Do your Finnish language skills need improvement?
“Finnish language can seem difficult to learn in everyday life, because you can manage in English in many workplaces. Weekly group meetings offer a good place to learn and get peer support for learning the language”, says PAM's Educational Planner Marjut Pihonen-Randla. Photo: Anna Autio.
PAM offers Finnish language courses this autumn – strengthen your Finnish skills at PAM. Apply no later than 19 August.
PAM offers union members Finnish language courses in Helsinki for the tenth consecutive year. Courses start annually in the spring and fall.
"Learn Finnish" is a course where the aim is for the participant to learn how to use Finnish at work and in everyday life. The course participants will also familiarize themselves with the rules and customs of Finnish working life.
“During the course, you will learn how to use the Finnish language in everyday life. At the end of the course, the participants will receive a diploma, where it is stated what he/she has studied”, tells Marjut Pihonen-Randla, PAM’s Educational Planner.
At the first session in September, there is a mandatory level test in Helsinki, after which the participants are divided into three groups based on their Finnish level skill. The groups meet weekly at the same time until mid-December.
“Traditionally the beginners group starts with basics. Finnish words, phrases and questions are thought at the beginning. In the advanced group even poems are sometimes recited in Finnish”, says Pihonen-Randla.
“Finnish language can seem difficult to learn in everyday life, because you can manage in English in many workplaces. Weekly group meetings do offer a good place to learn and get peer support for learning the language”.
According to the Educational Planner PAM has a long tradition for offering Finnish language courses.
“This is already the tenth year when Finnish language courses are arranged in Helsinki. Courses have been very popular and more groups have been added to the course list during the last years”.
Finnish language courses are also organised in other cities, apart from Helsinki.
“This fall, there is for example a Finnish language course arranged for the first time in Oulu. The course is available for PAM members in Northern Finland”, she mentions.
When applying for the course in Helsinki, applicants can evaluate his/her level of Finnish skill. The application form is found in PAM’s course calendar in both Finnish and in English.
The Educational Planner wants to point out the following:
• Application deadline is 19 August
• About 50 applicants are invited for the language level test
• Invitation is sent for the test 23 August
Please get to know the course programme here.