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900054Y Conversational Skills in Finnish, 3 ECTS cr 
Code 900054Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Conversational Skills in Finnish  Abbreviation Conversational 
Scope3 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8015 Language studies, Finnish for Foreigners 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Proficiency level 

B1/B2 , according to the Common European Framework.


The course is intended for the international students in every faculty of University of Oulu.

Required proficiency level 

Completion of Intermediate Finnish 2 (900016Y) or the equivalent language skills.

ECTS Credits 

3 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 




Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course the student can interact with a degree of fluency (and spontaneity) that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. S/he can describe and explain (clearly and in detail) on a wide range of objects, experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. The student can bring out opinions, give reasons and explanations for them and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. S/he is also able to give a (clear) prepared presentation and answer the questions posed by the audience.


During the course students strengthen their communication skills in formal and informal situations. The goal is to activate the student's Finnish skills and encourage him/her to use them in different situations. There will be various types of situational dialogue, conversation and listening exercises in the course. In addition, students will conduct a short survey which will also be reported to other students in the class.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching and guided self study

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lessons once a week (28-30 h), group work (15 h) and guided self study (36 h)

Target group 

International degree and post-graduate degree students, exchange students and the staff members of the University

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Completion of Intermediate Finnish 2 (900016Y) or equivalent skills

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Will be provided during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

To pass the course, students must attend class on a regular basis and complete group work tasks and homework assignments.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

Person responsible 

Anne Koskela

Working life cooperation 


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Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Conversational Skills in Finnish, Autumn 2021, all faculties  Course  Anne Koskela  01.11.21 -22.12.21

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