FINNISH 1A: Beginning Finnish

MWF 10-11 , Remote. Instructor: Lotta Weckström

Units: 4

(Fall only. Finnish 1B will be offered in Spring)

Instructional Method, as of July 22, 2020:
This class will be taught remotely, per the July 21 campus announcement.

This is a cross campus listed course and will be taught with the quarter schedule to accommodate students from other UC campuses. UC Berkeley students will meet with the instructor in class on 8/26 but instruction begins formally on 9/28 when other UC campuses start their Fall Quarter. UCB students will participate in this class in the classroom, enrolled students from other campuses via Zoom, a conferencing / distance teaching platform.

Students will learn the basic structures of the Finnish language and will be able to use them in simple, everyday conversation. All four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be studied and practiced. In addition to the basics of Finnish language, this class introduces students to everyday life in modern Finland, Finnish customs and holidays, and more.


Workload: About five hours of work outside of class per week (includes online homework), 3 quizzes, and an oral and written final.


Suomen mestari 1. Suomen kielen oppikirja aikuisille. (FinnLectura 2011) Sonja Gehring & Sanni Heinzmann, ISBN 978-951-792-436-8

Additional materials will be provided.

If you are not a currently registered student, you may be able to enroll via Concurrent Enrollment, UC Berkeley Extension. Please note that the Concurrent Enrollment application must be approved by the department. Approval is based on availability of space in the class; enrolled UC students on a waitlist have priority. Elementary Finnish is open to all students without prior knowledge of Finnish. The course is not open to native, or near-native-speakers of Finnish. Course cannot be repeated without prior consent from the language coordinator.


Prerequisites: None. All welcome / Tervetuloa!