Past events:

AILA ReN Symposium, AILA World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23-28

Programme (July 25, 2017)

Johanna Woydack: ”There is a stigma in call centres, but it has been very useful for me”
Marta Kirilova: Getting the job done: chunks as cultural markes in L2 workplace interaction
Florian Hiss: ’Locals’ or foreigners? Historical work migration in Europe’s Northern periphery
Fiona O’Neill: Multilingual professionals managing the ’monolingual mindset’
Sebastian Muth & Beatriz Lorente: Govermentality and ”corporate social rersponsibility: Learning German at a Swiss health resort
Marja Seilonen & Minna Suni: Language needed for work: Assessment of language proficiency of health care workers in Finland

Discussant: Jo Angouri

General discussion and future plans


Second language learning and teaching for the Nordic workplaces. Panel,  NORDAND – Nordens språk som andraspråk, Vaasa, Finland, June 7-9, 2017
Convenors: Marta Kirilova & Minna Suni


Migrants’ language needs and communication practices at work. Colloquium, 5th International Conference of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP), Milan, Italy, November 5-7, 2015.


Julie Kerekes & Minna Suni (convenors): Introduction
Johanna Woydack, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria: “A call centre is like a free language course” – an analysis of language learning in a European and Asian call centre
Maiju Strömmer, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Co-constructing understanding within multicultural cleaning organizations
Aija Virtanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Nursing in a second language: Gaining agency through practice
Julie Kerekes & Jeanne Sinclair, University of Toronto, Canada: Conceptions of Soft Skills in workplaces, as taught by vocational ESL teachers

Jo Angouri: Discussion

+ individual papers of ReN members (Fiona O´Neill, Nóra Schleicher)


Meeting of ReN, Migrants in working life: Language, identies and positions

Date: November 5, 2015

Conveners: Minna Suni, Jo Angouri, Julie Kerekes

Summary: Discussed membership, creation and management of website, future collaborations and presentations.


Second language resources at work. Colloquium, AFinLA Autumn Symposium, Helsinki, Finland, November 13-14, 2015.

Aija Virtanen & Maiju Strömmer (convenors): Introduction
Jenny Paananen: Physicians’ reformulated questions in multicultural primary care consultations
Aija Virtanen: Agency and second language at work: Professional language skills of an international nursing student
Maiju Strömmer: Highly educated migrants as cleaners: Working in a tight niche
Jonna Kulju: Language resources as an individual and socially negotiated phenomenon
Marja Seilonen & Minna Suni: Internationally educated nurses and health care Finnish

Discussion: Alexandre Duchêne, University of Fribourg


Discourses of Migration, University of Warwick, 11-12 November, 2016

organizer: Jo Angouri