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Introductory Finnish II
Catalog Number CEUS-U 122/332
Pia-Maria Paivio

This 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:

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

Exams: 

-     Quizzes on a weekly basis
-     Midterm
-     Final

Attendance:  Because of the nature of foreign language learning, regular attendance and home works are necessary to achieve a satisfactory level of proficiency. You will be given three excused absences. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. 

Grading:

The final grade is based on attendance and participation (40%)
homework (20%)
journal (10%)
quizzes and tests (10%)
midterm (10%)
final (10%).