Tuuli Holttinen


    Research areas

  • 6121 Languages - pragmatics, second language acquisition, learner language, politeness, addressing

Description of research and teaching

In my PhD project, I study how Finnish L2 speakers of French and native speakers of Finnish and French make requests. I have two approaches to the topic: an acquisitional (request strategies in L2) and a contrastive (Finnish vs. French) perspective. The data consist of L2 French, L1 Finnish and L1 French requests elicited via an Oral Discourse Completion Test, a metapragmatic interview and naturally-occurring service encounters (Finnish and French convenience stores; data collected by the Institute for the Languages of Finland and ICAR laboratory, University Lyon 2). I employ both qualitative and quantitative methods in the analysis. The objective of the project is to compare request strategies in L1 and L2 with regard to their (in)directness and addressing, among other things, and to compare Finnish and French requests.

I am a qualified teacher of French and English. I have worked as a part-time teacher of French at adult education centers in Helsinki (2015‒2017) and Järvenpää (spring 2013, spring 2014) and as a substitute teacher at several school levels. When I worked as a coordinator for the humanities at the LumA Science Education Centre of the University of Helsinki, I taught a course on phenomenon-based project learning to future subject teachers of various disciplines. During the course (spring 2017), the students designed and instructed a project to upper secondary school students of Espoo. In addition, I was involved in designing, teaching and assessing a course on oral proficiency for future language teachers in spring 2016. I gave a lecture on methods in interlanguage pragmatics to Master’s level students of Romance languages (25 November 2016). I have also talked about writing a Master’s thesis in the seminar of French Philology on several occasions.

Description of research and teaching


Latest publications

  1. « Passe-moi le sel » vs « Pourriez-vous me passer le sel, s’il vous plaît ? » ‒ Le développement des stratégies de requête chez les apprenants finnophones de FLE

    Holttinen, T. E. 1 Dec 2017 Connaissances et Usages en L2. Granget, C., Dat, M-A., Guedat-Bittighoffer , D. & Cuet, C. (eds.). Les Ulis: EDP sciences, 24 p. 00004. (SHS Web of Conferences; no. 38)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

  2. Projekti opettaa - opettaja ohjaa

    Holttinen, T. E. & Haatainen, O. M. 2017 In : Tempus. 2017, 4, p. 16-17 2 p.

    Research output: ProfessionalArticle

  3. Stratégies de requête dans un bureau de tabac et dans son équivalent finlandais R-kioski

    Holttinen, T. 2016 In : SHS Web of Conferences. 27, 17 p.

    Research output: ProfessionalConference article

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Latest activities

  1. École normale supérieure de Lyon, laboratoire ICAR

    Holttinen, T. (Visiting researcher)
    4 Dec 20177 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Les requêtes en finnois, en français et en FLE

    Holttinen, T. (Speaker)
    11 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  3. EuroSLA 27

    Holttinen, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    26 Aug 20172 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

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