XSUX009 Finnish Pronunciation for Beginners (1 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Language Centre
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course familiarises students with the central features of Finnish pronunciation. It increases their knowledge of Finnish prosody (speech rhythm, word and sentence stress and length) and progresses to the differentiation and production of individual sounds. The aim is to first recognise entities in speech flow and perceive the different tasks of rhythm, stress and intonation. The focus then shifts to sound length variation and individual sounds. The course is based on those features of Finnish pronunciation that are challenging for learners. A central objective is that students identify the aspects of pronunciation that are difficult for them and find ways to practise them.

Completion methods

Listening and production exercises in the language lab, both individually and in pairs. Feedback on the exercises from the teacher and peers. Self-assessment is also an important part of practising pronunciation.

Assessment details

Completion of the course requires active participation and attendance as well as completion of the given tasks/exercises within the agreed schedule.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the students

- know the basics of speech rhythm and word and sentence stress
- have improved their ability to recognise sound lengths and distinguish individual sounds; they are also able to produce these, even though the effect of their mother tongue can be heard
- know the strengths and weaknesses of their own pronunciation and are able to independently practise areas that need improvement after the course.

Additional information

STATUS: Supplementary course

TARGET GROUP: Students completing the Suomi 1 and Survival Finnish courses, including those who have recently completed Suomi 1.

Description of prerequisites

Simultaneous participation in Suomi 1 or Survival Finnish. Suitable also immediately after Suomi 1.

Completion methods

Method 1

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