Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/post_award/post_award_contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
 More search options
Dr Riitta Valijarvi
16 Taviton Street
Tel: 020 7679 8744
  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

I have been teaching Finnish since 2001. I finished my PhD thesis for Uppsala University, Sweden, and joined SSEES in 2007. 

Research Summary

The topic of my PhD was the grammaticalisation and lexicalisation of Finnish converbs in modern written Finnish. My research interests include language pedagogy, Uralic languages, endangered languages, translation studies, and verbal morphology and syntax. I have recently co-authored a grammar of North Sámi, a minority language spoken in Norway, Sweden and Finland. I am currently co-editing a volume on Uralic languages for Routledge, analysing representations of Finland in textbooks of Finnish from the late 1800s to the present day, and co-authoring a paper on translations of the Old Testament into two Arctic languages, North Sámi and Greenlandic.

Teaching Summary

I have worked for Uppsala University, Medborgarskolan i Uppsala, Morley College, the European Union, the Foreign Office, and the University of Westminster. I have designed exams for the European Personnel Selection Office and the Foreign Office. I have experience of teaching all levels A1-C2 both in person and online.

Courses taught

SEEF1001 - Finnish Language Level 1 (BA)
SEEF2001/ SEEF2002 - Finnish Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Finnish Language Level 2b - Production (BA)
SEEF4001 - Finnish Language Level 3a - Comprehension (BA)
SEEF4002 - Finnish Language Level 3b - Production (BA)
SEEE2014 -Minority Languages of Russia: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Endangerment (BA)
SEESGE72 New Language: Finnish (MA)
SEESGE62 Intermediate Language: Finnish (MA)

2019 Principal Teaching Fellow UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies  , United Kingdom
2012 – 2019 Senior Teaching Fellow UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies  , United Kingdom
2011 Senior Lecturer Uppsala University Department of Modern Languages, Sweden
2007 – 2012 Teaching Fellow UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies  , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy Uppsala Universitet
2001   Bachelor of Arts University of Turku
2001   Master of Arts Uppsala University
Please report any queries concerning the data shown on this page to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/helpdesk/helpdesk_web_form.php
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by