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Koto-Suomi; My Home in Finland

Date of Publication

2019

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Journalism & multimedia
Law
Teacher Education
Tourism

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Finnish

Language of Instruction

Finnish

CEFR level

A2
B1

Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics

Skills

Listening
Speaking
Writing
Reading

Description

Koto-Suomi is an online study material prepared for learners in A2 and B1 language levels. The material focuses on the contents of social studies and working life and guidance. The material is designed to promote the Finnish language learning in an integrated way in 10 chapters on different topics, online exercises and an additional teachers material. The material and online assignments allow students to strengthen their language skills integrated to IT competences, data retrieval and study strategies. The study material and teachers material, including answers to some of the exercises such as crossword puzzles and dictations are available in pdf format.

Case study

This resource was used in a Finnish language class of students moving from basic to an intermediate language skills of the degree program in Foreign languages and literatures. The resource was used as supplementary material within a specific didactic unit, dedicated to education and work with the aim of expanding the vocabulary and of applying the acquired knowledge. The proposed activity focused on the theme of practical training at work ("Työharjoittelu"). The material is up-to-date and did arise keen interest in the students as it provided them with concrete tools to be applied outside the academic context and offered them a concrete connection with real work life, not only in linguistic but also in conceptual and practical terms (students must actually do a practical training at work during their degree program). The acquisition of new words was successful in an optimal way because it was conveyed by an "active" understanding of the texts: in other words, the excellent setting of the text comprehension exercises induced the students to reflect firsthand on the themes proposed also beyond the data provided by the texts themselves and immediately apply the new lexicon in practice. Proceeding by semantic groups proved to be very effective. At the same time, the materials proposed were useful for reviewing grammatical notions already acquired, thanks to their concrete application. It was also very stimulating for the students to be able to deal with new texts and contexts (on known topics) compared to those present in the usual reference manual for the course. Finally, the idea of the "työharjoittelupäiväkirja", that is a diary that records the progress made during the internship, was particularly appreciated.

Guidelines

The material offers a wide range of topics that may easily be used during the lessons or as an integrative material for autonomous study. For the autonomous study it is recommended to work through the chapters in the given order as the level of difficulty increases by each chapter. For blended and classroom use the material can also be used only partially.

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

5

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

4

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

4

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:
Koto-Suomi contains authentic material on several topics of interest for study and professional life. The material is designed for learners with basic and intermediate language level and it suits well for both independent practice and classroom activities. The sections on society, economics, citizen rights, Finnish legal system and work life can be useful not only for general Finnish language students but also for LSP classes on basic and intermediate language level. The course offers also specific materials to help the teacher in adapting the course contents for different kinds of student groups and extra material that well suits for different LSP classes.
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