Leena Maria Heikkola

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 OSLO
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Academic interests

  • In my post doc project, I will be studying how speech therapy affects the different languages of multilingual persons with aphasia.
  • In my PhD Thesis, I studied how cognitive fatigue, a typical symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), affects the language of persons with MS.
  • For my MA Thesis, I investigated how language use, mainly the use of dialect and code-switching, reflects the national identities of Finns and italians living in Oslo.
  • Since 2014, I have also been working together with Jenni Alisaari from the University of Turku, Finland, to investigate how singing affects learning a second language. I am especially interested in how pronunciation and spoken language are affected by singing.
  • In addition, I am currently investigating how Finnish speakers learn to produce and pronounce Italian vowels.

Background

Education

2017 PhD in Linguistics, Department of Finnish Language, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland (dissertation on March 17th, 2017)

2017 BA in General Linguistics & MA in Phonetics, The Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku, Turku, Finland (to be completed by December 2017). Minors: psychology, statistics, Italian translation studies, Studies in medical and humanistic reseach on human nature

2014 Separate Studies in University Pedagogy, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

2008-2009 Fulbright Exchange, Finnish Language Teaching Assistant, Finnish Program, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

2007 Research Exchange, Division of Speech Pathology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

2005 Master's Degree in Linguistics / Finnish Language, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

2003 Bachelor's Degree in Finnish language and literature, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Minors: Norwegian language and literature, Norwegian society, Italian language and literature, English language and literature, Medicine

Work Experience

2010-2017 University teacher and researcher, Finnish Language, Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland

2009-2010 University teacher, Finnish Language and culture for foreigners, University of Turku, Turku, Finland (later part-time 2010-2016)

2008-2016 Finnish for foreigners / as a second Language teacher, various institutes, Turku & Helsinki, Finland; Brisbane, Australia; New York, NY, USA

2006-2009 Norwegian teacher / Expert in Norwegian language, various institutes, Turku, Finland

2004-2007 Translator (Norwegian-English-Swedish-Finnish), various institutes, Turku, Finland

2001-2006 Credit course facilitator, credit course teacher, camp counselor, Salolampi / Finnish Language Village, Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, MN, USA

2004 Research Assistant, Research Department, Center for Domestic Languages (Kotus), Helsinki, Finland

2003 Nurse's Assistant, Silurveien sykehjem, Oslo, Norway

External Funding

For PhD Thesis:

2014 Eino Jutikkala Fund 23 000 €

2008 Finnish Cultural Foundation 18 000 €

2007 Waldemar von Frenckell Foundation 5 500 €

2007 Åbo Akademi Foundation 9 200 €

2006 and 2007 Finnish Cultural Foundation 16 000 €

 

For Fulbright Exchange at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA:

2008 Fulbright Center 11 900 €

 

For organizing two intensive summer courses in Finnish for foreigners during summer 2017:

2017 Finnish National Agency for Education 74 960 €

Partners

Project: How does singing affect learning (Finnish as) a second language; Teachers' beliefs and practices regarding linguistically and culturally responsive teaching; Teachers' beliefs and practices regarding singing as a teaching method

together with Jenni Alisaari, PhD, Faculty of Education, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Project: Cognitive Fatigue and Language in Multiple Sclerosis

together with neuropsychologist Päivi Hämäläinen, PhD, and head physician Juhani Ruutiainen, MD, PhD, Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Center, Masku, Finland

 

Tags: Neurolinguistics, Aphasia, Clinical Linguistics, Multiple Sclerosis, Multilingualism, Second language acquisition, Phonetics, Pronunciation, Finnish, Norwegian, Italian

Publications

Articles in peer reviewed scientific journals

Heikkola, Leena Maria, Hämäläinen, Päivi & Ruutiainen, Juhani (manuscript): Cognitive fatigue and Language in MS.

 

Heikkola, Leena Maria & Alisaari, Jenni (manuscript): Increasing fluency in L2 speaking with singing. Studies in second language acquisition.

 

Alisaari, Jenni & Heikkola, Leena Maria (manuscript). Kielitaitoa laulamalla. Aikuiskasvatus.

 

Alisaari, Jenni & Heikkola, Leena Maria (submitted). Empatiaa vai kielitietoisuutta? Opettajien käsityksiä kielestä ja kielitaidon kehittymisestä. Kasvatus.

 

Heikkola, Leena Maria (in print). Lausumalla taitavaksi ääntäjäksi. AFinLA-e.

 

Alisaari, Jenni & Heikkola, Leena Maria (2017): Songs and poems in the language classroom: Teachers' beliefs and practices. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 231– 242. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.12.021

 

Alisaari, Jenni & Heikkola, Leena Maria (2016). Laulamalla sujuvuutta kirjoittamiseen. Kasvatus 47, 313–326.

 

Alisaari, Jenni ja Heikkola, Leena Maria (2016). Increasing fluency in L2 writing with singing. Studies in Second Language Learning, 2, 271–292. Available at: https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=411481

 

Articles in peer reviewed compilations and conference proceedings

Stolt, Suvi, Lehtihalmes, Matti, Heikkola, Leena Maria & Kunnari, Sari (2011). Näkymiä lasten ja nuorten kielellisten taitojen arviointiin ja mittaamiseen 2010-luvun Suomessa. In Stolt, Suvi, Lehtihalmes, Matti, Heikkola, Leena Maria & Kunnari, Sari (eds.): Lasten ja nuorten puheen ja kielen arviointi ja mittaaminen. Helsinki: Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistyksen julkaisuja 43, 4–9.

 

Heikkola, Leena Maria (2008). The language contact phenomena in the language of Finns and Italians living in Oslo. In Nikolaev, Alexandre & Niemi, Jussi (eds.): Two or more languages. Proceedings from the 9th Nordic Conference in Bilingualism August 1011, 2006, Joensuu. Studies in Languages 43. Joensuun yliopisto: Joensuun yliopistopaino, 67–75. Available at: Link

Monographies

Heikkola, Leena Maria (2017). MS-potilaiden kognitiivinen uupumus ja kieli - Kuvien perusteella kerrottujen spontaanien narratiivien kielellisten piirteiden määrällinen ja laadullinen analyysi. PhD Thesis. Åbo, Finland: Åbo Akademi University Press. Available at: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-765-849-2

 

 

Heikkola, Leena Maria (2005). Kieli kansallisen identiteetin peilinä. Koodinvaihto ja murre oslonsuomalaisten ja -italialaisten kielessä. Master’s Thesis. Finnish Department, Åbo Akademi University. Available at:

Master's Thesis

Contents

Other scientific publications

Stolt, Suvi, Lehtihalmes, Matti, Heikkola, Leena Maria & Kunnari, Sari (eds.) (2011). Lasten ja nuorten puheen ja kielen arviointi ja mittaaminen. Helsinki: Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistyksen julkaisuja 43, 4–128.

Articles in journal popularizing science, trade journals and newspapers

Alisaari, Jenni & Heikkola, Leena Maria (2016). Kannattako suomen tunnilla laulaa? Musiikin suunta 38. Available at: http://musiikinsuunta.fi/2016/01/kannattaako-suomen-tunnilla-laulaa/

 

Heikkola, Leena Maria, Meriläinen, Jenni & Kääpä, Pekka (2006). Asklepios-ohjelma. Erään opiskelijan päiväkirja. Duodecim 2006: 122, 1–4. Available at: http://www.terveysportti.fi/d-htm/oppimis.pdf

 

 

 

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