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Language policy

Ressun lukio recognises the importance of languages. Language studies will help IB students become more open-minded and better communicators, in the spirit of the IB Learner Profile.

Two distinct study programmes operate on Ressun lukio campus. The national Finnish upper secondary school uses Finnish as the language of instruction, while the IB Diploma section offers an English-language programme.

Although the school is located in Finnish-language surroundings and a great number of students are Finnish native speakers, the school itself uses both languages in its day-to-day operations. We consider this a strength, and encourage students and teachers to explore both programmes and languages.

The preparatory year before the IB Diploma studies offer many possibilities for the students to work on their language skills:

  • The students who have not studied in English before can improve their English language skills to the required level before the start of the DP. 
  • As Finland has two official national languages, the IB Diploma students who plan to stay in the country are encouraged to continue with their Swedish studies and take the official matriculation examination test in it, in addition to their DP subjects. 
  • Students who do not speak Finnish are encouraged to learn at least the basics, offered during the preparatory year, to make the most of their surroundings and to broaden their CAS options. 
  • Our Finnish national programme section offers foreign language courses in Swedish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Chinese in addition to Finnish as mother tongue. IB students are welcome to join them whenever they can.

In the IB Diploma, we offer Finnish A: Literature and English A: Language and Literature in Group 1. In Group 2, English, Finnish and French are taught as languages B. The languages are available at Higher/Standard Level, depending on the number of students choosing them. In order to offer a chance for students to start learning a new language from the beginning, we also offer German ab initio SL.

Students are encouraged to choose a school-supported, self-taught Language A Literature course if this seems a viable mother-tongue option for them.  There is a supervising full-time language A teacher in the school who will help them understand and plan the course of study. These students are also encouraged to join taught Language A groups, in particular when they are covering world literature. In previous years, our students have successfully completed Language A Literature self-study e.g. in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Greek, Nepali, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Our students have an additional opportunity to complete the official proficiency examination DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Francaise) in French and/or Sprachdiplom in the German language.

All students are encouraged to utilise their communicative skills in practice by taking part in the various cooperation projects with our partner schools abroad, foreign language theatre and debate clubs and in hosting the many foreign visitors that come to our school.

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