Minna Maijala
Ph.D., Ed.D.


+358 29 450 3350

+358 50 428 5604

Arcanuminkuja 1


Office: A308/95

ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3532-9813

Areas of expertise
Teaching and learning German as a foreign language; culture/grammar teaching and learning in foreign language education; research of textbooks and other teaching materials; pre-service language teacher cognition; sustainability in language teaching


Current position: Associate Professor in Language Teaching and Learning, School of Languages and Translation Studies, August 2019–July 2022

Previous professional experience:

University Lecturer in German, School of Languages and Translation Studies (SLT), Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku, August 2018–July 2019

University lecturer in German, Language Centre, University of Turku, August 2004 to July 2018 (on leave of absence August 2013 to July 2016, part time January 2018 to July 2018)

Pedagogical university lecturer (part time), Language Centre, University of Turku, January 2018 to July 2018

University lecturer in foreign language education, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, August 2013 to July 2016

Title of Docent in Foreign Language Education, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, December 2011

Since 2021, I have been a member of the executive committee (utuCYL) of the strategic research and education profile of 'Children, young people and learning' (https://www.utu.fi/en/research/thematic-collaborations-in-research/children-young-people-and-learning).


My main research fields are teaching and learning foreign languages, cultural aspects in foreign language teaching and learning, intercultural learning and research on textbooks and other teaching materials. In recent years, the scope of my research has been extended through research on various aspects of pre-service language teacher cognition. In recent years, a new line of research related to sustainability issues in language teaching through the funded project ‘Ethical and sustainable language teaching’ (EKKO, 2021–2024) emerged. Further, the collaboration in the RoboLang-research group (PI Marjut Johansson, ks. https://sites.utu.fi/robolang/) has led me to the research of robot-assisted language learning.

At the moment, I focus my research increasingly on the implementation of sustainability in language teaching and teacher education. At the School of Languages and Translation Studies (SLTS) of the University of Turku, I am the head of the ongoing research project "Ethical and sustainable language teaching (2021-2024) funded by the Kone Foundation (https://sites.utu.fi/ekko/). Moreover, I am the vice head of the steering group of the Centre for Language Learning Research Leala (SLTS), University of Turku (2019–2022, see https://sites.utu.fi/kielen-oppimisen-tutkimuskeskus/en/)

Further, I am a member of the editorial committee of the journal Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Info DaF).


Teaching German for BA/MA-students, research in the field of teaching and learning German as a foreign language, responsible for MA-studies for pre-service language teachers (especially pre-service teachers of German) Courses 2018–2019: BA/MA Theses, German Speaking Countries: History, Society, Culture; Written exercises in German, Workshop: Teaching German as a foreign language

Supervisor of doctoral students in the doctoral programme Utuling in SLTS.

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