The project comprises four sub-projects (work packages) that are interlinked and mutually supportive. The development of teaching in Swedish is included in each sub-project, whenever applicable. Aalto University bears special responsibility for sub-project 1, the University of Helsinki for sub-projects 2–4. The Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences bring to each sub-project expertise in their respective sectors. Persons responsible for each sub-project have been appointed. 

The sub-projects and their implementation rely on current research-based knowledge relating to language learning and multilingual work communities. Currently ongoing research in the following areas will be applied in the project: functional models of language teaching, interaction practices of the multilingual work community, language awareness and linguistic socialisation in the everyday life of the workplace, digital solutions in support of the development of language skills, and the development of clear language from the perspective of language learning.

The sub-projects are 

  1. Collaboration between higher education institutions in teaching Finnish or Swedish as a second language: a national collaboration model and platform 
  2. Digital solutions for language learning and teaching  
  3. Language pedagogy models for teaching and supervision 
  4. Language learning paths and models from higher education to employment 

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1. Cooperation between higher education institutions in teaching Finnish or Swedish as a second language: a national collaboration model and platform

In the sub-project, the content produced by the overall project will be collected under one roof: on the one hand, into a national collaboration network for teaching Finnish/Swedish as a second language, on the other, into a digital online platform […]

2. Digital solutions for language learning and teaching

In the sub-project, means to increase the efficiency of teaching and learning that utilise digital solutions will be developed, trialled and investigated. A particular focus will be on a range of digital resources that learners can use independently or after receiving tips from their teachers (e.g., self-assessment tools, a dictionary for advanced learners) […]

3. Language pedagogy models for teaching and supervision

In the sub-project, a model will be developed for language teaching and the supervision of learning that can be applied in the language instruction provided by universities and higher education institutions. The model will be based on thematic and situational teaching and supervision, focusing also on functioning in professional life […]

4. Language learning paths and models from higher education to employment

In this sub-project, paths to learning Finnish and Swedish will be modelled and developed for the needs of international master’s programmes as well as the orientation and mentoring of the higher education institutions’ international staff […]

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Project goals and development principles

The overall project is guided by three principles founded on current research-based knowledge: Continuous learning and supporting it through sustainable assessment […]  

Project operators

The project is carried out collaboratively by Aalto University, the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Helsinki, the Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences […]

A project under the Talent Boost activities associated with the internationalisation programme of Finnish higher education institutions

In the spring of 2021, the Finnish government stated in its midterm policy review and spending limits discussion that the number of international degree students in Finland should be tripled by 2030, while increasing their […]