UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEEF4001 Finnish Level 3a: Comprehension

SEEF4002 Finnish Level 3b: Production

UCL Credits: 30

Total Learning Hours: 300

ECTS: 15

Level: Advanced

Course Unit: 0.5 + 0.5

All Year

Module Coordinator: Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi

Taught By: Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours:  4 hours per week


Open to students who have successfully completed Finnish Level 1 or who can demonstrate equivalent competence

Compulsory Module for: Finnish and East European Studies, Russian and Finnish, Russian with Finnish, Modern Languages combined degrees of which Finnish is a component

Summative Assessment

Finnish Language Level 3A: 45 minute aural examination (20%); 2 hour written examination (50%); coursework consisting of portfolio of assignments totalling 5000 words (30%).

Finnish Language Level 3B: 20 minute oral examination (40%); 3 hour written examination (60%).

Formative Coursework

Progress is carefully monitored, in particular in the early stages of the course, through a number of formative assessment tasks (reading and translating, writing and delivering short presentations in class) and homework exercises.

Module Outline

This is a course for students who have successfully completed Finnish Language Level 2 course, or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in Finnish. The course consists of two components, comprehension and production, each of which has the value of 0.5 of a course-unit (see Course Details above). Both components are taught in conjunction. Students who successfully complete this course should be able to function effectively and with confidence in an extensive range of academic, professional and social situations, and also to have gained a metalinguistic perspective on translation issues.


By the end of the course students should be able:

· to understand authentic spoken and written Finnish from unpredictable topic areas; to extract required information and record it accurately and coherently in English

· to manipulate spoken and written Finnish in any situation with appropriate, accurate and elaborate use of lexis and grammatical structures in a wide variety of contexts and registers; to seek, provide and refine opinions and information in sustained spoken and written interchanges in Finnish; to speak and write confidently and accurately about key issues relating to life and culture in Finland and societies where Finnish is spoken

· to demonstrate knowledge and active use of more complex grammatical structures and a wide range of vocabulary, register and styles in Finnish.

Indicative Texts

Course materials produced by the teacher will be provided.

Core learning materials:

Authentic texts

Eichorn, Maila, Nykänen, Jaana & Päivärinne, Sari (2013) Uusi tekstitulkki. Lukemisto ja tehtäväkokoelma suomi toisena ja vieraana kielenä opetukseen. Helsinki: Laatusana OY.

Järvinen, Sari & Lumme, Heli (2007) Lue ja opi suomeksi. Asiatekstejä ja tehtäviä edistyneellesuomenoppijalle. Helsinki: Tietosanoma.

Karlsson, Fred (2015) Finnish: An Essential Grammar. London: Routledge.

Lumme, Heli (2005) Lue ja opi suomeksi 2. Helsinki: Tietosanoma.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.