From the very beginning of the training, FinSL is taught by Deaf or hearing lectures who use FinSL as an educational language. As well as foreigner students, Finnish students are exposed to new language and Deaf culture. There have been good experiences being in exchange in both Helsinki and Kuopio campuses.
Finnish Sign Language
Introduction to Finnish Sign Language I (5 ECTS)
Students learn to recognise the differences and similarities between spoken languages and sign languages, and gain a general understanding of signs. They understand the key communicational aspects of the deaf culture, such as getting the interlocutor’s attention and following certain customs of conversation. They learn to handle simple communicative situations and acquire enough basic signs to express themselves briefly even if their signing is still slow and inaccurate. They are able to understand short and simple signed expressions.
Students learn basic signs in the following areas: greetings and introductions, family and relatives, alphabet and numbers, living, food, clothes and colours. They are able to fingerspell intelligibly. Students learn to produce and understand affirmative and interrogative sentences, to identify the phonological features of signs and to use pointing as part of their use of space. The theme includes a skills test.
Introduction to Finnish Sign Language II (5 ECTS)
Students understand the key role of the use of space in Finnish sign language. They learn to handle normal everyday signing situations and to produce intelligible expressions, even if even their signing contains grammatical and lexical deficiencies. They are able to understand the main idea of even a long but slowly signed expression. They understand the different aspects related to the identity formation of a sign language user.
Students learn signs in the following areas: free time and hobbies, health and illness, various expressions of time, weather, nature, description (during Period 2), and climate, nature, animals, natural phenomena, continents, countries, major cities, travelling (during Period 6). Students learn to produce and understand declarative and interrogative sentences as well as comparative structures. They aim to use the signing space grammatically. During Period 6, students develop their ability to use polysynthetic expressions and space in signing. The theme is implemented during Period 2 and Period 6. The theme includes a skills test in both periods, as well as a visit to the Finnish Association of the Deaf.
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