Discussion note: University Language Centres in Finland – Role and Challenges

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dc.contributor.author Tuomi, Ulla-Kristiina
dc.contributor.author Rontu, Heidi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-07T07:09:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-07T07:09:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Tuomi, U-K. & Rontu, H. (2011). Discussion note: University Language Centres in Finland - Role and Challenges. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies Vol. 5, 2, p. 37-44
dc.identifier.issn 1457-9863
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36771
dc.description.abstract The present article examines university language centres in Finland, their current role, and the challenges they face. The aim is to provide a point of comparison to Ivan Poljaković’s article on language centres in European higher education. In Finland, the framework and basic functions of university language centres are well defined by legislation and long-standing practices within the universities. The strategic planning of language studies in Finnish higher education takes place on the European, national, university and language centre levels. In this process , the language centres have their own roles and responsibilities. It is also important that the centres define their particular identity and status in relation to their basic tasks. Due to their multidisciplinary nature, involving several languages and various fields, today’s language centres foster and promote interdisciplinary scholarship and research in language pedagogy. Defining the role and tasks of a language centre entails defining the kind of research best suited to its strategy and goals. Pedagogical expertise is a salient characteristic of Finnish language centres, distinguishing them from many academic fields and departments. By employing a well-conceived recruitment policy resulting in a highly professional faculty, Finnish language centres can establish a strong identity and can benefit greatly from internal expertise and know-how. In addition, active cooperation is undertaken both internally and with outside partners, for example national (FINELC) and international (CERCLES) networks. Finally, the concept of integration in language centre teaching is central. For language centres in general, the practice of integrated teaching would be an effective way of promoting their expertise and enhancing their visibility. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofseries Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies
dc.relation.uri http://apples.jyu.fi
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dc.title Discussion note: University Language Centres in Finland – Role and Challenges fi
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011100711510
dc.subject.kota 612
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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