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Sorvari, Jaana, Rusko, Satu, Jackson, Nina and Ainonen, Hanna-Leena. "Integrating entrepreneurial working life skills with foreign language teaching – two cases from the University of Oulu" Language Learning in Higher Education, vol. 10, no. 2, 2020, pp. 521-529.

Integrating entrepreneurial working life skills with foreign language teaching : two cases from the University of Oulu

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Author: Sorvari, Jaana1; Rusko, Satu1; Jackson, Nina2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu Languages and Communication Unit, Oulu, Finland
2University of Oulu, The Unit for Strategy and Science Policy, Tellus, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-02-03


This activity report describes two cases of Language teaching for degree students in the University of Oulu with new pedagogical approaches aiming towards authentic working life skills. Co-creation, collaborative learning and cooperation across borders are the building blocks for these innovative language teaching projects. Case 1 describes Entrepreneurial Language Studies in English and Swedish courses, co-created with the Ministry of Culture and Education Key Projects, which aim for fostering entrepreneurial culture and creating entrepreneurial learning environments at universities. Case 2 is about Teaching English and Course Cooperation in English language between the students of Information Processing Science in Finland and Russia. In both of these cases, students have been challenging themselves with new ways to learn the language and at the same time acquire important skills for working life, virtual learning, presentations, communication, problem solving and business idea creation. What unites these cases is the emphasis on authentic language learning, creativity and self-efficacy. Because career paths today are increasingly complex, multidisciplinary and diverse, the ability to adapt, innovate and be flexible is vital in evolving and collaborative working environments.

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Series: Language learning in higher education
ISSN: 2191-611X
ISSN-E: 2191-6128
ISSN-L: 2191-611X
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 521 - 529
DOI: 10.1515/cercles-2020-2033
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
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