UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Helsinki Sunset, Finland


Finnish Level 3 Upper Intermediate

Course description: Level 3 is for people who completed Level 2 or who have sound knowledge of the language acquired through extensive visits to the country or through self-study. 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: free time and hobbies, running errands, weddings, relationships, celebrations and customs, education and work, personal history, shopping, cars, bikes, phone conversations, feelings, small talk, travel, news headlines, advertisements. Cultural references: educational system in Finland

Functions: talking about hobbies and free time, running errands, describing and arranging weddings and other celebrations, describing your personal history and education, buying things, complaining, suggestions and planning, expressing opinion, writing letters, CVs and emails, giving advice, reading authentic texts, summarising stories, expressing uncertainty and feelings, initiating small talk.

Grammar: negative past tense, verbal noun, verb + cases, perfect tense, pluperfect tense, noun types ­Ut, -NUt and -Vus, indefinite pronouns, possessive suffixes, plural, comparative and superlative, conditional, passive, translative and essive.

Study materials: S. Gehring and S. Heinzmann (2012) Suomen mestari 2. Helsinki: Finn Lectura. K. Kuparinen and T. Tapaninen (2008) Hyvin menee 2. Helsinki: Otava. Teacher’s materials.