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MISA publishes new Estonian language study materials
12.02.2014

PRESS RELEASE

Pedagogical and psychological study materials and a technical Estonian course commissioned by the ‘Our People’ Integration and Migration Foundation (MISA) have been compiled.

‘Study materials for pedagogical and psychological subjects with Estonian-Russian dictionary’ by Svetlana Gordijenko and Nelly Randver are designed for students of teacher training specialities with native languages other than Estonian for independent reading and learning. The materials consist of professional concepts, terms and definitions used in pedagogical and psychological subjects and various exercises with answers at the end of each chapter.

“The materials are meant for first-year students of teacher training specialities at the Narva College of the University of Tartu in particular,” explained Liilika Raudhein, Coordinator of the Lifelong Learning Unit of MISA. “To be more precise, they’re for future teachers who will be teaching in multilingual schools or child care institutions, and for future teachers who have students in their classes with native languages other than Estonian.” The materials can be downloaded free of charge from the web library of MISA and from the kutsekeel.ee portal.

In addition, a web course on technical Estonian created in the Moodle environment for students of industrial automation, fuel technology and applied information technology at the Virumaa College of Tallinn University of Technology has been compiled. The main topics of the ‘Technical Estonian’ course include terminology related to mathematics, physics, inventions and innovation. The course includes reading, listening and video exercises as well as tests with the help of which students can develop their skills in understanding and academic writing of texts in Estonian and can better participate in conversations on technology. The course is available to anyone interested on the website of the Moodle learning environment.

The study materials and online course were completed as part of the ‘Additional Language Studies of Graduate Level Students’ activities of the ‘Language Studies Development 2011-2013’ programme financed from the European Social Fund. During the programme activities, seven e-study courses and three sets of study materials were compiled for graduate-level students. Over the three years a total of 525 such students completed an additional course in Estonian.

For further information please contact:
Liilika Raudhein
Coordinator of Lifelong Learning Unit
Integration and Migration Foundation Our People
Telephone: +372 659 9841
E-mail: liilika.raudhein@meis.ee