Discussion among researchers

Researcher coming from abroad faces many challenges at the university. One of the issues concerns understanding the language(s) used in society. There are different justifications for learning (or not) the language. Some people are trying to integrate through language learning and progress fast. Others realize that although they invest a lot of efforts in learning, their language skills are never enough to maintain complex professional conversations, which are essential for a full integration. As a result, it might feel that hard work does not pay off. Yet many others are trying to keep up with a competitive academic environment, and as they have a lot of work, and their possibilities to dedicate time to the language are limited.

Languages in the Academia: arguments about power, value and practices

Debates about language(s) in Finland need a deeper, more considered perspective