Project participants from Finland
My fields of interest are pragmatics and discourse analysis (academic discourse, genre studies, cross-cultural studies) and applied linguistics (language learning and assessment, new technologies and social media).
Dervin, F. & E. Suomela-Salmi 2006 (eds.). Intercultural Communication and education. Communication et education interculturelles. Berne: Peter Lang.
Suomela-Salmi, E. & F. Dervin (eds.) 2009. Cross-cultural and Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Academic Discourse.Volume 2. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Series Pragmatics and Beyond.
F. Dervin & E. Suomela-Salmi 2010. New approaches to assessing language and (inter-) cultural competencies in higher education / Nouvelles approches de l’évaluation des compétences langagières et (inter-)culturelles dans l’enseignement supérieur. Francfort : Peter Lang. Series Language Testing and Evaluation.
E. Suomela-Salmi & Yves Gambier (eds) 2011. Hybridité discursive et culturelle. Paris: L’Harmattan.
I teach Finnish, French, Mathematics, Sciences, Art, Sport, Religion, and History at Primary 2 level (9-12 years).
Vähä-Heikkilä school counts about 400 students in grades 1-6. In each grade there is a bilingual class where at least half of the education is in French. The language of schooling is Finnish. For the bilingual classes there are two languages of schooling (French and Finnish). All the teachers of these bilingual classes speak and teach in French and Finnish, and a part of the students have French as first language or are from bilingual families where French is spoken. English, French and Spanish are taught as second languages. The majority of students have Finnish as their first language. Some of the students speak Arabic, Kurdish, Russian, Thai, Swedish, English and Lingala as their first language.