Sirpa Tuomainen

    Sirpa Tuomainen

  • Lecturer and Coordinator
  • Finnish
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  • Office: 6412 Dwinelle
  • Office hours: Th 1-2

Sirpa Tuomainen has been developing the Finnish-language courses since she was first hired to build the Finnish Studies program at UCB in 1996. Her interests lie in creating a student-centered, culturally enhanced classroom that considers her students’ majors and interests while also integrating the class with the wider Finnish community and students in the US and globally. For this purpose, Tuomainen has introduced service learning involving the Bay Area Finnish community. She has also launched joint projects with students at Finnish programs in other US universities, with high-school students in Finland, and university students in international universities, including Finland.Tuomainen is active with new technologies in language teaching. She worked on the pioneering team to introduce distance-learning language education into the UC system. She has also been actively involved in developing global online Finnish teaching materials. In her language pedagogy research, Tuomainen has explored the use of technology and media in language teaching and also developed assessment guidelines in writing and oral assessment projects, both for Finnish and English. Beyond language pedagogy, her research interests include multilingual, multicultural identity in ethnographic settings. Her latest work has focused on material culture and Finnishness, targeting multigenerational Finnish immigrant groups. Tuomainen has written many articles and frequently gives workshops on the topics of her research interests. Tuomainen served as the Academic Coordinator for the Berkeley Language Center 2008-2011, and she has trained language teachers both in the US and internationally since the 1980s.