Minna Maijala

Minna Maijala
University of Turku | UTU · School of Languages and Translation Studies

PhD EdD

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Introduction
My current research topics include teaching and learning German as a foreign language, culture teaching and learning, grammar teaching and learning, language teacher cognition, and the use of textbooks and other teaching materials. 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

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Publications (33)
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Kielten opetus on nopeasti muuttuvassa maailmassa jatkuvasti uusien haasteiden edessä. Monet näistä haasteista liittyvät kulttuurien kohtaamiseen, monikielisyyteen ja oppimisympäristöjen muuttumiseen teknologisen kehityksen myötä. Seuraavassa pohdimme, miten robotin saapuminen luokkaan vaikuttaa luokkahuoneen ekosysteemiin ja miten sen käyttö voi e...
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Given that teaching is a complex task and that teacher education programmes (TEPs) are usually short, it can be difficult to examine the learning process of pre-service teachers. Based on an analysis of previous studies and empirical research, this study examines the learning process of trainee language teachers during a TEP at a Finnish university...
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Globalisation has resulted in European families that have a variety of home languages, leading to the need for heritage language learning (HLL). The purpose of HLL is to ensure that in addition to learning the language of their schools, children with migrant backgrounds also maintain their heritage language (HL). Besides the 'regular' teaching, in...
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In foreign language (FL) teaching and learning, textbooks provide the major source for both teachers and learners (see e.g., Guerrettaz & Johnston, 2013; Richards, 2014). Although the use of textbooks and other teaching materials is one of the factors that makes the difference between novice and experienced teachers (see e.g., Savova, 2009), too li...
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Zusammenfassung Nach wie vor basiert der Unterrichtsverlauf im Fremdsprachenunterricht in der Regel auf den Texten und Aufgaben im Lehrwerk. Im Bereich der Fremdsprachendidaktik gibt es bislang nur wenige empirische Untersuchungen zum Umgang mit dem Lehrwerk in der Unterrichtspraxis, d. h. wie die Lernenden bzw. Lehrenden die Inhalte in Lehrwerken...
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This article reports on a small-scale action-research project carried out across two higher education contexts, in Finland and in France, with learners of German (as L3) and English (as L2) respectively. The aim of the project was to explore how students get into and stay in student-centred activities and the use of target language throughout these...
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Culture teaching in a foreign language (FL) classroom involves linguistic and cultural knowledge about the target culture as well as pedagogical skills of integrating these into classroom practice. In general, more attention should be paid to culture teaching methods in FL teacher education in order to move from the traditional, teacher-centred app...
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Communicative language teaching and language teaching research suggest forms for desirable and effective grammar teaching. This study investigates to what extent these suggestions are integrated into teaching materials. On the basis of prior studies, we developed a list of both qualitative and quantitative criteria to determine the position of gram...
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This study investigates whether sequences in which grammar topics are presented in textbooks for German as a foreign language (henceforth GFL) match empirically determined, universal acquisition sequences. Moreover, it explores what patterns course books display regarding a set of grammar structures that are particularly interesting from an L1-pers...
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In foreign language (FL) teaching and learning, a substantial amount of content is provided in grammar exercises supplied by textbooks. The main focus of this study concerns the selection of grammar exercise types in FL textbook series. In our analysis, we focus on Dutch, Finnish and global textbooks for beginners aged approximately 13–15 years who...
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Zusammenfassung Die überregionalen bzw. globalen Lehrwerke werden für ein globales, nicht-spezifisches Publikum zusammengestellt und können aus diesem Grunde nicht immer die Wünsche und Bedürfnisse der Lernenden und Lehrenden vor Ort erfüllen. Dagegen liegt die Stärke der regionalen Sprachlehrwerke in den auf die dortige Zielgruppe zugeschnittenen...
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Since Finnish is not an Indo-European language, studying foreign languages in general and then also studying special fields through the medium of foreign languages may provide an extra difficulty for Finnish students. Most university language centres in Finland have organized reading comprehension courses in several foreign languages for the underg...
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Zusammenfassung In der Debatte um die Kompetenzen von Fremdsprachenlehrenden hat ein Paradigmenwechsel stattgefunden. An die Stelle einer Liste von Persönlichkeitsmerkmalen des idealen Lehrenden ist eine Beschreibung professioneller Kompetenzen in den Mittelpunkt des Interesses gerückt. Im vorliegenden Beitrag geht es darum, Kernkompetenzen im Unte...

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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/