Eija Aalto

 

Surname - Aalto

First name - Eija

Address for correspondence - E-mail

Nationality - Finnish

   

Affiliation with educational networks/associations

An active member in the following associations:

- AFinLa (Association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée);

- ÄOL (Association of Finnish mother tongue teachers);

- Association of teachers of Finnish as a second language);

- OAJ (Trade Union of Education in Finland);

- Study Circle in Finnish as a Second Language.

Institutional member of the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX)

Work information

 

Occupation or position currently held

Senior Lecturer in the Pedagogy of Finnish Language, Literature and Finnish as a Second Language

   

Name of employer

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Teacher Education

Country of employment

Finland

Education and training

Relevant qualifications or training

Research:

- Licentiate theses on native - non-native speakers' interaction (joint process of constructing opinions) (1998)

Teacher training:

- Further education of in-service teachers on a regular basis: topics covering e.g. SLA, evaluation of language skills, functional aspects in language teaching (1991- to date) 

- MA level pre-teacher education for all subject areas (evaluation of language skills and teaching methods in multilingual classrooms) and for those specialising in Finnish as a second language (2005 – to date)

Lecturer and course designer:

- Finnish as a second language teacher (exchange and degree students and summer courses). Numerous courses in all difficulty levels (1989 – to date)

Materials design:

- Study book series for comprehensive school in Finnish as a second language (in print);

- Electronic SOPPI-material: web-based material for teacher education on evaluation of language skills of students in multilingual and heterogeneous groups and adapting teaching methods (http://virtuaaliyliopisto.jyu.fi/soppi)

Other main areas of professional activity:

- Evaluator of Finnish as a second language test performances in The Finnish National Foreign Language Certificate (1994 – to date)

- Test writer in The Finnish National Foreign Language Certificate (1994 – to date)

Languages of communication

 

   

Mother tongue    

Finnish

 

   

Other languages

English, Swedish, German, Estonian

Contribution
to the project

Active developer of the policy and practice levels of teaching and researching national languages. Well-networked liasion to the Finnish and Nordic experts and practitioners. Also brings experience in materials development and language assessment to the team.

Will act as the project website correspondent

 

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