GOING PRO IN FINNISH - MAKING PROFESSIONAL FINNISH DIGITALLY AVAILABLE FOR ADVANCED ACADEMIC LEARNERS

Tapani Möttönen*, Jepa Piirainen

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Abstract

The development of higher education in Finland faces two challenges that are particularly relevant for language learning. On the one hand, in many disciplines and educational institutions, the students struggle to find time for acquiring the linguistic competence required by the labour market: government-initiated changes to university curriculum, social support for students push students to graduate in reduced time, which, in turn, drive students to prioritize subject studies over other, generally work-related studies. On the other hand, Finland is becoming increasingly interested in recruiting students and work-force from abroad. This, in turn, places additional pressure on the educational system to provide the foreign students with skills sufficient for coping in the Finnish society and job market. These two challenges point to the need of flexible study paths and digital materials that allow the students to combine studying, working and language learning more freely. This need is directly addressed by DIGIJOUJOU, a Finnish, ministry-funded project that produces e-materials for learning Finnish and Swedish, the two national languages in Finland, by the collaboration between four Finnish universities and eight universities of applied sciences. DIGIJOUJOU comprises of multiple sub-projects, each with particular thematical foci and pedagogical approaches. In this paper, we introduce sub-project Tyoelaman suomi (Finnish for working life'), which develops e-learning materials for intermediate-to-advanced learners, who wish to improve their work-related Finnish skills. We outline the material and pedagogical development carried out in the project, discuss the methodological choices made within the project and present our observations and experiences of piloting of the material in Aalto University (Espoo, Finland).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDULEARN19: 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES
EditorsLG Chova, AL Martinez, IC Torres
Pages10602-10607
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-09-12031-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies - Palma, Spain
Duration: 1 Jul 20193 Jul 2019
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameEDULEARN Proceedings
PublisherIATED-INT ASSOC TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT
ISSN (Print)2340-1117

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Abbreviated titleEDULEARN
CountrySpain
CityPalma
Period01/07/201903/07/2019

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • technology
  • research projects

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