About Me


Sara Jaaksola

Teacher and doctoral researcher, M.Ed.

I am Sara Jaaksola from Finland and I am a Chinese language teacher teaching Mandarin Chinese to adult learners in Guangzhou, China. To know more about Chinese lessons, check out my Chinese language center called Expat Chinese.

Besides teaching Chinese, I am a doctoral researcher at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, Finland. At the moment, I am researching the language learning motivation of adult learners of Chinese as a second language. I am interested in a variety of topics related to L2 Chinese language learning, language learning motivation, and L2 Chinese pedagogy.

Current position

Doctoral researcher

Department of Teacher Education

University of Turku, Finland

Chinese language teacher, CEO

Expat Chinese – private language center

Guangzhou, China


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

Sun Yat-Sen University

Guangzhou, China

Chinese language (B.A.)

Chinese language degree program for exchange students

Sun Yat-Sen University

Guangzhou, China

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Email: sara.k.jaaksola@utu.fi


Masters Thesis 《面向零起点外籍家庭主妇的汉语教材设计》“Beginner Chinese Textbook Design for Foreign Housewives” was published in 国际汉语 (Chinese Language in the World) in 2018. Thesis supervisors Deng Xiaoning and Chen Lin were marked as the first and second authors and Sara Jaaksola as the third author.

邓小宁,陈琳 & 亚雪芳.(2018).面向零起点外籍家庭主妇的汉语教材设计. 国际汉语(00),139-151. doi:CNKI:SUN:GJYU.0.2018-00-017.