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The Literacy Phase of Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki is aimed at students

  • who cannot read or write in the Latin alphabet (ABC) or
  • whose reading and writing skills are only at the level ’starting’ or ’developing’ literacy or
  • whose reading and writing skills are not yet sufficient for Introductory Phase studies
  • who have not completed the equivalent of Finnish primary school education in their home country.

The Literacy Phase lasts until the student can move into the starting phase studies. The studies are approximately 1 year in duration and the entail 27-30 courses (á 28 hours) of studies in Finnish language, mathematics, social studies, enivronmental and nature sciences, guidance and optional courses.

Officially the Literacy Phase is a part of the Introductory Phase of basic education for adults.

Since life situations often vary, one can move from the Literacy Phase into literacy training within liberal adult education or the literacy module of acculturation training (the so-called semi-literates). The aim of guidance is to find each student the most suitable path forward.

Please note if you are registered with Employment Services (TE-palvelut) you must ask for a permission before you start school.

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For More Information Contact

Pertti Pyhtilä
050 558 7987