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Suomea edistyneille / Advanced Finnish

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Arts & Music
Journalism & multimedia
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Guiding resources (online course/book)

Linguistic Features



Critical Thinking


Suomea edistyneille is an advanced learning material intended for students who are fairly fluent in Finnish but are not native Finnish speakers. The material aims to practice language skills at levels B2-C1. The learning modules can be accessed via HAKA login but are usable also as guest. The material package contains eight modules that will help students improve already good Finnish language skills. The different modules focus on different themes and aspects of the language and they include material and assignments by topic. Teacher or student may choose some of the sections or use the entire material. The modules can be used as such or they can be modified to suit individual ways of teaching and learning. The modules include material and assignments in different categories: listening and reading comprehension, oral interaction, speech production and writing. The first module is about societal affairs and vocabulary. The second module theme are different media and related vocabulary. In the center of the third module is the scientific text and academic writing and reading. The modules from four to six are about communication both online environments and at professional contexts. The last two modules are for the final stages students preparing their thesis. The modules concentrate on controlling sources, source critique, marking them in texts and connecting the referencing to students own thinking, and planning the work for thesis.

Case study

This teaching source was used as part of a lesson intended for a class of advanced level Finnish language students, within a cycle of lessons dedicated to textual skills which aimed to learn how to produce different types of texts. The specific objective of the lesson in question was to familiarize with the characteristics of an informative text (tiedottava teksti) and to learn how to write a statement (tiedote). For this purpose we chose to focus on module 2, on different media and related vocabulary. The students - led by the teacher - carried out two of the activities proposed within the module; for the first, focused on finding information and vocabulary, they chose to focus on the topic of climate change: they searched for information about it in different types of media (online articles, newspapers, blogs and podcasts, social media) and built a glossary of the main terms related to the selected topic. Then everyone wrote a factsheet, following the instructions also conveyed through a short and effective video. The resource had a very positive impact on the students, who were enthusiastic about being able to choose the topic to work on and to practice on issues of interest (not already chosen by teacher). The resource setting is excellent both at a macroscopic level (synthetic overview of each module, tasks and objectives; excellent extra support tools) and microscopic level: in addition to leaving ample freedom of choice, the setting of the proposed activities is very clear (see lists) and easy to use. This did allow students to acquire a learning method applicable in numerous other contexts. The students learned the essential tools to write a new type of text and they also gained familiarity on carrying out web searches in Finnish (for example newspapers, blogs, etc.). The resource has an excellent flexibility and it can be adapted to meet the most different needs; you can do the same exercises by choosing different topics for infinite times.


First, you have to log in (also guest log in is possible). Take then the self-assessment test to guide you forward in using this learning material. Each task has one or more images (emoji): these emojis will tell you what kind of activity is required for the tasks.


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


Excellent learning material for advanced level students that greatly supports higher education students of every field to successfully proceed in their studies in degree programs in Finnish language. The teaching source is very highly flexible and adaptable for all kinds of advanced level language learning groups (LSP and general Finnish) and for students of any domain area. The teaching source does work also without registration, but some contents are not available with guest login (for example quizzes). The material is higly motivating and it helps students to learn tools for autonomous learning in advanced language level on specific topics of their choice. The resource is easily accessible and technically easy to use.
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