Language is dynamic, social and situated. How does language matter in identification, inclusion and investment? What is the role of language in constructing social realities, norms and ideologies?

What is RECLAS

RECLAS– Research Collegium for Language in Changing Society combines expertise in language learning, teaching and assessment; critical sociolinguistics and discourse studies; research on language and education policies, as well as their theoretical and methodological development. We build on a view of language as dynamic, social and societal in nature and study its importance in the processes of participation, identification and in/exclusion.

RECLAS brings together scholars whose work spans across the following areas: 1) Language learning, teaching and assessment, (2) Policies and the social structure, and (3) Discourses on language, diversity and (in)equality. A fourth area, theoretical and methodological development, crosses these themes.

The University of Jyväskylä has recently defined applied language studies as one of its core research areas. Following a successful application, the Academy of Finland granted funding to strengthening the research in this area between 2016–2020. The profiling area is run by the Department of Language and Communication Studies and the Centre for Applied Language Studies

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Funding

RECLAS has received funding from the Academy of Finland and the University of Jyväskylä. The profiling activity is based on competitive funding from the Academy of Finland  to strengthen universities' research profiles.  

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Visiting RECLAS

Our visiting programme includes short-term and long-term visits for junior and senior researchers in the area of applied language studies. Please contact Anne Pitkänen-Huhta or Tarja Nikula-Jäntti for more information.

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Jyväskylä

University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The University has about 2,500 employees and nearly 15,000 students from around 100 countries. Languages, culture and communities in global change processes is one of the core areas of the university. 

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