UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Helsinki Sunset, Finland


Finnish Level 4 Advanced

Course description: Level 4 is for people who completed Level 3 or who have good knowledge of the language acquired through living in the country or through using Finnish regularly. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course will cover the following:

Topics: newspaper articles on different contemporary topics, important events in Finnish history, Finnish political system, Finnish educational system, major Finnish writers, artists, sportsmen, historical figures, famous Finnish films. Cultural references: regional customs, arts and crafts, films, key literary texts.

Functions: analysing a film or a book orally and in writing, skimming and/or translating newspaper articles of interest, writing reports, reviews and essays, defending a point of view, talking about Finnish history, culture and important figures in general terms; understanding and talking about the school system and the political system, familiarising oneself with literary works.

Grammar: more about the passive, contracted sentences, participles, more about the comparative and the superlative, less productive cases.

Study materials: teacher’s materials.