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Teaching in English

In the English classes at the Finnish International School of Tampere, the Finnish curriculum for Comprehensive Education is followed, with a few modifications. The A1-language, namely English is taught from 1st grade and follows its own English Curriculum. An optional A2-language, German, Spanish or French, is possible to choose on 4th grade. It is taught for two hours a week on grades 4-9.

Studying in English requires strong skills. The child must be able to listen, concentrate, understand and participate actively in all subjects which are taught in the English language. English classes are suitable for students who are motivated to study in English and receive positive support and encouragement for this at home. FISTA has both Finnish and international students. English language is a unifying factor, which the child has either learned when living and studying abroad, being raised in a bilingual or multilingual home or by attending an English Day Care or Preschool in Finland, prior to the Finnish International School of Tampere.

At the Finnish International School of Tampere the students learn to read and write in both Finnish and English. The contents of different subjects are taught in English on grades 1–6, with the exception of Finnish or Finnish as a second language, possibly along with the vocabulary of Finnish Biology and Geography or Finnish History.

Studying in English classes continues at FISTA on grades 7–9, with an increase in stages of Finnish language teaching. When entering 7th grade, the student has an option of choosing between two programs of study:

Program 1: International line

  • The language of tuition is English with the exception of Finnish, Finnish as a second language and Social Studies (9th grade), which are taught in Finnish.
  • Skills and arts -subjects are taught mainly in English, language of tuition in optional subjects depends on the course.

Program 2: Bilingual line

  • Subjects taught primarily in English are history, biology and geography (Finland-related topics in Finnish), English, and optional languages.

Skills and arts -subjects are taught mainly in English, language of tuition in optional subjects depends on the course.

Upon graduating from Finnish International School of Tampere's Comprehensive Education Program, the student receives a Finnish Certificate of Basic Education.

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Multiculturalism is highly reflected in our school's activities with students coming from different countries. Tolerance of diversity is evident in everyday activities, from classes, recesses to school events.

Teachers are encouraged to develop and maintain their international professionalism by participating in language courses held in Finland or abroad, along with taking part in Comenius projects between various countries.

The 6th grade classes travel to England for a week long class trip.


Planning for Tampere Region's International School began in the autumn 2009, when a project worker was employed to research the need for establishing an International School. The Finnish International School of Tampere (FISTA) is located at the premises of Amuri School. The school is in operation and by 2016, all classes will follow the international curriculum.


  • Transition class: Autumn 2011
  • Autumn 2012 classes 1, 3, 5
  • Autumn 2013 classes 2, 4, 6, 7
  • Autumn 2014 classes 8
  • Autumn 2015 classes 0, 9

Studying in the English language at an International School requires high motivation from students and a desire to actively use the English language, while maintaining and improving one's language skills throughout comprehensive school. The cooperation and support of the home, guardians and parents is mandatory. Positive encouragement from home is needed, which assists the child when studying in a demanding educational program.

English language appendix in CLIL education

FIS-STEPS project (Finnish International Schools - Sharing Tools for English Public Schools) has drafted and published an appendix for English language studies in Finnish CLIL education. The purpose of the appendix is to more accurately demonstrate a CLIL student’s level of English as opposed to a student in Finnish-language basic education.

The appendix is designed to be handed out with the certificate in the spring for the students finishing 6th or 9th grade. It may also be given when the student transfers from one school to another.

It is of utmost importance in terms of equality in education and assessment that English is assessed also separately. The final assessment is done according to the national criteria, so the appendix makes the student’s language assessment in English-language education more accurate and also more just.

Student’s language skills are assessed according to the Common European Framework of Reference in different sections. The student is assessed according to the skill levels in speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing. Furthermore, literature is assessed in terms of achieving learning objectives.

The appendix can be filled in electronically and is modifiable to meet the needs of different schools.
It can be found online at