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Toimijuus ja vuorovaikutusjärjestys amerikkalaisten suomenoppijoiden itsenäisessä kielenkäytössä (2021)

Räsänen, E. (2021). Toimijuus ja vuorovaikutusjärjestys amerikkalaisten suomenoppijoiden itsenäisessä kielenkäytössä. Puhe ja kieli, 41(3), 225-245. https://doi.org/10.23997/pk.112565

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Räsänen, Elisa

Journal or series: Puhe ja kieli

ISSN: 1458-3410

eISSN: 2342-7213

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 41

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 225-245

Publisher: Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistys ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23997/pk.112565

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78910


This paper focuses on Finnish learners’ independent target language use outside of class in an American university-level Finnish program that is geographically distant from any native speaker communities. Earlier research has demonstrated a mismatch between classroom and outside of class learning and use. In the global postmodern world foreign language students can use the target language in authentic situations already at the beginning of their studies in their learning environment, as this paper demonstrates. The study follows a nexus analytical method and an ecological approach to language learning to explore and analyze how four American learners of Finnish report and reflect on their language use. The data is excerpted from a portfolio assignment in which students have documented and reflected on their independent language use and it is analyzed using discourse analysis. Students’ active agency and initiative had a significant role in the interactions. The interactions reported in the portfolios were hierarchically constructed following the different perceived roles of a language learner and an expert speaker. Students utilized their interlocutor to get maximal relevant exposure in the target language and the interaction event was often constructed around the learner’s questions and expert speaker’s answers. The results can be used to develop foreign language pedagog y to better correspond with learners’ actual needs in the target language.

Keywords: discourse analysis; nexus analysis; social media; human agency; language learning

Free keywords: affordanssit; vuorovaikutusjärjestys

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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