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Finnish Level 1 Beginners

Course description: Level 1 is for people with no previous knowledge of the language or minimal knowledge such as some greetings and the alphabet. 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: the alphabet and pronunciation, greetings, numbers, time, days of the week, months and seasons, nationalities, languages and countries, weather, my family, appearance, my house, average day, travel, modes of transport, shopping, enrolling on a course, faults and problems. Cultural references: polite exchanges, typical Finnish pursuits.

Functions: introducing oneself, understanding numbers (prices, telephone numbers), talking about time, describing your family, describing people, describing your house, talking about your average day, buying clothes, buying food and clothes, asking for help, enrolling on a course, reporting a fault, checking into a hotel, describing a trip.

Grammar: personal pronouns, verb types 1-5, negation, consonant gradation, question words, question particle, genitive, habitive construction, partitive, local cases, nominative plural, existential clause, impersonal predicative construction, demonstrative pronouns, imperative 2nd person singular, noun types -i, -e, -nen and -si.

Study materials: S. Gehring and S. Heinzman (2011) Suomen mestari 1. Helsinki: Finn Lectura; Teacher’s materials.