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Teaching in the pupil's native language

The City of Tampere’s Department of Basic Education centrally organises teaching in the pupil’s native language supplementing basic education for multilingual children of preschool and basic education age. Currently, teaching is provided in more than 30 different languages. New language groups can be established based on registrations as possible.

Teaching in the pupil’s native language is intended for children whose native language or home language is other than Finnish or Swedish. Also Finnish returnees who have obtained native-level language skills while living abroad may take part in the teaching. Teaching in native language is not intended for beginners. If necessary, the teacher assesses the child’s language skills before being enrolled to teaching. Those who study other subjects in the language taught (English, German, French, Swedish) in their own school may not participate in the teaching.

For a teaching group to be formed, there must be at least four children. Most groups have a native teacher. Choosing the teaching is optional, but once studies in native language have begun, attendance is required. If the pupil discontinues the studies for a weighty reason, this is done at the end of the school year with a form available from the teacher, not in the middle of the school year.

The native language teacher will inform you of the start time and place of teaching during August. The place of teaching can be another school or preschool than the child’s own. The parents are responsible for their child’s transport to the lessons and home. The lessons are often in the afternoon, after the school day.

The teaching is free of charge, and there are 2 lessons for basic education pupils per week, 1 for preschoolers. The pupil will receive a separate certificate for their studies after regularly taking part throughout the school year.

The teaching is based on a curriculum aiming at obtaining diverse and practical language skills and supporting one’s own linguistic and cultural identity. Diverse command of one’s native language also supports learning other languages.

Students only need to sign up once during basic education.

The enrolment period for classes starting in August/September is 1.4.–20.9.2021.
Additional enrolment at the beginning of the spring term 1.–20.1.2022.


*All students attending Tampere City preschool or comprehensive education enroll in Wilma.

You can find the application form on the Wilma website under Applications and decisions > New application > Ilmoittautuminen oman äidinkielen opetukseen. The form is available in Finnish and English.

Please note that the form is only available on the Wilma website, not the Wilma app.

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* Students from Tampereen normaalikoulu, private schools, or outside of Tampere only.

External linkEnrollment for the instruction in the pupil’s Native language

Additional information of the pupil's native language