Sign up for autumn 2023 Language buddy course

Hi, become a language buddy!

Want to improve your Finnish skills? Or want to learn Swedish? Or would you like to learn
some other language? Or would you like to know more about another culture? Then get
yourself a Language Buddy! The Student Union organizes the Language Buddy activity in
order to help students in Vaasa to learn and improve languages. This activity is organized in
cooperation with the Language Centre at the University of Vaasa, and the name of the course
is Language Buddy – Kielikaveri – Språkkompis (KKIE5000). The basic idea behind
Language Buddies is that you get to learn a language and another culture, but you also get to
teach one.

If you want to try to find a Language Buddy through us, register with this form, telling which
language you would be interested in learning, and which language you would be able to
teach. Being on native speaker level in a language is essential for the teaching part, but
you are not expected to be a trained teacher or a trained language teacher with a pedagogical

With this information we will try to find the right Language Buddy for you.
The Language Buddy activity in the autumn term 2023 begins in week 39 and ends in week
50. The activity consists of following parts:

Two mandatory meetings with the whole Language Buddy group and the teacher.

  • The first meeting on Wednesday the 27 th of September 2023 at 16.00 in Fabriikki F140.
  • The final meeting on Wednesday the 13 th of December 2023 at 16.00 in Fabriikki F140.

One voluntary meeting with the language teacher, in case you would need some guidance or advice for the meetings with your pair.

  • On Wednesday the 25 th of October 2023 at 16.00 in Fabriikki F140.


  • 30 hours of Language Buddy meetings with your own pair.
  • Writing a final report and presenting it in the last meeting / on video.

You can get 2 ECTS credits from this activity. In order to receive 2 ECTS credits you will have
to participate in the two meetings, have 30 hours of Language Buddy meetings with your pair,
and write a report and present it orally at the final meeting or make a video together with your
Buddy and post the video on Moodle.
Students from other schools than the University of Vaasa will need a JOO-contract from the
school of their own.

If you got interested, register before Wednesday the 20 th of September 2023 using the link
above! Or if all this was too confusingly explained, you can ask questions too.

More information: eva@vyy.fi

Order the weekly VYY newsletter

Find out about the latest news and events by VYY. News also in English!