Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Elisa Räsänen

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Lecturer, Finnish Language

Office: Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies 3008
Phone: (812) 855-4862
E-mail: erasanen@indiana.edu


MA from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Finnish language (2014)

Research Interests

Finnish as a second and foreign language pedagogy, integrating subject and language knowledge, online teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Language is used as a tool for communication and languages are learnt communicatively. I aim to provide my students with meaningful and genuine learning tasks to encourage them to communicate in the language starting from their very first language class and from then on.

Authentic material and authentic tasks form the main component of my teaching. I use several Internet resources, such as blogs, websites and social media sites as part of my teaching material. In my classes we examine song lyrics, news broadcasts and YouTube videos. I often ask my students to look for information on the topic(s) online. Language and culture are closely linked. When learning about the Finnish language, my students learn a great deal about Finnish culture.

In addition to my university-level teaching experience, I have a background in adult migrants’ integration training, where I taught Finnish language and working life skills.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Introductory Finnish
  • Intermediate Finnish
  • Advanced Finnish

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 CIMO (The Centre for International Mobility under the Finnish Ministry of Education) grant for a traineeship in Finnish Studies Program at University of Toronto
  • 2013–2014 Fulbright Foreign Language and Culture Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Scholarship for Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • 2010–2011 Erasmus scholarship for an academic exchange in Josef Skvorecký Literary Academy, Prague, Czech Republic


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
355 North Jordan Ave.
GA Room 3024
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500