Guest lecture: Dr Peppi Taalas

Guest lecture: Dr Peppi Taalas

Perspectives and focus points for developing language teaching and learning 
Dr Peppi Taalas
University of Jyväskylä 

18th September 2015, C1060, 15:00 -16:00

Dr Peppi Taalas works as the director of the University Language Centre in Jyväskylä (started in Sept. -10, after a 18-month period as the development manager). Before that she worked for 12 years as a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Centre for Applied Language Studies. Her researcher past and current work open up a multitude of opportunities: she finally gets to work together with teachers in different kinds of projects and use her past experiences and knowledge in joint efforts in designing genuinely new approaches to language teaching and learning. Peppi's past work was mainly focused on educational technology and multimodal language pedagogies and this is also where some of the challenges in her current work lie. The world has changed a lot and the ever present technologies and the masses of available information have changed the way we think, learn, work, communicate and exist. All this has inevitable consequences for education as well. Peppi's area, language teaching and learning, cannot be unaffected by the changes either.

Peppi will be asking important questions in the context of the more broader challenge which is to re-new and re-think languages and language learning in general. Why keep languages separate from other languages and other subjects? Why treat language skills as packages to learn when the individual needs/abilities vary a great deal? Why keep the informal knowledge out of the formal? Why teach languages the way they were taught 50 years ago?