ESTONIAN FOR BEGINNERS
Estonian for beginners is an elementary course in spoken Estonian, designed for the training of foreigners living in Estonia. The program follows a competency-based curriculum design. Learners are focused on the specific tasks they will need to accomplish through language. The competency-based approach that will be used throughout the training period focuses not only on language, but also on the cultural context and purpose of the communication. The competencies reflect basic survival needs like buying food or clothes, handling emergencies, asking for directions. There are other competencies, which are part of ordinary social transactions, such as discussing home and family, requesting clarification, or making plans for free time.
The core vocabulary is presented in dialogues. In addition to the core vocabulary supplemental vocabulary will be given, which may include single words, expressions, and sentences pertaining to the given topic.
The length of the beginners' course is 120 academic hours. Most language learners of our school pass the A2-level exam after completing the beginners' course. They continue studying on next levels, the descriptions of which are brought out on the Estonian page of our home page.
To greet people formally and informally.
To ask and answer personal information questions (country, state, age, date of birth).
To identify family members, speak about family relations.
To define the job titles.
SHOPPING FOR FOOD
To identify food items.
AT A RESTAURANT
To express likes and dislikes.
To tell the time.
To talk about people’s hobbies and make plans for the free time.
To request information about different means of transport.
To identify essential public and service institutions in town.
To name the body parts and describe one’s physical condition.
To name items of clothing.
HOUSES AND HOMES
To identify pieces of furniture.
To describe the weather and to understand weather news on the radio, on the Internet and in the newspapers.
To leave and receive messages over the phone.
To get hair cut.
To describe one’s emotional state, feelings and attitude towards others.
To identify and pay postage, address envelopes and packages.
EMERGENCIES, ACCIDENTS, SAFETY
To report accidents to the police, fire department and the ambulance.
THEATRE, MUSIC, CINEMA, TV
To get information about theatre, cinema, TV and concert programs.
To speak about different places in the world.
To identify Estonian holidays and talk about the traditions associated with them.