I am a project researcher in the Department of English at the University of Turku, Finland. I work in the project “Fluency across Multilingual Speakers”, which is funded by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.
My research interests include second language learning, fluency in second language speech, oral proficiency, second language interaction, communication strategies, and multimodality.
I defended my doctoral dissertation entitled “Individual and Interactional Speech Fluency in L2 English from a Problem-solving Perspective: A Mixed-methods Approach” on September 11th, 2020 at the University of Turku and obtained my PhD degree on September 16th, 2020. In the article-based dissertation, I examined the interplay between second language fluency and problem-solving mechanisms, such as communication strategies. The work was funded by the Utuling doctoral programme in 2014–2017 and by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation in 2019–2020 (6-month finalization grant).
I have also collaborated on papers focusing on intonation and fluency (with Lintunen and Webb) and pronunciation feedback (with Lintunen and Mäkilähde) (for details, see Publications).
I am a member of the research group FlowLang and a member of the executive team for Leala, The Centre for Language Learning Research at the University of Turku. During 2017–2020, I was a member of the executive board for the Finnish Association for Applied Linguistics (AFinLA; vice-chair during 2019–2020). Since 2014, I have been a member of the AFinLA research network Speech and Spoken Language Research.
During February 2018 – July 2019, I worked as a part-time project researcher in the Erasmus+ funded project Language and literacy learning through art (LALI) at the University of Turku. I have also worked as a part-time university teacher in the English Department, University of Turku and as a part-time teacher in the Department of Languages, University of Helsinki.