Futuuri! is an event that continues the over 30-year-old tradition of summerschool in applied language studies. This year the summerschool is merged with Language Centre Days 2015. We offer plenty to hear, see, experience and reflect on for everyone interested in the issues of language learning and teaching.

Do you work related to mother tongue(s), second language or foreign languages? Do you deal with language learning from the viewpoint of early, basic, upper secondary or tertiary education? Are you a teacher, instructor, student, researcher – or do you work on teaching materials or educational administration? Join the dialogue! Futuuri! has a varied and inspiring programme: come and listen to interesting presenters, meet colleagues, get to know about current research and find new tools for developing your own work.

Welcome! Jyväskylä Language Campus


How is an up-to-date, multilingual and multi-media education?

What challenges do changed conceptions on language and language learning set for language education – now and in the future?

How does teaching correspond to societal and technological changes?

How to support thinking skills and learning to learn?

How to make use of free-time literary practices in formal teaching?

How to develop learners’ multidisciplinary skills?

What means will strengthen the connection between education and working life?

What is the continuum of language education like, from preschool to tertiary level?

Come and discuss these issues!

and fees

Registration and payment for FUTUURI! is completed via an online Registration Form.


Registration Fees ( vat 0% )

Full 3-day participation

  • Early bird: EUR 200
  • Regular: EUR 235
  • Student/Postgraduate student: EUR 90

3–4 June, 2-day participation

  • Early bird: EUR 175
  • Normaali: EUR 210

1-day participation

Applies only to those with no presentation.

  • Early bird: EUR 90
  • Normaali: EUR 110


  • Early-bird fee until 6 May 2015
  • Regular fee until 31 May 2015

All fees include full conference program, as well as lunches and refreshments during the scheduled breaks on the day(s) of participation.

Not included in the Registration fee:

  • Dinner Cruise on Lake Päijänne, Thu 4 June evening. EUR 30.
  • Accommodation in Jyväskylä. Further details on accommodation options can be found in the Accommodation page.

The payment is done at the same time when registering for the conference. The following payment methods are available:

  • Credit cards: VISA, VISA electron and MasterCard.
  • Online banks: Osuuspankki, Danske Bank, Tapiola, Ålandsbanken, Aktia, S-Pankki and Nordea Bank Transfer
  • PayPal
  • It is also possible to request an invoice (invoicing charge EUR 12).

After submitting the registration form, an automatic email is sent to confirm successful registration. This email also functions as a receipt for a credit card and online bank payments. Separate receipts for payment will be provided upon request.

Terms of cancellation and refund policy

Registration is binding. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please contact the secretariat at futuuri-info@jyu.fi regarding all cancellations. If a cancellation is received by 8 May 2015, the registration fee will be refunded with the exception of a cancellation fee of 35 €. No refunds will be made after this date. Refunds will be processed after the event. There is no extra fee if a registration is transferred to a colleague from the same organization and if the secretariat has been informed of the change by 31 May.


The programme consists of metro lines which take you to the varied and interesting world of language learning and teaching. Jump onboard and explore the lines! The stations offer varied contents, different viewpoints and forms of working.

The metro lines deal with current issues within language education and offer you an opportunity to plan your journey so that you gain a comprehensive understanding of the theme you have chosen.

  • However, you can hop off at any station and change trains to a new line!
  • In addition, there are joint stations for all the lines. All participants can gather there for general discussion.
  • From the end stop for each day the discussion continues in the social programme.

Participation and agency –
learners and communities

This metro line will take you to explore language learning through the concepts of participation and agency.

  • How can language learning be regarded as developing a sense of belonging in different communities?
  • How do learners make use of the environments’ linguistic resources as opportunities to learn?
  • How can students best find their own agency? How about teachers?
  • How do you operate in a community and design learning environments to benefit the development of agency?


This line invites you to consider the use of information and communications technology from the viewpoint of multimodal pedagogy.

  • How can different personal and shared learning spaces be made use of in supporting the learning process, from goals to practices and further to assessment?
  • How can learners’ every-day use of technology be expanded to entail ambitious learning, simultaneously developing skills related to language and learning?
  • How can learners’ abilities as critical searchers, producers, users and builders of knowledge be developed with the help of ICT?


