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


Education and training

Relevant qualifications or training


- 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    




Other languages

English, Swedish, German, Estonian

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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