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XFIN0007 Survival Finnish (CEFR A1.2), 2 ECTS cr. 
Code XFIN0007  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Survival Finnish (CEFR A1.2)  Abbreviation Survival Finnis 
Credits2 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeLanguage studies Subject0028 Finnish 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Language Centre 


The objective is to learn vocabulary, structures, and phrases needed in ordinary everyday situations (e.g. greeting, presenting oneself, shopping).

Having completed the course, the students are able
1) to tell about themselves and answer simple questions concerning themselves using short sentences
2) to use simple forms of courtesy and recognize a limited number of ordinary words and phrases from slow, clear speech - for example numbers and greetings
3) to recognize a small number of familiar words and phrases from easy text and are able to associate them with pictures
4) to achieve level A1.2 of the six level CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).


The course focuses on accumulating the most important basic vocabulary needed in everyday situations, practicing speech comprehension, and practicing the most important structures regarding basic-level speech.

Previous studies 

The course starts from the very basics.


Group meetings 24 hours and independent work 30 hours. The course includes individual, pair and small group work as well as discussion exercises.


Regular attendance (80%) in group meetings, active participation in exercises, completing individual and group assignments. Final exam.

More literature information and extra material 

Material made by the teacher.


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


Autumn and spring term

Target Group 

Exchange students who only spend one term in Finland or those who will not continue their studies of Finnish in the next term.


Maija Paatero
Hannu Paloniemi

Language of instruction 




Additional information 

Please note that Survival Finnish is not adequate preparation for the Finnish for Foreigners 2 course. Students who intend to study Finnish for at least half a year should start with Finnish for Foreigners 1.


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Reg. time is off. Survival Finnish, group 1  Group Exercise  Hannu Paloniemi 
27.08.21fri 13.00-16.00
01.09.21wed 13.00-16.00
09.09.21thu 13.00-16.00
14.09.21tue 13.00-16.00
23.09.21thu 09.00-12.00
30.09.21thu 13.00-16.00
05.10.21tue 13.00-16.00
12.10.21tue 13.00-16.00
Registration not required. Survival Finnish, group 2  Group Exercise  Hannu Paloniemi 
20.01.22thu 13.00-16.00
25.01.22tue 13.00-16.00
01.02.22tue 09.00-12.00
03.02.22thu 13.00-16.00
08.02.22tue 13.00-16.00
11.02.22fri 13.00-16.00
14.02.22mon 13.00-16.00
18.02.22fri 13.00-16.00

Upcoming exams
No exams.