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Database of Teaching Sources

A database of selected, reviewed, tested, assessed and validated e-learning based language teaching sources addressed to Higher education students for the learning of 18 different European languages.

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Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Business & Communication
Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features




Description is an online learning site designed for adult learners of Finnish as second language. The site offers five modules of different levels, from basic language and communication skills in everyday situations to professional language skills in different areas and professions such as logistics, engineering, healthcare, tourism, marketing and sales. One of the modules contains also material on Swedish language spoken in Finland. The material provides good basic information on Finnish society and everyday life as well as specific knowledge on different professions. It dedicates quite a lot of space to skills needed in Finnish work culture. Every module contains exercises of its own. One of the modules is dedicated to the preparation for the intermediate level test of National certificate of language proficiency (YKI). The website is usable also as guest, registration is free.

Case study

This resource was used as part of a Finnish language practice lesson intended for students who had already studied Finnish for one year (level A1 fully reached), therefore at the beginning of the second year of Finnish. The main objective of the lesson was to review, consolidate and expand the lexicon relating to the family, learned in the previous year (basic level course). To meet this objective, among the various modules we chose to focus on the one entitled "Arkielämä", which also contains a section dedicated to the family theme. The initial overview is excellent, which allows students (as well as the teacher) to have a clear picture of what it will be possible to learn in a specific section. Led by the teacher, the students carried out the various proposed activities, in the order presented by the resource, and their reaction was more than positive; for example, they found the possibility of having immediate feedback motivating thanks to the presence of tools (visualization of the score obtained) that allow them to evaluate their progress. In learning the vocabulary, the combination of various types of activities (listening, reading and even writing, which helps to memorize new terminology) and therefore the variety of methods, which also exploit visuality, proved to be particularly effective. Overall, the proposed activities have activated the curiosity of the students, who have shown themselves to be very active and have asked numerous extra questions, which have become a stimulating prerequisite for cultural insights, including collateral (such as parties). At least for the first approach, a guided use is recommended since the organization of the material in numerous sub-pages makes the use of the resource not immediate and extends the time of use of the same.


The teacher can use the material in lesson planning in classroom and specially for groups of learners at different starting points. It is possible to choose only one module. The teacher can start from the initial overview and then proceed to study one of the modules, for example " Suomen poliittinen järjestelmä”, The political organization of Finland, and the related exercises.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
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


Comments: ( is very useful and motivating learning material. The material can be used in LSP context but many contents suit well for teaching Finnish as a foreign language. The material provides useful contents that are applicable in different situations of professional life. The usability suffers just a little bit as the material is organized in several subpages and different menus for navigation. To ease the usability, a guiding page is available with detailed instructions for user to help navigating through the proposed activities. The material provides a rich variety of stimulating activities with self-assessment tools that give students direct and immediate feedback.
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