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Development Work

The Language Centre staff conducts research-based development work on language and communication teaching, guidance and learning environments. The development work is targeted at the various stages of university studies: the transition to university, bachelor’s and master’s studies, doctoral studies, and the transition to the world of work.
Pedagogical Development

The Language Centre has extensive experience in systematic research-based pedagogical development, to which the entire staff is committed. Below you will find some examples of our pedagogical development work.

UVK – New, Integrated Structures for Communication and Language Studies 

The JYU Language Centre is renewing the communication and language studies of bachelor’s degrees in collaboration with departments and faculties. The aim is to create a harmonious university study module, in which communication and languageuvk_logo_musta.png studies are integrated with major and minor subject studies. Read more 

Care and Reading Dogs in Language Centre Teaching

The Language Centre of the University of Jyväskylä, together with Student  Life, the Student Union, and the Kennel Club, initiated a project in which care and reading dogs are introduced on campus to enhance the well-being and learning ability of students, as well kielikeskuskaverikoiralogo.pngas to promote new pedagogical methods. Read more

 

INTEGRA

INTEGRA is a two-year project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project develops an educational model that integrates university language and content studies for immigrants who have completed or are qualified for higher education and aim to finish their interrupted degree studies or complement a prior degree in compliance with Finnish qualification requirements. Read more.

AAKE – a follow-up study on the development of academic expertise

The Language Centre and the Finnish Institute for Educational Research have launched a follow-up study on the development of teaching and learning. In this study, surveys and interviews are used to monitor the development of students’ academic expertise during the completion of bachelor’s degrees. The surveys and related group guidance sessions are part of ‘UVK’ – new, integrated structures for communication and language studies.The surveys are carried out at the beginning of the first academic year and at the end of the first, second and third academic year. 

Workplace Community Development

Training to Support the Teamwork of Multidisciplinary and Multilingual Teams 

The UVK process is the biggest development project in the history of the Language Centre. At the heart of the process are the multilingual and disciplinary teacher groups. To enhance the functioning of these groups, tailored training to support the teamwork and wellbeing of the UVK teams as well as of the management  group is being carried out (spring 2018–winter 2019) by Balentor, an external consulting company. The training is funded by the pension company Varma.

The Language Centre as a workplace of the future

Staff wellbeing is a significant part of development work. In the project ‘Language Centre as a workplace of the future’ (Kielikeskus tulevaisuuden työpaikkana, 2014–2015), we examined and developed our processes, working methods and occupational wellbeing in collaboration with an external consultant.  

Projects

The Language Centre is actively involved in projects that enhance language teaching and learning at the university. These projects have developed, for example, tools for multilingual communication teaching and assessment, online pedagogical models for the development of interaction competence , and quality assurance for university teaching. In addition, the Language Centre participates in Nordic cooperation through different networks and projects, as well as in JYU’s internal pedagogical development projects.

Read more about the Language Centre’s projects.  

Publications
Action Research

A foundation for the Language Centre’s collaborative development work was created through pedagogical action research, which was conducted over two decades. The seventh and, for the time being, last action research cycle ended in spring 2014.

Action research has been an effective tool to develop teaching, guidance and the evaluation of teaching. Moreover, it has been used to develop the Language Centre’s working environment and reorganise activities and structures. The role of action research has been significant in making the Language Centre, as well as language-centre work, what it is today.

Language Lounge and Language Lab

A new kind of learning space, the Language Lounge, has been created at the Language Centre. This space was designed around the principles of modifiability and versatility. The furniture in the Lounge – chairs, desks, beanbags and acoustic screens – can be moved and combined in various ways. The Lounge also features the latest technology to support a range of working methods and sharing.

The Language Lab was designed according to the same principles: it features mobile furniture and remotely operated ceiling cameras, which enable us to record and analyse group sessions. The space was designed together with other Language Campus staff, and it is also suitable for recording research data.

Language Campus
 

Language Campus is a joint effort between the Language Centre, The Department of Language and Communication Studies, the Centre for Applied Language Studies, and the  language pedagogy section at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Jyväskylä.

Together we form the Language Campus which is a nationally and internationally unique knowledge cluster that aims at developing and renewing language education, language teaching and language policies through cutting-edge, multi-angled research on language and its use.

We at the Language Campus investigate language and its use in different contexts in a multilingual society. Our research can be described as applied linguistics. We also develop language education that is based on research, and builds on a modern view of language proficiency and skills, language expertise, and cultural competence. 

Contact us

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