Raisa Haikala is one of the founder of Gimara Oy. Besides Gimara, she worked for Arffman as a service director for the employability and integration services and international recruitments. One of the main products she managed at Arffman, Suomi-hubi, was born and developed by Gimara as Language Gym, then bought and implemented by Arffman and Barona. She has more than 15 years of experience as a Finnish language teacher and she has always questioned the mainstream methods in language learning. More than 8 years in a second language setting (Chinese, English and Swedish) have had a deep impact on her ideas of what skills people need to acquire in order to reach a successful inclusion to the society and how these skills should be taught.

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LIST OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATIONS (RDI) ACTIVITIES

Haikala, R. & Kuja-Lipasti J. 2021 Arffmanin verkossa toteutetut kotoutumiskoulutukset 4/2015-1/2021, Retrieved: https://www.arffman.fi/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/arffmanin-verkossa-toteutetut-kotoutumiskoulutukset-4_2015-1_2021-1.pdf

Haikala, R 2019. Arffmanin verkossa toteutetut kotoutumiskoulutukset 4/2015-6/2019. Retrieved: https://www.arffman.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/verkkokoton-raportti-2015-2019.pdf

 

Haikala, R. & Hartikainen, A. 2019. Entrepreneurship Networks in Finland. LAMK Well-Being Blog. Retrieved: https://blogit.lamk.fi/lamkwell-being/2019/10/07/entrepreneurship-networks-in-finland/

 

Haikala, R. 2019. Immigrants and Entrepreneurs or Immigrant Entrepreneurs? LAMK Well-Being Blog. Retrieved: https://blogit.lamk.fi/lamkwell-being/2019/09/23/immigrants-and-entrepreneurs-or-immigrant-entrepreneurs/

 

Haikala, R. 2019. Making Finland attractive. LAMK Well-Being Blog. Retrieved: https://blogit.lamk.fi/lamkwell-being/2019/11/05/making-finland-attractive/

Ahola, M., Haikala, R. & Zafar, A. 2019. Access to study and employment is a challenge for high educated students. In Finnish. Lamk PUB. Retrieved: http://www.lamkpub.fi/2019/11/15/opiskelemaan-paasy-ja-tyollistyminen-haastavat-ulkomaiset-korkeakouluopiskelijat-muut-maat-keraavat-osaajat/

 

Ahola, M., Haikala, R. & Zafar, A. 2019. Accessible Language learning Online. Conference: 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Seville (Spain). 11th - 13th of November, 2019.At: Seville, Spain. IATED Digital Library. ISSN: 2340-1095. Retrieved: https://library.iated.org/view/AHOLA2019ACC

Ahola, M. & Haikala, R. 2020. When online integration training changes from margin to norm. Kotouttaminen.fi-blog, Ministry of Employment and the Economy Integration Competence Center. Retrieved: https://kotouttaminen.fi/blogi/-/blogs/kun-verkkokotoutumiskoulutus-muuttuu-marginaalista-normiksi

Hartikainen, A., Ahola, M. & Haikala, R. 2019 Guidance and forming communities online: highly educated immigrants in language-aware entrepreneurship education. Article in the book edit. by Peltonen, K., & Tommola, P.: LAMK Well-being and Regenerative Growth Annual Review 2019, The Publication Series of Lahti University of Applied Sciences, part 55, 68-77. Retrieved: https://www.theseus.fi/handle/10024/265343