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- Introductory Finnish I
- Catalog Number CEUS-U 121/331
- Pia-Maria Paivio
Introductory Finnish I is for
students with no previous knowledge of the Finnish language. The aim is to
obtain general skills that are desirable in everyday situations related to
traveling and studying in Finland (e.g., introducing yourself, buying, traveling,
and talking about the weather). You will be able to understand simple
spoken Finnish that handles familiar topics and understand the main points of
simple and brief messages. You will also learn basic facts about Finnish culture
The course is based on engaging in
communicative skills. The methods of this course are learner centered,
communicative, and often problem-based, for instance, students will
solve grammar problems with peers and assistance from the instructor.
All basic language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, will be
included in class activities and homework.
Required texts and materials
Daniel. Colloquial Finnish. (Book and cassette). Routledge, 1997.
Silfverberg, Leena, and Leila
Finn Lectura, 2003.
Maritta Pesonen, and Olli Syväoja. Englanti―suomi-sanakirja.
2nd ed. WSOY, 2003.
Course package (lecturer’s own
Suggested texts and materials
Karlsson, Fred. Finnish: An Essential Grammar. Trans. Andrew Chesterman. WSOY, 1999.
Vähämäki, Börje. Mastering Finnish. Hippocrene Books, Inc., 2000.
The final grade is based on
attendance and participation, homework, quizzes, tests and the midterm and final
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies no longer allows auditing of
language courses. Any inquiries must be addressed to the CEUS Chair directly.
Students enrolled in CEUS language courses obtain a grade at the
end of each semester. The Department does not offer pass/fail options.
Incompletes are not given in CEUS language courses. Any inquiries
must be addressed to the CEUS Chair directly.
- If you are a native speaker of a language or you are a
citizen of the country or you graduated from a high school from
the country, Indiana University and departmental policy may prohibit you from enrollment in this language class. Please direct all
related questions to the Department of Central Eurasian Studies,
Goodbody Hall 157, 855-2233, or