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Sinikka Teikari

Sinikka Teikari
Sinikka Teikari is responsible for AAC’s training process quality and development, among other things. When not at work, Teikari spends time with classical music in many ways, both as a listener and a singer.

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Do you know how people learn languages?

Posted by Sinikka Teikari on 23/05/16 09:35

Have you ever, even as an adult, thought about how people learn languages? It might sound like a lot of work, because learning styles, trends and methods follow each other like the changing seasons of haute couture. On the other hand, the current trend towards self-direction requires that everyone should now take responsibility for their own learning. However, it seems that few adult learners are naturally self-directed. Self-study does not necessarily work in at stages of language learning, especially if the learner is not interested enough in learning a language.

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Visual, Kinesthetic, Teacher-guided, Holistic learner, Auditory, Self-direction, Learning style, Analytic learner

How can a dyslexic person learn English?

Posted by Sinikka Teikari on 05/02/15 13:22

As many as 10% of Finns suffer from dyslexia. The condition is hereditary and can make reading and writing particularly difficult. It has no effect on intelligence, which means that it is a hurdle but not a barrier for learning languages, for example. However, a person struggling with dyslexia has to work many times harder when studying a foreign language, and a person suffering from severe dyslexia may be exempted from studying languages at school.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language skills, Language training

Is your company's language skills assessment scale really helping you?

Posted by Sinikka Teikari on 25/08/14 14:30

For years, we at AAC have searched for the best ways to measure the results of language training. Most companies and institutions have systems in place to assess the benefits of a function or operation. Language skills are increasingly often measured on the European CEFR scale with only six levels of proficiency: the basic levels of A1 and A2, the advanced levels of B1 and B2, and finally, C1 and C2, the latter of which indicates that the person is on par with native speakers of the language.

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Topics: Evaluation, Language skills, Language training

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