Alexander, Russia

Why did you come to Lärkkulla?
I settled in Lärkkulla with the purpose of starting my long way to master Finnish, which I consider being the most tuneful, peculiar and expressive language. I chose Lärkkulla on the basis of many favorable feedbacks. Strictly speaking, all collected data was interpreted by me attractively.

What do you think about the studies?
I'll not exaggerate if I say that Lärkkulla has it's very own special spirit. It, without a doubt, can be called an institution. People from all possible cultures are melted here and unite in sharing the most progressive human values; mutual understanding, respect and striving to the knowledge.

What are the best things about your studies at Lärkkulla?
I appreciate above all the possibility to concentrate on my language improvements. I don't feel any sterss or pressure here,
I don't even have to care about making my own food. Every the slightest inconvinience can be solved by a short talk with
the person in charge. This place is the very ideal mix of freedom and responsibility.

 

Jura, Ukraine

Why did you come to Lärkkulla?
I had plans on moving to Finland and that's when I started looking for schools where I could study Finnish. I'm happy my aunt recommended Lärkkulla to me, because here I can improve my language skills which will help me integrate in the Finnish society.

What do you think about the studies?
It's obvious that Finnish is a hard language to learn, but studying here makes it fun and interesting because of the friendly and warm atmosphere which makes it easier for me to focus on learning the language.

What are the best things about your studies at Lärkkulla?
My hardworking group and the teachers. They make the studying exciting and easier! It's also nice to be able to combine my hobbies and studies which combined is good for both the brain and the body. I'm also really thankful for all the new friends I've made!

Objectives
After finishing this course, you are able to express yourself and get through everyday situations in Finnish. You can also write e-mails, as well as understand news in Finnish. You have the required knowledge and skills to take part in the general language exam in Finnish at Beginners or Intermediate level in the spring of 2017.

  1. Introduction to the Finnish language, 1 credit
    The start of the course: getting to know each other, presentations, every day phrases.
  2. Introduction to the Finnish language, 1 credit
    The start of the course: getting to know each other, presentations, every day phrases.
  3. Structures of the Finnish language, 10 credits
    Basic Finnish grammar. Includes a variety of homework assignments.
  4. Communication skills, 10 credits
    Pair, small group and whole group discussions. Situational English – practice dealing with general, everyday themes and situations in Finnish. Debates on various issues and topics.
  5. Presentations 2 credits
    Interactive presentation of your own country, cities, famous people and culture. One main presentation per semester.
  6. Weekly news 2 credits
    Analysis and presentation of weekly news items and topics – these will form the basis for discussion exercises and conversation practice throughout the course.
  7. Reading and Listening comprehensions, 6 credits
    Texts on diverse subjects and issues are read and discussed. Lots of listening comprehensions using various media.
  8. Writing, 2 credits
    Writing formal and informal mails, memos and short reports; expressing and justifying opinions, composing short essays.
  9. Culture in Finland, 1 credit
    Develop your knowledge of Finnish culture and traditions, holidays and festivals. The wider cultural perspective will serve as the common thread in discussions throughout the course.
  10. Independent study package, 2 credits
    An obligatory part of your full-time language studies. The module consists of approximately 108 hours of independent work to be carried out during the study year. The package includes a wide range of homework, writing assignments (such as essays, opinions, letters, text messages, emails, complaints, invitations, etc.), preparing presentations about your home country, city and culture, also about current issues: the news, trends, interesting research and phenomena. Extra reading projects will also be assigned by your teacher in the spring semester. The teacher will guide you through your independent studies during the study year.

Methods
Lessons, pair and group work, drama, suggestopedic exercises, games, interactive presentations.

Literature

  • Kenttälä, Marjukka: Suomi sujuvaksi 1
  • Saunela, Marja-Liisa: Samalla kartalla 1

Evaluation
Continuous evaluation during the course. Students will be graded principally on their individual development and study performance in Finnish; their motivation, class attendance and homework completion. Continuous evaluation of the skills required in the National Language Proficiency Test. The independent studies input and class participation will also be evaluated on a continuous basis. Periodic written tests.

Level
No previous knowledge of Finnish required.

Course requirements
90 % attendance, six written tests, independent studies, participation in National Certificate of Languages Proficiency Test.

Teacher
Sari Huuskonen

Objectives
After finishing this course, you are able to express yourself and get through everyday situations in Finnish. You can also write e-mails, as well as understand news in Finnish. You have the required knowledge and skills to take part in the general language exam in Finnish at Beginners or Intermediate level in the spring of 2017.

In the spring of 2017 you will be able to sit the General Language Exam in Finnish at an intermediate or advanced level. You have the skill to take part in abstract conversations about various topics, both in written and spoken Finnish.

  1. Introduction to the Finnish language, 1 credit
    The start of the course: getting to know each other, presentations.
  2. Structures of the Finnish language, 10 credits
    Finnish grammar at an advanced level. General review of basic grammar at the beginning of the course.
  3. Communication skills, 10 credits
    Pair, small group and whole group discussions. Situational English – practice dealing with general, everyday themes and situations in Finnish. Debates on various issues and topics.
  4. Presentations 2 credits
    Interactive presentation of your own country, cities, famous people and culture. One main presentation per semester.
  5. Weekly news 2 credits
    Analysis and presentation of weekly news items and topics – these will form the basis for discussion exercises and conversation practice throughout the course.
  6. Reading and Listening comprehensions, 6 credits
    Texts on diverse subjects and issues are read and discussed. Lots of listening comprehensions using various media.
  7. Writing, 2 credits
    Writing formal and informal mails, memos and short reports; expressing and justifying opinions, composing short essays.
  8. Culture in Finland, 1 credit
    Develop your knowledge of Finnish culture and traditions, holidays and festivals. The wider cultural perspective will serve as the common thread in discussions throughout the course.
  9. Independent study package, 2 credits
    An obligatory part of your full-time language studies. The module consists of approximately 108 hours of independent work to be carried out during the study year. The package includes a wide range of homework, writing assignments (such as essays, opinions, letters, text messages, emails, complaints, invitations, etc.), preparing presentations about your home country, city and culture, also about current issues: the news, trends, interesting research and phenomena. Extra reading projects will also be assigned by your teacher in the spring semester. The teacher will guide you through your independent studies during the study year.

Methods
Lessons, pair and group work, drama, suggestopedic exercises, activities, interactive presentations.

Literature

  • Kenttälä, Marjukka: Suomi sujuvaksi 1
  • Kenttälä, Marjukka: Kieli käyttöön
  • Kuparinen & Tapaninen: Hyvin menee 2
  • Saunela, Marja-Liisa: Samalla kartalla 1

Evaluation
Continuous evaluation during the course. Students will be graded principally on their individual development and study performance in Finnish; their motivation, class attendance and homework completion. Continuous evaluation of the skills required in the National Language Proficiency Test. The independent studies input and class participation will also be evaluated on a continuous basis. Periodic written tests.

Level
Basic knowledge of the Finnish language is required. Level test at the beginning of the course.

Course requirements
90 % attendance, six written tests, independent studies, participation in National Certificate of Languages Proficiency Test.

Teacher
Sari Huuskonen