including those who have recently completed My Finnish.

Prerequisites:
Course requirements: Simultaneous participation in My Finnish or Survival Finnish. Suitable also immediately after My Finnish.
Proficiency level: -

Modes of study:
Listening and production exercises in the language lab, both individually and in pairs. Feedback on the exercises from the teacher and peers. Self-assessment is also an important part of practising pronunciation.

Assesment:
Completion of the course requires active participation and attendance as well as completion of the given tasks/exercises within the agreed schedule. The course is assessed as pass/fail.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, the students

  • know the basics of speech rhythm and word and sentence stress
  • have improved their ability to recognise sound lengths and distinguish individual sounds; they are also able to produce these, even though the effect of their mother tongue can be heard
  • know the strengths and weaknesses of their own pronunciation and are able to independently practise areas that need improvement after the course.
 

XSUX008, Finnish for specific purposes (5 ECTS)  

Overview:
The goal of this course is to strengthen and develop the field-specific language skills needed by language users as part of their work and university studies. The course consists of three modules: discipline-specific language, work-specific language and breakroom socialising. The course also includes a project students complete on a subject in their specific field or one related to Finnish culture. The modules and projects include practice with academic skills such as oral and written summaries as well as reading strategies for academic reading. A further goal is to deepen students' knowledge of Finnish culture and society.

Target group:
Advanced language learners, such as those who have completed Finnish in the society or Academic Finnish at the University of Jyväskylä or another corresponding course.

Modes of study: 
During the course's 50 hours of contact teaching, students practise Finnish in a range of ways in groups and pairs as well as independently. In the discipline-specific language module, for example, students read and create oral and written summaries. In the work-specific module students practise using simulations and video-recorded exercises. During the course we will also watch a film or visit the theatre. All language skills will be addressed - speaking, listening, reading and writing - so that the different areas are integrated with each other.

Assessment:
The course requires active participation and attendance as well as the completion of all tasks, simulation exercises and project work in the agreed schedule. The course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

Learning outcomes:
After the course, students will more easily understand longer speech and presentations (e.g. films, lectures in their field) as well as have the ability to give longer and more formal presentations on subjects specific to their field. In addition, students will be able to actively participate in situations with detailed conceptual content and to use their language to take part in field-specific social interactions in academic and work-related contexts. Students will understand long texts in their field on a detailed level as well as literary texts. In addition, students will be able to vary their reading method as needed and have the ability to summarise what has been read. Students will be able to write clear, well-organised texts related to their field and express themselves precisely.

 

XSU0014, Writing Course (4 ECTS)

Overview:
The aim of the course is for the students to learn to master the conventions of writing communication, different types of text, and academic writing skills. Additionally, students will search for individualized ways to develop his/her own languages skills through writing.

Target group:
Students who have completed at least Study life Finnish

Prerequisites:
Course requirements: Study life Finnish or equivalent skills
Proficiency level: B1-C1

Modes of study:
During the course’s 24 contact hours, the students will practice writing in different kinds of short assignments, in both pairs and groups. There are also 4-6 larger written text assignments, which are given as homework. The students will be able to influence the type and scope of the written assignments. The course study pack has been designed to meet the specific needs of the group and it can be collected from the teacher for a fee.

Assesment:
Completion of the course requires attendance and completion of the given tasks within the agreed time. During the course, the students receive feedback and evaluation of their texts. The students also evaluate their own work and give and receive peer feedback. The course is graded with a pass/fail.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to write different types of expert/academic texts (e.g. application forms, semi-formal and formal messages, essays), and adapt the tone of texts to meet different needs. The students will also master the writing skills needed in academic study (e.g. note writing techniques, summarizing, referencing and citation, and structuring reports).

 

XSUX1006, Everyday texts in Finnish (2-3 ECTS)

Contents:
Students get used to reading different texts and text types related to everyday activities and life situations. They also learn new ways of developing their language skills by reading.
STATUS: Supplementary course

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the students will have developed their reading strategies and have more confidence to read Finnish texts and find information in different types of texts. They will understand predictable information and can form an overall idea of texts on familiar subjects.

Prerequisites:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: My Finnish or corresponding skills
PROFICIENCY LEVEL: A1

Modes of study:
Finnish texts are analysed and discussed on the course. The texts include assignments that support their understanding and facilitate the training of strategies. The assignments are completed individually or in pairs or groups. The students participate in selecting the course texts in order to ensure that they are meaningful for them.

Completion modes:
Completion of the course requires active participation and attendance as well as completion of homework. Assessment is based on continuous assessment, self-assessment and the completion of assignments within the agreed schedule. The course is assessed as pass/fail. 

 

XSUX1007 Study and media related texts in Finnish (3-4 ECTS) 

Contents:
Students learn to understand and process demanding Finnish texts. They set their own learning objectives and choose the texts to be handled on the course. The texts can be related to, for example, society, studies or work, and they are analysed from perspectives relevant to each text and learner. The aim is to simultaneously develop the students’ literacy. It is also essential to actively plan and develop one’s own learning.  

Prerequisites:
For students who have completed Study life Finnish (B1 level) or have corresponding skills.

Modes of study:
The course is a contact teaching course, on which texts are processed and analysed from different perspectives both individually and among the group. Part of the course is implemented in an e-learning environment. .

Completion modes:
Course completion requires that the given assignments are completed within the agreed schedule. In addition, students are expected to participate actively in the meetings and online discussions. Course assessment is based on continuous assessment, self-assessment and learning assignments. The grading scale is 0–5..

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the students will have

  • developed their reading comprehension skills and text analysis skills as well as their abilities to discuss the texts or write about them
  • learned to understand the selected Finnish texts in their cultural context
  • developed their reading and learning strategies
  • developed mastery of the style, structures and vocabulary typical of different texts. 
 

XSUX001, Orienteering in Finland (2 ECTS)

Orienteering in Finland (self study project)

Overview:
The aim of the independent study course is to familiarise students with a particular aspect of Finnish culture or a theme/topic linked to the content of their own main subject studies at the same time as practicing searching for information, professional writing, as well as delivering oral presentations. The project work on the course will be completed independently, in pairs, or in groups.

Target group:
Students having completed Everyday Finnish (and tailored to the needs of the students)

Prerequisites:
Course requirements: Everyday Finnish or equivalent skills
Proficiency level: A2–C1

Modes of study:
Independent project work supported by three meetings with the teacher, a written report and oral presentation. In addition, students are required to write a study diary during the course

Assesment:
During the course, students evaluate their own study skills and Finnish language skills, as well as the development of these. Completion of the course requires completion of the project work in accordance with the given instructions. The students will receive feedback from the teacher at the beginning, middle and end of the course. The course is graded with a pass / fail.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to search for information and report in Finnish on the results orally and in writing at a level appropriate for their language skills. S/he will have deeper knowledge of an aspect of Finnish society and culture or a theme relating to his/her main subject studies, and be able to express this knowledge in Finnish.