Finnish Language Teachers Working Abroad Update Their Knowledge in Turku
​Last week, students took part in the Finnish language and modern literature summer course organised by CIMO, the expert organisation for international mobility and co-operation, and teachers participate this week.
 This event provides continuing education for teachers, some of which have either been born or have lived abroad for a long time. We familiarise ourselves with the latest linguistic research and the current situation of the society, says Programme Expert Leena Kärnä from CIMO.
The theme for this year has been the 100 year history of Finland.
With these introductions, we prepare the teachers for the anniversary year next year, tells CIMO Project Coordinator Jenni Mäkitalo.

Katri Wessel (pictured on the right), a teacher at the University of Munich, and colleagues Anna Sickl and Mikko Kajander from the University of Vienna have noticed that people in foreign universities are surprisingly often interested in Finnish language. The reason is usually a link to Finnish culture.

Many students have some sort of a link to Finland. They have visited the country or like a Finnish band. Some are interested in language in general and when they want to study a more exotic European language, they pick Finnish, says Kajander.

In addition to the official programme, the event has one important task.
We work around the world and have no colleagues nearby. This is our annual chance to meet colleagues, notes Kajander.
Text: Erja Hyytiäinen
Translation: Saara Yli-Kauhaluoma
Published date 8/3/2016 10:45 AM ,  Modified date 9/2/2016 1:01 PM

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