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Teaching of the student’s native tongue

  • Service
  • Vantaa
  • Public service

Vantaa provides teaching of a student’s own native tongue, home language and maintained language for two hours per week. Teaching a student’s own native tongue helps support the student’s thinking, linguistic skills and communications. It also helps create the basis for functional bilingualism and reinforces the student’s multi-cultural identity.

Native tongue or maintained language teaching is available in about 30 different languages in Vantaa. Teaching of a student’s native language is teaching that supplements basic education, and the objective is to offer two hours of this teaching a week.

To whom and on what terms

Teaching of native tongue is available to

- students whose native tongue is not Finnish or Swedish

- students whose native tongue is Romani or Sami language

- students who are moving back to Finland from abroad and who have studied in a foreign language while staying abroad.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

Basic education is education delivered in accordance to a curriculum that supports the pupils’ growth as human beings and members of society and teaches them the knowledge and skills they need. It confers every pupil the same eligibility for upper secondary education.

Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old. Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness. Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at a general upper secondary school for adults, a folk high school or an adult education centre.

Basic information

The service is provided byVantaa city
Responsible for the serviceVantaa city
Area Vantaa
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Vantaa city
Updated: 17/5/2022