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Introductory Finnish II
CEUS-T 102/502
Tapio Hokkanen

IThis introductory Finnish II course is for students who already know the basics of the Finnish language. The aim is to obtain general conversational skills that are desirable in everyday situations related to traveling and studying in Finland (e.g. transactional use, informal letters and telephone conversations, asking and giving directions). You will also be able to understand Finnish spoken at normal rate about everyday topics and understand simple written messages and the gist of an easy text, such as a short newspaper article. You will also learn basic aspects of Finnish culture and history.

The course is based on engaging in communicative skills. The methods of this course are learner centered, communicative and often problem-based, which means that sometimes, for instance, you will solve grammar rules with your peer and assistance of your instructor. All basic language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing will be included both in class activities and at home.

Course material:

  1. Lecturer’s own Course packet
  2. Audio and video cassettes
  3. Vähämäki, Börje & Stuart von Wolff 2004 (1994): Mastering Finnish. Aspasia Books, Inc – University of Toronto Press.
  4. Wuolle Aino 1990: Finnish-English-Finnish Concise Dictionary. 8. edition. Hippocrene.


  1. Quizzes on a weekly basis
  2. Midterm
  3. Final


The final grade is based on attendance and participation (40%), homework (20%), journal (10%), quizzes and tests (10%), midterm (10%) and final (10%).  Graduates are held to a higher standard.


Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.

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