Finnish Adult Virtual Discussion Circles | Concordia Language Villages

Finnish Virtual Discussion Circles | Ages 18+

Finnish Adult Virtual Discussion Circles offer a more relaxed language and cultural experience in a real-time interactive small group setting. You will take a cultural and linguistic journey through food, stories, historical recordings and so much more — all designed to increase your Finnish skills. Asynchronous activities for you to complete at home will be provided to extend learning.

Fall Virtual Adult Discussion Circle

Join Tiina Watts for a six-week, weekly virtual discussion circle. The intermediate class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Central and the beginner class will meet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Central. We will be focusing on using Finnish in real-world situations and increasing the amount of Finnish we can produce through ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) techniques. Beginners will develop and improve their skills in creating with the language and asking and answering questions and intermediate level speakers will practice narrating and describing in various time frames. Tule puhumaan suomea!

Staff to villager ratio of 1:8, on average. Sessions meet over Zoom.

Meet the Program Leader

Headshot of Tiina Watts - Finnish adult program lead teacher.

Tiina Watts has been teaching Finnish 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 Finnish mother, Lea Antsola Mahoney, taught her Finnish songs and culture, but unfortunately not how to speak her mother tongue. Tiina had the chance to learn it later as a teenager living in Helsinki for three years with her family and then as a church missionary for a year and a half in the ’80s. Tiina also spent a summer in Finland working at the Alvar Aalto museum and the Jyväskylä library. She loves the Finnish language and especially its grammar — with her main goal being helping others love the language, too, in spite of its intricacies, the crazy stems, endings and exceptions!

Tiina’s other passion is Finnish music; she plays guitar and piano and loves singing. Singing is a great way to learn pronunciation, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar. Tiina’s language lessons are full of singing, movement, games, interaction, speaking, listening, writing activities, grammar and lots of variety.

Tiina has a master's degree in Second Language Teaching from Brigham Young University (BYU) and works as a Finnish instructor and Scandinavian Languages Coordinator at BYU. As the director of Salolampi Adult Weeks, her main goal is to improve the language curriculum and teaching at Salolampi. In addition to making sure adult weeks always have great instructors, Tiina is committed to bringing the best cultural presenters, crafters and musicians in the state, and the country, to Salolampi. Tulkaa katsomaan ja oppimaan!


Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to consolidate or cancel sessions that are below minimum enrollment levels.