Beginners language training (level A1)

The purpose of the beginner level language training is to prepare you for primary level conversation in Estonian.


The training provides language skills to cover the specific primary communication needs in an Estonian communication environment. The training’s content corresponds to the A1 skill level of Estonian.

The following topics will be discussed in the language training:

  • Polite expressions
  • Getting acquainted, introducing oneself and one’s companions
  • Numbers and the clock
  • Countries, nations a 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;
  • tell what you like and don’t like;
  • order food and beverages in dining places;
  • say simple pleas 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;
  • tell about your family or other people important to you.

In the course of the training, you will:

  • learn the principles of Estonian pronunciation;
  • obtain a primary 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 Estonian conversations.
Training Methods

The Welcoming programme´s Estonian classes take place in a secure environment, conductive of learning and encouraging the learners to participate. The classes use active learning techniques that involve the learner; on every training day, exercises in pairs and/or groups will take place that provide an opportunity for independent language use. The basic level language training contains exercises directing the participants to:

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

Also, audiovisual training materials and games are used in the language training.

Training Methods

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).


The volume of the entire language training is 80 hours. Usually three to four classes take place on any given training day, one class lasting 45 minutes (academic hours). The language training takes usually place on two days per week and there are options to take a morning class or an evening class.

The schedule of a morning training:

10:00 –   11:15

Language class

11:15 –   11:30


11:30 –   13:00

Language class

The schedule of an evening training:

17:15 –   18:15

Language class

18:15 –   18:30


18:30 –  20:00

Language class

On the last day of the language training, the participants will take a written test and the trainer will conduct a spoken conversation with them. The written test corresponds to the A1 level and consists of simple questions. In the conversation, the participant needs to talk about oneself, ask questions and answer simple, clearly posed questions according to the language level.

For more information about beginner level language training, please contact the trainers: languagetraining

Please note: Beneficiaries of international protection cannot take part in the language training within the scope of the Welcoming programme. Beneficiaries of international protection receive Estonian language training by the Ministry of Social Affairs according to 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.

Last modified: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 1:49 PM