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During your general upper secondary studies, you will build a language profile as part of your studies in foreign languages and another finnish language. The profile consists of your experiences, goals and your own and shared reflections to help you demonstrate your own skills and goals in a broad and personal manner. 

Language profile tasks help you identify, describe, and highlight your skills in different languages. At the same time, you will learn how to develop your language skills and learn languages during and after your high school studies. The language profile is like a workbook that you start doing at the beginning of your studies and where you will revert to different areas of your studies.  By returning to the areas, you can mirror the effects of your language learning story and experience on what you are as a language learner now and after high school.

Language skills and language learning skills in the light of transversal skills

Linguistic and cultural competence is linked to transversal competence, which you develop in all general upper secondary modules. After all, your studies are not individual fragments or kernels of information, but they form a broader whole of general education, with which you will face the future. In simple terms, transversal competence means outlining a wider whole and – most importantly – implementing it.

In order to be concrete and achievable, transversal competence is divided into six different areas. The areas are 1) well-being skills, (2) communication skills, 3) multidisciplinary and creative competence, 4) societal knowledge, 5) ethics and environmental knowledge, and 6) global and cultural competence. While it’s easy to imagine language learning as helping you only develop your interaction skills, global and cultural skills, language skills and language learning are in fact essential for all six areas.

Check out the examples behind the links below to consider language skills and language learning in the light of transversal competences. The tasks are divided into areas of broad knowledge to understand their connection to your language skills and language learning skills.

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