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Title: Teaching illiterate adults


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Teaching illiterate adults a new challenge in
Finland
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Contents of the presentation
  • Finnish official education system
  • Immigrants in Finland
  • Some special features of Finnish
  • My PhD research in a nutshell
  • Finnish educational system for adult immigrants

3
Official education system
4
Official education system
(http//www.oph.fi/english/education/overview_of_t
he_education_system)
5
Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees

Country Positive decisions on asylum / quota refugees 2009 Illiteracy- of the country
Afghanistan 242 72
Iraq 1.023301 26
Somalia 1.241 85
The Democratic Republic of Congo 29151 14
Nigeria 79 29
Turkey 53 13
Iran 130 18
Positive total 1.373727
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National languages of Finland (31.12.2009)
  • Inhabitants 5.351.427
  • Finnish 4.852.209
  • Swedish 290.392
  • Finnish sign language (about) 5.000
  • Romany language (about) 4.500
  • Sami 1.778

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The most common new languages (31.12.2009)
  • about 60 languages
  • Russian 51.683
  • Estonian 25.096
  • English 12.063
  • Somali 11.681
  • Arabic 9.682

8
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection

9
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas

10
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas
  • a boot

11
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas paljon saappaita
  • a boot a lot of boots

12
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas paljon saappaita
  • a boot a lot of boots

13
Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas paljon saappaita
  • a boot a lot of boots
  • Compounding and derivation

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Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas paljon saappaita
  • a boot a lot of boots
  • Compounding and derivation
  • kielitarkistaaohjelma
  • languagecheckprogramme

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Finnish, a different language
  • Inflection
  • saapas paljon saappaita
  • a boot a lot of boots
  • Compounding and derivation
  • kielitarkistaaohjelma kielentarkistusohjelma
  • languagecheckprogramme proof-reading
  • programme

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Adult illiterate immigrants and the early stage
learning process of Finnish language
  • PhD thesis
  • 4 informants
  • Focus on vocabulary, phrases, constructions and
    communication strategies
  • Data collection Observation, notes, recordings
    and interviews
  • The aim to provide information for
  • different kinds of use

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Adult education system
  • About 800 institutions commercial companies
  • Official and liberal education
  • Very variable quality

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Educational system for adult immigrants
  • Constitution
  • Law on the integration of immigrants
  • Quality of the language courses?
  • Supervision, legislation
  • Integration training labour force training
  • What about illiterate housewives and elderly?

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  • Figure Educational system for (illiterate) adult
    immigrants

The Ministry of the Interior
immigration units in the Centers for Economic
Development, Transport and the Environment
local Employment and Economic Development Offices
municipalities
housewives
associations
elderly
church
job-seekers
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References
  • Aro, Mari 2009 Speakers and Doers. Polyphony
    and Agency in Childrens Beliefs about Language
    Learning. Jyväskylä Studies in Humanities 116.
    https//jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/bitstream/handle/1234567
    89/
  • 19882/9789513935320.pdf?sequence1
  • Finnish immigration service Statistics on
    asylum and refugees.
  • http//www.migri.fi/netcomm/content.asp?article3
    127languageEN
  • Finnish Public Library Statistics.
  • http//tilastot.kirjastot.fi/engb/basicstatistics
    .aspx?AreaKeyY2009T1N1

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  • Guidance for Immigrants and Integration.
  • http//www.suomi.fi/suomifi/english/subjects/migr
    ation/guidance_for_immigrants_and_integration/inde
    x.html
  • Ministry of the Interior 2010 Integration.
  • http//www.intermin.fi/intermin/home.nsf/pages/11
    961B074D927256C22573B5002CFF39?opendocument
  • Ministry of the Interior 2010 Main focuses of
    operation. http//www.intermin.fi/intermin/home.ns
    f/pages/E84B8AE9EE5FB330C22573B50030D7AB?opendocum
    ent
  • PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrows
    World Executive Summary. http//www.pisa.oecd.or
    g/dataoecd/15/13/39725224.pdf

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  • suomi.fi one address for public services.
  • http//www.suomi.fi/suomifi/suomi/tietopaketit/pe
    rustietoa_suomesta/vaesto/index.html (only in
    Finnish)

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  • Thank you
  • taina.tammelinlaine_at_gmail.com
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