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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KIFF0003 Finnish for Foreigners: Intensive Beginners' Course 5 ECTS
Organised by
Centre for Lang.and Com./Finnish as a Foreign Lang
Person in charge
Pirkko Hölttä (autumn semester), Päivi Paukku (spring semester)
Preceding studies
No previous studies.


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1

General description

This course is intended only for degree students of the University of Turku. The course is integrated in nature and covers all the different areas of linguistic skills. In addition to pronunciation and grammar, the course offers tuition in speaking, written work, and listening and reading comprehension. Special emphasis will be placed on active communicational skills. In addition to attending the classes, participants must also be prepared to study a lot independently.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. He/she can e.g. briefly describe events and activities. The student understands the main points in short messages, announcements and stories. He/she can follow speech which is slow and carefully articulated. The student can write and understand short and simple texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.


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; the use of auxiliary verbs with the main verbs; partitive singular; the local cases in the singular form.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

The course is intended for degree students of the University of Turku.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 60 h 0 h
Independent work 60 h 0 h

Midterm examination 2 h, final 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 Finnish
  • In Finnish
Written exam
  • In Finnish
Written exam
  • In Finnish
Participation in classroom work and Exercise(s) and Midterm Examination and Written exam

Regular attendance is essential.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Active classroom work, exercises and exams.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn
1. year spring

Study materials

Gehring, S. & Heinzmann, S. 2010. Suomen mestari 1. Saarijärvi 2010. Chapters 1 - 5.

Belongs to following study modules

Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Education
Department of Future Technologies
Department of Future Technologies
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department of Future Technologies
Institute of Biomedicine
Mandatory Language Studies (Biomedical Imaging)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Finnish Study Modules