University of Jyväskylä

Understanding of multilingualism is increasingly important

The national and local curricula of language teaching have recently been renewed. The main goal is to increase knowledge of multilingualism and multiculturalism, and of languages in general. In her farewell lecture, Professor Emerita Paula Kalaja from the University of Jyväskylä ponders the essence of multilingualism, that is, learning, teaching and use of various languages.

Paula Kalaja has held the post of a professor in English at the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, since 2003. She holds an MA degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland (1978), and an MSc and a PhD from Georgetown University, USA (1986 and 1989).

Her research focuses on foreign language learning and teaching, more specifically on experiences of learning and teaching English and other languages in different contexts.

Language learning and teaching is not only a matter of grammar, communication skills or cultural context. People who use, teach and learn languages vary in their experiences of multilingualism. These experiences are shaped by attitudes, preconceptions, emotions and identities, for example.

In her farewell lecture, Kalaja presents several contemporary studies of multilingualism from different parts of the world. All these studies feature multimodal data: visual material, interviews, biographical data and surveys.

The lecture is open for public. Welcome!

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Event information:

Farewell lecture by Paula Kalaja: Monikielisyys multimodaalisesti koettuna / Multilingualism experienced multimodally
Time: 13 October at 12 noon
Place: Ruusupuisto, RUU D101 (Juho)

Further information:

Professor Paula Kalaja
040 825 7347

Publications of Paula Kalaja

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