Evaluation helps and supports your studies

It is a part of all our courses and its purpose is to support learning. Evaluation helps you to set your goals, and to focus and redirect them.

Evaluation comes in different forms: you evaluate your learning and your language skills yourself based on the feedback that you get from your teacher, other students and the world around you. Tests and final exams also help you to focus your learning, tell you what you have already learnt and what you need to practise more. In addition, you evaluate other students by giving them feedback as well. You also evaluate the course content by, for example, giving feedback about the course and completing learner diaries.

The teacher engages in ongoing evaluation of the students receiving valuable information about what they have already learnt and what they still need. 

What do we evaluate on our courses?

Language skills consist of several skills: we produce language by speaking and writing. We need reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills when we read texts or when we speak with other people. In addition, we need knowledge about the structure of the language and vocabulary to support both the productive and comprehension skills.

We think that all skills are as equal and as valuable. This is why we evaluate all skills on our basic courses equally. To be able to pass the courses you should have enough knowledge about each skill.

Our groups are very heterogeneous which means that the students may have varying language skill profiles. One student may have been living in Finland for many years and speak Finnish fluently but not know the grammar, while another one may know every detail of grammar but can't speak the language. This is why you should never compare yourself with other students, but concentrate on monitoring your own learning. Evaluation is not the same as comparison.

We are surrounded by Finnish language and culture. Our everyday life is a fruitful environment for language learning. That is why we assume that our students learn and use Finnish every day outside the classroom. This also has an impact on evaluation. In order to gain the highest grades the student has to show an active approach to language learning and language use outside the classroom.

On our courses we expect active participation and that you do the assignments that have been given. Often absence from class can be seen directly in your learning outcome and in your final grade. Failure to complete the assignments may result in your not passing the course.

If you can't attend every class you should always find out what was done and study independently. Note, however, that you can't practise each skill efficiently alone, eg. speaking. For this you need help from a partner or from your group. 

Assessment methods

We use, among others, the following methods for evaluation

  • individual feedback
  • evaluation forms for self evaluation, peer evaluation and course evaluation
  • small tests during the course on each skill
  • final exam, which tests each language skill 

Assessment scale

Our basic courses use the university's grading scale (0—5):

  • 5 = excellent
  • 4 = very good
  • 3 = good
  • 2 = satisfactory
  • 1 = sufficient
  • 0 = fail
Our supplementary courses are graded pass – fail. You pass the course if you participate actively and do the assignments. 

Final exam

Our basic courses have a final exam, which tests each language skill. The exam consists of speaking test, listening comprehension test, reading comprehension test, essay and structure and vocabulary test.

You pass the exam if you have 50 % correct in every sub test. The final grade of the exam is usually the average of each sub test result.

On the course we usually agree a feedback session on the exam. In this session you can discuss with the teacher about how to continue to develop your Finnish language skills.

Neither the course nor your learning ends with the exam! The exam is a new beginning which helps you to see how well you have learnt the contents of the course and what still needs more practice. That is why it is always important to go through your exam with the teacher.

The course grade and credits are entered in Korppi. Your teacher will give you your language skills profile, i.e. the grades of the different sub-areas. 

When to retake your exam?

If you have failed a sub-test, you can retake the exam. In the retake you don't have to do the whole exam, only those parts that you have failed.

If you want to retake your exam please contact the teachers. Together we can discuss how you could best prepare for the retake and which skills need more practice.

The results of the various sub-tests are valid for a year. If you retake the exam later than that, you will have to retake all of the sub-tests. 

Credit Transfer 

Course compensation on the basis of previous university-level language and communication studies or informal learning requires you to complete an application for credit transfer which you can get from Ulla Lautiainen, ulla.lautiainen@jyu.fi, O206. You should include a course certificate as well as the course description with the returned application form. The credits will be added to your transcript of records. If you have yet to supplement the course in question, a Finnish teacher will contact you.

If you do not have a course certificate to prove what you have studied, you must demonstrate your skills by taking an exam on a general examination day. In this case, contact movi@jyu.fi.

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