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Finnish As A Second Language

There are more and more multilingual students in Finnish schools each year. It has become very important to find ways to support the learning and language development of these students. In this HundrED experiment, we will begin the search for effective tools to help teachers support these learners. In a multilingual class, the teacher will actively work with sixth graders who have learned the basics of Finnish language.

What is the aim of the experiment?

  • Interactive lessons in language learning

  • To seek and document a variety of ways to integrate Finnish as a second language - lessons into school subjects

  • To support student involvement of Finnish as a second language - students

  • Develop concrete ways to involve immigrant student parents at the school

  • Offer opportunities for students to build a bilingual mind

Mihin tarpeeseen projekti vastaa?

Immigrant students are taught Finnish for a year before enrolling at their local school. However, the gap between preparatory education and basic education is vast, particularly with students who lack in education completely. This affects the entire class. The experiment intends to work closely with teacher training programs and give student teachers   opportunities in internships at  schools.
 

Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED.

Being in HundrED supports our networking through which we may be able to receive new ideas and points of view. With a more diverse than ever Finland, schools will become more enriched. This experiment supports us in finding new models for improving multilingual communities.

Who is involved in the experiment?

Students from grades three and six in Eastern and Northern Helsinki will be taking part in the experiment. Both grades have students with the need for resources or support in language learning.

Schools involved

Keinutie Elementary School.

Partnerships

University of Helsinki Teacher Training (Maria Ahlholm), Ekapeli - game (Heikki Lyytinen, Jyväskylän University and Niilo Mäki Institute).

Contact Information

Organization: Keinutien ala-aste

Contact person: Marja Salerto

Helsinki Finland
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