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900015Y Intermediate Finnish Course 1, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 900015Y  Validity 01.08.1995 -
Name Intermediate Finnish Course 1  Abbreviation Intermediate Fi 
Scope5 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 University of Oulu.

Required proficiency level 

A1.3, Completion of the Beginners’ Finnish course 2 (900053Y) or the equivalent language skills.

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

Mainly Finnish



Learning outcomes 

By the end of the course the student can communicate in ordinary everyday situations when the topics are familiar or connected with everyday matters. S/he can search for and locate key informational content in different kinds of texts. The student can also identify the topic and some details of the discussion around her/him. S/he can describe activities and personal experiences both orally and in writing and s/he also knows the difference between spoken/colloquial and written/standard language. The student knows how things can be expressed with different degrees of politeness and can apply that information in her/his own communication.


The course is a lower intermediate course. During the course students strengthen their communication skills in ordinary everyday situations and acquire a wider vocabulary and more thorough knowledge of grammar. In addition, students practise understanding and producing Finnish talk and reading newspaper articles.

The topics and communicative situations covered in the course are: requesting different kinds of requests, expressing politeness, making appointments with friends, giving directions, doing the shopping, talking about the past and talking about his/her future plans, hobbies, transactions e.g. in the doctor's and post office.

The structures studied are: more about the imperative, the verb rections, the deverbal noun (-minen), passive present tense, part of the plural declension of nouns, the third infinitive (ma-infinitive), more about sentence types, perfect tense, more about object cases.

Mode of delivery 

Contact teaching and guided self study

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lessons 2 times a week (52 h, including the tests) and guided self study (83 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 the Beginners’ Finnish Course 2

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S.: Suomen mestari 2, (chapters 1 - 5)

Assessment methods and criteria 

Regular and active participation in the weekly lessons (twice a week), homework assignments and the tests will be taken into consideration in the 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 lessons will be held twice a week during a 13-week period.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
  Intermediate Finnish course 1, autumn group and spring group  Course  Anne Koskela  07.09.21 -26.04.22

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