UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Riitta Valijarvi

Associate Professor (Teaching)



Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

The topic of my PhD was the grammaticalisation and lexicalisation of Finnish converbs in modern written Finnish. My research interests include language pedagogy, Uralic languages, endangered languages, translation studies, and verbal morphology and syntax. I have recently co-authored a grammar of North Sámi, a minority language spoken in Norway, Sweden and Finland. I am currently co-editing a volume on Uralic languages for Routledge, analysing representations of Finland in textbooks of Finnish from the late 1800s to the present day, and co-authoring a paper on translations of the Old Testament into two Arctic languages, North Sámi and Greenlandic.

Teaching summary

I have worked for Uppsala University, Medborgarskolan i Uppsala, Morley College, the European Union, the Foreign Office, and the University of Westminster. I have designed exams for the European Personnel Selection Office and the Foreign Office. I have experience of teaching all levels A1-C2 both in person and online.

Courses taught

SEEF1001 - Finnish Language Level 1 (BA)

SEEF2001/ SEEF2002 - Finnish Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Finnish Language Level 2b - Production (BA)

SEEF4001 - Finnish Language Level 3a - Comprehension (BA)

SEEF4002 - Finnish Language Level 3b - Production (BA)

SEEE2014 -Minority Languages of Russia: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Endangerment (BA)

SEESGE72 New Language: Finnish (MA)

SEESGE62 Intermediate Language: Finnish (MA)


Uppsala Universitet
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
Uppsala University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2001
University of Turku
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2001


I have been teaching Finnish since 2001. I finished my PhD thesis for Uppsala University, Sweden, and joined SSEES in 2007.