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.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
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
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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