This metro line will take you to explore literacies, texts, and related practices in the framework of multiliteracy.

  • What kind of texts and meaning-making resources are made use of in teaching?
  • How is the learners’ own world of texts incorporated in teaching?
  • How can teaching of reading and writing be expanded towards analyzing and producing multimodal texts?
  • How can learners’ literacy be developed as part of skills in critical thinking and knowledge management?
  • How can language teachers support the development of field-specific literacy, together with teachers of other subjects?

Language education
practices and policies

If you take this metro line, you get to concentrate on language education policies.

  • How is the language selection built in the Finnish educational system?
  • How are language study options made possible?
  • What kind of strategies are needed for language education policies?
  • What opportunities are opened by the new national core curriculum for basic education?
  • How can teachers affect language choices at different levels of education?
  • How to build a functional continuum of language education?

in learning

Language, languages, and status of multilingualism in different learning environments are central themes on this line.

  • How do mother tongues, foreign languages, and field-specific languages function in communication with each other on different levels of education?
  • How does multilingualism of the learning environment affect pedagogy?
  • What sort of language expertise is required from teachers to support the development of language awareness among their learners, and to make use of the multilingual resources found in the learning environment?


Taking this line, you will end up in a route of various workshops and presentations on the crucial questions of developing teaching.

  • What is being developed and why: what guides development work?
  • How is teaching developed? What forms of working can be made use of, and how is the process of development work?
  • Who develops teaching and for whom? Moreover, how can development work be developed, and how is development work evaluated?

Language Centre line

Meetings and other activities for LC people


Social programme

Evening cruise, Thu 4 June, 6 p.m.

After the second conference day, the participants will have an opportunity to relax on an evening cruise on Lake Päijänne. The cruise is an excellent opportunity to meet new colleagues and old friends, and to enjoy the summer night in beautiful lake scenery. The price is 30 euro (including conference dinner onboard). Bookings can be made via the online registration form when registering for the conference.



Keynote speaker Michele Knobel

Michele Knobel

Michele Knobel is a Professor of Education at Montclair State University (USA).

Keynote speaker Colin Lankshear

Colin Lankshear

Colin Lankshear is a freelance educational researcher and writer based in Mexico.

  • Creativity and Language in Digital Remix (Lankshear & Knobel)
  • Researching New Literacies from a Social Languages Perspective (Knobel & Lankshear)
  • Aspects of Researching New Literacies, Language, Practice and Social Learning (workshop)


Futuuri! takes place in the congress and trade fair centre Jyväskylän Paviljonki. Paviljonki has an ideal location practically in the city centre, right next to the travel centre, and within a walking distance from most of the hotels in Jyväskylä.


Jyväskylän Paviljonki
Lutakonaukio 12 (former Messukatu 10)
40101 Jyväskylä


Jyväskylä has a wide range of hotels to choose from, from hostels offering budget accommodation to cozy boutique hotels and several well furbished quality hotels. The room rates are reasonable (70–150 EUR per night). The local organizers have tentatively reserved a number of rooms for Futuuri! participants’ accommodation in hotels with convenient location and good price range. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. All guests are required to make their own accommodation arrangements directly with the chosen hotel.

Recommended hotels, prices and booking instructions (download pdf ).

More information on accommodation and tourism in Jyväskylä can be found at http://visit.jyvaskyla.fi/en/stay-over-relax/accommodation.


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Futuuri! is organised by the University of Jyväskylä Language Campus which is a forum of cooperation between JYU units that work on different language-related fields. The units include the Language Centre, the Department of Languages, the Centre for Applied Language Studies, and the Department of Teacher Education (language teacher education).

Organizing committee

  • Hannele Dufva (Chair)
  • Elina Tergujeff (Committee’s secretary)
  • Terhi Paakkinen (Conference secretary)
  • Taru-Maija Heilala-Rasimov (Conference Coordinator)
  • Peppi Taalas
  • Mikko Jäkälä
  • Juha Jalkanen
  • Eija Aalto
  • Kati Kajander
  • Sabine Ylönen
  • Kristiina Skinnari
  • Sari Sulkunen
  • Petteri Laihonen