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Teaching for different language and culture groups

Preparatory instruction focuses on learning the Finnish language and getting acquainted with the Finnish school culture

Preparatory instruction for basic education

Students who have yet to acquire sufficient Finnish language skills will begin their education in preparatory instruction for basic education groups regardless of their nationality or native country. Preparatory instruction is also an option after pre-school.

In Lahti, preparatory instruction is carried out in a centralised manner. This means that the preparatory instruction will not necessarily take place at the local school or the school at which the actual basic education will take place. The preparatory instruction focuses on learning the Finnish language and getting acquainted with the Finnish school culture.

All schools provide students with an immigrant background with intensive "Finnish as a second language" teaching if the student's Finnish skills are not as good as those of a native speaker.

Maintaining one's native language and language learnt abroad

Students can be provided with teaching of their native language, such as Russian, Estonian, Thai, Kurdish, Turkish and Arabic, where possible. Children who have learnt a foreign language while living abroad, for example, can also participate in these teaching groups.

A minimum of four students is required for establishing a teaching group. The teaching usually takes place after other lessons.  The teaching is scheduled for 2 hours a week.

You can ask your teacher, school principal or immigrant coordinator about the teaching of your native language.


For more information

about preparatory instruction for immigrant children as well as basic education and secondary education, please contact
Pasi Salmi, tel. +358 (0)50 387 8724, immigrant coordinator