Areas of expertise
Current position: Associate Professor in Language Teaching and Learning, School of Languages and Translation Studies, August 2019–July 2022
Previous professional experience:
University Lecturer in German, School of Languages and Translation Studies (SLT), Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku, August 2018–July 2019
University lecturer in German, Language Centre, University of Turku, August 2004 to July 2018 (on leave of absence August 2013 to July 2016, part time January 2018 to July 2018)
Pedagogical university lecturer (part time), Language Centre, University of Turku, January 2018 to July 2018
University lecturer in foreign language education, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, August 2013 to July 2016
Title of Docent in Foreign Language Education, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, December 2011
Since 2021, I have been a member of the executive committee (utuCYL) of the strategic research and education profile of 'Children, young people and learning' (https://www.utu.fi/en/research/thematic-collaborations-in-research/children-young-people-and-learning).
Teaching German for BA/MA-students, research in the field of teaching and learning German as a foreign language, responsible for MA-studies for pre-service language teachers (especially pre-service teachers of German) Courses 2018–2019: BA/MA Theses, German Speaking Countries: History, Society, Culture; Written exercises in German, Workshop: Teaching German as a foreign language
Supervisor of doctoral students in the doctoral programme Utuling in SLT
My main research fields are teaching and learning foreign languages, cultural aspects in foreign language teaching and learning, intercultural learning and research on textbooks and other teaching materials. In recent years, the scope of my research has been extended through research on various aspects of pre-service language teacher cognition. In recent years, a new line of research related to sustainability issues in language teaching through the funded project ‘Ethical and sustainable language teaching’ (EKKO, 2021–2024) emerged. Further, the collaboration in the RoboLang-research group (PI Marjut Johansson, ks. https://sites.utu.fi/robolang/) has led me to the research of robot-assisted language learning.
At the moment, I focus my research increasingly on the implementation of sustainability in language teaching and teacher education. At the School of Languages and Translation Studies of the University of Turku, I am the head of the ongoing research project "Ethically responsive and sustainable language teaching (2021-2024) funded by the Kone Foundation (https://sites.utu.fi/ekko/). Moreover, I am the head of the steering group of the Centre for Language Learning Research Leala, SLT, University of Turku (2019–2022, see https://sites.utu.fi/kielen-oppimisen-tutkimuskeskus/en/)