Jyväskylän kesäyliopisto

Level groups and course contents

The course participants are divided into separate level groups, to make sure everyone has a possibility to have tuition to suit their needs and learn Finnish at a comfortable pace. There will be 3-4 level groups each year according to the number of participants.

In 2017, the preliminary division will be made already before the course. Participants will receive a questionnaire concerning their skills in Finnish language during the spring.

You can see and download the 2016 course syllabus here.

Course descriptions 2017

Level 1: 0-A1

This is a basic course of the Finnish language which is meant to those who do not yet know Finnish at all or who know it only a little. The course is also suitable to those students who have studied Finnish a bit, but whose language skills are still insufficient to express oneself in Finnish. The content includes familiarizing oneself with the basics of the Finnish language, practicing the most common everyday situations and getting to know the culture as well as the language. The course is taught in English and the course book is Suomen mestari 1. Grammar will be developed at a pace that is comfortable for the group and the focus will be on the very basics, for example forming questions and using verbs in the present tense. The aim is to create a basis for studying the Finnish language, but there is also an emphasis on strategies of learning and using the language.

Level 2: A1-A2/B1

After the course the student will be able to communicate fluently in informal social situations and describe past and future events of their own life. The student can also express and validate opinions on a familiar topic both orally and literally in a simple way. The student is able to write down notes or informal messages related to their everyday life as well as other brief texts. They understand short, simple and predictable spoken and written texts and can also gather essential information from a longer text. The student knows and can utilize different strategies and cues offered by the context for using and learning the language in various linguistic situations. The grammar structures that will be addressed include the imperfect, combining sentences with conjunctions and the joka-pronoun, ma-infinitive and word types. In addition to the language, the course deepens the knowledge of the Finnish culture.

Level 3: B1-C1

After the course the student will be able to perform fluently in informal interactive situations that are related to their own life. The student is able to handle everyday social exchanges together with more official communicative situations. They can comprehend the essential points from texts or speech regarding familiar and somewhat unfamiliar topics. They can also write consistent and clear official or semi-official messages and convey information, which they have gathered, to the others. The student can also actively utilize one’s own strategies of using and learning the language as well as cues offered by the context in different linguistic situations. According to the level and aspirations of the students, the grammar structures that will be addressed include, for example, conditional, passive, imperative, clause types, case governments and comparative of adjectives. Eventually with respect to the level of the students, characteristics of formal and informal style, polite indirect speech and idioms can also be practiced to reinforce the comprehension of the language as well as one’s own expressive skills. In addition to the language, the course deepens the knowledge of the Finnish culture.


Note! Every year the themes, structure, and teaching methods might be different depending on the group and its teacher.


Jyväskylän kesäyliopisto

PL 35 
p. 044 760 3730

Jyväskylän yliopisto,
Agora -rakennus,agora
Mattilanniemi 2
(3. kerros, Ag B331.1)

Toimisto avoinna ma-pe
klo 9.00-15.00

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