Languages and Communication track

Monday, 4th April

8:30-11:00

REGISTRATION

Location: TAMK Main Campus, address Teiskontie 33, B building entrance hall

9:00-10:00

Welcome to TAMK

Presenters: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, Kirsi Saarinen, Joni Sallila, Terhi Tapaninen & Henri Annala, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34a

10:00-10:45

Error Correction in Language Learning

Why is error correction in language learning important? Why do we make mistakes? When should mistakes be corrected and how? What are the underlying beliefs? These are some of the questions that we will try to discuss and answer in this workshop. In order for the students to recognize and notice their mistakes, it is necessary for them to understand that there are correct rules for them to follow. Therefore, in this session we will examine a few incorrect structures written by real students in authentic teaching classrooms so as to explain what the learners already know and what they need to work on and how.

Presenter: Clara Lara, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Host: Mervi Kastari, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34a

10:45-11:15

BREAK

11:15-13:00

A Multilingual Teaching Experience

I‘ll present a project that I am doing, teaching two languages in the same class at the same moment. A very interesting and enriched experience that could be done with motivated people. I’ll present the didactic and the communication possibility between the participants and give some examples. In my experience, I’ll like to present as well a project that I am doing with high intelligent children. I teach them the world of the languages and we make a travel in that world, speaking about languages in the world, the reality, the multilingual world, the semantic and the similarities between some languages. The children are in the 3rd and 4th grade.

Presenter: Barbara Golini, Hochschule Esslingen, Germany

Host: Mervi Kastari, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34a

13:00-14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00-14:45

Sharing Teacher Experiences of Lessons from the Pandemic

Online teaching and learning have been seen by many as the future of Higher Education, as digitalisation has accelerated simultaneously with online pedagogy. However, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 put these predictions and assumptions to a severe test. Were teachers prepared for the accelerated effect of the pandemic on online teaching? Were students ready to have entire courses run online, with no opportunity for face-to-face contact with teachers or peers? These questions could probably have multiple answers depending on a teacher’s personal experiences. This presentation draws on my own experience as a teacher, and the lessons I have personally learned from preparing and executing lesson plans in online mode throughout the period when classroom teaching was restricted by official measures intended to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Presenter: Emmanuel Abruquah, TAMK

Host: Mervi Kastari, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34a

15:00-17:00

Tampere City Sightseeing Tour

Departure: Kuntokatu 3, G-building entrance, TAMK Main Campus

Arrival: Tampere Cathedral

Tuesday, 5th April

9:00-11:00

RDI Keynote: The world has changed but we the people remain: Post-pandemic norms in higher Education?

Dr James Brunton is Assistant Professor and Chair of the DCU Connected Psychology Major programme, which is an online, open education undergraduate programme, at Dublin City University. James is a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.; C. Work & Org. Psychol. Ps.S.I.; CPsychol BPS), an Advance HE Senior Fellow (SFHEA), and an EDEN (European Distance Education Network) Fellow. James’ research interests include the psychology of identity, socialisation/orientation processes, online learning design, open pedagogy, and digital assessment. His research has been published in journals such as Studies in Higher Education, Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, Open Praxis, and Educational Media International. James is currently the principal investigator/DCU principal investigator on a number of locally and EU funded projects focused on themes of: online learning design and practice; and open education/widening participation in Higher Education.

Keynote speaker: Dr. James Brunton, DCU, Ireland

Chair: Dr. Hanna Teräs, TAMK

Location: TAMK main campus, Room A3-27

11:15-13:00

PROGRAM A - Workshop: Using Digitalization with Special Needs Students – Case Dyslexia (11:15 - 12:45)

