Welcome to Jyväskylä Language Campus!

The Jyväskylä Language Campus is a meeting place for different language-related fields, actors and projects. We use this website to inform about our activities and through this website we hope to expand our network and to find new partners for cooperation.

Background and aim

The Jyväskylä Language Campus is a forum of cooperation between four units at the University of Jyväskylä: the Language Centre, the Department of Language and Communication Studies, the Centre for Applied Language Studies and the Department of Teacher Education. It is an exceptional working environment both nationally and internationally as it combines research on language and language use, language teaching and training as well as language education policies.

The Jyväskylä Language Campus arose from the need to create a wide-ranging network that both benefits education and research and seeks to address the changing needs of society. The aim of the Language Campus is to create a centre of expertise, to bring together the know-how of different units and to achieve a more profound and multidimensional understanding of current issues relating to language and language use.

We approach language from an applied perspective and aim to engage with the surrounding society. While language itself is a complex phenomenon, changes in modern society also significantly affect language use, language learning and our conceptualizations of them. We recognize our responsibility for the future of language-related fields; we work in earnest to face these new challenges in order to enhance research and education in this area.

Our activities are supported by the University of Jyväskylä, and are in line with the university’s core field languages, culture and social change processes. Furthermore, our activities contribute to and establish new connections to the core fields in which future pedagogies and human technology play a central role.

Practical activities

The Jyväskylä Language Campus seeks to foster novel, contemporary research and educational concepts, and to establish the best possible foundation for meeting the requirements set for language proficiency and expertise as well as cultural competence in post modern society and the global world. At the Jyväskylä Language Campus, language and language use are studied in various situational, social and cultural contexts. The core research areas pertain to multilingual and multimedia society, discourses of work and everyday life, new literacy in an information society, language learning and teaching, language assessment and language education policies.

Academic teaching provided by the Language Campus draws on research in the education of multi-skilled language specialists. The Language Campus also offers academic language and communication instruction required for all university degrees and organizes language and communication training for university staff and postgraduate students. Teaching is continually developed to make use of different media and learning environments aiming to respond to the challenges of a changing society and to find new perspectives and approaches to language and language use.

In addition to research and teaching the Jyväskylä Language Campus cooperates with and provides a range of services for private customers as well as different organizations and institutions. Our selection of services includes high-quality proofreading, editing and translation services, language and communication training, language consultancy and language proficiency testing. Together with the Finnish National Board of Education we administer the National Certificates of Language Proficiency, a language proficiency testing system used, for example, in citizenship applications. Furthermore, members of the Language Campus organize local and national lectures, seminars and other events aimed at the wider public and act as invited speakers. We also launch new cooperative projects, edit books and other publications, and provide research-based expertise on language and communication to support social debate, social planning and political decision-making.

We welcome your interest in our activities. To contact us by e-mail our address is:
kielikampus@jyu.fi