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.

You can book each term individually or the whole year for a discounted fee of £515.

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.

Courses open for booking
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 1 10 weeks 27 September 2016 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 2 10 weeks 10 January 2017 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon
Term 3 10 weeks 11 April 2017 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon

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.

Courses open for booking
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 1 10 weeks 27 September 2016 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 2 10 weeks 10 January 2017 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon
Term 3 10 weeks 11 April 2017 Tuesdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • food and drink
  • celebrations and parties
  • invitations and greeting cards
  • ordinal numbers and dates
  • professions
  • work
  • a short introduction to colloquial Finnish

Grammar

You will learn:

  • partitive case of food and drink
  • partitive plural
  • postpositions
  • basics of the object
  • subordinate clause
  • declination of personal pronouns
  • consonant gradation in verb types 3 and 4

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • travelling
  • clothes
  • interjections
  • expressions of time
  • at the doctor's
  • illnesses
  • body parts
  • booking appointments

Grammar

You will learn:

  • simple past tense
  • the most common use of passive
  • the verbs 'have to' and 'must'
  • relative pronoun (joka)
  • word types (us/ys, os/ös, es, in, e, as/äs)

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • at the summer cottage
  • sauna
  • nature and animals
  • hobbies
  • expressions of time
  • at the weekend

Grammar

You will learn:

  • third infinitive
  • transitive and intransitive verbs
  • verb type 6
  • negative simple past tense
  • verbal noun (-minen)
  • verb + case

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 and Suomenmestari 2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Students are expected to have studied Finnish for 120–180 hours or equivalent. You should have a good basic knowledge of the Finnish language and its grammar.

Courses open for booking
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 1 10 weeks 29 September 2016 Thursdays 6–8pm £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 2 10 weeks 12 January 2017 Thursdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon
Term 3 10 weeks 13 April 2017 Thursdays 6–8pm £225 Coming soon

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • running errands
  • weddings and relationships
  • Finnish festivals
  • Finnish customs

Grammar

You will learn:

  • perfect tense
  • pluperfect tense
  • word types (ut/yt, nut/nyt and vus/vys)
  • pronouns joku, jokin, ei kukaan, ei mikään
  • using different tenses
  • possessive suffix

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • education
  • work life
  • shopping
  • running daily matters in Finnish

Grammar

You will learn:

  • plural cases
  • pronoun joka on plural
  • comparison – adjective comparative
  • case government rektio

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • environmental protection
  • recycling
  • sustainable living
  • making an apointment

Grammar

You will learn:

  • conditional present and perfect tense
  • adjective types -ton/-tön and -llinen
  • new word types
  • adverbs
  • colloquial language

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.

 

Further information

Learning resources

We will use Suomen mestari 2 and Suomen mestari 3 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You have a strong command on the Finnish language. You can express yourself accurately and fluently on a variety of topics. You have studied Finnish for approximately four years or 240 hours.

Courses open for booking
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 1 10 weeks 28 September 2016 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Term Duration Start date Day and time Price Apply
Term 2 10 weeks 11 January 2017 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £225 Coming soon
Term 3 10 weeks 12 April 2017 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm £225 Coming soon

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Finnish literature
  • different kind of texts
  • news and current topics
  • spoken Finnish

Grammar

You will learn:

  • participles
  • tenses and grammatical moods (revision)
  • verb and case government

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • writing in Finnish
  • forming different kind of texts
  • culture
  • talking about your own interests

Grammar

You will learn:

  • passive voice in all tenses
  • passive object
  • revision of plural tenses
  • third infinitive and -malla and -matta

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Finnish television
  • Finnish films
  • listening skills
  • internet

Grammar

You will learn:

  • revision of passive voice
  • adjectives and comparison
  • adverbs
  • revision of different parts of speech

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.