Centre for Applied Language Studies

The Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) is a research institute that is part of the University of Jyväskylä but has national duties as well. Our sphere of activities includes issues in language, language use and language learning that have to do with both society and with individuals. We consider these issues from the perspective of both the mother tongue and foreign languages. Our view on language is social and interactive, and we approach research from a multidisciplinary point of view.

The Centre for Applied Language Studies supports and furthers language education by

  • conducting research on language teaching and language learning,
  • organising a doctoral programme in applied linguistics,
  • publishing research findings, reports and teaching material,
  • providing further education in the field of applied linguistics, in particular, for language teachers,
  • developing, coordinating and organising national language tests (The National Certificate) and by providing training to language assessors,
  • participating as experts in work groups set up by different ministries, universities and institutes of higher education as well as in the National Board of Education in Finland, and
  • by taking an active part in debates about issues dealing with language, language teaching and language learning as well as language policy.

The Centre for Applied Language Studies has wide experience in leading projects funded by the Academy of Finland and working in EU projects both as a coordinator and a partner.

The permanent staff consists of two professors, nine research workers, and administrative personnel. The centre also employs, on an annual or short-term basis, a varying number of project researchers, visiting foreign researchers, and research assistants. In total, there are some thirty of us.