This resource was used as a support material during an introductory language practice lesson for a class of 8 beginner Finnish students participating in a three-year study course in Foreign Languages and Literatures. In particular, we used the “Introduction to the Finnish language” section in its entirety. The lesson focused on the illustration of the main characteristics of the Finnish language (in a comparative-contrastive perspective with respect to the Italian language) and on pronunciation and had among its objectives that of allowing students to familiarize themselves with the sounds of Finnish. The use of this resource, complementary to the previous / preliminary theoretical explanations of the teacher, allowed the students to effectively consolidate the first indispensable knowledge of the Finnish language and to become familiar, through practice and repetition (with exercises of the type “listen and repeat”), with its “sound aspects” (vowels and consonants - long and short -, accent, intonation). The students were enthusiastic about putting themselves to the test and adhered well to the proposed activities, also thanks to the possibility of repeating the sounds all together, in groups, which created a fruitful musical effect in the classroom and allowed individual students to overcome the individual fear of "making mistakes". Particularly appreciated and useful in making it clear that the quantity of sounds in Finnish is distinctive were the funniest and "ironic" examples (eg: tapaan 'I meet', tapan 'I kill'). Very useful resource also for the review and the autonomous consolidation, in its own time.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
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
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
This teaching source is very useful material on Finnish language for specific purposes not easily available for Finnish as a second or foreign language. Even if it is not in an technically advanced format, it offers a valid help for business and administration students during studies. The material allows different approaches for teacher and for students to work on and it may be exploited both online and offline, in classroom context and autonomously. It is easily adaptable for different kinds of courses and tasks. The material does not give any initial guidelines for learning activities so the teacher guidance to the use of the material can be useful.
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