Finnish

Finnish 1A and Finnish 1B (new numbering)

These courses are taught twice a week (3 hours total).

If you are not a currently registered student, you can enroll in a Finnish language class via Concurrent Enrollment, UC Berkeley Extension. Please note that the Concurrent Enrollment application has to be approved by the department. Approval is based on availability of space in the class; enrolled UC students on a waitlist have priority.

With questions, please consult the Finnish lecturer, Dr. Lotta Weckstrom. She is also the contact when requesting an internal placement test for a Finnish course that is NOT the beginning language course (1A) or when requesting a Finnish language assessment for external use.

For study abroad, there is no UC Education Abroad Program for Finland, but many Finnish universities and colleges offer summer courses in Finnish language and culture. Also CIMO offers courses for university students who are studying Finnish at a foreign university. Interested students should contact the universities in Finland directly. The Finnish Studies coordinator will also answer any questions regarding study opportunities in Finland.

Finnish 102A (Intermediate) and 102B (Advanced) fulfill the L&S Breadth: Arts & Literature

Second-year Finnish courses are listed respectively as Finnish 102A and Finnish 102B. These courses can be repeated for credit since the second-year classes are run as a multi-level classroom, and thus Finnish can be studied for four years at UCB. The courses are tailored according to the class population each semester.

In the Intermediate and Advanced courses, students will further develop their basic communicative competence in all four foreign language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within a Finnish cultural context. Literature and films are used in addition to more language-based materials. Students in these courses also often collaborate with other U.S. universities offering Finnish as well as high schools and universities in Finland.

Placement: Finnish 102A is open to students who have taken Finnish 1A and 1B with a passing grade. A placement test is mandatory for other students. The placement test must be taken prior to or within the first week of instruction. Contact the Finnish Studies coordinator to schedule a placement test.

Workload (estimated) for the Finnish 1A and 1B, 102A and 102B: 
 Three hours of work outside class a week. Homework includes a practice of all four language skills and grammar. Film clips are used for authentic listening comprehension homework. There is a midterm exam and well as a final exam. Depending on the semester, a final exam may be substituted for a portfolio or other work in the Advanced Finnish courses.

Texts:  Currently, the first year Finnish classes follow the textbook, SUN SUOMI. In the Advanced Finnish courses, textbooks are chosen after meeting with students, according to the students’ skills and level.