Registration for free Estonian courses to open on 22 August

More than a thousand people will shortly have the chance to secure a place on free Estonian language courses when registration opens on the Integration Foundation website at 10:00 on Thursday 22 August. There will be 69 courses with places for 1104 participants in total.

The Integration Foundation offers ‘Estonian for communication’ courses’ at the A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels. “Given our experience so far we’re offering most of the courses at the B1 and B2 levels, since that’s where there’s the greatest demand,” said Jana Tondi, the Head of Language Studies at the foundation.

A total of 69 courses with 1104 places will be opened this year in Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Sillamäe, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Ahtme. “Anyone who’s interested in studying Estonian can choose a course according to their language level and preferences regarding time, venue and language school,” Tondi explained. “The full details are available on our website.”

There will be 34 courses in Tallinn, 16 in Narva, six in Jõhvi, five in Ahtme, three in Sillamäe, two in Kohtla-Järve, two in Tartu and one in Pärnu. Registration will open online at at 10:00 next Thursday 22 August. “To ensure registration goes as smoothly as possible, you should make sure you’re as prepared as you can be,” Tondi recommended. “Tips and tools you can use for that purpose are available on our website as well, at the same address.”

The advisors at the Integration Foundation will be happy to answer any specific questions potential participants may have. Call the free hotline 800 9999 or e-mail [email protected] to contact them. “They’ll be able to help with other ways of learning Estonian as well,” Tondi added. “There are Estonian language centres in Tallinn, Narva, Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe, and our partners in other parts of the country offer a wide range of options, like language cafés, tandem studies and culture clubs.”