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Liiketalouden ja hallinnon alan sanoja ja käsitteitä; Terminology and concepts of Business and Administration

Date of Publication

2009

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Accounting
Business & Communication

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

Skills

Writing
Reading

Description

The workbook on key terminology in business and administration including words and concepts briefly explained in Finnish. Useful for students for autonomous learning in order to follow professional lessons and for classroom activities on reading and writing exercises. The workbook is in pdf format and contains vocabulary and definitions in Finnish with space for personal annotations and translations in learner’s mother tongue. May be used for single reading comprehension activities and/or long term collection of terminology of specific field in Finnish. The workbook includes some blank pages at the end for additional glossary students might work on.

Case study

This workbook meets the higher education students need of LSP terminology learning. It offers a valuable aid for non-native students of business and administration. The workbook may be used also in autonomous learning but it does not give specific guidelines for students on how to use the source and suitable ways of working on the terminology proposed. This is why it could be useful at first get to know the material with the teacher. The source is useful not only in language class but it can also be helpful for subject teachers who may support the foreign students in mixed classes in keeping up with the lesson by paying attention on terminology used available in the workbook and avoid unclear explanation improving this way the quality of communicating the lesson content. The source can be successfully used in combination with professional texts also in contrastive learning model through translation used as a pedagogical and communicative instrument in writing and in pairs and groups where students participate to enhance interaction.

Guidelines

Step 1
Choose a text to propose to the student group to read.

Step 2
For students: find at least 10 words used in text and check them in your workbook. If the words are not present add them at the end of the wordbook.

Additional step
Use the terms found making sentences that include them.

Review

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

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

4

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

3

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

1

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

5

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

3

Comments:
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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