Leena Maria Heikkola

Leena Maria Heikkola
Åbo Akademi University · Department of Psychology and Logopedics

Associate Professor (PhD)

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Introduction
My current research interests are clinical linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, second language learning, songs and music as a teaching method, and linguistically responsive teaching. I do both qualitative and qualitative research. I use survey data, experimental and behavioral data, as well as electrophysiological data (EEG/ERP).

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Fluency is an essential part of a language learner?s skills. Despite various studies on fluency, little is known about the effects of different pedagogical methods on the development of written fluency. In this paper, we examine how different pedagogical methods affect the development of second language learners? written fluency. Participants in th...
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The aim of the study was to investigate how different teaching methods, singing, listening to songs and reciting song lyrics, affect the development of pronunciation of Finnish as a foreign language pronunciation. The second objective of the study was to investigate whether future classroom teachers and future Finnish as a second language teachers...
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This study examined Finnish teachers' (N ¼ 820) beliefs related to multilingualism and teaching multilingual Finnish language learners. Teachers' beliefs were mainly positive. However, teachers did not always consider home languages as learning resources. There were three categories of multilingual ideologies: advocacy for, allowance and denial of...
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Swallowing and communication disorders are common in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Both disorders are extremely variable and can have a major effect on health status and quality of life. This is why it is important to provide health care professionals who are working with persons with MS with tools to signal, assess, and treat swallowing an...
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This is an accepted version of a chapter Jenni Alisaari and I wrote for the book "Fluency in L2 learning and use" edited by Pekka Lintunen, Maarit Mutta and Pauliina Peltonen. This preprint is the same text as in the book that came out 31.1.2020. As the book is published only as a paper version, we have decided to share a digital version of this bo...
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Tarkastelemme luokanopettajaopiskelijoiden (n = 87) kieliopin hallintaa sekä käsityksiä kielellisestä tuesta matematiikan opetuksessa. Aineisto on kerätty opettajankoulutuksessa toteutetun monikielisyys- ja kielenoppimiskurssin yhteydessä kurssin alussa ja lopussa kyselylomakkeella, jolla kartoitettiin kielellistä tukemista matematiikan opetuksen y...
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Phonological duration differences in quantity languages can be problematic for second language learners whose native language does not use duration contrastively. Recent studies have found improvement in the processing of non-native vowel duration contrasts with the use of listen-and-repeat training, and the current study explores the efficacy of s...
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This article considers what students with a migrant background in Finnish comprehensive schools report as difficult, and how they succeed in overcoming these difficulties. We draw on two sets of school wellbeing and learning surveys for migrant students, conducted in 2016 and 2021 in comprehensive schools (grades 1–9) in and around two major cities...
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Abstract in Finnish: Tarkastelemme tässä artikkelissa opettajien ja muun opetushenkilöstön (N=596) huolia maahanmuuttotaustaisten oppilaiden oppimisesta ja integraatiosta. Kyselymme vastauksissa nousivat esiin huolet maahanmuuttotaustaisten oppilaiden suomen tai ruotsin kielen taidon riittävyydestä, oppimisen ja kotoutumisen haasteista sekä rakente...
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Tässä artikkelissa tarkastelemme opettajien (n = 596) maahanmuuttotaustaisten oppilaiden opetukseen liittyviä huolia. Keskitymme erityisesti opettajien pohdintoihin omasta opettajuudestaan ja yleisesti kouluun liittyviin tekijöihin. Suurimpina huolina opettajien riittämättömyyden tunteessa olivat opettajan oma osaaminen ja opetustaidot, mutta myös...
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In quantity languages, the durations of segments affect the meanings of words. This can present problems for second language (L2) learners who do not already have this feature in their native language. This study examines the effects of an intensive, four-week language course with a communicative focus on the perception and production of non-native...
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This study analysed Finnish teachers' (N = 820) understandings and attitudes about teaching students from immigrant backgrounds and how these relate to linguistically and culturally responsive education. The data were gathered via an online-survey in 2016. The results indicate that the Finnish teachers surveyed had knowledge about second language a...
