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Language component

Course level:  Level I (Beginner)


The Intensive Estonian Language Courses (ESTILC) is held before the new semester begins and facilitates exchange students´ social, cultural, and academic integration into Estonia.

By attending ESTILC, the students will learn basic Estonian vocabulary, grammar, as well as history, culture, customs and traditions of Estonia. In addition, it serves as a great opportunity to develop students´ personal competences, encourage them to make new friends, and assist them to be well prepared for upcoming academic lessons.


Methods of teaching

The learner-oriented course is based on communication. At same time taking into account of individual level and needs of each student. Teaching methods include communicative games, conversation exercises, dialogues, and simulations of situations. A variety of audio-visual materials, presentations, and worksheets are used.

Part of the learning takes place outside the classroom – shopping, asking for directions and time, meeting and introducing people, etc. The contents of the course are not subject specific but intended for students from different fields of study because the participating students are from various education backgrounds.         



Total number of classes

60 h

Hours in classroom

54 h

Hours of practice conversation/ language laboratory

6 h


Assessment (specify if the assessment is made by written/oral examination, assignment, etc.)

At the end of the course, each student will prepare a written project. In the first part of the project, students introduce themselves and the country they come from.

In the second part, students will write aspects they liked most about the Intensive Estonian Language Course and Estonia.

The projects will be illustrated with pictures in which the students have taken during the course, as well as some illustrative materials from the local newspapers and magazines. The students will present their projects orally in front of their fellow students who are encouraged to ask questions from the presenter.

The final grade will consist of three parts – the final project, the oral presentation, and the participation in the lectures.     


Cultural component

Objectives and teaching methods

Cultural component is closely tied with the language programme. Students’ attention is drawn to cultural and historic aspects during their classroom lectures as well as during the numerous sightseeing trips, museum visits, and social events. Topics covered will include life in Estonian islands and surrounding villages in the past (trip to Saaremaa and Muhu islands), the first era of awakening, the Soviet occupation and Estonian-Russian relations (documentary film Singing Revolution, visit to newly built Estonian National Museum), songs and folk dances (performance by “Kuljus”, the TalTech folk dance group, learning some patriotic songs like “Eestlane olen ja eestlaseks jään”) and Estonian cuisine.