Communicating in multicultural community
Jaana Suviniitty is a University Lecturer in English with a PhD in English philology and advanced studies in both Intercultural Communication and Drama Pedagogy as well as basic studies in Special Education and Karelian language and culture. Jaana has personal experience of intercultural communication locally in the Soviet Union (1985-1986) and in the United States (1979-1980 and 1987-1997).
Inkeri Lehtimaja (PhD, title of Docent) is a researcher at the
university of Helsinki in the project Multilingual worklife and means of
participation. Her research interests lie especially in the field of using and
learning Finnish at the workplace. She also holds a position as a university
lecturer of Finnish at the Language Centre of Aalto University.
Laura Mendoza is a lecturer of English at Aalto University Language Centre, where she teaches a variety of courses (spoken and written skills) for bachelor’s and master’s students. In general, she tries to accommodate to varying individual needs in her teaching, aiming to support student autonomy. Her special teaching and research interests tend to closely relate to academic writing.
Taija Votkin is a lecturer in Swedish at
Aalto University. Her interests include intercultural communication, creating a
good group dynamic, and implementing an innovative and communicative approach
to language learning. She is a keen advocate for task-based learning. During
the past few years she has participated in several projects on learning portals
and learning in 360 environments.