Finnish as a second language

Welcome to study Finnish!

Now you also have a chance to learn Finnish. Knowing the language promotes your integration into the workplace community and helps you in your daily work. Finnish skills make your everyday life easier and get you familiar with Finnish society more quickly. 

Start your Finnish studies in the Basic Finnish Course for Staff Members, which consists of 24 contact lessons and independent study. During the module, you will familiarise yourself with the language and learn to cope with everyday situations.

After the Basic Finnish module, we offer three shorter modules: Minä Jyväskylässä (My Jyväskylä), Minä kampuksella (My Campus) and Minä yhteisöissä (My Social Relations). These modules consist of 12 contact lessons each and address different themes at the same language proficiency level (A1), so that you can complete them in any order. Please see more detailed course descriptions at the bottom of this page.

Contact teaching is arranged once a week, on Wednesday afternoons, and you can complete the independent study tasks wherever and whenever you like. Come and learn Finnish! 

Modules for staff

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Module descriptions

XHNK016 Basic Finnish course for staff members (24 h) 

Level: no previous knowledge of Finnish  

The course is intended for the University’s international staff who have no prior knowledge of Finnish. The aim of the course is to learn the basics of the Finnish language and culture and to promote integration into the Finnish working environment. During the course, we will practise both receptive and productive language skills, focusing on those needed in the academic working environment and in your daily life outside the campus. In addition, strategic skills for language learning will be practised in order to make the most of the Finnish-speaking environment for language learning and to promote skills for independent language learning. 

XHNK074 Minä kampuksella - My campus (12 h)  

Level: A1  

The course is intended for international staff at the University of Jyväskylä who have studied only a little Finnish (e.g.  the Basic Finnish course).  The objective of the course is to practise simple interaction situations and learn to pick out key information in daily campus communication situations. The course covers communication situations typical of the academic working world, such as short routine conversations among co-workers, and writing and reading emails.  At the beginning of the course, the participants can choose the communication situations they want to practise. 

XHNK075 Minä Jyväskylässä - My Jyväskylä (12 h) 

Level: A1 

The course is intended for international staff at the University of Jyväskylä who have studied only a little Finnish (e.g.  the Basic Finnish course).  The objective of the course is to increase your confidence in speaking Finnish in practical interaction situations, such as in shops or public transport.  The cultural conventions related to the situations will also be discussed. At the beginning of the course, you can choose the interaction situations you wish to practise. 

 

XHNK076 Minä yhteisöissä - My Social Relations (12 h)  

Level: A1  

The course is intended for international staff at the University of Jyväskylä who have studied only a little Finnish (e.g.  the Basic Finnish course).  The objective of the course is learning to use Finnish in different social situations that are meaningful to you. You will practise oral and strategic skills for simple, informal communication situations in work and leisure contexts. At the beginning of the course, you can choose the interaction situations you wish to practise. 

You can also take part in the Each One Teach One programme. EOTO is a programme for you who want to teach your EOTO partner your mother and at the same time learn Finnish from your EOTO partner. Read more: https://movi.jyu.fi/eoto/en

Check on the videos our staff member Monika and Paola sharing their experiences on learning Finnish