FINNISH 1A: Beginning Finnish

MWF 9-10 , B33B Dwinelle. Instructor: Karen Møller

Units: 4


No auditing is permitted in Scandinavian language courses.

Berkeley faculty and staff members interested in participating in Scandinavian language classes must first consult the Scandinavian languages coordinator, Karen Møller at:

To enroll in a Scandinavian language course, go to Concurrent Enrollment, UC Berkeley Extension.

Please be aware that UC students have enrollment preference in all UC courses. Application requested via Extension is not congruent with admission and approval for a course. Perspective Concurrent Enrollment students must attend the 1st class meeting and the instructor will determine if there is space in the course to admit CE applicants. If a class has a wait list – all UC enrolled students will be offered space in the class first, before any seats are offered to CE applicants.

(Fall only. Finnish 1B is offered in Spring.) Classes meet for three hours of Finnish instruction per week. Students will acquire basic communicative competence in all four foreign language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) within a cultural context.

Workload:  About five hours of work outside of class per week, an oral and written midterm and final.


Sun suomi – Finnish for Beginners

(Kristiina Kuparinen, Terhi Tapaninen, Karoliina Kuisma)

Otava, 2013. ISBN, 9511273515, 9789511273516

 Prerequisites:  None. Elementary Finnish is open to students without prior knowledge of Finnish. However, the course is open to native, near-native, or heritage speakers of ANY OTHER Nordic language. Course cannot be repeated without prior consent from the language coordinator.