Kimmo Kosonen, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1998
  • M.A., Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1992

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • Lecturer, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2004–
  • Member, Bangkok Multilingual Education (MLE) Working Group (formerly UNESCO Regional Language & Education Issues Advisory Committee), Thailand, 2004–
  • Multilingual Education (MLE) Consultant, SIL International-Mainland Southeast Asia Group, Thailand, 2003–

Other professional experience and service

  • Consultant/Specialist, Language of Instruction in South-East Asia, UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, December 2016–April 2017
  • Program Coordinator, 5th International Conference on Language and Education: Sustainable Development Through Multilingual Education, Bangkok, Thailand, October 19–21, 2016
  • Co-coordinator, SIG proposal reviews on language issues, 60th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Vancouver, Canada, March 6–10, 2016
  • Trainer and Resource Person, Regional Training Course on Multilingual Education (MLE) Policies and Practices, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand, April 20–24, 2015
  • Program Chair (coordinating proposal reviews), Language issues SIG – CIES, 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Washington D.C., March 8–13, 2015
  • Consultant, Evaluation of Swedish–funded MLE programs, Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI) – Pakistan, Islamabad, November 2014–February 2015
  • Consultant, Multilingual Education National Action Plan 2015–2018, Care International in partnership with Cambodian MoEYS and UNICEF, Cambodia, September 2014
  • Coordinator of the Language Issues Special Interest Group proposal review at the 58th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto, March 10–15, 2014
  • Coordinator of Track 1 “Multilingual Education: What and Why” and Track 2 “Towards Sound MLE Policy: Language and Language-in-Education Policy and Planning in Asia and the Pacific”, 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, November 6–8, 2013
  • Coordinator, Language issues special interest group proposal review, 57th Annual Conference of the CIES, New Orleans, March 10–15, 2013
  • Coordinator, Language issues related papers and panels, 55th Annual Conference of the CIES, Montréal, Québec, Canada, May 1–5, 2011
  • Coordinator of Track 1 “Ethnolinguistic Communities and Universal Primary Education (MDG 2)”, International Conference on Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals, Bangkok, November 9–11, 2010
  • Co-convener of the “language issues” thematic group, XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Istanbul, June 14–18, 2010
  • Project Consultant, UNESCO, assessment of opportunities and challenges for the implementation of mother tongue based bi-lingual education (MTBBE), Hanoi, Vietnam, September–October 2009
  • Consultant, Language and language-in-education policy research, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), June 2007– March 2009
  • Coordinator of language policy sessions, Second International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Ethno-linguistic Communities, Bangkok, July 1–3, 2008
  • Member, UNESCO Asia Multilingual Education (MLE) Working Group (formerly UNESCO Regional Language & Education Issues Advisory Committee), Bangkok, Thailand, 2004–
  • Consultant, Language policy and practice in Vietnamese education, UNICEF-Vietnam, 2004
  • Consultant, Language use in Southeast Asian education, UNICEF-Laos, 2003
  • Representative to United Nations agencies in Asia and the Pacific, SIL International, 2003–2007
  • Visiting Lecturer and Consultant, Language development, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 2000–2002
  • Literacy Specialist/MLE consultant, SIL International-Mainland Southeast Asia Group, 1998–2003
  • Senior Assistant Professor, Multicultural Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1996–1997
  • Researcher, Department of Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1993–1996
  • Teacher of Refugees, Joensuu and Kontiolahti, Finland, 1992–1993

Professional memberships

  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 2002–
  • Union of Education in Finland, 1992–

Language proficiencies

  • Finnish: ILR 5
  • English: ILR 4
  • Swedish: ILR 3
  • Thai: ILR 3
  • French: ILR 2
  • German: ILR 1
  • Spanish: ILR 1

Research interests

  • Language-in-education and language policy
  • Basic education and literacy in non-dominant languages
  • Multilingual education (MLE)
  • Local language development
  • Planning and evaluation of rural education programs
Thailand