PhD, University Lecturer in Foreign Language Education
Docent (language assessment)

University of Helsinki,

Department of  Teacher Education

Research Group of  Foreign Language Education (ReFLEct)

P.O. Box 9 (5A  Siltavuorenpenger)

FIN-00014 Helsinki University

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Education and degrees

Candidate in Philosophy (Master`s) degree, University of Jyväskylä, 1981

Teacher Diploma, University of Helsinki, 1982

Licentiate in Education degree, University of Helsinki, 1997

Ph.D.(Education), University of Helsinki 2000

Language Proficiency

(self-assessed on The Common European Framework levels A1 – C2)

Finnish (mother tongue, C2-)

Swedish (C1 – C2)

English (B1 – B2)

Russian (B1)

German (A2 – B1)

Professional appointments

Teacher of Swedish,   1982 – 1990

Senior Lecturer in Swedish 1991 – 2003 University of Helsinki, The  Second Teacher Training School

University Lecturer in Language Education 2004 – , University of Helsinki, Department of Applied Sciences of Education

Diverse teaching assignments in-sevice teacher training courses and short courses in various foreign languages in Finland and abroad.

Research focus

For a detailed record of publications see the knowledge database JULKI by entering my name

For other academic activities and congress presentations see database MUTI by entering my name

Projects and activities

  • research-based foreign language education (pre-service training of subject teachers) and support and supervision of student teachers
  • international standards and networking in European context of language education CEFTrain, CEF-Estim)
  • conducting research in assessment of oral proficiency as the leader of the HY-Talk project
  • designing a joint European master program for subject teacher education (as a partner of the JoMiTE project)
  • promoting subject teachers´pedagogical studies in English ( STEP project) at the Department of Teacher Education
  • developing national high-stakes language tests for upper secondary school leavers (as a member of the Swedish section of the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board)
  • developing and reforming foreign language education in general school education through a collaborative task-based endeavor OSKU (abreviated from the Finnish words for ´curriculum´ and ´culture´)

For non-academic activities and assignments of societal significance see database YHTI by entering my name


music, singing in the mixed choir called Cantica

physical excercise (aerobic, running, Nordic walk)

movies, literature (especially on historical themes)

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