Our English course is carefully designed to equip our students with all the necessary language skills to be successful in life. For our students that can mean sitting the IELTS examination, studying at university here in Finland or abroad, or entering directly into working life. We see Lärkkulla as a preparatory step towards achieving your life goals, and we will do everything we can to help you succeed.


For students currently living permanently outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and who need to return to your home countries to renew your study visas after 90 days, we offer an Online Program which will allow you to continue your English studies here (and stay in touch with your ‘Lärkkulla family’!) while you are waiting for your visas to be renewed. Lärkkulla is an international, multi-cultural learning environment and you will gain an authentic, engaging insight into Finnish and international cultures.

 

Alena, Russia

Why did you come to Lärkkulla?
I came to Lärkkulla to improve my English and Finnish language skills. I’m planning to study at university in Finland and I need a good standard of English, especially for the Business degree programs

What do you think about the lessons/studies in general?
I really want to say a big ‘thank you’ to my teachers, Nick and Graham, who have been very patient and supportive! Lärkkulla is a great place to improve your English, it’s really nice that you can train your language skills every day with the international students, many of whom are native English speakers.

What are the best things about your studies at Lärkkulla?
I’ve made friends with lots of wonderful people from other countries, and I feel that studying in this multi-cultural environment has
made me a better, wiser person. The facilities here are excellent and I feel that I belong here – I’m a part of the Lärkkulla community!

Daria, Russia

Why did you come to Lärkkulla?
I came to Lärkkulla to improve my English skills, I wanted to immerse myself in an English-speaking environment. I was not disappointed! It was really interesting to experience how English speakers interact with each other in a natural environment.

What do you think about the lessons/studies in general?
There is such a kind and friendly atmosphere here at Lärkkulla. I’m happy that our teachers were Nick and Graham, I’m thankful to them for always encouraging me to learn more and to work hard.

What are the best things about your studies at Lärkkulla?
It was fantastic to meet new friends from all around the world. I learned a lot about the Finnish culture and lifestyle, and I also got to see my own culture through other people’s eyes!

Cecilia, Finland

Why did you come to Lärkkulla?
I learnt about Lärkkulla from a couple of friends who recommended it to me. I came here for one week last year and afterwards I was convinced that this school was a perfect fit for me.

What do you think about the lessons/studies in general?
I have enjoyed my time here very much, 100%! The lessons were interesting and varied, and my presentation skills have improved a lot. I feel that I am now well prepared to study at university.

What are the best things about your studies at Lärkkulla?
The people, no question. I love the atmosphere here so much, the sense of community. I will be very sad to leave all my friends, the teachers, the staff – everyone! I will look back on my time here with fondness.

Objectives
You acquire pre-intermediate skills in English with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can converse on a range of everyday topics, and you can write basic emails, reviews and reports. You also develop a basic knowledge of Business English terminology. You can make basic formal and informal presentations. You are able to pass the IELTS examination at level 4.5-5.5.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to English, 12 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Course introduction: short personal interview, level test.
  2. Grammar and structures, 72 lessons / 2 credits
    Basic grammar: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, participles, passive, sentence structure and word order, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.
  3. Discussion and conversation, 54 lessons / 1.5 credits
    Conversation in pairs, small groups and whole class discussions on everyday topics, with debates on various themes including cultural, social and business related themes.
  4. Presentations, 18 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Interactive presentations of your own country and culture, as well as business related topics and themes.
  5. Listening practice, 28 lessons / 1 credit
    Listening to audiotapes, completing comprehension exercises and becoming familiar with various English accents and vernacular.
  6. Reading practice, 24 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Reading and discussing texts on various subjects, comprehension exercises.
  7. Writing English, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Practice writing emails and reviews in formal and informal contexts, as well as basic business reports, memos, slides, etc.
  8. An introduction to Business English, 42 lessons / 1.5 credits
    Acquire basic Business English vocabulary, learn how business works, and explore various case studies to develop analytical skills.
  9. Cultural studies, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Learn what it means to live in Finland by exploring various aspects of Finnish culture, customs and traditions, and national holidays and festivals.
  10. Independent study package, 2.5 credits
    This module comprises approximately 124 hours of independent study to be carried out during the study term. The package includes a wide range of homework, including both reading and written assignments (such as essays, reviews, research and business reports, emails, etc.), preparing presentations and debates for class. The assignments are uploaded onto the Lärkkulla intranet to your teachers. Your teachers will guide you through your independent studies during the study year.

Methods
Lectures, individual, pair and group work, independent studies, research.

Evaluation
There will be continuous evaluation throughout the course, complimented by monthly written tests and a monthly personal progress discussion with your teacher. Students evaluate the course at the end of their stay/term.

Course books

  • Straightforward Elementary Students Book; Lindsay Clanfield
  • Market Leader Elementary Business English Course Book; Cotton, Falvey and Kent
  • Cambridge Complete IELTS 4.0-5.0; Vanessa Jakeman & Clare McDowell
  • Essential Grammar in Use; Raymond Murphy (ISBN 978-0521675802)
  • Course materials will be provided by the teachers and are included in the price of your course.

Course requirements
90% attendance, independent studies, full participation in class activities and punctual completion of homework tasks are expected. Students not fulfilling all these requirements will be required to provide an adequate explanation.

Level
Beginners English is required.