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We investigated Finnish primary school teachers’ understandings of processes of language learning, their reported linguistically responsive practices, their reported professional learning needs, and the links between these. The teachers (n = 246) responded to an online survey. Frequencies, possible links between the teachers’ background factors and...
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The current Finnish core curriculum requires all teachers in basic education to be linguistically responsive. However, studies on the linguistically responsive practices used by teachers are scarce. The frequency with which teachers (N = 820) use 21 linguistically responsive practices was investigated through data that were gathered via an online s...
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Background and Aims: Previous studies have shown that age of acquisition affects language production in persons with aphasia (PWA), specifically, earlier-acquired words are better preserved compared to later-learned ones (for review, see Brysbaert & Ellis, 2016). Also, it has been argued that naming objects with lower name agreement requires inhibi...
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This study investigates how Finnish teachers regard immigrant families’ home language policies. Of the teachers who responded, 53.3% believed it best for parents to speak their first languages at home, and 31.7% believed that both first language and language of instruction should be used at home. A minority of the teachers believed that only Finnis...
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This study investigated which aspects of working with multilingual students bring joy to Finnish teachers. The data was collected via an online survey from teachers working mainly in basic education in Finland. The teachers (N = 588) reported a positive stance toward multilingual learners. The greatest number of responses (44%) cited students’ intr...
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Psykolingvistiikka on tutkimusalue, jossa tutkitaan ihmisen kielen ja mielen välistä suhdetta. Neurolingvistiikassa puolestaan tarkastellaan ihmisen aivotoimintojen ja kielen välistä suhdetta. Sekä psyko- että neurolingvistiikka ovat kokeellisia tieteenaloja. Erityisesti näillä aloilla tutkitaan kokeellisin menetelmin puhutun ja kirjoitetun kielen...
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Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies //// The number of students whose home language is different from the language of instruction is growing everywhere. Learning a new language while simultaneously learning different subjects in that language, is challenging and requires teacher support. However, research has shown that not all teachers...
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Arvioitu teos: Eila Hämäläinen: Suomi vieraana ja toisena kielenä Helsingin yliopistossa. Viisi ensimmäistä vuosikymmentä. Kakkoskieli 8. Helsingin yliopiston suomen kielen, suomalaisugrilaisten ja pohjoismaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien laitos. Helsinki. 2017. 101 s. + liitteet 97 s. isbn 978-951-51-3969-6.
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Leena Maria Heikkolan suomen kielen alaan kuuluva väitöskirja tarkastettiin Åbo Akademissa perjantaina 17. maaliskuuta 2017. Vastaväittäjänä toimi professori Anneli Pajunen Tampereen yliopistosta ja kustoksena professori Urpo Nikanne. Leena Maria Heikkola: Kognitiivinen uupumus ja kieli MS-taudissa. Semispontaanien narratiivien määrällinen ja laadu...

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DiManDi maps the state of art in linguistically and culturally responsive teaching in the educational system of Finland. In the initial phase of the project, survey data collected in autumn 2021 are analysed with quantitative, qualitative, and comparative methods. The data include 2800 educational professionals working within early childhood education and care (N= 892), basic education (N=959), upper secondary school (N=279) and vocational school (N=670).
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The aim is to study how cognitive control mediates the effect of psycholinguistic variables in naming.
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Ethically Responsive and Sustainable Language Teaching, funded by the Kone Foundation, is a four-year project launched in the School of Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Turku, Finland in January 2021. The cornerstone of the project lies in the question of how the principles of ethics and sustainability can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service teacher education. Considering the aspects of sustainable development and language equality is challenging not only in language teaching but also in pre-service language teacher education. The purpose of the project is to research the essence of ethics and sustainable development principles and how they can be promoted in language teaching and pre-service language teacher education. Based on this research, we will develop engaging learning activities for language learners and pedagogic solutions for pre-service teachers and teachers, which promote ethical conduct, sustainable development and language equality. See: https://sites.utu.fi/ekko/en/