On May 5th at 10 a.m., registration for the free Estonian language online courses will start on the website of the Integration Foundation. A total of 91 courses can be registered for, where 1,456 adults interested in Estonian language are welcome. The next opportunity to register for the courses will open in August with the Integration Foundation offering another more than 2,500 free study places.
The Integration Foundation provides free Estonian language of communication courses at A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels as online courses. Adults at least 18 years of age can register for the courses, regardless of their place of residence and the location of the course provider. The first online course starts on May 7th and the last one on July 3rd. Most courses will end by autumn. Participation in online courses requires students to be able to use the Internet and to have a computer or a smart device.
"As appropriate for the present time, we have planned the courses in an online environment. These are language lessons where the teacher uses traditional methodologies, explains the material, illustrates it, communicates with the learners, assigns them tasks that can be completed on paper, in a textbook or on a computer. Students can talk to each other, ask questions to the teacher and answer the teacher’s questions. The only difference is that the teacher and students have to communicate via screens," said Jana Tondi, Head of Language Learning at the Integration Foundation. "Participating in online courses may require learners to be somewhat more self-organised and able to concentrate better in order to actively participate in an out-of-class environment and not be distracted by what is going on around, and to pay more attention to independent learning and repetition. On the other hand, e-learning provides an opportunity to save the time of going to and coming from lessons, and a wider range of courses regardless of the location of the language school,” Jana Tondi added.
Each trainer has selected a suitable online environment for the studies, and informs the course registrants of it as well as instructs them on how to use the environment.
When registering for the online courses, it is possible to choose a suitable Estonian language course according to the level of proficiency and preferences in terms of time, language school and teacher. The schedule of lessons is available HERE.
In order for the registration to go smoothly, it is recommended that you read the rules for course registration and test your language skills in advance, which can also be done on the Foundation's website.
The next opportunity to register for the courses will open in August. In addition to online registration, it is also possible to access the free Estonian language courses through counselling. As a result of the counselling, we will record your wishes and opportunities, and later invite you to study at the Integration Foundation's Estonian Language Houses or a suitable course provider.
Additional information on the possibilities of learning and practicing the Estonian language, as well as counselling, is available by calling the free-of-charge information line 800 9999 or by e-mail [email protected].
Estonian language learning is financed by the Ministry of Culture.