Course Description

Beginning Finnish, FINNISH 1B

Students will develop the basic elements of communicative competence in both the spoken and written language within a cultural context.

Key Information

Credit: 6 quarter units / 4 semester units credit
UC Berkeley, Scandinavian

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
General Education: Fulfills Language Req.
Major Requirement: Fulfills lower division requirement for Scandinavian majors: Finnish Concentration & Old Norse Studies Concentration

UC Davis:
General Education: AH, WC.

UC Irvine:
General Education: VI - Language other than English

UC Los Angeles:
Major Preparation: Scandinavian Languages and Cultures Major / Scandinavian Languages Minor; ENGLISH major/American Literature & Culture major (foreign language level 3)
FINNISH 1A + FINNISH 1B would clear the Foreign Language requirement.

UC Merced:
General Education: Satisfies GE Language Requirement

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective Units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - Foreign Language Requirement - would be second semester toward requirement (need third semester/intermediate level or fourth quarter course required for proficiency); Sixth - 1 course towards NAHR GE; BMuir- May petition a full year of a language other than English for a GE sequence in Area III; TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major  

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Possible Area B after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

Prerequisites : Finnish 1A or assessment by the instructor. Please get in touch with the instructor before enrolling if you have not completed Finnish 1A!

Course Creator

Lotta Weckstrom

Dr. Lotta Weckström started her career in developing and teaching Finnish language courses during her undergraduate years at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where she worked as a student instructor in 1996-1998. She taught Finnish at the Turku university Language Center, language immersion  summer courses, and prior to being hired at UC Berkeley in 2007, she worked as a lecturer in argumentation, rhetoric and debating at the University Collegein Utrecht, the Netherlands.  As a language instructor Weckström’s interest lies in creating a student focused, cultural classroom that takes in consideration the individual students back grounds, fields of study and prior experiences learning a language.

Weckström incorporated classroom technology in her day to day teaching even before COVID-19 sent all courses online. Finnish language classes have been offered in a mode where students from all UC campuses study together via Zoom, or a classroom & Zoom combination.  Weckström is an experienced and enthusiastic instructor, her background in linguistics, years of language instruction, and interest in teaching technology create a unique learning environment for students from all walks of academic life. In her language pedagogy research, Weckström explores the use of technology and media in language teaching. Her current research project is developing “best practices” guidelines for distance teaching, and trauma informed pedagogy. Weckström’s Dissertation in the field of Applied Language Studies explores representations of Finnishness in Sweden, and focuses on the experiences of young people with Finnish background in Central Sweden. She studies concept of growing up speaking a minority language, vernacular use, humor and joking in interviews, as well as the multi facetted concept of immigration, immigrants and linguistic minorities as they are  expressed  by the participants of her research. She has published two books on her dissertation topic, and several articles on Finns in Sweden.

     

Dr. Lotta Weckström started her career in developing and teaching Finnish language courses during her undergraduate years at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where she worked as a student instructor in 1996-1998. She taught Finnish at the Turku university Language Center, language immersion  summer courses, and prior to being hired at UC Berkeley in 2007, she worked as a lecturer ...

Dr. Lotta Weckström started her career in developing and teaching Finnish language courses during her undergraduate years at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where she worked as a student instructor in 1996-1998. She taught Finnish at the Turku university Language Center, language immersion  summer courses, and prior to being hired at UC Berkeley in 2007, she worked as a lecturer in argumentation, rhetoric and debating at the University Collegein Utrecht, the Netherlands.  As a language instructor Weckström’s interest lies in creating a student focused, cultural classroom that takes in consideration the individual students back grounds, fields of study and prior experiences learning a language.

Weckström incorporated classroom technology in her day to day teaching even before COVID-19 sent all courses online. Finnish language classes have been offered in a mode where students from all UC campuses study together via Zoom, or a classroom & Zoom combination.  Weckström is an experienced and enthusiastic instructor, her background in linguistics, years of language instruction, and interest in teaching technology create a unique learning environment for students from all walks of academic life. In her language pedagogy research, Weckström explores the use of technology and media in language teaching. Her current research project is developing “best practices” guidelines for distance teaching, and trauma informed pedagogy. Weckström’s Dissertation in the field of Applied Language Studies explores representations of Finnishness in Sweden, and focuses on the experiences of young people with Finnish background in Central Sweden. She studies concept of growing up speaking a minority language, vernacular use, humor and joking in interviews, as well as the multi facetted concept of immigration, immigrants and linguistic minorities as they are  expressed  by the participants of her research. She has published two books on her dissertation topic, and several articles on Finns in Sweden.

     


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