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Finnish as mother tongue and literature (ÄI)

Sequence of completion:
-ÄI1 to be completed first, after which the order is optional

-ÄI7, ÄI10 and ÄI14 in the 2nd or 3rd year

-ÄI8, ÄI9 and ÄI11 in the 3rd year; preparing for the matriculation exam

-ÄI12 and ÄI13 to be completed independently during the upper secondary studies. You must start completing them in the 1st year. Your teacher will provide you with further information.


ÄI1 Language, texts and interaction
Students are to gain a deeper understanding of language, texts and interpretation of these and develop their ability to read texts. They will know how to analyse their communication environment and identify their own skills as speakers, listeners, writers, readers and media users, so as to specify their image as communicators. The focus areas of the course include genres and text types. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI2 Structures and meanings of texts
Students practise analysing the language, structures and meanings used in texts and learn to perceive the connection of a text with other texts. Students are also expected to polish their own texts, with a special emphasis on improving their essay writing skills for the matriculation exam. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI3 Devices and interpretation of literature
Students are familiarised with the different genres of literature. They develop their skills in analysing texts. The course includes a visit to a theatre performance. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI4 Texts and influence
Students learn to examine texts and their language from the perspective of exercising influence in particular. They are familiarised with argumentation and their knowledge relating to this is consolidated. Students learn to analyse and produce argumentative texts. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI5 Text, style and context
Students learn to examine texts and their styles, so as to be able to take the significance of context into account in interpretation and text production. Students are made familiar with Western literary history. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI6 Language, literature and identity
Students are expected to form an overview of the significance of the Finnish language and Finnish literature and culture to individuals and society. Evaluated with a number grade.


ÄI7 Advanced oral communication skills
Students consolidate and diversify their skills and knowledge related to oral communication and they also learn to assess the significance of oral communication in human relations, studies and working life. Students practise both group and individual communication skills. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI8 Advanced textual skills
Students' skills in analysing and producing texts are consolidated and diversified. Students are prepared for the text analysis assignment in the matriculation exam. Evaluated with a number grade.

ÄI9 Writing and modern culture
Students are familiarised with cultural and social debates, current issues in the media and modern literature. They will consolidate their critical and cultural literacy, develop their thinking skills and enhance the maturity of their written expression so as to meet the standards required at upper secondary school completion level. Evaluated with a number grade.


ÄI10 Polishing your language skills 1
The objective of the course is to reinforce and consolidate students' expertise related to correct language use. As to the contents, a special emphasis is placed on the problematic points in spelling. Pass/Fail evaluation.

ÄI11 Polishing your language skills 2
The course aims at consolidating students' competence in using language correctly. The focus is on the syntax and stylistic devices of writing. Pass/Fail evaluation.

ÄI12 Finnish cinema and theatre
During their upper secondary studies, students are expected to watch seven Finnish films and see five theatre performances. Furthermore, the course comprises discussions and written assignments on these performances. Pass/Fail evaluation.

ÄI13 Upper secondary school literature diploma
During their upper secondary years, students are to read 20 fictive novels based on the list received from the teacher. Each book is handled both orally and in writing. The reading list includes remarkable Finnish and foreign works, representing different literary genres. Pass/Fail evaluation.

ÄI14 Creative writing
Students practise writing short stories, poems and newspaper articles, among other things. Pass/Fail evaluation.