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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 six 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 semester with a form in Wilma, not in the middle of the semester.

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 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.


Enrollment for native language lessons, school year 2022-2023

Old and new students need to enroll for the school year 2022-2023 native language lessons between 1.2. - 13.3.2022. THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 3.4.2022. Supplementary enrollment 1.8. - 4.9.2022.

Changes to native language lesson enrollment

Everyone wishing to participate in native language lessons in the school year 2022-2023 has to enroll; enrollments from previous years will no longer be valid in August 2022.

When signing up, guardians can choose their preferred location for the lessons. However, the location might change depending on the number of students interested in the lessons. The education organizers decides the eventual time and location of the lessons. The lessons might not take place at the student's own school.

The lessons start on 15.8.2022 and will be marked in the student's schedule in Wilma.

The lessons are primarily for students in Tampere preschools or basic education schools. Students from other municipalities can only participate in the native language lessons if the municipality has an agreement with the City of Tampere.

1. 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 English and Finnish, even though the title is only in Finnish.

Wilma works best in Chrome or Edge. Please note that the form is only available on the Wilma website, not the Wilma app.

External link1. Wilma log in page (for enrollment)

2. New preschool students (born 2016), students from Tampereen normaalikoulu, private schools, or outside of Tampere only

NB! Do not use this link if your child is studying in a basic education school of City of Tampere.

External link2. Enrollment for native language lessons, new preschool students (b. 2016), students from private schools or outside of Tampere only

Additional information of the pupil's native language