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 and A2)

In addition to the thematic modules, it is also possible to participate in A1 and A2 level Estonian language courses within the adaptation programme. The A1 level course lasts approximately 3 months (100 academic hours) and the A2 level course approximately 5 months (150 academic hours). Participants can choose between morning and evening classes in Tallinn, Tartu, and Narva.

NB! From 2021, the language courses will be offered based on a new teaching methodology – the language learning will take place in Estonian and the groups will not be divided on the basis of base language as before, but mixed groups will be formed. Read more about the new methodology below.


A1 level Estonian language learning

The A1 level course covers the following topics:

  • polite language and common expressions;
  • talking about yourself and others: name, origin, language skills, place of residence, age, occupation;
  • family and home, talking about family members;
  • everyday activities and leisure, daily and weekly routines, including days of the week, times, favourite activities;
  • service and shopping: naming and buying goods in the market and shop, prices;
  • in eateries: food preferences, food ordering;
  • places in the city: naming places, visiting, asking and telling the way;
  • health: body parts, health concerns;
  • weather and clothes.

After completing the training, the participant:

  • can use everyday polite expressions and introduce themselves;
  • knows the pronunciation principles of the Estonian language;
  • has overcome the primary language barrier and acquired a positive attitude towards learning Estonian;
  • has acquired the vocabulary of the Estonian language, which makes it possible to talk about simple specific topics that are important to oneself, e.g. one’s family and agenda, and to communicate in standard everyday situations, e.g. in a market, shop, café;
  • is able to ask simple questions to obtain necessary information in the Estonian language environment and answer simple questions;
  • is able to use various opportunities for independent learning;
  • is motivated to continue their Estonian language studies.

The Estonian language course of the adaptation programme has a safe learning environment that involves and encourages the learner. The classes use inclusive active learning techniques and a variety of communication, listening, reading, and writing tasks. Pair and/or group work is used on each study day. Grammar drill and vocabulary learning are playful – communicative tasks are used to reinforce language structures.

The participant is encouraged to learn words independently, to practice what has been learned in a language environment, and to write shorter texts about themselves.

The volume of A1 level language training is 100 academic hours, of which 80 hours take place in contact studies and 20 hours as independent work. There are usually three lessons in one training day, one hour lasting 45 minutes. Language learning usually takes place two days a week.

Morning classes:

10:00 – 10:45 Language class
10:45 – 10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:40 Language class
11:40 – 11:50 Break
11:50 – 12:35 Language class

Afternoon classes:

14:00 – 14:45 Language class
14:45 – 14:55 Break
14:55 – 15:40 Language class
15:40 – 15:50 Break
15:50 – 16:35 Language class

Evening classes:

18:00 – 18:45 Language class
18:45 – 18:55 Break
18:55 – 19:40 Language class
19:40 – 19:50 Break
19:50 – 20:35 Language class

Before registering for language training, we recommend that you take the Integration Foundation’s language level test in advance here. On the last day of the language training, the participants take a written test and the teacher conducts an oral exam. The written test is based on the curriculum and consists of simple questions. In the oral exam, the participant has to talk about themselves, as well as ask and answer questions.

For more information about the beginner level language training course, please contact the instructors: info@settleinestonia.ee

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.

Contact:

Expat Relocation Estonia
info@settleinestonia.ee

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A2 level Estonian language learning

The aim of the A2 level course is to develop the immigrant’s primary Estonian language skills from the A1 level to the A2 level and to motivate and encourage the language learner to further learn the Estonian language.

As a result of the training, the participant has acquired Estonian language skills at the A2 level and can cope with simple everyday communication situations in the Estonian-speaking environment.

The A2 level course covers the following topics:

  • talking about yourself and others;
  • character, appearance;
  • clothing, buying clothes;
  • family and relatives, family traditions, celebrations;
  • housing and home place, home furnishings, apartment rental;
  • housekeeping, daily and weekly routine;
  • inviting people to visit and visiting other people;
  • food, quantities, and cooking;
  • hobbies;
  • entertainment, ticket purchase;
  • service, loyalty cards;
  • work, education, and learning;
  • travelling;
  • weather, environment, nature;
  • feeling, emotions, dreams;
  • healthcare: seeing a doctor.
After completing the training, the participant:

  • understands sentences and frequently used expressions related to the most important areas of everyday life (e.g. information about oneself and family, shopping, home, work);
  • copes with everyday communication situations that require direct and easy exchange of information on familiar routine topics;
  • is able to describe their family, other people, and living conditions, as well as express their needs with simple phrases and sentences;
  • knows the basics of Estonian grammar, although still makes mistakes when using it.

The Estonian language course of the adaptation programme has a safe learning environment that encourages the learner to participate. The classes use inclusive techniques and a variety of communication, listening, reading, and writing tasks. Pair and/or group work is used on each study day. Grammar drill and vocabulary learning are playful – communicative tasks are used to reinforce language structures.

The participant is instructed to learn words independently, to practice what they have learned in a language environment and to notice the Estonian language environment, to write texts about their own life, and to read level-appropriate texts.

The volume of A2 level language training is 150 academic hours, of which 120 hours take place in contact studies and 30 hours as independent work. There are usually three lessons in one training day, one hour lasting 45 minutes. Language learning usually takes place two days a week.

Morning classes:

10:00 – 10:45 Language class
10:45 – 10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:40 Language class
11:40 – 11:50 Break
11:50 – 12:35 Language class

Afternoon classes:

14:00 – 14:45 Language class
14:45 – 14:55 Break
14:55 – 15:40 Language class
15:40 – 15:50 Break
15:50 – 16:35 Language class

Evening classes:

18:00 – 18:45 Language class
18:45 – 18:55 Break
18:55 – 19:40 Language class
19:40 – 19:50 Break
19:50 – 20:35 Language class

Before registering for language training, we recommend that you take the Integration Foundation’s language level test in advance here. On the last day of the language training, the participants take a written test and the teacher conducts an oral exam. The written test is based on the curriculum and consists of simple questions. In the oral exam, the participant has to talk about themselves, as well as ask and answer questions. The test is in accordance with the A2 level curriculum.

For more information about the beginner level language training course, please contact the instructors: info@settleinestonia.ee

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.

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