Teachers
Graham Illing

Objectives
You acquire intermediate skills in English with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can converse at a reasonable level on a variety of subjects. You are able to read and understand texts on a range of topics and write emails, reviews and reports at intermediate standard. You have a fair grasp of Business English and can write your Curriculum Vitae, fill out job applications and present yourself at job interviews in English. You are able to pass the IELTS examination or equivalent at intermediate level 5.5-6.5. You are ready to sit the Finnish university entrance exams.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to English, 12 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Course introduction: presenting yourself, level test.
  2. Grammar and structures, 72 lessons / 2 credits
    Basic grammar: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, participles, passive, sentence structure and word order, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.
  3. Discussion and conversation, 54 lessons / 1.5 credits
    Conversation in pairs, small groups and as a whole group about everyday topics, with debates on various issues including cultural, social and business related themes.
  4. Presentations, 18 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Interactive presentations of your own country and culture, as well as business related topics and themes.
  5. Listening practice, 28 lessons / 1 credit
    Listening to audiotapes, completing comprehension exercises and becoming familiar with various English accents and vernacular.
  6. Reading practice, 24 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Reading and discussing texts on various subjects, comprehension exercises.
  7. Writing English, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Practice writing emails and reviews in formal and informal contexts, as well as business reports, memos, slides, etc.
  8. An introduction to Business English, 42 lessons/ 1.5 credits
    Acquire intermediate Business English vocabulary, learn how business works, and explore various case studies to develop analytical skills. Learn to compile your resumé, fill out job applications and present yourself for job interviews.
  9. Cultural studies, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Learn what it means to live in Finland by exploring various aspects of Finnish culture, customs and traditions, and national holidays and festivals.
  10. Independent study package, 2.5 credits
    This module comprises approximately 124 hours of independent study to be carried out during the study term. The package includes a wide range of homework, including both reading and written assignments (such as essays, reviews, research and business reports, emails, etc.), preparing presentations and debates for class. The assignments are uploaded onto the Lärkkulla intranet to your teachers. Your teachers will guide you through your independent studies during the study year.

Methods
Lectures, individual, pair and group work, independent studies, research.

Evaluation
There will be continuous evaluation throughout the course, complimented by monthly written tests and a monthly personal progress discussion with your teacher. Students evaluate the course at the end of their stay/term.

Course books

  • Straightforward Intermediate Students Book; Lindsay Clanfield
  • Market Leader Pre-Intermediate Business English Course Book; Cotton, Falvey and Kent
  • First Certificate Language Practice; Michael Vince with Paul Emerson
  • Cambridge Complete IELTS 5.0-6.5; Vanessa Jakeman & Clare McDowell
  • Essential Grammar in Use; Raymond Murphy (ISBN 978-0521675802)

Course requirements
90% attendance, independent studies, full participation in class activities and punctual completion of homework tasks are expected. Students not fulfilling all these requirements will be required to provide an adequate explanation.

Level
Pre-Intermediate level English is required.

Teachers
Graham Illing

Objectives
You acquire upper-intermediate/advanced skills in English with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can converse at a relatively fluent level on most subjects. You can read and understand complicated texts on a range of topics and write emails, reviews and reports at upper-intermediate/advanced standard. You are able to write your Curriculum Vitae, fill out job applications and present yourself for job interviews. You can pass the IELTS examination or equivalent at level 6.5-8.0, which is acceptable for all universities worldwide. You are ready to sit the Finnish university entrance exams.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to English, 12 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Course introduction: presenting yourself, level test.
  2. Grammar and structures, 72 lessons / 2 credits
    Basic grammar: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, participles, passive, sentence structure and word order, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.
  3. Discussion and conversation, 54 lessons / 1.5 credits
    Conversation in pairs, small groups and as a whole group about everyday topics, with debates on various issuess including cultural, social and business related themes.
  4. Presentations, 18 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Interactive presentations of cultures, philosophies and concepts, renowned institutions, etc. as well as business related topics and themes.
  5. Listening practice, 28 lessons / 1 credit
    Listening to audiotapes, completing comprehension exercises and becoming familiar with various English accents and vernacular.
  6. Reading practice, 24 lessons / 0.5 credits
    Reading and discussing texts on various subjects, comprehension exercises.
  7. Writing English, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Practice writing complex emails and reviews in formal and informal contexts, as well as business reports, memos, slides, etc.
  8. An introduction to Business English, 42 lessons / 1.5 credits
    Acquire upper-intermediate/advanced Business English vocabulary, learn how business works, and explore various case studies to develop analytical skills. Learn to compile your resumé, fill out job applications and present yourself for job interviews.
  9. Cultural studies, 24 lessons / 1 credit
    Learn what it means to live in Finland by exploring various aspects of Finnish culture, customs and traditions, and national holidays and festivals.
  10. Independent study package, 2.5 credits
    This module comprises approximately 124 hours of independent study to be carried out during the study term. The package includes a wide range of homework, including both reading and written assignments (such as essays, reviews, research and business reports, emails, etc.), preparing presentations and debates for class. The assignments are uploaded onto the Lärkkulla intranet to your teachers. Your teachers will guide you through your independent studies during the study year.

Methods
Lectures, individual, pair and group work, independent studies, research.

Evaluation
There will be continuous evaluation throughout the course, complimented by monthly written tests and a monthly personal progress discussion with your teacher. Students evaluate the course at the end of their stay/term.

Course books

  • Straightforward Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Students Book; Lindsay Clanfield
  • Market Leader Upper- Intermediate Business English Course Book; Cotton, Falvey and Kent
  • Cambridge Complete IELTS (Bands 6.5-7.5); Guy Brook-Hart & Vanessa Jakeman
  • Essential Grammar in Use; Raymond Murphy (ISBN 978-0521675802)

Course requirements
90% attendance, independent studies, full participation in class activities and punctual completion of homework tasks are expected. Students not fulfilling all these requirements will be required to provide an adequate explanation.

Level
Intermediate level English is required.

Teachers

Graham Illing