Finnish Adult Immersion Programs | 18+
If you’re 18 years or older and want to sharpen your Finnish, or just stretch your mind, our adult programs at Salolampi are perfect for you. We will help you improve your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, learn new conversational skills and broaden your knowledge of Finnish culture.
Salolampi‘s environment looks like Finland, complete with authentic Finnish log cabins and tanssilava (dance pavilion) surrounded by birch trees. Enjoy the electric indoor or wood-fired lakefront saunas, kantele music and singing, or a game of mölkky while our kitchen staff prepares delicious Finnish cuisine.
Our talented and motivated staff members provide expert instruction in small and large group settings catered specifically to your language abilities. They make sure sessions include ample opportunity for practicing your Finnish as well as for meeting new people and having fun. While the adult sessions are carefully adapted to suit the ages of the participants, Salolampi adult weeks offer participants the same authentic menus as the summer sessions for young people.
This program is generously supported by the Salolampi Foundation, providing numerous scholarship options.
Meet the Program Leader
Tiina Watts has been teaching at Salolampi Adult Weeks and Family Fun Weekends since 2003. Her seven children and her husband, Ed, have all attended many family weekend programs, and five of her children have been to summer youth programs. Salolampi is a magical place for the whole Watts family.
Tiina’s background with Finland starts from her Finnish mother, Lea Antsola Mahoney, who unfortunately didn’t teach her Finnish as a child, but taught her songs and a lot about the culture. Tiina has lived in Finland three different times: three years in Helsinki in the mid-70’s, 1 ½ years as a missionary for her church in 1981, then a summer in 1985 working in the Alvar Aalto museum and the Jyväskylä library. She loves the Finnish language and especially its grammar. Her main goal as a Finnish teacher is to help others love the language, too, in spite of its intricacies and all the crazy stems and endings and exceptions! The beautiful, complicated, fascinating, soft-spoken language reminds her of the Finnish people and the Finnish landscape.
Tiina’s other passion is Finnish music. At Salolampi we do a lot of singing—and this is a great way to learn pronunciation, as well as grammar and vocabulary. Tiina plays guitar and piano and loves directing and participating in choirs. She also enjoys playing games--singing and game-playing will often be a part of her language lessons.
Tiina has served as Salolampi Foundation president and is now Finlandia Foundation president in Utah. She is planning on starting her Master’s degree next year in Second Language Teaching, with her main goal to improve language curriculum and teaching at Salolampi. In addition to making sure Adult Weeks always have great language classes, Tiina is committed to bringing the best cultural presenters and Finnish musicians in the state, and in the country, to Salolampi Adult Weeks. Tule katsomaan ja oppimaan!