The year 2015 in pictures

January: In January, new international students arriving at the University of Helsinki received a traditional welcome at the Welcome Fair, which took place at the Language Centre..

January: A conference at Masaryk University in Brno focused on the topic of Sharing innovations, research, methodology and best practices. Participants included Jaana Fränti, Leena Karlsson, Kenneth Kidd, Tuula Lehtonen, Johanna Manner-Kivipuro and Johanna Vaattovaara.

April: We planned and organised a seminar on assessment and feedback practices in language teaching together with the participants of the Yliopistopedagogiikka 4 course, offered in collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and the Language Centre.

April: The Language Centre welcomed 18 Erasmus exchange visitors in 2015. Pictured here is Monika Ševečková, a teacher of Russian at Masaryk University.

May: Administrative staff participated in an energising session of disc golf.

May: Language Centre staff experienced mixed emotions at the From there to Autonomy seminar: they were pleased to welcome Ema Ushioda, a well-known researcher of learner autonomy, as a guest speaker, but also sad about saying their goodbyes to Felicity Kjisik, a pioneer in the field as well as the head of the Language Centre’s English unit until her retirement.

June: Linda Sivander completed a traineeship at the Language Centre in summer 2015. She interviewed University of Helsinki graduates about their language use and professional language needs and transcribed the interviews.

August: New Language Centre staff participated in an orientation day.

August: The Language Centre’s development seminar turned into a day of recreation on board the Vispilä restaurant boat, where participants enjoyed a delicious lunch in good company on a sunny, cloudless day.

September: The Language Centre’s Friday language clubs swung back into action after the summer break and met with great enthusiasm from students. Most popular at the first meeting were the clubs in English, Japanese, French, Swedish and Finnish, but the other language groups also had a fair number of participants.

October: Participants in the Language Centre’s research seminar gathered at a round table for a preliminary discussion of the interview data obtained in the Language Centre’s employment project.

October: The Language Centre’s work experience pupil Heta Huhmar, a ninth grader at Kulosaari Secondary School, offered fresh insights, particularly for the benefit of the support unit for teaching and learning (OOTU).

December: The Language Centre’s Student Council concluded its two-year term at its last meeting.