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A Finnish listening exercise inspired by chapter 4 in the book Suomen mestari 1. Jenni talks about herself. Students can listen to the audio file after studying chapter 4 in Suomen mestari 1 and a) write down five facts about Jenni or b) try to understand as much as possible.
A Finnish listening exercise inspired by chapter 5 in the book Suomen mestari 1. Krista Virtanen talks about her family and her average day. The PDF file contains a set of listening comprehension questions and a transcript. The exercise is suitable for level A1.
An interview with Leon who has been studying Finnish for 6-7 years in the evening course programme at the University of Westminster. In the interview, Leon tells about his studies, why he likes Finland and how dyslexia affects his learning. The interview is useful for prospective students, new students and students with dyslexia.
An interview with Francesca who studied Finnish and French at UCL. Fran graduated in 2011 and did an internship at fashion magazine Wonderland where she now works. In the interview, Fran talks about her work, her degree, her language skills and what she likes about Finland. The interview is useful for prospective students, students attending tasters and new students.
A set of basic conversation questions for practising Finnish local cases. Suitable for level A1. Students can prepare answers to the questions at home in advance.
Contains two exercises: 1) complete a table with nationality adjectives, and 2) work in pairs and ask each other what nationality the famous people are. The exercise is suitable for complete beginners or level A1.
A PowerPoint presentation with photos of things that are important in Finnish culture, such as forest, lakes, sauna and salty liquorice. The presentation can be used at tasters to introduce Finnish culture to students and to teach them a few Finnish words. It can also be adapted to A1/A2 learners replacing the words with longer sentences.
A talk written and delivered by Eszter Tarsoly and Riitta-Liisa Valijarvi at Sustaining a Global Society: Languages of the Wider World, SOAS 29-30 March 2012. We discuss the inductive and deductive methods in teaching reading skills. The primary data consists of interviews conducted with students. We intend to turn the presentation into an academic paper.
A talk given by Riitta-Liisa Valijarvi and Eszter Tarsoly at Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education Conference 2012 in Edinburgh 7 July 2012. We discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of Google Translate in the language classroom. The talk contains examples from morphologically complex languages Finnish and Hungarian and our suggestions on how to use Google Translate in teaching and learning languages. We are in the process of writing an academic paper about the topic.
A selection of famous international film titles in Finnish, an accompanying vocabulary list, list of suffixes used in the titles and exercises around the film titles for three levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced).
A Skype interview with Christina who studied Classics and Finnish at UCL. Christina graduated in 2011. In the interview, Christina talks about her current job, her studies, her experience of Finland and how it is to study Finnish at university as a heritage speaker. The interview is useful for students attending tasters, prospective students and new students. The interview is conducted in English.
A Skype interview with Claire, who studied Scandinavian Studies, Swedish and Finnish at UCL. Claire graduated in 2011 and she is currently doing an internship at the Finnish Literature Exchange in Helsinki. In the interview, Claire talks about her degree, the internship, Finland and Finns. Claire also shares her experience of learning Finnish and Swedish. The interview is useful for students attending tasters, prospective students and new students. The interview is conducted in English.
A nine-part quiz that features words that have been borrowed into the Finnish language before the 20th century. The quiz helps students to learn to recognise loanwords. Students will also acquire new vocabulary and have fun. The quiz is suitable for students attending tasters, complete beginners or A1/A2 learners.
A short phone interview with Marie, a former student of Finnish. Marie just finished a four-year BA degree in Finnish and East European Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. In the interview Marie tells us about her degree, why she likes Finland and how she learns languages. The interview is useful for prospective or new students of Finnish. The interview is conducted in English.
Contains short interviews with former and current students of Finnish at UCL and the University of Westminster. The interviewees were asked where and how they studied or are studying Finnish, why they chose to study Finnish, what they like about Finland and what is their favourite expression or word in Finnish. The interviews can be used to attract new students, inform prospective students about opportunities that are available and share experiences. The interviews were conducted in English in September 2012 by Riitta-Liisa Valijarvi.
20 questions in Finnish about home and housing to inspire and stimulate conversation. The questions are suitable for intermediate learners. It is a good idea to give the questions to students in advance and let them look up words and prepare answers before the class. (FAVOR project.)
20 questions about school and education in Finnish to stimulate and inspire conversation. Suitable for upper intermediate and advanced students. It is a good idea to give students the questions in advance and let them look up words and prepare answers to the questions at home. (FAVOR project.)
20 questions in Finnish to practice the conditional mood. The questions are suitable A2/B1 learners. It is a good idea to let students prepare answers to the questions at home before class. (FAVOR project.)
20 questions in Finnish about science for B1/B2/C1 learners. The questions can be used by teachers or students to stimulate conversation in Finnish. It is a good idea to let the students prepare answers to the questions at home before class. (FAVOR project.)
Give advice to a friend in Finnish using the sinun taytyy 'you have to' construction. Contains 21 situations that can be used in class to stimulate conversation and consolidate learning. The exercise is suitable for levels A2 and B1. It is a good idea to let the students prepare answers to the questions at home before class. (FAVOR project.)
30 questions in Finnish about Finland and Finns. The questions are suitable for level A2/B1 and they can be used by students or teachers to stimulate conversation in Finnish. It is a good idea to let the students prepare answers to the questions at home before class. (FAVOR project.)