Multilingualism in academic and business contexts in Finland

Sabine Ylönen
Jyväskylän yliopisto
sabine.ylonen _arvaa_ jyu.fi

The aim of this paper is to explore the role of languages in academic and business contexts in Finland. To explore the role of languages in Finland, we conducted online-surveys among students (in 2008) and university staff (in 2009) in Finland with 3,500 and 3,600 respondents respectively, and a third survey among business professionals was conducted in spring 2010 with 600 respondents. In this paper, I will focus on the following research questions: 1. What are the attitudes of students, university staff, and enterprise representatives toward different languages in study, academic and business communication? 2. Which languages are used for which studying and professional purposes? 3. Which languages are thought to be of increased importance in the future?

The comparison of the results of all three surveys will shed light onto the question whether the role of languages is seen as different in both academic and business domains.

These studies on the role of languages in Finland are also expected to be highly useful in debates on evidence-based approaches to multilingualism policies and language education strategies.

 

Keywords: multilingualism, academic and business domains, role of languages in Finland, survey

 

Lähteet

Ylönen, S. & Kivelä, Mari 2011. The Role of Languages at Finnish Universities. Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies 5(3), 33-61.

Ylönen, S. 2011. Monipuolinen kielitaito on eduksi niin pienten yritysten arkipäivässä kuin akateemisella uralla etenemisessäkin. Kieli, Koulutus ja yhteiskunta [online]. Marras-joulukuu 2011. [Retrieved 9.9.2013] http://www.kieliverkosto.fi/article/monipuolinen-kielitaito-on-eduksi-niin-pienten-yritysten-arkipaivassa-kuin-akateemisella-uralla-etenemisessakin/

Ylönen, S. & Vainio, Virpi 2010. Mehrsprachigkeit und Rolle des Deutschen im Studium aus der Sicht finnischer Studierender. Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies 4(1), 29-49.

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