The Integration Foundation is offering a range of opportunities to learn and practise Estonian this summer. They are all great ways of improving your language skills while enjoying a fun new experience.
ESTONIAN LANGUAGE CAFÉS
Language cafés provide support for independent Estonian studies and a chance to practise to those who want to speak the language – adding to their vocabulary, practising studying independently and chatting about everyday topics in a relaxed environment. Situations and topics that come up on a day-to-day basis are discussed. The cafés take place all over Estonia, including in summer, and you can sign up for them at any time.
The aim of cultural studies is to leave the participants better able to navigate their way through the traditions and cultural space of Estonia and to offer them language practice. The module consists of an introduction to culture (including nature, science, education, food and folk culture), a series of workshops and discussions and a range of excursions and get-togethers (visits to cultural institutions, music, club nights and more).
ESTONIAN LANGUAGE CLUBS
Estonian language and culture clubs are a place for people to practise their Estonian and overcome their communication issues. They are designed primarily for those who already speak some Estonian but need encouragement in order to communicate in the language spontaneously and fluently. The clubs are open to adults who have completed an Estonian language course at least at the B2 level. The clubs operate in Tallinn, Narva, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Ahtme, usually meeting once a week.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE ESTONIAN LANGUAGE CENTRES
Fun events in a relaxed environment which are open to all language learners are organised by the Estonian Language Centres throughout summer. Participants learn and practise their Estonian on excursions and daytrips, on visits to museums and exhibitions, in workshops and at camps in Ida-Viru, Harju and Pärnu counties.
Events range in length from a few hours to a few days. Take a look at the event calendar for more details!
If you are interested in more serious studies starting in autumn, you can choose from the following:
STUDYING ESTONIAN IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP
Anyone who has been residing in Estonia legally for at least five years, who wishes to apply for Estonian citizenship and who meets the conditions for obtaining it can study Estonian at the A1, A2 and B1 levels free of charge. To this end, a language studies contract is entered into with the applicant. Courses start in autumn. Applications are already open.
LANGUAGE STUDIES FOR CITIZENS OF THIRD COUNTRIES
The courses offered to citizens of third countries are designed for those who want to start their Estonian studies at the A2 level and carry on to the B1 level, as well as those who have already mastered the B1 level but wish to improve their language skills further.
Studies follow the academic model, but there are also excursions and study trips. Courses start in autumn. A free consultation must be completed at the Integration Foundation in order to register. Book a time now.
FREE ESTONIAN LANGUAGE COURSES
Anyone wishing to further their Estonian has the chance to enrol in courses starting in September at the A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels. Registration is via the Integration Foundation website (from 25 August) or an advance consultation.
Not sure which option is right for you? The Integration Foundation offers consultation services to adults who want to learn Estonian, helping them choose the option that is best suited to them. Our consultants help to analyse each person’s needs and experience, clarify their current language level and draw up a suitable language-learning plan. They also share guidance and advice on other adaptation-related topics, including services and support.
To register for counselling, please contact us by e-mail [email protected] or free of charge by phone 800 9999. You can also get initial answers about language learning opportunities and information about living in Estonia via our counselling web.