About 5–10 percent of Finns have dyslexia, also known as reading and writing disorder. Many of TAMK students have already dyslexia diagnosis when they start studying at TAMK. Still, at TAMK there are about 100 tests taken every year to evaluate the possibility that a student might have dyslexia. In Finnish, there is a letter-sound correspondence which helps students to read and write. However, dyslexia affect the studies: difficulties in reading quickly, writing words, pronouncing words when reading aloud (specially English and Swedish) and understanding what one is reading. At TAMK, we are utilizing digital dyslexia assessment tests. Digital tools can compensate reading and writing problems. Come meet special needs teachers and hear about tests and tools we are using as educational support. We’d also like to hear what kind of tools you use in your language.

with Maiju Ketko & Sanna Laiho, TAMK

Host: Marja Oksanen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b

PROGRAM B - Workshop: Razzle Dazzle Camouflage as a Narrative Device in Language Research (11:15 - 12:00)

In this workshop I will present research on life-story writing with military veterans and refugees. I am particularly interested in how the creative researcher can support participants to formulate narratives that honour their lived-experience without appropriating it.

with Helen Limon, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Emmanuel Abruquah, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C4-11a

PROGRAM B - Teaching in Classroom Again - What Will Be Different After the Pandemic? (12:00 - 13:00)

I would like to give an overview as to what digitalizing meant for me in teaching languages (in my case German as a foreign language) before teh pandemic set an end to teaching face-to-face. I also want to present tools I learnt to know and to use during online teaching sessions and would like to share experiences with other participants. The main intention is to reflect on which tools can be adopted once we are back in classroom and return to face-to-face teaching.

Presenter: Siegfried Breiter, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Host: Emmanuel Abruquah, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room C4-11a

13:00-14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00-15:30

Workshop: Language Matters (How NLP and Awareness Of Language Can Be of Use in Online Teaching)

Not everyone is aware of the fact that the words we use have a large impact on other people’s understanding and their learning process. They might understand something totally different from what we want them to, getting hold of the wrong end of the stick, or not understand at all and not getting the picture. In this workshop, several theories and models will be explained, explored and experienced first hand (in exciting exercises). At the basis of this workshop are NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming and LAT (Language Aware Teaching), i.e. knowledge of the difference between BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency).

with Carole Westerkamp, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Marja Oksanen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b

20:00-0:00

TAMK Music Students' Concert

Welcome to the Deluxe Arts ‘N’ Culture Event – embrace the fun side and D.A.N.C.E! You’ll be greeted with great performances from our own talented artists, VJ set, a chill zone close to the bar with Media and Arts students’ video works.

The event is free, there is a 3€ cloak room fee.

Door opens 19:00
The Hops: 20:00 – 20:30
Ükku: 21.00 – 21:30
8th Myth & Invictus: 22:00
Invistus (DJ Set): 23:00

Take your badge with you to enter the concert!

More information available here.

Location: Yo-talo, address Kauppakatu 10

Wednesday, 6th April

9:00-13:00

Eye on TAMK Seminar: The Power of Digitalisation in HEI

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Main Auditorium D1-04

Note: see the separate programme here

13:00-14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00-14:45

Turning Pandemic Challenges into Language Opportunities - Bilingual Projects at SUT

Covid 19 pandemic has completely changed the educational system. Within just weeks, teachers and students had to become IT experts and had to switch into virtual classrooms. Teachers had to deal with problems and find solutions in areas that had been unknown to them before. However, those challenges, we all had to face, gave inspiration for introducing new ways of language instruction. We would like to discuss the variety of projects (German/English, CLIL, intercultural, etc.) we did with our students in times of online classes. We would also like to present the feedback from the students based on the survey completed afterwards. Implementing telecollaborative tasks was the solution to many communication problems. Pandemic language classes became an opportunity to get involved in projects which induced cooperation and partnership so rare in times of isolation.

Presenters: Bożena Stefanowic & Renata Pelka, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Host: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B5-31 

15:00-16:00

How Language Aware Teaching Can Enhance Student’s Study Success

Many words in the subjects we teach are very familiar to us, teachers, but to students they can be totally new. The reason is that the language we use in “normal” conversations is called social language, in official terms: BICS, i.e. Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills. The language of education in classrooms, textbooks and literary works is called CALP, Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency. (Obviously, the difference between the two is even bigger in a foreign language). As will be explained in this lecture, it takes time to become proficient in CALP. Why then do we seem to expect our students to be “instantly proficient” in CALP when they enter our school? Everyone has an individual experience of language. Students may not have previously seen or heard some language that is specific to a subject and may need to be introduced to this language in the same way that they would learn a second or foreign language. Teaching with this in mind is called Language Aware Teaching (L.A.T.). Using the principles of L.A.T. in teaching will largely improve students’ understanding of the subject and with that their pleasure in learning, which, in its turn will result in greater study success.

Presenter: Carole Westerkamp, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B5-31 

18:00-21:00

Evening Programme

Location: Nokia Arena, Paidia space, address: Kansikatu 3

Remember to use the Main Entrance door A and be on time! The programme will start at 18:00.

Paidia = The common public research and activity space of Tampere Universities’ community located in Nokia Arena

 

18:00 Music by TAMK music students

Welcome to Paidia! Ms Carita Prokki, Director, Internationalization and Business Operations, TAMK

Greetings from the City of Tampere! Mr Pekka Salmi, Deputy Mayor

18:30 Snack Dinner prepared by TAMK students

21.00 End of the evening

Note: Evening programme is only for those registered for the Eye on TAMK 2022 international week. Take your badge with you to enter the event!

Thursday, 7th April

9:00-11:45

Workshop: Organizing a VE (Virtual Exchange) Course

This workshop is based on a course I am teaching with a colleague from California Polytechnics. The course is about different perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic on issues such as education, health care, Black Lives Matter movement, gun control, etc. The workshop will include issues one need to consider, and problems one might encounter and how to solve them.

with Nicholas Sinn, Hochschule München, Germany

Host: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B5-18

11:45-13:00

The Birth of the Virtual Body in a Virtual Learning Environment: Online Teaching after the Covid-19 Pandemic

Building upon the joint presentation What can’t we offer in Online Teaching during the 2021 International Week of Tallinn Health Care College (Instagram report: https://www.instagram.com/p/CW_JoUTIDZb/) by Oie Tähtla and Hubertus Weyer, this interactive lecture will include recently collected metric data to support the previously presented concept that virtual environments as for instance the Immersive View in Zoom point the way to online teaching after the Covid-19 pandemic. While best practices in online teaching during the pandemic focused on specific software tools or on isolated aspects as for instance the importance of the auditive quality of online meetings, this presentation will argue that an amalgam of a student-centered teaching approach and fitting use of technology constitute major elements of a future approach to online teaching and learning. Specifically, we will argue that the virtual representation of shared learning environments as well as the virtual re-creation of the body of students and instructors centrally figure in enhancing learning outcomes of online courses. To corroborate the psychological impact of our approach, we have begun collecting quantitative and qualitative data. Furthermore, this interactive lecture will raise questions about integrating aspects of online teaching into in-person teaching after the pandemic as well as effective assessment methods. Although the teaching experience of the presenters is rooted in language teaching and learning, the notion of a post-pandemic approach to online teaching is universal and applicable to all disciplines.

Presenters: Hubertus Weyer, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany & Õie Tähtla, Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia

Host: Kaisa-Leena Ahlroth, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B5-18

13:00-14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00-15:00

Networking Session

Welcome to network with international colleagues! The purpose is to brainstorm, discuss and find partners for project ideas, research, joint teaching, mobility, etc.

with Mervi Kastari, Johanna Granlund & Terhi Tapaninen, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-31b

15:00-15:45

Presentation: PALS Virtual Cafe Initiative

I would like to talk about PALS Virtual Cafe initiative. At the beginning it was the collaboration between Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland and the Braude College of Engineering in Israel. The first meeting took place on 9th March 2021. Not much later the Govt. V. Y. T. PG. Autonomous College in India joint the team. Last semester students from 4 other countries took part in our meetings (Romania, Serbia, Finland, Brazil). The aim of the project is to enhance communication and intercultural exchange. The project was developed with a focus on communication in English, intercultural exchange and soft skills. We conduct online meetings for students usually 2 times a month. The format of students gathering in small groups on Zoom to talk freely in English on a variety of topics has been very successful. The supportive atmosphere has encouraged students to use their language skills and to share aspects of their culture with students from other countries. We are planning to develop this initiative further in the coming years.

Presenter: Ewa Hajdasz, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland

Host: Mervi Kastari, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-31b

18:00-20:00

The Authentic Tampere Sauna Experience

The Teacher Education track and Languages & Communication track will join together for Thursday night’s highlight: the famous Finnish sauna experience! This is something you just can’t go home without. Taking a dip in the cool water after a hot sauna gives you a feeling you just can’t compare to anything else in the world. To give you as authentic experience as possible, we’re using our famous public saunas. Tampere is the Sauna Capital of the World (https://visittampere.fi/en/sauna-capital/), and we have over 50 public saunas that are in constant use by people living here.

We have selected three saunas for you this evening (Rauhaniemi, Kaupinoja and Kuuma). There will be a TAMK host in front of each sauna at 18:00 to accompany you, and the sauna fee will be covered by us. Because we are quite many and the saunas have limited space, we’re going to divide ourselves so that no more than 20 people will go to the same sauna – there is a separate registration for this sent via email. Please let the organisers know if you haven’t received the email.

Bring your own swimsuit and towel!

Locations: 

Rauhaniemi (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/rauhaniemi-public-sauna/)

Kaupinoja (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/kaupinoja-sauna/)

Kuuma (https://visittampere.fi/en/venues/sauna-restaurant-kuuma/)

Friday, 8th April

9:00-10:00

Experience of the Development of Distance Language Teaching Tools: Lithuanian Language for Beginners

The main topic refers to sharing some experience in developing and acquiring brand new interactive tools in language teaching. With the pandemic’s challenges, university educators have opened new opportunities. They had to find new approaches to distance learning, create distance learning platforms, improve their IT skills, and organize new interactive activities with students. As an illustration, the collaborative lecture about the Lithuanian language will be presented with the opportunity to learn the essential words and catch some funny expressions commonly used in the daily language discourse.

Presenter: Ingrida Galkauskiene, Vilnius University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b

10:00-10:45

Business Languages and Culture: an Interdisciplinary Approach for Collaboration

In the Amsterdam School of International Business, in the International Business cluster, we offer a major to third year students called Global Business Communication. This major combines languages and intercultural communication courses, among others. We would like to make this major more cohesive and more interdisciplinary, by combining learning experiences from languages and culture, we want to explore ideas of possible collaboration with colleagues from TAMK within the fields of expertise previously mentioned. We will share an example of our own practice as well.

Presenters: Andreia Carita & Manon Cornelissen, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b

10:45-11:15

BREAK

11:15-12:00

Workshop: Personal Branding and (Online) Pitching - How to Support Students to Prepare for Public Speaking

Whether it’s speaking up at a meeting, introducing yourself in a job interview, or presenting your portfolio – there are lots of opportunities to pitch yourself and your ideas and use your voice powerfully. Many of our students are afraid of public speaking, particularly in a foreign language, and we as language teachers have to show them that in no small part it is a skill, not a talent. Knowing how to pitch oneself provides competitive advantage to people who know how to do it well – a skill which can be applied in a multitude of situations. In this workshop let’s talk about how to create powerful pitches and speak with impact. How can we motivate our students to overcome the fear of public speaking? Preparation is everything, so what frameworks and exercises can be used?

with Jutta Sendzik, Hochschule Harz, Germany

Host: Jenni Majuri, TAMK

Location: TAMK Main Campus, Room B6-34b 

12:00-13:00

Closing of the Week and "Graduation" Ceremony with Coffee and Cake

Location: Room 1/2 Q at TAMK Main Campus Restaurant, Kuntokatu 3