Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At course completion, you will:

- be able to introduce yourself and tell about your general background and current situation
- be able to manage in Finnish in common social situations
- be able to write short messages
- understand the main words used in your environment
- know more about Finnish customs

Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.11.2021 - 20.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Aija Elg, Rigina Ajanki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): A1

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Basic vocabulary of daily life and the basic grammatical structures of Finnish (partitive and genitive, verb types 1 5, possessives)

    Practice situations related to everyday tasks and social life (asking and answering questions)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class and completion of homework assignments.
    Written and oral examination
    The weight given to the various assignments in the final grade is specified at the start of the course

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching in group 24-36 hrs + independent work 45-57 hrs


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Tapaninen & Kuparinen: Oma Suomi 1 (Chapters 1-5) or other corresponding material.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Target group: Degree students, doctoral students, and Aalto employees Registration must be confirmed by attending the first lesson. Extra absences, if for compelling reasons, may be discussed (preferably in advance) with the teacher.

    Note: The course is organised if a minimum of 10 students register for it.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I,Autumn I-II,Autumn II,Spring III,Spring III-V,Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Autumn I,Autumn I-II,Autumn II,Spring III,Spring III-IV,Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.