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Dr Riitta Valijarvi
335
SSEES
16 Taviton Street
London
WC1H 0BW
Tel: 020 7679 8744
Appointment
  • Principal Teaching Fellow
  • SSEES
  • UCL SLASH
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • SSEES
  • UCL SLASH
Biography

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)

Appointments
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 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Finnish Language Uppsala Universitet
2001 BA Bachelor of Arts – English University of Turku
2001 MA Master of Arts – Language and Linguistics Uppsala University
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