For questions like these, answers based on scientific knowledge was given by researchers funded by Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland in the event The Future of Language Learning.
Steve Thorne is associate professor of second language acquisition at the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University.
Maria Kela is university lecturer in the didactic of Finnish as a second language at the University of Helsinki. She currently directs the learner’s language corpus initiative “Long Second”.
Anneli Pajunen is professor at the University of Tampere department of yliopiston kieli-, käännös- ja kirjallisuustiedeiden yksikössä.
Sari Ylinen is researcher at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit of the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the University of Helsinki.
Lea Nieminen, PhD, is researcher at Agora Center, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her main research interests are the growth of morpho-syntactic complexity in early child language, bilingual and bimodal language development, and learning to read from cognitive and linguistic perspectives. Currently she is involved in ReadAll project (Technology-enhanced environment for supporting reading development in all learners). Previously she has worked in a research project Diagnosing Reading and Writing in a Second or Foreign Language (DIALUKI) in the Centre for Applied Language Studies (U of Jyvaskyla). Her publications include the co-authored book The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language (2015, Routledge). She is also an editor in a Finnish scholarly journal Puhe ja kieli (Speech and Language).
13:00 Steven L. Thorne: Adaptive language education under conditions of superdiversity
We live in a complex and changing world in which academic, professional, and everyday life activities increasingly illustrate the need for sophisticated communicative and analytic abilities in intercultural and plurilingual contexts. These late modern ‘superdiverse’ conditions articulate closely with a primary goal of world languages education – to gain the capacity to contribute to dynamic processes of meaning making with an understanding of the divergent cultural practices, values, and ideologies that are involved. This presentation will describe pedagogical innovations that are adaptive to emergent communicative conditions, open to a diversity of genres and potentially mixed language communicative dynamics, and that offer experientially and linguistically rich opportunities for engagement. In conclusion, it is suggested that the future of instructed language education would benefit from adaptive alignment to rapidly changing global conditions and prolific linguistic change.
14:00 Maria Kela: Viron- ja venäjänkielisten lasten suomen kielen kehittyminen
14:45 Anneli Pajunen: Suomen kielen myöhempi hallinta: kouluikäiset ja nuoret aikuiset
16:00 Sari Ylinen: Peli ja puheteknologia lasten vieraan kielen oppimisessa
16:45 Lea Nieminen: The role of language in literacy learning
17:30 Wrapping up
18:00-19:00 Food, wine and mingling