Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bright ideas from the Jyväskylä Language Campus

Working at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, I can enjoy the benefits of a unique network of linguists from different subfields. This network is called Kielikampus – Language Campus, and is described as follows on their site:
The Jyväskylä Language Campus is a forum of cooperation between four units at the University of Jyväskylä: the Language Centre, the Department of Languages, the Centre for Applied Language Studies and the Department of Teacher Education. It is an exceptional working environment both nationally and internationally as it combines research on language and language use, language teaching and training as well as language education policies.
Recently, I discovered the blog of Language Campus. The posts are mainly in Finnish so I can understand only a couple of words from them, but I also found English writings, for example by exchange students who visited schools in Jyväskylä. It is interesting to see what these future teachers with various cultural backgrounds highlighted from their experience. As I read, they got new ideas and aspects for practicing their profession.