Language learning in Finland: From pre-primary to higher education Event as iCalendar

(Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics)

21 March 2018

4:30 - 5:30pm

Venue: Room 303, CLL Building (207-303)

Professor Anne Pitkänen-Huhta | University of Jyväskylä, Finland

I will give you an overview of the organization of language education in institutions from pre-primary and basic education to higher education in Finland. Finland is an officially bilingual country, with Finnish and Swedish as national languages, and Sami, Romani and Sign Language as official minority languages. Finnish speakers form the large majority at 88%. Languages feature quite prominently both in legislation and in education, but there is currently great worry about the diminishing language repertoire in education. In addition, the formerly largely homogenous and monolingual country is turning into a multilingual society with more than 500 languages spoken, the largest being Russian, Estonian, Arabic, Somali, English, Kurdish, Chinese, and Farsi. I will give an overview of language education in kindergarten and preschool, in basic education, and in higher education (universities). I will also touch upon language teaching to newcomers, language teaching of minority languages, and language immersion and CLIL (content and language integrated teaching).

Anne Pitkänen-Huhta is Professor of English (language learning and teaching) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on (foreign) language learning and teaching in formal and informal contexts, on multilingual language education, and multilingual literacy and discourse practices, especially of young people. Her research employs ethnographic, discourse analytic and visual methods. She has co-edited (with Lars Holm) Literacy Practices in Transition: Perspectives from the Nordic Countries (Multilingual Matters) and a double special issue (with Paula Kalaja) of Applied Linguistics Review: Visual Methods in Applied Language Studies.

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