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S2-valinnainen verkkokäsikirjoitus;Finnish as second language optional course structure

Date of Publication

2020

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Accounting
Bioscience
Engineering
International Relations
Law
Medicine & Nursing
Sustainability

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Finnish

Language of Instruction

Finnish

CEFR level

B1
B2
C1

Type of Material

Activity/task
Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)
Test
Video

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Pragmatics

Skills

Speaking
Writing

Description

S2-verkkokurssi is a course material to improve language skills required in professional field and it adapts well for different domain areas. The course gives guidelines for teacher and for students in domain specific language skills in general and in language skills needed in job application processes. The course also includes a section for evaluation if used as a part of mandatory language courses.
The course has 7 specific tasks (4 on writing skills and 3 on speaking skills). The course can be loaded in pdf format and it is highly adaptable for different groups of learners. The course is not domain specific and can be used in different courses (Finnish for Nursing, Technology, Engineering, Tourism and Culture, for example). The course requires use of a smart device and internet connection, text editing and video/audio registration tools. The course was made by Sanna Nykänen.

Case study

The resource’s target group is non-native Finnish speaker students. The material can be easily adapted for different disciplines and degrees. The material is provided in downloadable pdf-format highly accessible for the student. The course can be implemented in blended learning with individual students or small student groups. Different kind of task-based learning activities develop communication and interaction skills of the student and the assignments are related to professional language skills. The material permits student self-pacing in learning activities. Even if the material can be used in autonomous learning with final evaluation of the teacher, it suggests different moments for teacher-student interaction during the course in order to provide face-to-face support and individualized instructions that help student an become active learner. The teacher’s introduction at the beginning of the course is fundamental to motivate students and to help them to find the most effective ways to approach the learning assignments that meet their specific professional needs.

Guidelines

The course can be used for students in distance learning with teacher’s feedback or in classroom context.
Step 1. Course presentation for student, course objectives, tasks and timetable for each task.
Step 2. Students autonomous learning.
Step 3. Teacher’s feedback on tasks.
Step 4 (optional). Student’s self-evaluation on learning process and objectives reached.

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

3

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

5

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

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

4

Comments:
Easily adaptable course material suitable for classroom activities and as optional language course that improves communication skills in different professional domain areas. The teaching source offers a comprehensive approach to Finnish as a second language in professional communication that can be used in different fields. The material suits well for students that have already a good level of general Finnish. The possibility to adapt tasks for different needs and interests makes the material motivating for professional communication and language learning. The material includes a suggest specific assessment method to be used for the course contents. The complete use of the material requires some technical instruments such as a device for audio and video recordings.
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