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XFIN0001 Finnish for Foreigners 1 (CEFR A1), 3 ECTS cr. 
Code XFIN0001  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Finnish for Foreigners 1 (CEFR A1)  Abbreviation Finnish for For 
Credits3 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeLanguage studies Subject0028 Finnish 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Language Centre 

General learning material of the study object:
Author Title Year Obligatory Availability
     Gehring, Sonja.   Suomen mestari. 1, Suomen kielen oppikirja aikuisille / Sonja Gehring, Sanni Heinzmann.   2010  - Availability


The objective of the course is to provide the students with basic information on Finnish pronunciation, vocabulary, and structure so that they can handle very simple everyday situations in Finnish (e.g. greeting, presenting oneself, shopping).

Having completed the course, the student will be able
1. to tell about him/herself and answer simple questions concerning him/herself using short sentences
2. to recognize from clear, slow speech a limited number of words and sentences dealing with personal issues or the immediate situation
3. to master basic grammatical concepts and a limited basic vocabulary
4. to achieve the level A1 of the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


All sectors of language skills are practiced on the course: pronunciation, speech, speech comprehension, writing, reading, and grammar. However, the main emphasis is on studying the structures of basic grammar and practicing oral skills and speech comprehension.

Previous studies 

The course starts from the very basics.


Working individually, in pairs, and in small groups. Independent work. Exercises 36 h.


Active participation in exercises (80 %). Final exam.


5-1/fail based on class work, homework, and the final exam.


Autumn and spring term


Elisa Leppänen
Maija Paatero
Hannu Paloniemi

Language of instruction 





Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Registration Finnish for Foreigners 1, Group 3  Lecture course  Milla Södö 
14.01.20tue 12.00-15.00
16.01.20thu 09.00-12.00
20.01.20mon 12.00-15.00
23.01.20thu 09.00-12.00
28.01.20tue 12.00-15.00
31.01.20fri 09.00-12.00
04.02.20tue 12.00-15.00
10.02.20mon 12.00-15.00
13.02.20thu 09.00-12.00
18.02.20tue 09.00-12.00
21.02.20fri 13.00-16.00
26.02.20wed 12.00-15.00

Upcoming exams
No exams.