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Raili Hilden

Associate Professor

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3A)



1981 …2020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Raili Hildén holds a position of an associate professor in language didactics. She has extensive experience in various developmental and administrative duties related to subject teacher education in Finland and abroad. Her societal merits cover a range of national and off-shore expert duties including the position of the chair of the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board Language section and second vice-chair of the Examination Board.

Dr. Hildén`s main research interests focus on language assessment as a feedback tool to improve language policies in pursuit of equality at the macro levels of education, as well as to enhance learning of individual students to cope with the challenges of globalization and intercultural encounters.  Dr. Hildén was a prominent agent in designing, developing and implementing the national language curricula and a related application of the Common European Reference scales to Finnish system of general education at the onset of the previous curricular reform in 2003-2004. In 2012- 2014 she directed the national evaluation project of language learning outcomes at the Finnish National Board of Education. 

Dr. Hildén´s research and development activities comprise a number of national and international research and development endeavors aiming at improving language teaching and validity of its assessment. In most of the projects (CEFTrain, JoCiTE, OSKU, LukSuS) Hilden has assumed the role of PI.

As a member of The Finnish Matriculation Examination Board since 2006, and the current chair of its Language Section, Dr. Hildén is  involved in the development of high-stakes language tests as a part of the digitalization of the exam. Therefore, Dr. Hildén has recently targeted her major research effort on developing a computerized test format to enable introducing a test of speaking into the exam. The project DigiTala funded by Academy of Finland and led by Dr. Hildén is dedicated to this aim.

 Because of her longstanding experience as a language teacher, Dr. Hildén has been very active in the field of in-service training and various societal expert duties. Her activities count over 200 events and in-service training courses in Finland and abroad. She has visited and maintained contacts with colleagues e.g. in Sweden (University of Gothenburg), France (University of Sorbonne 3), South Korea, Turkey and and Australia.

 Dr. Hildén regularly attends seminars and conferences related to language teaching and assessment.  Her contribution to the educational and didactic research field consists of ca 70 research or popularized articles alongside with a broad range of textbook materials and didactic guide-books

External positions

Chair of Language Section, Chair of Swedish section, Finnish National Matriculation Examination Board

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2021

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • language pedagogy, language teaching, language assessment
  • teacher study, teacher education
  • oral language skills
  • social impact of assessments
  • learner autonomy

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Kielididaktiikan katse tulevaisuuteen: Haasteita, mahdollisuuksia ja uusia avauksia kielten opetukseen

Translated title of the contribution: Language didactics looking into the future: Challenges, opportunities and new perspectives to language teachingHilden, R. (ed.) & Hahl, K. (ed.), 26 Feb 2020, Helsinki: Suomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura. 205 p. (Suomen ainedidaktisen tutkimusseuran julkaisuja, Ainedidaktisia tutkimuksia; no. 17)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Kielididaktiikka ja kieltenopettajan osaaminen muutosten edessä

Hilden, R., 26 Feb 2020, Kielididaktiikan katse tulevaisuuteen: Haasteita, mahdollisuuksia ja uusia avauksia kielten opetukseen . Hilden, R. & Hahl, K. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura, p. 5-29 25 p. (Suomen ainedidaktisen tutkimusseuran julkaisuja, Ainedidaktisia tutkimuksia; no. 17).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Oppilasarviointi tarkentuu

Rautopuro, J., Ouakrim-Soivio, N. & Hilden, R., 28 Aug 2020, In : Opettaja. 115, 14, p. 36 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

What kind of feedback is perceived as encouraging by Finnish general upper secondary school students?

Mäkipää, T. & Hilden, R., 2020, (Submitted) In : Educational assessment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Finländska svensklärares undervisningspraktiker och deras samband med elevers inlärningsresultat

Huhtala, A., Vesalainen, M., Hildén, R. & Rautopuro, J., 2019, In : Nordand. 14, 1, p. 4-24 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


TraCo: “Developing transversal competences in language education”

Zaki, K., Reichert, M., Dumouchel Odièvre , B. & Hilden, R.


Project: Other project

DigiTala: DigiTala - Digital support for training and assessing second language speaking

Hilden, R., Kurimo, M., Kuronen, M., Laihanen, E. A. & von Zansen, A. K.


Project: Research project

Aineenopettajan asiantuntijuus

Hahl, K., Hilden, R., Huhtala, A. & Vesalainen, M.

01/06/2019 → …

Project: Research project

SALT: Developing summative assessment literacy: A longitudinal study of pre-service and novice language teachers

Hilden, R., Dragemark-Oscarson, A., Yildirim, A. & Fröjdendal, B.


Project: Research project


Ammatillinen kunniamaininta: Vuoden kieltenopettaja 2003

Hilden, Raili (Recipient), 22 Nov 2003

Prize: Prizes and awards

Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland - Språkpriset 2004

Hilden, Raili (Recipient), 16 Apr 2004

Prize: Prizes and awards

The FIPLV International Award 2005

Hilden, Raili (Recipient), 12 Jun 2005

Prize: Prizes and awards


Language learning outcomes at the end of basic education and upper secondary education in Finland

Raili Hilden (Keynote speaker), , Juhani Rautopuro (Speaker), , Ari Huhta (Speaker), , Emma Annina Laihanen (Speaker), & Jonna Pulkkinen (Speaker)

5 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Stockholm University Press (Publisher)

Raili Hilden (Reviewer)

1 Mar 202015 Mar 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

The CEFR: a road map for future research and development

Raili Hilden (Attendee)

7 Feb 20208 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Expert meeting for the project in the ECML program "Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences 2020-23"

Raili Hilden (Attendee)

27 Jan 202028 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars