Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KIFF0001 Finnish for Foreigners: Beginners' Course I 4 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Lang.and Com./Finnish as a Foreign Lang
Person in charge
Päivi Paukku (autumn semester), Pirkko Hölttä (spring semester)
Preceding studies
No previous studies.


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1

General description

The aim of the course is to offer the students a basic knowledge of the Finnish language in order to help them cope with various everyday situations and to give them a solid start with the grammar. During the lectures, basic grammar will be taught and various tasks will be practised both in pairs and as group work. Pronunciation exercises, listening comprehension exercises, communication exercises and a small number of writing tasks are included. In addition to attending the lessons there will be homework throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. He/she can understand phrases and frequent vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance, when people speak slowly and clearly. The student can write short and simple messages and read short, simple texts. He/she can e.g. find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material.


greetings, introducing oneself, countries, languages and nationalities; the seasons and weather, months and days of the week; numbers, expressing time; colours and other adjectives; home and living; family and relatives; food and eating; shopping: buying and paying.

vowel harmony; the most common noun types; the genitive stems and consonant gradation; possessive structure; the verb types and conjugation in the present tense; asking questions and responding to them; partitive singular; the local cases.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

The Finnish beginners' courses are intended for registered degree, exchange and postgraduate students of the University of Turku. Staff members may be admitted if there are places available, but they should primarily participate in the courses arranged by the university personnel training unit.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 48 h 0 h
Independent work 48 h 0 h

Exam 2 h

Teaching language

English, Finnish

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Option 2
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In Finnish
  • In Finnish
Written exam
  • In Finnish
Participation in classroom work
Participation in classroom work and Exercise(s) and Written exam

Regular attendance is essential.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Active participation, classroom work, exercises and final exam.

Study materials

Autumn semester: Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. 2010. Suomen mestari 1. Saarijärvi 2010, chapters 1-5.

Spring semester: Material will be provided by the teacher.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Language Studies (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Finnish Study Modules