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900013Y Beginners' Finnish Course 1, 3 ECTS cr 
Code 900013Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Beginners' Finnish Course 1  Abbreviation Beginners' Finn 
Scope3 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8015 Language studies, Finnish for Foreigners 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Proficiency level 



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

Required proficiency level 

A1.1, Completion of the Survival Finnish course (900017Y) or the equivalent language skills.

ECTS Credits 

3 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

As much Finnish as possible; English will be used as a help language.



Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course the student can understand and use some familiar and common everyday expressions relating to her/himself and everyday situations. S/he can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is willing to help. The student is able to read short simple texts and messages dealing with familiar topics. S/he also deepens her/his understanding of the Finnish language and communication styles.


This is lower elementary course which aims to help students to learn communication skills in ordinary everyday situations. During the course, students broaden their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar and principles of pronunciation. They also practise to understand easy Finnish talk about everyday subjects, and reading and writing short and simple texts/messages.

The topics and communicative situations covered in the course are: talking about oneself, one's family, studies and daily routines, as well as asking about these things from other person, expressing opinions, describing people and things, talking about weather and seasons, the names of the months and colours.

The structures studied are: verb types, basics of the change of the consonants k, p and t in verbs and nouns, the genitive and partitive cases, possessive structure, some declension types for nouns (word types) and the basics of the local cases.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching and guided self study

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lessons 2 times a week (26 h, including the final exam) and guided self study (55 h)

Target group 

International degree and post-graduate degree students and exchange students of the University

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Completion of the Survival Finnish Course

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. Suomen mestari 1 (chapters 3 - 5)

Assessment methods and criteria 

Regular and active participation in the weekly lessons (twice a week), homework assignments and written exam at the end of the course will be observed in assessment.

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


Grading scale is 1-5.

Person responsible 

Anne Koskela

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Sign-up in WebOodi. The course will start right after the Survival Finnish course.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Beginners' Finnish Course 1, Autumn 2020  Course  Anne Koskela  26.10.20 -10.12.21
Registration Beginners' Finnish Course 1, Autumn, all faculties  Course  Arja Haapakoski  01.11.21 -15.12.21
Registration Beginners´ Finnish Course for ITEE  Course  Arja Haapakoski  01.11.21 -28.04.22
Registration Beginners' Finnish Course1, Kontinkangas campus  Course  Arja Haapakoski  02.11.21 -27.04.22
Registration Beginners´ Finnish Course 1 for OBS  Course  Arja Haapakoski  02.11.21 -14.12.21
registration period has not begun Beginners' Finnish Course 1, for all faculties, SPRING 2022 groups  Course  Arja Haapakoski  14.03.22 -27.04.22

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