To participate in these courses you need to have Estonian living permit. Learn more about the programme in here.

Estonian language training for beginners (level A1)

In addition to thematic training modules, the Settle in Estonia Programme also offers new arrivals an opportunity to learn Estonian at the basic level. The A1 level Estonian language course lasts for approximately 80 academic hours, and the language of instruction can be English or Russian. The participants can choose between morning and evening classes.

NB! Registration for Estonian language courses will open again in December, new language courses will start in the beginning of 2021!

The course provides language skills to cater for a number of primary communication needs in an Estonian communication environment. The content of the course corresponds to level A1 of Estonian language skills.

The following topics will be covered in the language training course:

  • Polite expressions
  • Getting acquainted, introducing oneself and one’s companions
  • Numbers and the clock
  • Countries, nations and languages
  • Food and beverages, eating habits
  • Café conversations
  • Arranging a meeting
  • My day and hobbies
  • My family
  • Asking and telling the way
  • Feeling well/unwell

After completing the training module, you will be able to do the following in Estonian:

  • use the most common polite expressions;
  • introduce yourself;
  • react if you don’t understand something;
  • ask and tell the time;
  • say what you like and don’t like;
  • order food and beverages in eating places;
  • express simple requests and orders;
  • ask for prices and tell the needed quantities;
  • arrange a meeting;
  • write a simple message;
  • describe how you feel;
  • describe your usual day;
  • compare Estonia to your home country;
  • ask the way to somewhere and understand the explanation;
  • talk about your family or other people important to you.

During the course, you will:

  • learn the rules of Estonian pronunciation;
  • learn basic vocabulary;
  • start to become aware of Estonian texts in your living environment;
  • get familiar with Estonian conversation customs;
  • understand simple questions and know how to answer those;
  • be encouraged to join in conversations in Estonian.

The Welcoming Programme´s Estonian classes take place in a secure environment which promotes learning and encourages the learners to participate. The classes use active learning techniques which ensure the learner’s involvement; on every training day, exercises in pairs and/or groups will be done and provide an opportunity for independent language use. The basic level language training course contains exercises which encourage the participants to do the following:

  • address people speaking Estonian as their native language;
  • participate in situations with Estonian conversation;
  • apply their skills in practice and monitor their language training.

Audial and visual training materials as well as games are also used in the language training course.

The complete language course comprises 80 class hours. Usually three to four classes are held on any given training day, one class lasting 45 minutes (one academic hour). The language training course usually takes place on two days per week, and there are options for choosing morning or evening classes.

The schedule of a morning training session:

10:00 – 11:15 Language class
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Language class

The schedule of an evening training session:

18:00 – 19:15 Language class
19:15 – 19:30 Break
19:30 – 20:30 Language class

On the last day of the language training course, the participants will take a written test, and the instructor will conduct a conversation with them. The written test corresponds to level A1 and consists of simple questions. During the conversation, the participants need to talk about themselves, ask questions and answer simple, clearly worded questions in accordance with the language level standards.

For more information about the beginner level language training course, please contact the instructors:

Please note: Beneficiaries of international protection cannot take part in the language training course within the scope of the Settle in Estonia Programme. Beneficiaries of international protection can receive Estonian language training organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs under the Act on Granting International Protection to Aliens.

Further information about language training for beneficiaries of international protection can be obtained by contacting The Accommodation Centre for Asylum Seekers.

Before the training days or on the first day, every participant receives a folder with language materials, including references to additional materials (glossaries, textbooks,  online materials).


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