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Guidelines for independent study of Estonian now complete

Guidelines for independent language studies and retaining language skills, commissioned by the Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA), have been compiled to help adults maintain their language skills after they have successfully completed language courses.

“The guidelines were compiled by the Institute of Estonian Language and Culture of the Tallinn University, and their aim is to support adult language learners in retaining the Estonian skills they acquired in language courses and continuing their studies independently,” the head of MISA’s Lifelong Learning Unit, Jana Tondi, said.
“The guidelines contain many practical ideas and recommendations for planning language studies, creating socialising opportunities and motivating oneself to continue with language studies outside of the formal Estonian lessons,” Tondi said.

The learning aids have been translated from Estonian into Russian and English and are available to language learners and teachers for free both electronically on the foundation’s website as well as in print form, available for order from MISA.

The editor of the guidelines, Helena Metslang, has paid particular attention to the analysis of the learner’s needs, maintaining and bolstering the wish to learn and finding interesting opportunities for using the language. “Independent language studies are different from attending language classes and have many advantages. The students can determine the pace of their studies and learn according to their specific needs, developing both their skills and adaptability as well as their independence and responsibility for the results,” Metslang said.

The guidelines for retaining language skills was completed with the support of the European Social Fund within the framework of the activity ‘Public sector language studies’, which is part of the  ‘Language Learning Development 2011-2013’ programme of the measure ‘Language Learning Development’ in the European Social Fund Human Resources Development Operational Plan’s priority axis ‘Lifelong Learning’.

For additional information, please contact: Tea Kotkas, co-ordinator of the Lifelong Learning Unit, phone 659 9061, e-mail