Finnish – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Learn Finnish in London with our part-time Finnish evening courses.

Our language classes run from September to June at our central London Regent Street Campus just a few minutes from Oxford Circus. They are taught by experienced language teaching professionals who are native speakers of the language or equivalent. Adult students of all ages and nationalities from a wide range of backgrounds take part-time Finnish courses with us. You can also join a Finnish evening class in January for the second semester if you already have some knowledge of Finnish.

This Finnish evening language class follows a communicative approach to language teaching. Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your tutor on every lesson and written feedback with your homework.

This level is the first exposure to the Finnish language for complete beginners (Term 1), allowing you to start to communicate. You have no or little previous knowledge of Finnish.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
10 January 2017 Term 2 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
11 April 2017 Term 3 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
27 September 2016 Term 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greetings
  • the alphabet
  • numbers 0–1,000
  • countries, nationalities and languages
  • personal introductions
  • days of the week, months and seasons
  • colours
  • times of the day
  • weather

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verb 'to be'
  • verb type 1
  • question words
  • yes/no questions
  • personal pronouns
  • vowel harmony
  • nominative and genitive case
  • basic adjectives

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • family
  • appearance
  • describing people and objects
  • daily routines
  • hobbies
  • telling the time

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive case
  • partitive verbs
  • verb types 1–6

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at home
  • houses and flats
  • making a phone call
  • travelling
  • modes of transport

Grammar

You will learn:

  • local cases
  • nominative plural
  • existential clause
  • demonstrative pronouns
  • verbs in imperative
  • consonant gradation in nouns
  • 'it is fun to…'-clause

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Suomen mestari 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

This level of Finnish is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills. You have already studied the Finnish language for approximately one year or 60 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
12 January 2017 Term 2 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 April 2017 Term 3 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
29 September 2016 Term 1 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • food and drink
  • celebrations and parties
  • ordinal numbers and dates
  • work and professions
  • a short introduction to colloquial Finnish
  • running errands
  • Finnish festivals
  • Finnish customs

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive plural
  • postpositions
  • basics of the object
  • declination of personal pronouns
  • consonant gradation in verb types 3 and 4
  • perfect tense and pluperfect tense
  • word types ut/yt, nut/nyt and Vus/Vys
  • pronouns joku, jokin, ei kukaan, ei mikään
  • possessive suffix

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • travelling
  • clothes
  • interjections
  • expressions of time
  • education and work

Grammar

You will learn:

  • simple past tense
  • the most common use of passive
  • word types (-us/-ys, -os/-ös, -es)
  • verbs + rection
  • I-plural in local cases
  • pronoun joka and demonstrative pronouns

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at the doctor’s
  • illnesses
  • body parts
  • booking appointments
  • shopping
  • running errands

Grammar

You will learn:

  • nessessive sentence type
  • object
  • word types (–in, -e, -as/-äs)
  • consonant gradation
  • I-plural: partitive and genitive
  • comparison of adjectives
  • verb + rection

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

We will use Suomen mestari 2 throughout the course. 

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

eveninglanguagecourse@westminster.ac.uk

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Term dates 2016–17

Term 1
September cohort: 26 September – 2 December 2016
January cohort*: 9 January – 17 March 2017

Term 2
September cohort: 9 January – 17 March 2017
January cohort*: 10 April – 16 June 2017

Term 3
September cohort: 10 April – 16 June 2016
January cohort*: 19 June – 21 July 2016

*Please note that not every language has a January cohort.