Pekka Lintunen (PhD) is a Professor of English at the University of Turku, and an Adjunct Professor in Applied Linguistics, University of Jyväskylä. Lintunen’s main research field is the development of L2 pronunciation. Recently his research has also focused on the fluency and complexity of learner language, learner perceptions and beliefs, and informal language learning.
Role in the project FDF2: Principal Investigator, 2020–2024
Role in the project MultiFluency: Principal Investigator, 2020–2022
Areas of expertise: second/foreign language learning, spoken language, pronunciation, fluency
Maarit Mutta (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in French, University of Turku and an Adjunct Professor in Foreign Language Learning with a specialisation in second/foreign language (L2) writing at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä. In her research, Mutta has mainly focused on online processes of writing, writing fluency and writer profiles. Recently she has also studied informal language learning.
Mutta is also the Principal Investigator of the KISUVI project at the University of Turku.
Areas of expertise: digital literacy digital learning profiles, fluency in writing, online processes of writing, multilingual learners and lexicon, metalinguistic knowledge
Role in the project FDF2: supports the cognitive and speech analysis work packages (vice-head of the project), 2021–2024
Sanna Olkkonen (PhD) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of English at the University of Turku. Olkkonen’s main research interests are fluency and cognitive processes in second language learning, especially in relation to L2 reading and writing. In her PhD, Olkkonen examined the efficiency of lexical access as a sign of fluency.
Areas of expertise: second language learning, fluency, second language reading and writing, cognitive processes in language learning
Role in the project FDF2: leads the cognitive work package, 2021–2022
Pauliina Peltonen (PhD) is a University Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Turku. Peltonen’s main research field is second language speech fluency. In her PhD, she examined the interplay between second language fluency and problem-solving mechanisms, such as communication strategies.
Areas of expertise: language learning, fluency, second language speech, second language interaction, oral proficiency, communication strategies, multimodality
Role in the project MultiFluency: project researcher, 2020–2021
Role in the project FDF2: leads the speech analysis work package, 2022–2024
Magdalena Szyszka (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics in the Institute of English of Opole University, Poland. Her research interests include affective factors and individual learner differences in second/foreign language acquisition (SLA).
Areas of expertise: second/foreign language acquisition, individual learner differences, learner autonomy, language learning strategies, English pronunciation learning and teaching, voice production and emission
Role in the project FDF2: leads the affective factors work package, 2022–2023
Outi Veivo (PhD) is a University Lecturer in French at the University of Turku. Veivo has studied the role of orthographic information in the processing of spoken L2 words with different psycholinguistic methods, such as eye-tracking. Her research interests also include fluency in L2 listening, lexical knowledge in L2 and the development of translation competence.
Areas of expertise: language learning, psycholinguistics, translator education
Role in the project FDF2: supports the cognitive work package, 2021–2024
Elina Lehtilä (MA) is a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of English at the University of Turku. Lehtilä is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on L2 and L3 fluency measurement and assessment.
Areas of expertise: second language learning, fluency, phonetics, speech production
Role in the project FDF2: preparation for data collection and analysis, 2020–2021
Role in the project MultiFluency: project researcher, 2021–2022
Dr Tracey Derwing (University of Alberta, Canada)
Dr Sandra Götz (Philipps University of Marburg, Germany)
Dr Miroslaw Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Dr Patrick Snellings (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli (University of Reading, the UK)