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Suomen kielen kirjallisten taitojen testipankki; Collection of exercises on written Finnish skills

Date of Publication

2019

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Arts & Music
Business & Communication
Teacher Education
Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Finnish

Language of Instruction

Finnish

CEFR level

B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar

Skills

Writing

Description

The website Tekstitaidot haltuun has been created in the nationwide project on flexible learning and guidance of Finnish and Swedish for the need of working life. The material is designed for advanced Finnish as a second language students as well as for students who use Finnish as their mother tongue but have lived abroad for a long time and attended school in a language other than Finnish.
The material consists in five more general language skills sections. These sections include materials on different registers, Finnish noun and verb inflection, phrasal structure and working life related text comprehension and writing skills. One section of its own is dedicated exclusively to LSP: this section contains materials on terminology and vocabulary on IT, business, nursing, arts, and law.
The student receives automatic feedback on sections other than writing tasks. The Writing section has ready-made assignments and background material for assignments.
The course is available free of charge on Aalto University website but it requires registration as guest.

Case study

This teaching source helps student to develop and to test their listening and reading comprehension as well as their writing skills in professional Finnish. It offers various exercises that the student can do independently and get automatic feedback and advice for further study and additional exercises. The tasks proposed are introduced clearly. The typing exercises do not have automatic feedback and they should be discussed with the teacher. The self-assessment materials are for Finnish as a second language are not yet widely available event though the student self-assessment can provide useful information to promote language learning. The material develops skills on different language registers, inflection and phrase structure and it motivates students to reflect on their learning strategies and difficulties. The material suits very well for Finnish as a second language classes that have many students in which teacher may have difficulties to assess al their students’ work for individual feedback and enhances students’ autonomy in their own Finnish learning and gives them active role in learning.

Guidelines

Different sections can be used autonomously.
Step 1.
Choose from Sanasto-section the exercises that suit student’s needs.
Step 2.
The students are asked to document the results obtained and self-evaluate in a short learning diary which things he or she already knows well and which arguments need rehearse or teachers guidance.
Step. 3
Teachers feedback on learning diary.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

5

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

4

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

4

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

5

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

3

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

5

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

3

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
TThe material offers quite accessible (registration is needed but free of charge) exercise material for advanced level Finnish second language students and for native Finnish speakers that have had their instruction in other language than Finnish; not much material for this specific target group is available. Material can easily be used partially to meet student specific needs but it is not possible to modify the course contents. The material is also very useful for student’s skills self-assessment and validation on different written language skills. The feedback for student is immediate and automatic, so the material suits well also for autonomous learning.
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