The ELFA project

Project-related events

Prof. Anna Mauranen holds an ELF-themed seminar for researchers at all levels once a month at the University of Helsinki. This is our main forum for sharing and discussing our ongoing research. Undergraduate students are also very welcome, and interested students from the Dept. of Modern Languages should contact Prof. Mauranen or webmaster Ray Carey (ray.carey [at] for details on upcoming meetings.

Project activities are also reported on the ELFA research blog, In addition, project members have been involved in these past events:

Changing English conference

In cooperation with our partners in the GlobE consortium, members of the ELFA project organised the conference "Changing English: Contacts & Variation" (ChangE 2013) from 10–12 June 2013 at the University of Helsinki. See the conference website for more information on topics and plenary speakers.

GlobE consortium seminar

Members of the GlobE consortium from Helsinki, Tampere and Joensuu met for a two-day research seminar on 13–14 June 2012 at the University of Helsinki. See the seminar page for a list of presentations with their Powerpoint slides.

First ELF Forum 2008

The first international ELF Forum was held at the University of Helsinki in March 2008. See the conference webpage for information on the conference publication and a sample of extended abstracts.

ELFA group in the first ELF Forum 2008, University of Helsinki.

Front row, left to right: Maria Metsä-Ketelä, Elina Ranta, project director Prof. Anna Mauranen, Jaana Suviniitty and Pirjo Surakka-Cooper; Back row: Niina Hynninen and Anna Solin


  • For research blogging on ELF, see the ELFA project blog.
  • Anna Mauranen has published a chapter on academic ELF in New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English, edited by Paola Vettorel (Cambridge Scholars).
  • An intensive course on ELF is offered by researchers from the ELFA project in the Helsinki Summer School, Aug. 4–20, 2015. For description of the course, see the ELFA blog.
  • Niina Hynninen has published an article in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(2) entitled "The Common European Framework of Reference from the perspective of English as a lingua franca: What we can learn from a focus on language regulation".
  • Svetlana Vetchinnikova has defended her PhD thesis, Second language lexis and the idiom principle. Read the abstract and download the full text from Helsinki's E-thesis service.
  • Maria Kuteeva & Anna Mauranen have edited a special issue of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes 13: Writing for publication in multilingual contexts. Find their introduction here.
  • Kaisa Pietikäinen has published an article entitled ELF couples and automatic code-switching in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(1).